Tip of the Month: Watch Out for Disinfectant Wipes!

written by Alex Scranton Director of Science & Research, Women’s Voices for the Earth Excerpted with permission of the author. Disinfectant chemicals called quaternary ammonium compounds “quats”, commonly found in wipes are especially problematic. These chemicals are skin irritants, can irritate your lungs, and have been linked to asthma and reproductive harm. The overuse of […]

Your Health the Week of July 13th

written by Nancy Hepp, MS Research and Communications Specialist Phthalates Phthalates are a group of chemicals used to soften and increase the flexibility of plastic and vinyl; some are also used in cosmetics and personal care products. Six phthalates are currently banned from use in many products for children due to evidence of reproductive and […]

Exposing the Beastly Side of Beautiful Nails

written by Elise Miller, EdM Director This past week something rather remarkable happened: First, the New York Times published two major investigative pieces on the pervasive exploitation and occupational health hazards experienced by workers in the nail salon industry. And then the really astonishing part—Governor Cuomo of New York issued emergency measures two days later to combat […]

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 […]

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 […]

Making the Bottom Line Healthier for All: The Economic Argument for Reducing Exposures

written by Elise Miller, MEd Director What does it cost us to have more people than ever suffering from chronic illnesses? Last week a highly respected health economist in Europe, along with a number of scientists specializing in endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), released a groundbreaking report indicating that the EU is spending at least $175 […]

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 […]

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 […]