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CHE Partnership call: Why the US Leaves Deadly Chemicals on the Market: A Conversation with Journalist Elizabeth Grossman
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CHE Partnership call: Environmental Health and Complexity: Exploring the Ecological Model of Health
Fri, Dec 11

CHE Partnership call: Is a Health Study the Answer for Your Community? A Guide for Making Informed Decisions
Tues Jan 26

11/18/15: MP3 recording available: Brain Sex Differences During Gestation: The Role of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals

11/12/15: MP3 recording available: Predicting Toxicity: Silent Spring Institute's High Throughput Screens for Chemicals Related to Breast Cancer

11/10/15: MP3 recording available: Community-Based Participatory Research in the Arctic: Sources of Environmental Contaminants on St. Lawrence Island

11/5/15: MP3 recording available: Bringing Public Health to the International Negotiating Table: Environmental Health and the Paris Climate Summit in December 2015

10/30/15: MP3 recording available: Reducing the Burden: International Reproductive Health Leaders Call for Greater Efforts to Prevent Toxic Chemical Exposure, New Opinion from FIGO

10/21/15: MP3 recording available: The Endocrine Society's Second Scientific Statement on Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals

10/20/15: MP3 recording available: Responding to Communities: Communicating the Science of TCE and PCE

10/19/15: MP3 recording available: Climate Change and the Release of Contaminants in the Arctic: Current Research and Potential Health Effects

10/13/15: MP3 recording available: Theories of Carcinogenesis: Mutations and Cancer

10/8/15: MP3 recording available: The Price of Pollution: Costs of Environmental Health Conditions in Children


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CHE Alaska call: Toxic Chemicals in Everyday Products: Health Effects of Flame Retardants (PBDEs) and State Policies to Prevent Exposures

Mar 21, 2012

Date: Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Description: a discussion with researcher Ami Zota, ScD and nationally-recognized environmental health leader Kathy Curtis on the adverse health effects of exposure to PBDEs and what we can do to prevent exposures. More than twelve states have already banned these toxic flame retardant chemicals. Find out what's happening in Alaska and how you can support Alaska House Bill 63 which follows the lead of other states and would ban the importation of consumer products containing PBDEs. PBDEs (polybrominated diphenyl ethers) are toxic flame retardant chemicals found in some electronics, furniture foams, fabrics, and kitchen appliances. They are not permanently bound to products and are released into our homes, workplaces and the outdoor environment. PBDEs are persistent, bioaccumulative environmental contaminants and are largely unregulated in the United States. People are exposed in multiple ways, including contaminated air, household dust, and foods. PBDEs interfere with thyroid function, cause problems with brain development, and disrupt learning, memory and behavior. Babies are exposed in their mother’s womb and through breast milk.

Ami Zota, ScD, postdoctoral fellow, University of California San Francisco Program on Reproductive Health & Environment. Dr. Zotauses her expertise in epidemiology, exposure assessment, and environmental justice to investigate the cumulative impacts of environmental and social factors on reproductive health. Her current work focuses on effects of environmental chemicals exposure (such as PBDE flame retardants, PCBs, and PFOAs) on thyroid function, cardiovascular function, and birth outcomes in an ethnically and socioeconomically diverse population of pregnant women.

Kathleen A. Curtis, Executive Director, Clean and Healthy New York. Kathy Curtis has more than two decades of experience in NY's environmental health movement, and is a widely recognized national leader. She is on the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families steering committee, participates in the Business-NGO Working Group for Safer Chemicals & Sustainable Materials and the steering committee of the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments, for which she coordinates the policy and advocacy workgroup. She co-coordinates the JustGreen Partnership, is the coordinator of the Hazardous Flame Retardant Campaign and is a long-time leader of the Coming Clean Collaborative's Policy Workgroup, through which she co-founded the SAFER campaign.


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