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Are There Environmental Causes for Type 1 Diabetes? October 28, 2014

Posted by Nancy Hepp in Call supplement.
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This is an excerpt of an article by Sarah Howard, Coordinator of CHE’s Diabetes-Obesity Spectrum Working Group. More information on this topic will be presented during CHE’s November 12th teleconference call: Type 1 Diabetes and the Environment, which is free and open to the public. After the call, a recording will be posted.

Sarah HowardType 1 researchers generally agree that the increasing incidence in Type 1 diabetes must be due to environmental factors. What those factors are, however, remains an area of active debate and research. Some of the top contenders include: viruses (either too many or too few), vitamin D deficiency, the gut microbiota, diet/nutrition (including cow’s milk or gluten), being overweight or obese, and environmental chemicals. It very well could be a combination of factors to blame, with different factors playing different roles in each person, depending on genetic make-up, and thus making it difficult to identify any root causes of the problem.

Read the full article on the Insulin Nation website.

Electromagnetic Fields: The Chemical Connection October 8, 2014

Posted by Nancy Hepp in Newsletter introductions.
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written by Elise Miller, MEd
CHE Director

Elise Miller, MEdAs you probably remember from your high school biology class, our bodies function using electrical impulses to communicate between cells, such as telling your heart muscles to contract or signaling your brain that you just stubbed your toe. Since everything relies on these signals, any breakdown or disruption in your body’s electrical system can become a real problem.

We also know that certain toxic agents, such as endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), can alter our bodies’ hormonal messaging systems (which, by the way, uses electrical signals to communicate). When exposures to these chemicals, even in tiny amounts, happen during critical windows of development, then a wide range of health problems can result over a person’s lifetime.

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World’s First Baby Born After Uterine Transplant October 6, 2014

Posted by Nancy Hepp in Brave New World.
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submitted by Ted Schettler, MD, MPH
Science Director

A 36-year-old woman who received a uterus transplant from a live donor in 2013 gave birth to a healthy baby boy in September 2014, according to article published online October 3 in The Lancet.

Read the article on Medscape and the study in The Lancet.

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