October 2009

 

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In this issue...

 

Articles Related to Chemicals, Toxins & Pesticides

 

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Other Useful Information & Resources

 

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Contact & Subscription Information

 

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Healthy Children Project Monthly e-News

This e-newsletter is a publication of the Learning Disabilities Association of Michigan's Healthy Children Project (HCP). Its purpose is to select and summarize the most pertinent, current information about environmental factors that impact developing fetuses, the newborn or young children and the actions we can take to minimize or eliminate those factors. Michigan's Healthy Children Project e-newsletter will be published every month.

 

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Articles Related to Chemicals, Toxins & Pesticides

Focus on Environmental Factors in Birth Defects
http://www.ehponline.org/members/2009/117-10/EHP117pa440PDF.PDF
Given the myriad steps involved in fetal growth, each presenting the opportunity for developmental mischief, it is not surprising that more than 7,000 kinds of birth defects are known to occur. The causes of birth defects remain largely a mystery, however, although a few culprits have been identified as important contributors, including some environmental agents. Download this 8-page informational brief from Environmental Health Perspectives, October 2009, to learn more. Note: this is a large document (over 7MB) that may take a few moments to load.
 

Drinking Water Unsafe at Thousands of Schools
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/33008932/ns/health-kids_and_parenting/
Over the last decade, the drinking water at thousands of schools across the country has been found to contain unsafe levels of lead, pesticides and dozens of other toxins. An Associated Press investigation found that contaminants have surfaced at public and private schools in all 50 states — in small towns and inner cities alike.
 

Endocrine-disrupting Chemicals: New CHE Practice Prevention Column
http://www.healthandenvironment.org/?module=uploads&func=download&fileId=773
Based on the scientific statement from the Endocrine Society published this summer, the column makes the scientific information about endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) accessible for non-scientists. Written for parents, educators, child-care providers and others who are responsible for children's well-being, this column describes how children are exposed to EDCs and how to reduce exposures.
 

Everyday Products Reveal Lead, Arsenic, PVC & Hazardous Flame Retardants in School Supplies, Pet Products, and More
http://www.healthystuff.org/
On September 16th, HealthyStuff.org released new test data on over 900 products. In total, the HealthyStuff.org is now home to over 15,000 test results on over 5,000 common items including pet products, women's handbags, back-to-school products and more. Blog-friendly widgets and a mobile phone optimized application will also be available on the site.

 

National Report Reveals Toxics in Doctors & Nurses
http://www.mnceh.org/Fact%20Sheets%20-%20MNCEH/PSR-HazardousChemicalsInHealthcare.pdf
Michigan State Rep. Jimmy Womack, MD and prominent pediatrician William Weil were among 20 healthcare professionals biomonitored for an array of toxic chemicals. PBDEs, BPA, phthalates, mercury, and perflourinated compounds were found in all participants.

 

The Ubiquitous Triclosan: A Common Antibacterial Agent Exposed
http://www.beyondpesticides.org/pesticides/factsheets/Triclosan%20cited.pdf
There is a disinfectant showing up in hundreds of common consumer products that is raising serious cause for concern. The chemical, triclosan, is a synthetic, broad-spectrum antimicrobial agent that in recent years has exploded onto the consumer market in a wide variety of antibacterial soaps, deodorants, toothpastes, cosmetics, fabrics, plastics, and other products. Studies have increasingly linked triclosan to a range of health and environmental effects, from skin irritation, allergy susceptibility, bacterial and compounded antibiotic resistant, and dioxin contamination to destruction of fragile aquatic ecosystems.

 

International Joint Commission Flags Inconsistent U.S./Canadian Regulation of Fire Retardant Linked to Health Concerns
http://greatlakesecho.org/2009/10/05/international-joint-commission-flags-inconsistent-uscanadian-regulation-of-fire-retardant-linked-to-health-concerns/#more-11261
The international commission that is responsible for upholding the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement between the U.S. and Canada is questioning why the U.S. is making a fire retardant, deca-BDE, which is banned in Canada.

 

World Library of Toxicology Launched

http://www.wltox.org
Toxipedia.org, in partnership with the USA National Library of Medicine (NLM), the International Union of Toxicology (IUTOX), and the Institute of Neurotoxicology and Neurological Disorders (INND), announces the launch of the World Library of Toxicology, Chemical Safety, and Environmental Health, briefly referred to as the World Library of Toxicology (WLT)
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Other Useful Information & Resources

26th Annual NADD Conference and Exhibit Show
When/Where: October 21 - 23, 2009, New Orleans, LA

Description: A preconference symposium on "Mental Health and Environmental Exposures: The Emerging Evidence" is planned for the conference. Elise Miller, MEd, is the preconference chair, and she is being joined by Theodore Slotkin, PhD, and Cheryl Beseler, PhD.

For More Info: Visit the conference website at http://www.thenadd.org/pages/conferences/26th/index.shtml.
 

Subscribe to "Toxic Times"

http://www.mnceh.org/toxictimes/news.php

"Toxic Times" is a periodic recap of the top stories on toxics from the Michigan Network for Children's Environmental Health.

 

CHE Partnership Calls

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

You can also listen to previous calls, download documentation and view call blogs at this website.

 

LDA of Michigan's Healthy Children Project Offering Conference Co-Sponsorships

http://www.ldaofmichigan.org/conf.cosponsorships.pdf

LDA would like to co-sponsor up to three (3) statewide conferences of 501(c)3 non-profit organizations which are dedicated to children’s health issues and family memberships. Those selected will receive $500 from the LDA HCP to help support their overall conference. To learn more, download the PDF information sheet and Microsoft Word application form.

 

 

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