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San Francisco Medical Society journal focuses on environmental health

11/10/14: San Francisco Medicine (SFM), which has been in continuous publication since 1927, is the official journal of the San Francisco Medical Society. Each issue of SFM focuses on a specific topic that affects physicians and their practices, including public health, social, political, economic, and lifestyle issues.The most recent edition of the journal focuses on environmental health and features an article titled The First 1000 Days: A Healthy Return on Investment co-authored by Elise Miller, MEd, CHE's Director, and Ted Schettler, MD, MPH, Science Director at SEHN and at CHE, as well as many other articles that will be of interest to CHE Partners. Visit the San Francisco Medical's Society website to read the full edition.

CHE and A Story of Health at PPTox 2014

11/1/14: CHE has been collaborating on an innovative new multi-media eBook A Story of Health. The first three chapters of this eBook – fictional stories of people with asthma, developmental disabilities, and childhood leukemia – are due to be released in early 2015. A poster on the eBook was recently presented at the PPTox IV conference “Environmental Stressors in Disease and Implications for Human Health” organized by the Endocrine Society. Narrative approaches and storytelling are emerging as powerful health promotion tools that can help increase understanding of determinants of health and translate complex science. A Story of Health capitalizes on this approach by using fictional stories to help convey how multiple environmental factors affect health across the lifespan. See the poster on the CHE website.

CHE launches new listserv on healthy aging and the environment

10/20/14: CHE invites all Partners to sign up for the new Healthy Aging and the Environment listserv. This listserv combines the former Neurodegenerative Diseases and the Environment listserv with CHE's Healthy Aging Initiative work to create one listserv focused on emerging research and relevant articles on environmental contributors to neurological challenges and other disease endpoints in the later stages of life. To see a full list of CHE's current listservs and working groups, please visit our Initiatives page. To join the Healthy Aging and the Environment listserv, please email your request to join to info@healthandenvironment.org. You must be a CHE Partner to join a working group or listserv. You can join CHE here.

CHE's new quarterly Top 10 environmental health stories now available

10/2/14: CHE offers this selection of research, news and announcements that were of special significance during the first quarter of 2014. Items include research that made a noteworthy contribution to the field, news and announcements that took a conversation to a new level and/or new audience and some welcome action. Visit the CHE blog to see this quarter's list. We invite comment and feedback.

CHE Director interviewed on NYC-based public radio on health and the exposome

3/15/14: During this interview on WBAI-New York, Elise Miller, CHE's director, discusses how the success in mapping the human genome has fostered interest in mapping the “exposome", a term coined to describe everything a person is exposed to starting at conception and includes lifestyle choices and well as chemical exposures. Elise further explains to health journalist, Liz Seegret, how the genome and the exposome, as well as the interactions between them, affect our health across the lifespan. This interview was based on Elise's "pioneer pitch" to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation last October in New York City.
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Read more about RWJF's Pioneer Pitch

Ecology of Breast Cancer

12/1/13: The Ecology of Breast Cancer: The Promise of Prevention and the Hope for Healing is a new book by Ted Schettler, MD, MPH that makes the case that breast cancer is a disease arising from diverse societal conditions. Although well-recognized risk factors and a person’s life style are important, they simply do not explain why many people develop the disease. Nor do they fully explain breast cancer patterns in populations.
Download the book (complete version or chapter-by-chapter)
Listen to the CHE call featuring Dr. Schettler
Listen to the New School conversation featuring Dr. Schettler


 
PARTNER SPOTLIGHT

CHE regularly highlights the work of our Partners here in our Partner Spotlight.

Vi Waghiyi is a St. Lawrence Island Yupik mother and grandmother, Native Village of Savoonga Tribal Member, and Environmental Health and Justice Program Director, Alaska Community Action on Toxics (ACAT), which is also the organizational host of CHE's Alaska Working Group. In this CHE Partner Spotlight, Vi discusses her work addressing environmental contamination and its impact on human health in Alaska.

What inspired you to begin working in the field of environmental health, and in your current work in particular?

I am a Yupik mother of four boys and a grandmother from Savoonga on St. Lawrence Island, located in the northern Bering Sea. Our people have maintained a traditional culture of reliance on traditional foods from the land and sea that provide physical, cultural, and spiritual sustenance.

I learned about the high levels of PCBs in our people in a news article in the Anchorage Daily News when I was a stay-at-home mom. This touched me personally because so many family members and friends from my community, including my parents, have suffered and died of cancer. I have had three miscarriages. I am inspired by this awareness and what I have come to learn about the contamination from military and distant sources and making the connection with the illnesses suffered by my people. I was brought up in a culture of caring where people work together. We were wronged by the US military and corporations that have contaminated my people without our consent. We are the victims of environmental violence. This goes against my culture and upbringing. I am inspired to hold the military and other polluters accountable and to achieve justice. I am inspired to work for the health and well-being of my people and our future generations.

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EHN News
28 Nov Fracking risk compared to thalidomide and asbestos in UK report. Fracking carries potential risks on a par with those from thalidomide, tobacco and asbestos, warns a report produced by the UK's chief scientific adviser. The Guardian.

28 Nov E-cigarettes contain 10 times amount of carcinogens. E-cigarettes contain 10 times the level of cancer-causing agents as regular tobacco, Japanese scientists said Thursday, the latest blow to an invention once heralded as less harmful than smoking. Agence France-Presse.

28 Nov US, British data show 2014 could be hottest year on record. This year may eclipse 2010 as the hottest since records began in the 19th century, a sign long-term global warming is being stoked by rising greenhouse gas emissions, scientists said. The period of January to October 2014 is already among the warmest ever recorded, and a warm ending to the year could easily make it top, according to U.S. and British data. Reuters.

28 Nov UK dirty chicken scandal: Food expert calls for boycott of chicken. A leading food expert and adviser to successive governments has called for a boycott of supermarket chicken in the U.K. because of "scandalous" levels of contamination after tests revealed that up to eight in 10 show traces of a potentially lethal bug. The Guardian.

28 Nov Bhopal's toxic legacy lives on. Beyond the iron gates of the derelict pesticide plant where one of the world's worst industrial disasters occurred, administrative buildings lie in ruins, vegetation overgrown and warehouses bolted. Thirty years ago this Dec. 2, the factory accidentally leaked cyanide gas into the air, killing thousands. Reuters.

28 Nov Oilsands study confirms link between tailings ponds and air pollution. New federal government research in Canada has confirmed that oilsands tailings ponds are releasing toxic and potentially cancer-causing chemicals into the air. Canadian Press.

28 Nov Malnutrition, nutrients and obesity: Feast and famine. As the world?s economy has grown, the prevalence of undernourishment ? eating too few calories to sustain an active life ? has fallen only half as fast as poverty. But at least it has fallen. Micronutrient deficiency is not falling at all. Obesity, meanwhile, is getting worse. Economist.

28 Nov Sun, sand and offshore drilling In Spain's famed Canary Islands. An oil rig now floats offshore in one of Europe's top winter beach destinations - Spain's Canary Islands. For the first time, Spain has authorized offshore oil drilling there. It's hoping to reduce its dependence on foreign oil. All Things Considered.

28 Nov What?s at stake in Lima climate talks. It?s nearly time for a reboot on global climate action. The Kyoto Protocol of 2008 through 2012 succeeded in introducing the world to the concept of coordinated climate action. Climate Central.

28 Nov Indigenous community beats drought, malnutrition in Honduras. The Tolupan indigenous people in Pueblo Nuevo have a lot to celebrate: Famine and child malnutrition are no longer problems for them. And they are no longer suffering from the drought that hit much of the country this year as a result of climate change and El Niņo. Inter Press Service.

 

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