September 2011

 

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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. Feel free to let your friends, family and colleagues know about this valuable new resource. Instructions to subscribe or unsubscribe are at the end of this e-newsletter.

 

Articles Related to Chemicals, Toxins & Pesticides

Please Join LDA and MNCEH on October 18, 2011, As We Urge Our Legislators To Prioritize Children's Health
Learn more and RSVP here: http://bit.ly/MNCEHAdvocacyDay
Our children's health must be prioritized and protected. On Advocacy Day, we'll ask our State Representatives and Senators to protect kids from chemicals like cadmium, mercury, brominated flame retardants, and other toxic chemicals that are found in some children's products and toys.
During Advocacy Day, teams of parents and grandparents, health professionals, teachers, and children’s advocates will gather in Lansing to meet with legislators from across the state. You’ll be teamed up with experts, so you’ll have all of the information and support you need. It is critical that our legislators hear from engaged Michiganders like you. We need you to make this day a success.
You’re welcome to participate for all or part of the day. Please RSVP to join us on October 18th to advocate for children’s environmental health! Schedule: Michigan Capitol, Lansing, MI 48922 - 9:30am: Capitol Room 428, Lobbying 101 and Issue Briefing; 12:00pm: Capitol Lawn, Rally with “Betty” the 25-ft Ducky; 1pm-4:30pm: Meetings with Legislators in the Capitol, Senate, and House buildings.

 

Hazardous Flame Retardants and Chemical Additives Found in Over Half of 2011 Child Car Seats Tested by HealthyStuff.org
http://www.healthystuff.org/departments/childrens-products/product.seatsbestworst.php
The latest research on toxic chemicals in children's car seats was released today by the nonprofit Ecology Center at the consumer-friendly site, www.HealthyStuff.org. While some seats were found to be virtually free of the most dangerous chemicals, over half (60%) contained at least one of the chemicals tested for.

 

Environmental Working Group's Petition To the EPA To Protect Our Drinking Water
http://action.ewg.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=1938&tag=natfrackingpetitionfull&utm_source=

natfrackingpetitionfull&utm_medium=email&utm_content=first-link&utm_campaign=natres
The oil and gas industry claimed for years there's no evidence that hydraulic fracturing -- fracking -- has contaminated drinking water wells. Our study shows that the Environmental Protection Agency concluded 25 years ago that hydraulic fracturing can -- and did -- contaminate an underground source of drinking water and that such contamination was "illustrative" of fracking's risks, blowing holes in the industry's argument. It's past time to follow up on the EPA's findings with more rigorous scientific research. Join us in calling on the EPA to look into the risks of fracking and make sure that our drinking water is safe. The oil and gas industry must be held accountable. Click the link above to sign EWG’s petition to the Environmental Protection Agency.

 

Just Relax! Mom’s Stress is Linked to Baby’s Health
http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/ehs/newscience/2011/08/2011-0824-moms-stress-kids-health/
Higher amounts of everyday stress during pregnancy can increase the risk of many early childhood diseases and health problems, finds one of the largest studies to date on the link between prenatal environment and health after birth.

 

Fighting Flames With Greener Materials
http://www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/333924/title/Fighting_flames_with_greener_materials
Materials scientists in Texas have developed flexible coatings mere billionths of a meter thick that keep cotton clothing from going up in flames and plastic foam from melting. Unlike the widely used but potentially toxic flame retardants they've been designed to replace, these nano-coatings appear relatively safe, their designers say.

 

Environmental Justice: What's EPA's Plan?
http://www.theroot.com/views/what-s-epa-s-environmental-justice-plan
Administrator Lisa P. Jackson says all people deserve clean communities. Here's what she's done.

 

Mental Illness Rise Linked to Climate
http://www.smh.com.au/environment/mental-illness-rise-linked-to-climate-20110828-1jger.html
Rates of mental illnesses including depression and post-traumatic stress will increase as a result of climate change, a report to be released today says. The paper, prepared for the Climate Institute, says loss of social cohesion in the wake of severe weather events related to climate change could be linked to increased rates of anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress and substance abuse. As many as one in five people reported ''emotional injury, stress and despair'' in the wake of these events.

 

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Other Useful Information & Resources

Latest Edition of Environmental Health Perspectives

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Latest Edition of the Environmental Factor

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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 Blog

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CHE has launched a blog to promote dialogue on issues at the intersection of human health and environment. Main blog posts are invited essays from CHE partners. Comments and discussion are welcome from all.
 

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