Focus on Environmental Factors in
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
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Drinking Water Unsafe at Thousands of
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
Endocrine-disrupting Chemicals: New
CHE Practice Prevention Column
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
Everyday Products Reveal Lead,
Arsenic, PVC & Hazardous Flame Retardants in School Supplies, Pet
Products, and More
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
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
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
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
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).
26th Annual NADD Conference and
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
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LDA of Michigan's Healthy Children
Project Offering Conference Co-Sponsorships
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
Word application form.