Comprehensive Study Looks at
Environment, Genetic Risks in Child Health
U.S. health officials have embarked on one of the most comprehensive
evaluations of child health ever undertaken in the United States.
Researchers will be collecting data on a host of environmental and
genetic factors that impact children's health and the health of the
adults they will become. Doctors hope the results will shed new
light on risk factors for autism, obesity and a host of other
childhood health problems.
Secondhand Smoke Tied To Mental
Health Problems In Kids
Estimates suggest that anywhere between 4.8 and 5.5 million children
in the U.S. live in households where they are exposed to secondhand
smoke, putting them at greater risk for multiple health problems.
Now, new research suggests that secondhand smoke exposure can
increase the odds of developing certain mental and behavioral
disorders by 50 percent.
Featured Resource: Cumulative Impacts
"The primary goal of the Cumulative
Impacts Project is to collect the latest science, emerging best
practices, analytical tools, and legal shifts that can reduce
cumulative harm to our planet, our communities, and ourselves."
Large Human Study Links Phthalates,
BPA and Thyroid Hormone Levels
A link between chemicals called
phthalates and thyroid hormone levels was confirmed by the
University of Michigan in the first large-scale and nationally
representative study of phthalates and BPA in relation to thyroid
function in humans.
Guest Commentary: Give
Parents Information to Keep Children Healthy and Safe
As a mother of a child with autism, I go to great lengths to do
what's best for my family's health. But I have a question for
Michigan legislators: How am I supposed to protect my family's
health when I can't even know which children's products are
contaminated with chemicals that can harm my child's brain or
increase her risk of cancer?
Substances Added to HHS Report on
The U.S. Department of Health and
Human Services adds eight substances to its Report on Carcinogens, a
science-based document that identifies chemicals and biological
agents that may put people at increased risk for cancer. The
industrial chemical formaldehyde and a botanical known as
aristolochic acids are listed as known human carcinogens. Six other
substances -- captafol, cobalt-tungsten carbide (in powder or hard
metal form), certain inhalable glass wool fibers, o-nitrotoluene,
riddelliine, and styrene -- are added as substances that are
reasonably anticipated to be human carcinogens. With these
additions, the 12th Report on Carcinogens now includes 240 listings.
Funds Short to Probe St. Clair Cancer
Cases; County Sees Higher Number of Youth with Wilms' Tumor
Government efforts to track the cause of an alarming number of
children's kidney cancers in St. Clair County may be destined to
fail, thanks to a shortage of funding and expertise. St. Clair
officials have been monitoring instances of Wilms' tumor appearing
in young people in and around the Marine City area in recent years.
Since 2007, seven cases have been documented of the cancer that
typically strikes 500 people annually in the United States.