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Archive for the ‘Environmental Health’ Category
Monday, July 16th, 2012
Babesiosis — a parasitic illness spread by ticks — is posing a serious threat this summer, especially in certain parts of the country, a U.S. government report warns. Meanwhile, mosquitoes continue to spread the West Nile virus, according to another report in the July 13 issue of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
Babesiosis, the lesser-known disease, is endemic in the Northeast and upper Midwest, where states reported more than 1,100 cases in 2011, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of those, 847 were confirmed cases and the rest were probable cases.
More information at: http://1.usa.gov/O3gLTl [Health Day News, July 12, 2012]
Wednesday, July 11th, 2012
Learn about innovative health and safety initiatives in Auckland and Vancouver that promote healthy living through community education and accessible programming that ensures new immigrants and their families are safe, sound, and empowered to seek solutions for their personal well-being.
Free webinar from the Cities of Migration Integration Learning Exchange: http://bit.ly/NvkVEP
Find out how these good practices could be replicated or adapted by your organization or in your own ‘city of migration.’
Tuesday, July 10th, 2012
It is little surprise that where and how we live, eat, work, play and socialize influence our physical and mental health throughout life. The National Council on Aging recently co-sponsored Health Environments Across Generations, an event organize by the Collaborative on Health and the Environment to explore scientific evidence confirming that certain early life experiences can influence health later in life. Medical research reveals that environmental factors play a major role in the majority of cases of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. Diet, exercise, exposure to toxic chemicals and other environmental pollutants, and socioeconomic stress can alter biochemical pathways influencing the risk of these diseases and other chronic illnesses such as diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, and metabolic syndrome.
To read more, and get resources, click here: http://bit.ly/OY6R87
Monday, July 9th, 2012
WISER for iOS 3.0, a universal app for Apple iOS devices, is now available. This new release adds native support for the iPad. Search WISER’s full set of known substances, employ WISER’s popular Help Identify Chemical capability, and leverage WISER’s protective distance mapping feature with an interface customized for your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch.
WISER for iOS 3.0 can be downloaded and installed directly from the Apple App Store: http://bit.ly/LC1e0F
Wednesday, June 27th, 2012
“Designing, planning and developing healthy, affordable homes in neighborhoods of opportunity can dramatically improve health outcomes and promote health equity — all while boosting the local economy”, says the Health Justice CT blog: http://bit.ly/LDlZJ8.
Cooperation between urban planners, local and state governments, and public health departments is needed to provide a healthy environment. A recently released policy brief by the Connecticut Association of Directors of Health, http://bit.ly/KNpjjw, makes the case for formalizing such partnerships and outlines specific steps.
Monday, May 7th, 2012
Water is the foundation for life. May 6–12, 2012 is Drinking Water Week. This observance is sponsored each year by the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and a number of other organizations and agencies. Following the theme “Water: Celebrate the Essential,” Drinking Water Week provides an opportunity for the public to recognize the vital role that safe water plays in our daily lives.
Learn more about the vital role safe water plays in our lives and what CDC is doing to address challenges to our water supply: http://1.usa.gov/KeQnWb [CDC Current Features]
Monday, April 16th, 2012
National Healthy Schools Day celebrates and promotes healthy, green indoor school environments for all children and staff. For more than 10 years, parents, school personnel, advocates and agencies have held National Healthy Schools Day activities nationwide to highlight the importance of clean indoor air in schools.
Visit the National Healthy Schools Day website to find activity suggestions, tools, and more: http://www.nationalhealthyschoolsday.org/
Monday, April 2nd, 2012
The northeastern United States may see a significant increase in cases of Lyme disease this spring, warns Richard Ostfeld, a disease ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, N.Y.
The reason is that oak trees produced relatively few acorns this year, part of a normal cycle of boom and bust years for the acorn crop. But the small crop means trouble for the white-footed mouse, which feeds on the acorns. Mice are the preferred host for black-legged ticks, which transmit Lyme disease. When there are low numbers of mice, the tick may seek alternate hosts.
For more information: http://ow.ly/9UKgt [HealthDay News, March 20, 2012]
More about Lyme Disease at: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/lymedisease.html .
Monday, March 19th, 2012
International World Water Day is held annually on March 22 as a means of focusing attention on the importance of fresh water and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.
The United Nations General Assembly designated the first World Water Day in 1993. Each year, World Water Day highlights a specific aspect of freshwater; this year’s theme is “Water and Food Security.”
More information and how to be involved: http://ow.ly/9JTCH .
Friday, March 16th, 2012
Tests of more than 200 common household products found that the products contain chemicals that research suggests may be linked to asthma and hormone disruption, researchers report.
Products tested included a wide range of household products, such as soaps, lotions, detergents, cleaners, sunscreens, air fresheners, kitty litter, shaving cream, vinyl shower curtains, pillow protectors, cosmetics and perfumes.
Researchers identified 55 chemicals that studies have shown may have health consequences. Among the chemicals detected were various types of phthalates, which have been linked to reproductive abnormalities and asthma; bisphenol A (BPA), which is being phased out of many baby bottles and children’s toys because of concerns about the effect on fetuses and young children; and parabens, which some research suggests may mimic estrogen in the body and have been associated with breast cancer. http://1.usa.gov/x0pOeE [Health Day News]