Your Health the Week of May 25th

written by Nancy Hepp, MS
Research and Communications Specialist

Improving air quality

school busesTwo items this week relate to actions that can improve air quality. The first from Living On Earth reports on efforts and positive outcomes in Pennsylvania to reduce exhaust by cutting down idling by school buses: School bus pollution is dangerous, and efforts to control it are still uneven. Given the number of school buses and the known health hazards from diesel exhaust, no-idling efforts can make a big difference in children’s health.

The second item from Medpage Today summarizes a study from China investigating the benefits of indoor air purifiers in removing particulates and other contaminants from outdoor air: Air purifiers help lungs and heart. Filtering fine-particle pollutants out of indoor air for two days improved biomarkers of cardiorespiratory health in healthy college students.

Avoiding chemicals of concern in consumer products

nail polish image from WVEWomen’s Voices for the Earth (WVE) published new data on the use of toxic chemicals in nail products. Nail products and polishes that contain chemicals of concern. The webpage details the chemicals of concern and the products that were found to contain them.

ScienceDaily reported on a study at the Goethe University of chemicals in 10 baby teethers: Endocrine disrupting chemicals in baby teethers. Eight of the 10 teethers did not contain endocrine disrupting chemicals, but one product contained parabens, which are normally used as preservatives in cosmetics, and the second contained six so-far unidentified endocrine disruptors. The brand names of the teethers are not included in the article or the study, unfortunately.

This post is part of a regular series that summarizes and highlights recent Your Health items and trends. Readers can follow CHE’s Your Health news feed or subscribe via RSS.

While individual actions to safeguard or improve health are important, we cannot individually address broad issues regarding pollutants, food supply, access to health care, poverty, climate change, infectious diseases and other issues that impact the health of individuals and communities. Join CHE to strengthen the science dialogue on environmental factors impacting human health and to facilitate collaborative, prevention-oriented efforts to address environmental health concerns.

Bringing attention to specific resources and findings does not mean CHE endorses or validates them. We highlight the emerging science and its implications for Your Health, knowing that thinking will continue to evolve as new studies are published.

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