Autism Brain Origins — Environment and Physiology Really Matter

written by Martha Herbert, PhD, MD CHE Partner This excerpt from Dr. Herbert’s blog is shared with her permission. Read the full post on her blog. The recent New England Journal of Medicine paper by Stoner and colleagues, “Patches of disorganization in the neocortex of children with autism.” N Engl J Med 370(13): 1209-1219, made several important contributions to […]

Is there really a causal relationship between mercury exposure and autism? Some evidence to the contrary!

written by Arnold P. Wendroff, PhD CHE Partner In response to the publication of an article and video, Dr. Wendroff submitted these comments to the publishers: Dear Age of Autism Editors, I was prompted to write to you by the article in today’s Age of Autism. If in fact there was a valid correlation between […]

Paternal Age, de Novo Mutations and Autism Risk

Ted Schettler, MD, MPH Science Director A recent study of paternal age, de novo DNA mutations, and autism risk in Iceland, published in the journal Nature, has received considerable attention. The authors of the study found more de novo DNA mutations in children with autism and those mutations were largely traced to fathers rather than mothers. […]

What’s really behind the increase in autism rates.

CHE partner Alice Shabecoff,  co-author with her husband Philip of the book Poisoned for Profit: How Toxins Are Making Our Children Chronically Ill. The just-released data on autism shows a count of one in 88 children, up from a rate of one in 100 three years ago, and one in 150 five years ago.  With each […]

Review of Autism Society National Conference in Dallas: Excerpt

The following is excerpted from a review by CHE Partner Leigh Attaway Wilcox of the 2010 Autism Society National Conference. It is reprinted with her permission. The full review is on the Dallas Moms blog. On July 8, 2010, CHE’s Learning and Developmental Disability Initiative, with the support of the John Merck Fund, cosponsored the 2nd […]

Commentary: 25 Years of Endocrine Disruptor Research – Great Strides, But Still a Long Way to Go

written by Laura N. Vandenberg, PhD Assistant Professor and Graduate Program Director of Environmental Health Sciences, University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences Reprinted with permission from Environmental Health News Cancer. Diabetes. Autism. Infertility. ADHD. Asthma. As the rates of these diseases increase over time, the public and researchers alike have […]

Unprecedented Alliance of Scientists, Health Professionals, & Advocates Agree Toxic Chemicals Are Hurting Brain Development

written by Ted Schettler, MD, MPH Science Director An unprecedented alliance of leading scientists, health professionals, and children’s health advocates has come together to publish a consensus statement concluding that scientific evidence supports a causal link between exposures to toxic chemicals in food, air and everyday products and children’s risks for neurodevelopmental disorders. The alliance, […]

One Voice: Prioritize the Health of Our Children

One Voice: Prioritize the Health of Our Children

To commemorate World Environmental Health Day this year and its focus on children’s environment and health, CHE is publishing a series of short essays from partners who are leaders in children’s environmental health. written by Maida Galvez, MD, MPH CHE Partner As an environmental pediatrician and mom, I worry about the thousands of chemicals that […]

Brains Needed for the Future

Brains Needed for the Future

To commemorate World Environmental Health Day this year and its focus on children’s environment and health, CHE is publishing a series of short essays from partners who are leaders in children’s environmental health. written by Philippe Grandjean, MD, PhD CHE Partner Climate change and chemical pollution are serious challenges that require tough decisions, and the […]

Diseases, Vectors, Specific Chemicals or Life Phases: What’s Your Pleasure?

written by Elise Miller, EdM Director When many of us think of air pollution, images often come to mind of smoke stacks and diesel trucks spewing dirty fumes or thick brown smog enveloping cities. We think of people coughing or wearing masks on their faces to breathe, kids being rushed to emergency rooms for asthma […]