December 2013

 

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Articles Related to Chemicals, Toxins & Pesticides 

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2013 YEAR END ISSUE

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Articles Related to Chemicals, Toxins & Pesticides

A Parent's Dilemma: Do Flame Retardants in Home Goods Trade in One Danger for Another?
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2014/01/-what-could-be-so.html
Like many families at this time of year, my husband and I were up late one recent night packing up diapers, bottles, toys, clothes and all the necessary "kid gear" for a long road trip with our two sons to visit my parents. One thing I wanted to make sure I didn't forget was a soft headrest for my four-year-old. It's shaped like a little dog and he loves it. As I pulled it out of the drawer, I noticed something I hadn't seen before, a tag that read: "This article meets the flammability requirements of California Bureau of Home Furnishings Technical Bulletin CA 117. Care should be exercised near open flame or burning cigarettes." I hesitated ... should I put this well worn pillow back in the car?

 

Cancer-Linked Flame Retardants Eased Out of Furniture in 2014
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=cancer-linked-flame
When the clock strikes midnight on December 31, new regulations kick into effect that may help usher in an era of less pervasive flame retardants in our home furnishings. The move caps a years-long campaign to alter regulations inextricably linked with a tobacco industry that sought to elude production of self-extinguishing cigarettes designed to limit couch fires. Deception and intrigue led to a 1970s regulation that prompted the injection of chemicals into home furniture, stemming from a distortion of scientific findings that suggested flame retardants would be more effective at reducing sofa fires than they really are. In reality, retardants provide no meaningful protection, a finding uncovered in a 2012 investigative series by The Chicago Tribune and highlighted in a recent documentary Toxic Hot Seat.

 

EPA Not Entirely Confident Playground Turf Is Safe For Children
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/23/turf-safety-epa_n_4494726.html
The recycled tire parts, sometimes called "tire crumb," are used to make pliant surfaces for playgrounds, tracks and playing fields. There are concerns that the tires contain lead and other harmful chemicals, putting children who play on the turf at risk.

 

Having a Dog — Even a Dirty One — May Help Fend Off Allergies in Young Children
http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/having-a-dog--even-a-dirty-one--may-help-fend-off-allergies-in-young-children/2013/12/20/a31d22e8-6765-11e3-a0b9-249bbb34602c_story.html
Dogs that bring outdoor dust into the house might actually be doing a favor for babies in the home. Research suggests that exposure to doggy dust imparts immune protection to infants. A study of mice shows that the benefits derive from microbes in the dust that enter the intestines and improve the microbial mix, steering the immune system toward fighting disease and away from initiating allergic reactions.

 

Behavior and Biology: The Accidental Epigeneticist
http://www.nature.com/news/behaviour-and-biology-the-accidental-epigeneticist-1.14441
By studying disadvantaged children, Richard Tremblay has traced the roots of chronic aggressive behavior back as far as infancy. Now he hopes to go back further.

 

Michigan Network for Children's Environmental Health Blog: Seven Michigan Women join the National Brigade for Safer Chemicals
http://www.mnceh.org/blog/StrollerBrigade2013
If you’ve been following our blog, you probably know that toxic chemicals are found in many products in our homes and have been linked to way too many common health problems. You might also know that our nation’s chemicals law, the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) has been broken for 36 years and Congress hasn’t stepped up to fix it. Frankly, it’s a dereliction of duty, and we’ve had enough! On October 29th seven amazing women from Michigan joined hundreds of others from all over the country to march on Washington and demand safer chemicals at the National Stroller Brigade for Safer Chemicals. Our environmental health organizer Jennifer Canvasser and our partners Erica Bloom (MI League of Conservation Voters) and Vee Heymach (Mom’s Clean Air Force) are leading a dream team of children’s health advocates including three pediatric nurses – Kelly Moore (Northville), Racheal Brant (Maybee), and Joyce Stein (Brooklyn), and learning disabilities association advocate Lori Parks (Plymouth).

 

 

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Other Useful Information & Resources

LDA of America's Annual Conference
http://ldanatl.org/
Calling all Parents, Educators, Adults with LD and Professionals! LDA is going to Disneyland! 2014 Annual Conference, February 19-22, 2014. We are excited to be in Anaheim, CA. As always, it will be a time for learning as well as discovering how we can advocate and work together to create new opportunities for children and adults with learning disabilities.

 

2014 EPA/NIEHS Webinar Series
Webinar: Wednesday, January 8, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. EST
Info: http://www.scgcorp.com/epaniehs2014/
Register: http://www.scgcorp.com/epaniehs2014/prereg.asp
Join us for this month's webinar presenting research from the University of California, Berkeley. The webinar features presentations and interactive discussions including recent findings and new developments in children’s environmental health. The mission of the EPA/NIEHS Centers program is to reduce children’s health risks, protect children from environmental threats and promote their health and well-being in the communities where they live, learn and play.

 

Endocrine Disruption and Immune Dysfunction
Conference Call: Jan 8, 2014 at 1 pm EST

http://www.healthandenvironment.org/partnership_calls/13389
On this call. Dr. Rodney Dietert will discuss how the immune system is a target for endocrine disrupting chemicals, particularly during development. Numerous relatively ‘hidden’ effects can ensue from a single risk factor and emerge over a lifetime. He will also discuss how current safety testing fails to appropriately assess mis-regulated inflammation as the greatest immune based health risk.
 

CHE Partnership Calls

http://www.healthandenvironment.org/news/wg_calls

 

January 2014 issue of the Environmental Factor
http://www.niehs.nih.gov/news/newsletter/index.cfm

 

 

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