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CHE Partnership call: Interactive Effects of Multiple Pesticides on Human Health – A 2016 California Report
Thurs, July 7

CHE Partnership call: A Consensus on the Environmental Chemicals Contributing to Neurodevelopmental Disorders: Project TENDR
Tues, July 12

CHE Partnership call: TSCA Reform: Understanding the Science, Implementation, and Implications of the New Chemical Safety Act
Wed, July 13

CHE Partnership call: Protecting Alaska's Children from Neurodevelopmental Harm: Project TENDR
Wed, July 20
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CHE Partnership call: Autism Pathways Analysis: A Functional Framework and Clues for Further Investigation
Thurs, July 21

CHE Partnership call: Fatty Bones Make Bad Skeletons: Influence of Bone-disrupting Chemicals across the Lifespan
Tues, July 26

6/29/16: MP3 recording available: Using Science to Set Regulatory Criteria: Identifying Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals in the European Union

6/22/16: Clarifying EMF and Cancer: Precautionary Occupational Strategies and Results of the NTP Cell Phone Studies
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6/15/16: MP3 recording available: Mercury in the North: Sources of Contamination and International Policies to Protect Health & Human Rights


6/7/16: MP3 recording available: Exploring Multifactorial Contributors to Disease Outcomes: The Possible Role of Acetaminophen in Asthma and Autism

5/24/16: MP3 recording available: The Human Microbiome and Health Effects on Prenatal Microbiome Exposure


5/18/16: MP3 recording available: Signaling Mechanisms by Which Xenoestrogen Pollutants Disrupt Normal Estrogenic Signaling


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New Scientific Consensus Statement Released on Neurotoxic Chemicals

7/1/2016: An unprecedented alliance of leading scientists, medical experts, and children’s health advocates agree for the first time that the latest scientific evidence supports a link between exposures to toxic chemicals in food and everyday products and children’s risks for neurodevelopmental disorders. The alliance, known as Project TENDR, released a Consensus Statement today calling for immediate action to significantly reduce exposures to toxic chemicals to protect brain development for current and future generations. CHE and many partner organizations have been involved in TENDR since its inception in 2014. See full press release, consensus statement, and background materials on the project’s website. Also of note, CHE will be holding a partnership call on Project TENDR and the Consensus Statement on July 12. To join the call, RSVP here.

New Features on EPA’s EJSCREEN: A focus on vulnerable populations

6/16/2016: The EPA released the latest version of EJSCREEN, a screening and mapping tool focused on issues of environmental justice. This tool highlights locations that have disproportionate burdens of environmental pollution and populations that are more vulnerable to exposures. New features include environmental indicators for cancer risk and respiratory disease, scalable maps, map side-by-side comparison, and the addition of Puerto Rico. If you want to learn more about this tool, its design, and how to use it, register for a free informational webinar. CHE will be listening too!

TSCA Reform Bill Signed into Law

6/23/2016: Many CHE partners have been working for years to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 in order to strengthen public health protection from harmful toxic chemical exposures. On June 22 the Frank R Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act was signed into law. Though CHE doesn’t work directly on legislation, the emerging environmental health science that we continuously highlight through our conference calls, listservs, social media, etc. has served as the basis for pressing for the overhaul of TSCA. For more information about the implications of the Act, here are two different analyses: Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families and the Environmental Defense Fund. See our call page to learn more about our upcoming Partnership call!

First Annual National Healthy Homes Month - June 2016!

6/13/2016: June has now been dubbed "National Healthy Homes Month”. The US Department of Housing and Urban Development is celebrating healthy homes through a new awareness campaign focused at property owners, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations. With the goal of empowering families to protect themselves from environmental hazards in the home, this campaign is focused on lead, asthma, smoke, and radon education among other household exposures and related diseases. Each week in June has a particular focus. Go to HUD’s site to learn more.

NTP Publishes Major Study on Cell Phones and Cancer Risk

6/2/2016: CHE Partners concerned with the health impacts of exposures to electromagnetic fields (EMFs) have been involved in a lively discussion in response to the National Toxicology Program’s publication of the results of the largest-ever animal study on cell phone radiation and cancer last week.  The results confirm that cell phone radiation exposure levels within the currently allowable safety limits are the “likely cause” of brain and heart cancers in these animals. See the report and related NIEHS work. Join CHE’s EMF working group if you would like to learn more about or participate in the discussion of these issues.


A Story of Health

New multimedia eBook
receives high praise

4/23/15: Your health. The environment. What’s the story? CHE and partners have created A Story of Health multimedia eBook to investigate just that.

The eBook is usable by parents and individuals who have no formal training in science or medicine, but it also has layers of additional information and materials for physicians, nurses, and other clinicians who want to dig deeper. In fact, free continuing education credits are available for health professionals from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

A Story of Health has received high praise from health leaders across the country. Brian Linde, MD, Pediatric Hospitalist at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, California, said, “This is a fantastic resource. It is compelling, educational, and engaging, and will absolutely make a difference.” Lawrence Rosen, MD, Founder of The Whole Child Center, added, “A Story of Health is the most engaging and compelling environmental health resource I’ve experienced. I recommend it for all who care our planet and the impact we have on its health—and vice versa.” Read more testimonials about the value of A Story of Health.

A Story of Health was developed by ATSDR, the Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE), the University of California, San Francisco, Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (UCSF PEHSU), the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, California EPA (OEHHA), and the Science and Environmental Health Network (SEHN).

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1 Jul Lasting impact of an ephemeral organ: The role of the placenta in fetal programming. The placenta, in essence, may be the master regulator of the fetal environment. Environmental Health Perspectives.

1 Jul Chemicals in pollution, plastic bottles and make up 'damage the brains of fetuses and growing children, lowering their IQ.' Common chemicals found in plastic bottles, pollution and even makeup are harming the brains of fetuses and growing children, according to new research. London Daily Mail.

1 Jul Vet links health problems to Camp Lejeune. John Baker, 59, suspects his family's military service resulted in the deaths of his older brothers. He suspects his Marine service is slowly killing him. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

1 Jul Monsanto fingerprints found all over attack on organic food. When a reputable-sounding nonprofit organization released a report attacking the organic food industry in April 2014, the group went to great lengths to tout its independence. Then someone took a deeper look. Huffington Post.

1 Jul 1 in 10 people may face malnutrition as fish catches decline. Many people around the world rely on fish not just for protein but for critical micronutrients like iron and zinc. So declining fisheries pose major risks for global health, scientists warn. National Public Radio.

1 Jul A call for action on toxic chemicals. A coalition of top doctors, scientists and health advocates is calling for more aggressive regulation of chemicals found in household items. New York Times.

1 Jul Lawmakers urge the US EPA to reduce its standard for lead in drinking water. A letter signed by 61 members of Congress urges the U.S. EPA to lower the federal standard for lead in drinking water so that it better reflects the latest science on the brain-damaging toxic. USA Today.

1 Jul Different people, different outcomes: Assessing genetic susceptibility to lead exposures. Similar lead exposures can cause very different responses in different people. An individual?s genetic makeup may be one reason why. Environmental Health Perspectives.

1 Jul Prime real estate: Amazon has swallowed downtown Seattle. Having colonized the South Lake Union neighborhood, Seattle's largest private employer is building three giant spheres filled with trees?the better to connect employees with nature. Bloomberg News.

1 Jul Zika could hit people in poverty hardest. If Zika spreads in the United States, Americans who live in substandard housing and neglected neighborhoods could face the greatest danger, particularly along the Gulf Coast ? where steamy summers, high poverty rates and a dizzying array of mosquitoes could allow the virus to take hold. USA Today.


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