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 […]

Your Health This Week

written by Nancy Hepp, MS Research and Communications Specialist CHE has been publishing a news feed for several years. We also take a subset of those news stories, journal articles, and announcements that specifically address Your Health — information that you might find useful in safeguarding or improving your own health or that of your […]

Top 10 Selections: 4th quarter 2014

We present CHE’s picks of the most important environmental health stories from the last quarter of 2014. Air pollution and autism A growing body of evidence implicates air toxics as potential contributors to autism spectrum disorders, with four studies published in rapid succession this quarter: Environmental chemical exposures and autism spectrum disorders: a review of […]

Expert Panel Recommends Further Steps to Lower Unsafe Phthalate Levels

written by Ted Schettler, MD, MPH Science Director for CHE and the Science and Environmental Health Network Phthalates are a family of chemicals used in many consumer products, mainly as softeners of plastics and sometimes as solvents. As a result, human exposures are ubiquitous. In recent years, many laboratory and epidemiologic studies have shown that […]

Top 10 Selections: April 2013

For our third quarterly Top 10 list, we again selected 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 […]

You Are What Your Great-Grandmother Ate? Transmission of Obesity Across Generations

Sarah Howard Coordinator of CHE’s Diabetes-Obesity Spectrum Working Group Two important studies have been published this month on chemical exposures that cause obesity in subsequent generations of rodents, long after the exposure ends. Until now, no prior studies on transgenerational obesogen exposures had been published. The results are alarming. In the first study, pregnant mice […]

A Major Step Forward

Sharyle Patton, Lisette van Vliet and Genón Jenson CHE Partners A major step forward in the discussion and development of policy to regulate chemicals with endocrine disrupting properties occurred last week when the European Commission released an important report, “State of the Art of the Assessment of Endocrine Disruptors.” The voluminous report, written by Professor […]

Getting the Questions Right

Elise Miller, MEd Director With epigenetics on the cover of Time magazine this week, public awareness of the links between our genes, our environment and our health has never been so widespread. Throughout history, breakthroughs in understanding have been largely shaped and guided by the questions we choose to ask. After World War II, the […]

Is the Environment Making Us Fat and Sick?

‘Obesogens’, other environmental factors contribute to metabolic syndrome Based upon the May 7 CHE Partnership Call Conventional wisdom says that the meteoric rise in obesity and related health conditions – the early stages of which are now called metabolic syndrome – is due to the West having a bad case of “couch potato syndrome.” That […]

Common Sense Steps

Frieda Slavin Science is rarely certain about anything, and certainly not about most links between environmental exposures and health effects in people. Nonetheless, the evidence showing links to health grows ever stronger as research progresses and becomes ever-more sophisticated: Scientists have generated compelling laboratory evidence revealing adverse effects in animals at low levels of exposure, […]