Dioxin – Scientific Analysis

This letter is reprinted with permission from the Environmental Working Group, a CHE partner. See the original letter with full science analysis on EWG’s website.   Dr. Timothy Buckley, Chair Dioxin Review Panel Science Advisory Board Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Washington, DC Dear Dr. Buckley, Twenty-five years after publishing its first assessment of dioxin, a common […]

Waste More, Want More: The Adage of the Age of Electronics

written by Elise Miller, MEd Director  NOTE: While CHE primarily highlights emerging environmental health science, we also occasionally bring attention to how this new research is being applied (or not) to decision-making in the marketplace and regulatory policies.  Every day new mountains are being born—not because of shifting plate tectonics but due to electronic waste, […]

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: July 2013

For the second quarter of 2013, we collectively selected ten topics from several dozen candidate news articles, journal articles, policy decisions and reports that have had a significant impact or are likely to have a significant impact on thinking and action in the field of environmental health. We consider these selections to be the biggest contributors […]

CHE’s Top 10 Environmental Health Stories from Mid 2012

The Collaborative on Health and the Environment initiates a quarterly Top 10 series with this offering of journal articles, news stories, policy recommendations and actions from the last few months. Given that we all are inundated with dozens of stories—often compelling new science and ideas—every week, if not every day, discerning which ones seem most […]

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 […]

Mixtures Are the Rule, Not the Exception

John Peterson Myers, PhD, CEO of Environmental Health Sciences No one experiences just one chemical at a time. Hundreds of synthetic chemicals contaminate every living person. Yet almost all applied and basic science underpinning modern regulation has tested one chemical at a time.  The graphs to the left are gas chromatographs of baby urine obtained from […]

State of the Evidence: What Is the Connection between Chemicals & Breast Cancer?

The Breast Cancer Fund and Breast Cancer Action edited by Nancy Evans EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Breast cancer rates have been climbing steadily in the United States and other industrialized countries since the 1940s. Billions of dollars have been spent in an effort to stem this unrelenting tide, yet more than 50 percent of breast cancer cases […]