Closing the Gap on Health Disparities

written by Kathy Sykes Senior Advisor for Aging and Public Health at the EPA Office of Research and Development This post is shared with permission from the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials. It was originally posted on Stylistic edits have been made. What do health disparities, interest on the national debt, and […]

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, […]

Infectious and Non-infectious Diseases: The Lines Begin to Blur

written by Elise Miller, MEd Director  Deaths from noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) were estimated at 68% in 2012 globally, up from 60% in 2000, while deaths from infectious diseases are decreasing. This is according to the second edition of the World Health Organization’s report, “Preventing disease through healthy environments: a global assessment of the burden of […]

CHE Partner Forum: Call for Ideas and Comments

Dear CHE Partners, We want your ideas! We’re in the process of evaluating various aspects of CHE’s services and initiatives and generating potential new ones. Given we are indeed a collaborative partnership, your innovative suggestions as to what CHE might do (within our mission, below) to address gaps or needs you see in the environmental […]

Your Health the Week of July 20th

written by Nancy Hepp, MS Research and Communications Specialist Exercise and Health Other than diet, exercise is probably the contributor to health that we have the most control over as individuals. Three studies this week provide evidence that exercise affects several aspects of health, sometimes in combination with other factors. As reported in ScienceDaily, Exercise […]

Our Undeniable Human Experiment

written by Elise Miller, EdM Director Last week was “National Public Health Week,” an initiative of the American Public Health Association (APHA). The organizers posted an infographic highlighting some disturbing statistics about the health of Americans, including how poorly the US does overall relative to other developed countries (and even some developing ones). While this […]

A Story of Health Launches

written by Elise Miller, MEd Director If your holidays were like mine, you gathered with extended family to celebrate. Mixed with the sharing of good cheer, you may have also learned that your cousin has been suffering severe asthma attacks or your young niece was diagnosed with childhood leukemia or your grandson is having difficulty […]

The First 1000 Days: A Healthy Return on Investment

Elise Miller, MEd, CHE Director, and Ted Schettler, MD, MPH, Science Director at SEHN and CHE, contributed the following article to the current edition of San Francisco Medicine, focused on human health and the environment, and especially the effects of early-life exposures. The full article can be found on the San Francisco Medical Society’s website. […]

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: 3rd quarter 2014

These are CHE’s picks for the most significant stories, studies and developments in environmental health during the last quarter: The role of air pollution regulation in reducing morbidity or mortality Several studies show substantial benefit from reducing pollution. Duke scientists report air pollution controls linked to lower NC death rates: Stronger emission controls in North […]