Urban adversity paradigmatic in communities that depend on heavy industry: the case of Detroit
Arising from the Ashes? Environmental Health in Detroit. Tim Lougheed, Environmental Health Perspective, December 2014. For most kids growing up in Windsor, Ontario, the intensely industrialized landscape of Detroit is easily seen from the Canadian side of the river but almost never visited, says writer Tim Lougheed. As one of those kids, Tim welcomed an invitation from the Institute for Journalism and Natural Resources to take an intensive tour of this challenging and controversial urban landscape.
Environmental Stressors in Diseases and Implications for Human Health discussed at 4th meeting of PPTOX
PPTOX IV meeting explores early-life exposures and long-term diseases. Thaddeus Schug, NIEHS Environmental Factor, December 2014. Experts from around the world gathered Oct. 26-29 at the Boston Marriot Long Wharf Hotel, to discuss the effects of environmental exposures during early life and later-onset disease consequences. The conference sessions included a wide range of topics, including the developmental origins of endocrine disorders, advances and insights from epigenetics, the role of placenta in prenatal programming, novel strategies for prospective birth cohorts, and strategies for translating scientific research to improve public health.
Researchers to study the impact of the Atlanta BeltLine is having on the well being of nearby residents
Atlanta BeltLine’s health impact to be measured by GSU, CDC researchers. David Pendered, SaportaReport, December 1, 2014. A new study will look at the degree to which the Atlanta BeltLine – the nationals largest urban renewal project – can improve the physical and mental well-being of people who live near it or use it regularly. They will examine, amongst other things, the BeltLine’s impact on air quality, physical activity and crime. Results will be used to help in policy decision making.
An effective bio-prophylactic approach to chemical risks management
Enhancing Population’s Resistance to Toxic Exposures as an Auxiliary Tool of Decreasing Environmental and Occupational Health Risks (a Self-Overview). Boris A. Katsnelson, Larisa I. Privolova, Vladimir B. Gurvich, et al., Journal of Environmental Protection, Volume 5, November 2014. Environmental chemical pollution can be persistent, and for some chemicals in the workplace, reliably safe low exposure levels cannot be guaranteed if at all. The researchers’ ‘biological prophylaxis’ projects have aimed at enhancing a host’s protective mechanisms. The research over time has shown evidence of being one possible tool for beneficial intervention into the cause-effect associations between chemical environmental pollution and disease.
The life-long, downstream effects of early life exposures to toxicants
Video drives home impact of cumulative environmental exposure on children’s brain development. Simon Fraser University, MedicalXpress, November 20, 2014. Simon Fraser University researchers have produced a startling new video, “Little Things Matter”, which shows the impacts of cumulative exposure to environmental toxic chemicals on children's brain development. The video highlights how low-level exposure to prevalent environmental toxicants have adverse life-long effects on intellectual and behavioral development. Children more heavily exposed to toxins will not reach the same peak cognitive ability as those with lower exposures, for example. The video was unveiled at the inaugural Prenatal Environmental Health Education Forum at the University of Ottawa, Nov 20-21.
Calendar of Events (Updated December 22)
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