Your Health: Occupational Exposures—Nail Salons, Lead and Asbestos

written by Nancy Hepp, MS Research and Communications Specialist Beginning with this post, these columns will be focused on one issue and will be posted as topics emerge rather than on a strict weekly schedule. Exposure to chemicals, radiation, dust, heat and other stressors at work are a perennial concern. Recent items highlight some of […]

Your Health the Week of July 6th

written by Nancy Hepp, MS Research and Communications Specialist This post was updated to correct and clarify misleading statements on July 16th. Electronics, Electrical Fields, and Radiation Televisions are still dominant, but computers, mobile phones, tablets and other electronic devices are capturing more and more of children’s attention and waking hours. In Screen addiction is […]

Electromagnetic Fields: The Chemical Connection

written by Elise Miller, MEd CHE Director As 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 […]

Top 10 Selections: 2nd Quarter 2014

These are the environmental health stories, studies and reports that we think are most significant from the last three months. Comments are invited. Global toll of pollution on health The scope and depth of pollution worldwide and its significant toll on health and lifespan is underscored in these new reports. WHO: Air pollution top environmental […]

The Cost of Toxic Exposures

Elise Miller, MEd Director As the health care reform debate continues, little discussion has focused on the  significant cost savings that could be achieved through preventing exposures to toxic chemicals—chemicals that are shown to contribute to numerous health endpoints, including obesity, diabetes, learning and developmental disabilities, Parkinson’s, reproductive health problems, breast cancer, asthma and heart […]

The Precautionary Principle: Protecting Public Health and the Environment

Ted Schettler, MD, MPH Katherine Barrett, PhD Carolyn Raffensperger, MA, JD Science and Environmental Health Network Adapted from an essay by Schettler et al. in McCally 2002. The precautionary principle is a guide to public policy decision making (Raffensperger and Tickner 1999, Schettler et al. 2002). It responds to the realization that humans often cause […]