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 […]

Your Health the Week of June 15th

written by Nancy Hepp, MS Research and Communications Specialist Green Space and Cognitive Development An article in Pacific Standard this week reported on a study finding that green space at school, at home and on the commute is associated with greater working memory and attentiveness in school-age children. This finding is similar to one from […]

An Environmental Perspective of the American Diabetes Association’s 75th Scientific Sessions

written by Sarah Howard Coordinator of the Diabetes-Obesity Spectrum Working Group Over 18,000 people from around the globe gathered in Boston June 5-9, 2015, for the American Diabetes Association’s premier annual scientific conference. Thanks to CHE, I was able to attend, and here summarize information I found on the development of diabetes—including environmental factors (especially […]

Top 10: 1st Quarter 2015

This quarter’s selections include a discussion of the role of bad luck in cancer, the continuing saga of federal chemical policy reform, the costs of hormone-disrupting chemicals, a couple of success stories, and plenty of research on the impacts of several common toxics on health. Find out more about many of the Top 10 topics […]

Diabetes and the Environment: Arsenic

Sarah Howard Coordinator, CHE’s Diabetes – Obesity Spectrum Working Group This essay is reprinted with the author’s permission from her website: Diabetes and the Environment. See also CHE’s March 11th Partnership call: The Link Between Arsenic Exposure and Diabetes: A Review of the Current Research Arsenic can be found naturally in drinking water. Millions of people […]

Can Air Pollution Contribute to Diabetes or Weight Gain?

Sarah Howard, National Coordinator of the Diabetes-Obesity Spectrum Working Group Of course what you eat can affect your risk of diabetes and obesity, but how about what you breathe? Can air pollution influence the risk of diabetes and obesity? Surprisingly, it might. Long-term exposure to traffic-related air pollution is associated with an increased risk of […]

Critically High Blood Sugar, Critical Science

In recognition of CHE’s 10th anniversary, colleagues who have been particularly instrumental to shaping CHE this past decade will be invited to write an introduction. This month’s introduction is by Sarah Howard, who serves as the national coordinator for CHE’s Diabetes-Obesity Spectrum Working Group. “It’s critically high,” the ER nurse informed me, describing my toddler’s […]

The Effect of Environmental Chemicals on Insulin Production: Implications for All Types of Diabetes

Sarah Howard Coordinator of CHE’s Diabetes-Obesity Spectrum Working Group In a recent review, published in the leading diabetes journal Diabetologia, Hectors et al. (2011) describe how numerous environmental chemicals affect the insulin-producing beta cells of the pancreas. These effects, the authors argue, may be significant in the development of type 2 diabetes. Chemicals like bisphenol A, […]

Can Environmental Contaminants Contribute to the Development of Diabetes?

Sarah Howard CHE Partner There is a well-documented and unexplained increase in the incidence of type 1 diabetes in children around the world, and alarmingly, this increase is most rapid in children under age 5. Type 2 diabetes shows a parallel increase, and is also now appearing even in children. About 6.4% of the world’s […]