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Articles Related to Chemicals, Toxins & Pesticides
Clean School Bus USA
School buses are the safest way for children to get to school.
However, pollution from diesel vehicles has health implications for
everyone, especially children. By working together, we can reduce
pollution from public school buses making sure that school buses are
also a very clean way for children to get to school. Clean School Bus
USA brings together partners from business, education,
transportation, and public health organizations.
Michigan Students Share Chemical Waste
Students at North Star Academy in Marquette have been learning about
chemical waste, including the best way to store and dispose of it,
and they are spreading their lessons to other area school districts.
The students make an inventory of all the chemicals in the school,
for instance those used in chemistry and science classes, and
implement a plan to dispose of the chemicals when no longer needed.
Toxicity and Exposure Assessment for
Children's Health (TEACH)
Toxicity and Exposure Assessment for
Children's Health (TEACH) is an EPA project that seeks to complement
existing information on health risks to children from exposure to
chemicals in the environment. The website has two main components - a
searchable database and Chemical Summary Forms.
Information about Legislation Relating
Pending legislation, both state and federal, relating to known or
suspected neurotoxicants is listed in a searchable database.
Pesticide Contamination Found in All
Rivers and Streams
A ten year survey documenting the contamination in the nation's
rivers and streams caused by pesticide use has been released by the
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Although the amounts vary and often do
not reach levels believed to be harmful to humans, the study reports
that pesticides contaminate, to one degree or another, 100% of
America's rivers, streams, and the fish that live in them.
New Edition of Hispanic Environmental
Health Page Focuses on Pesticides
El medio ambiente y su salud: Pesticidas
The Hispanic environmental health page, "El medio ambiente y su salud,"
focuses on the agency's overall efforts to educate Hispanics,
researchers, and health care providers on how environmental health
issues affect the different Hispanic communities. The page is updated
regularly with new information on developments and policy. Since its
launch last year, this popular page has covered issues such as
asthma, mold and carbon monoxide. This segment of EPA's
Spanish-language portal will feature other environmental issues such
as green technology and drinking water in the near future.
Effect of Prenatal Exposure to
Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) on Incidence of Acute Respiratory
Infections in Preschool Inuit Children
Children in the highest quartile of exposure were 25% and 40% more
likely than children in the lowest quartile for ear and respiratory
infections, respectively. The research team concluded that "prenatal
exposure to PCBs could be responsible for a significant portion of
respiratory infections in children of this population. Full article
available in PDF format by following link above.
Perchlorate: Questions and Answers
Perchlorate is also used in a wide variety of industrial processes
and pyrotechnics. In recent years there has been increasing interest
in perchlorate levels in soil, groundwater, drinking water, and
irrigation water around the country and what health effects it may
EPA: Committed to Putting Children
Developing a new generation of pediatricians with environmental
health expertise. Studying the effect of on-road emissions in
asthmatic children to prevent the health impacts of air pollution.
Starting a "green cleaning" program to help reduce children's
exposures to environmental hazards in school.
Articles Related to Lead & Mercury
Interim Mercury Test Results Indicate
1 in 5 Women Has Unsafe Levels
Read the entire report issued by EQI at
Look at the report's participant results broken down by state at
On February 8, 2006, interim results of the nation's largest
mercury hair sampling project were released by the Environmental
Quality Institute (EQI) at the University of North
Carolina-Asheville. The report found mercury levels exceeding the
EPA's recommended limit in one in five women of childbearing age
tested. More than 6,600 people from 50 states of all ages
participated in the hair tests conducted by Sierra Club and
Greenpeace. Mercury contamination is a particular concern for women
of childbearing years (16 to 49 years old) and their small children
(under the age of six) because mercury exposure in the womb can cause
neurological damage and other health problems in children.
Which Fish are Safe to Eat?
Take a mercury I.Q. quiz at
http://www.sierraclub.org/quiz/mercury/ to find out.
Children’s Necklaces Recalled for Lead
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced a
voluntary recall of "In Style Children's Necklaces" which were sold
at Dollar General stores throughout the U.S. The recalled necklaces
contain high levels of lead, posing a serious risk of lead poisoning
and adverse health effects to young children.
Children’s Jewelry Sold at American
Girl Stores Recalled for Lead Poisoning Hazard
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced a voluntary
recall of the "American Girl Children's Jewelry". The recalled
jewelry contains high levels of lead. Lead is toxic if ingested by
young children and can cause adverse health effects.
Battle Lines Drawn Over Mercury in
States push for bans in children's vaccines. But leading medical
groups are pushing back. Login required to read this article.
Marquette's 'Clean Sweep' Results in
Tons of Electronic Waste
Thousands of United Methodists in northern Michigan dug through their
attics, basements and garages on Earth Day 2006 to find old and
broken computers, televisions, cell phones and other electronics
during the second annual Earth Keeper Clean Sweep. As of April 25,
the total weight for electronics collected had been tallied at more
than 300 tons.
Granholm Orders 90 Percent Mercury
Reduction for Power Plants
Michigan electric companies are being ordered to slash mercury
emissions from coal-burning power plants by 90 percent within nine
years, a step toward cleansing the state's waters of a poison that
has prompted fish consumption warnings. Gov. Jennifer Granholm on
Monday said the Department of Environmental Quality would develop a
rule requiring utilities to achieve the reductions by 2015. The state
policy goes beyond mercury reduction standards announced by the Bush
administration last year.
Experiment Confirms Chloramine's
Effect on Lead in Drinking Water
Chloramines, which have been linked to elevated levels of toxic lead
in drinking water in Washington, D.C., and Greenville, N.C., have
again been implicated in high lead concentrations, but this time the
evidence comes from real-time experiments. In research published
today on ES&T's Research ASAP website, chemist Jay Switzer at the
University of Missouri-Rolla describes real-time corrosion studies
that show that lead scales on pipes are more likely to dissolve into
drinking water when chloramines are used as a disinfectant.
Articles Related to Environmental Effects on Development and Learning
Effect of Prenatal Exposure to
Airborne Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons on Neurodevelopment in the
First Three Years of Life Among Inner-City Children
At age 3, exposed children were more likely to have lower mental
development scores and slower cognitive development, sufficient to
raise concerns about future school performance. Full article
available in PDF format by following link above.
Children's Health Panel Slams EPA's
The current policy of assuming that all exposures come from drinking
water doesn't account for perchlorate found in lettuce or breast
milk, the advisors write. The U.S. EPA's new perchlorate cleanup goal
isn't supported by science, fails to protect children's health, and
needs to be lowered, according to an agency scientific advisory
panel. The goal, revised in January by the EPA's Office of Solid
Waste, is at least 4 times less stringent than similar goals recently
proposed by 3 states. The new cleanup level "is not supported by the
underlying science and can result in exposures that pose
neurodevelopmental risks in early life." These risks include impaired
brain development that can result in such problems as low IQ scores
and attention deficits. In sufficient amounts, perchlorate inhibits
the uptake of iodide, an essential component of hormones produced in
the thyroid. These hormones help guide proper brain development in
fetuses and infants.
Two Studies Vindicate Mercury Fillings: No Link Found to
Two new studies, one from the University of Washington involving
orphans in Portugal, found no evidence of IQ or other neurological
impairment caused by dental fillings made with mercury. But the
studies have come under fire from some groups who say researchers
unnecessarily exposed children to a known toxic substance, failed to
get the proper consent from parents and guardians and overstated the
results. The studies are the first to follow children from the time
they received the fillings rather than trying to piece together
evidence of health problems in retrospect.
America's Children and the
Environment: Childhood Illnesses
America’s Children and the Environment brings together, in one place,
quantitative information from a variety of sources to show trends in
levels of environmental contaminants in air, water, food, and soil;
concentrations of contaminants measured in the bodies of mothers and
children; and childhood diseases that may be influenced by
America's Children and the
Environment: Data Trends
Data on trends in childhood diseases and disorders provide important
information on successes and shortcomings in efforts to protect
children’s health. Many important diseases and other health disorders
affect children. The causes of many of these conditions are not well
established. In some cases environmental contaminants are known to
play a role. In other cases clues suggest that environmental factors
are important, but definitive proof is lacking.
Articles & Resources
Related to Children's Health Issues
Autism Epidemic Doubted, But Tally May
Be Too Low
Despite warnings of a national autism epidemic, there’s little
data to substantiate such a claim, according to new research compiled
a University of Wisconsin-Madison scientist. Indeed, special
education figures that are being used to suggest an autism explosion
are faulty and confounded, said Paul Shattuck, a researcher at the
university’s Waisman Center and author of the study, which appears in
a recent issue of the journal Pediatrics.
The Contribution of Diagnostic
Substitution to the Growing Administrative Prevalence of Autism in US
Growing administrative prevalence of autism has stirred public
controversy and concern. The extent to which increases in the
administrative prevalence of autism have been associated with
corresponding decreases in the use of other diagnostic categories is
unknown. The main objective of this study was to examine the
relationship between the rising administrative prevalence of autism
in US special education and changes in the use of other
ASA: Study Denouncing Autism Epidemic
The Autism Society of America (ASA), in response to a study by Dr.
Paul Shattuck appearing in next week’s edition of Pediatrics titled
"Diagnostic Substitution and Changing Autism Prevalence," says the
study takes the focus away from the real issue: Autism is affecting
millions of people and families who need help today.
Controversy over Autism Eats at
Credibility of CDC
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, rarely the subject
of public controversy, is facing an emerging credibility crisis on
the emotional issue of whether old-style vaccines containing a
mercury preservative caused autism in thousands of children. The
agency is being accused of cover-ups and scientific manipulations by
vocal advocates of autism awareness. It also is facing questions from
some high-profile members of Congress.
Who Receives a Diagnosis of
Attention-Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder in the United States
Elementary School Population?
ADHD diagnosis is likely to be influenced by a child's social and
school environment as well as exogenous child characteristics.
Concerns that increased pressures for school performance are
associated with increased ADHD diagnoses may be justified.
American Lung Association State of the
Air: 2006 Report Finds Too Many U.S. Cities Still Suffer from Air
The State of the Air: 2006 report finds that more than 150 million
Americans still live in counties where they are exposed to
unhealthful levels of air pollution. The report ranks the cities and
counties with the dirtiest air, and provides county-by-county report
cards on the two most pervasive air pollutants: particle pollution
(more commonly called “soot”) and ozone (more commonly called
“smog”). While air pollution is unsafe for everyone, some people are
at increased risk because of their age or health situation.
Pollution: Where Have all the Baby
Something very strange is happening in
a small but highly polluted Canadian community. And it may explain
why every year thousands of British babies who should be boys are
born as girls instead. Young boys are becoming hard to find on the
Chippewa Indian reservation in the gritty town of Sarnia, in
Ontario's "Chemical Valley". It boasts four children's softball
teams, but three of them are made up entirely of girls. You must log
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Call: Electromagnetic Radiation, May 24, at 12:00 EST
call which will focus on issues surrounding electromagnetic radiation
and health. This call will be moderated by Michael Lerner, Ph.D. In
order to join this call and receive dial-in information, please RSVP
to Julia Varshavsky, CHE Program Associate, at
Conference: Taking Precautionary Action: Roadmap for Success -
The First National Conference on Precaution, June 9-11, Baltimore, MD
Join with groups to share successful precautionary strategies, tools,
policies and programs. Help build the movement for precautionary
action to prevent harm from environmental hazards.
The Learning Disabilities Association of
Michigan is pleased to offer grants to 501(C) 3 non-profit
organizations located in Michigan for educational
programs/events/materials which will help inform key stakeholders of
the existing and emerging science linking certain chemical exposures
to learning, behavioral, and developmental disabilities. Priority
will be given projects which target families and disability groups
and/or promote action towards creating a healthier environment for
Grantees will be responsible for submitting a final project report,
documentation of all expenditures, and copies of materials produced.
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