Your Health the Week of June 15th

Nancy Heppwritten 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 last October showing that the amount of greenery around a school relates to higher math and English test scores. In both studies, detailed maps were used to assess green space—neither study looked at whether children actually get outdoors into the greenery. Continue reading

Your Health the Week of June 8th

Nancy Heppwritten by Nancy Hepp, MS
Research and Communications Specialist

This week’s column focuses on issues that don’t generally get a lot of press: environment and aging, chemicals in our clothing, and noise.

EPA Fact Sheets on Environment and Aging

These fact sheets provide advice to either individuals or caregivers about environmental hazards including carbon monoxide poisoning, pest control, ultraviolet radiation, excessive heat, medications, vitamins and other supplements, and safe gardening. Various versions are available in several languages, in large-type and for persons of limited reading ability. The fact sheets can be downloaded for viewing or printing, or they can be ordered from the US Environmental Protection Agency.

Chemicals in Clothing

image from the Ensia articleAn article from Ensia, written by Lizzie Grossman, takes an in-depth look at the problems of chemicals in clothing and initiatives to address concerns.

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Your Health the Week of June 1st

written by Nancy Hepp, MS
Research and Communications Specialist

Childhood Leukemia

Two studies this week connect childhood leukemia with the environment. Childhood leukemia and residential proximity to industrial and urban sites, from Environmental Research, shows an association between living near certain industries or urban areas and an increased risk of childhood leukemia. Industries working with glass and mineral fibers, organic solvents, galvanization and processing of metals, and surface treatment of metals were identified with the greatest increases in risk. The other study, from JAMA Pediatrics, found that breastfeeding a child for six months or more could prevent 14% or more of cases of childhood leukemia.

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Your Health the Week of May 25th

written by Nancy Hepp, MS
Research and Communications Specialist

Improving air quality

school busesTwo items this week relate to actions that can improve air quality. The first from Living On Earth reports on efforts and positive outcomes in Pennsylvania to reduce exhaust by cutting down idling by school buses: School bus pollution is dangerous, and efforts to control it are still uneven. Given the number of school buses and the known health hazards from diesel exhaust, no-idling efforts can make a big difference in children’s health.

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Your Health This Week

Nancy Heppwritten 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 family — and publish those as a separate feed. Readers can subscribe to either feed via RSS, but this post initiates a regular series that summarizes and highlights recent Your Health items and trends.

Bringing attention to specific resources and findings does not mean CHE endorses or validates them. We highlight the emerging science and its implications for Your Health, knowing that the science will continue to evolve.

New video: Reducing EDC exposures

link to the videoEDCs, which have been associated with diabetes, some cancers, learning disorders, and harm to reproduction, have been in the news increasingly in the last few years. A short video from Women in Europe for a Common Future provides an overview of the issues and information for pregnant women on how to protect themselves and their children from EDCs.

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