Category Archives: environmental health

Addressing asthma in the U.S.

Yesterday’s NYT special report on asthma, The Soaring Cost of a Simple Breath, chronicles how the disease drives pharmaceutical costs.  Asthma is the most common chronic disease in the U.S., affecting some 40 million adults and children.  Medical research has … Continue reading

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Enviro health reports out of IoM

It’s been a busy last two weeks in terms of conferences.  Now it’s time to catch up on your enviro public health reading over the weekend. The IoM (Institute of Medicine) has recently produced several interesting reports about the intersection of … Continue reading

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Public Health and Environmental Protection

While Caitlin attended the VLS symposium on Friday, I was at the University of Michigan Law School’s Environmental Law and Policy Program’s fall conference.  Co-sponsored by the school’s Environmental Law Society and the Michigan Journal of Environmental and Administrative Law, … Continue reading

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The Disclosure Debates at Vermont Law School: Part One

The Vermont Law Review hosted its 13th Annual Symposium, the Disclosure Debates: The Regulatory Power of an Informed Public. The event addressed disclosure in the context of environmental laws, financial regulation, food and product labeling, and campaign finance. Professor Pat … Continue reading

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The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) issued a statement, to be followed by an article in the October issue of Obstetrics & Gynecologists, warning women about the risks that toxins pose to both pregnant women and fetuses. The … Continue reading

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FDA Issues Statement about Arsenic in Rice

On September 6, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a statement after testing over 1,300 rice products for the presence of arsenic. The tests follow research indicating that rice products contained unsafe levels of arsenic. Arsenic is naturally present … Continue reading

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“Rebranding” climate change as a public health problem

The August 8, 2013 issue of Time Magazine challenges us to rethink the popular image of climate change:  a polar bear floating forlornly on a melting bit of ice.   Instead, what if climate change was about “an increase in childhood … Continue reading

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Panel Discussion on TSCA Reform

On July 10, the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) held a panel discussion on the bipartisan Chemical Safety Improvements Act (CSIA), introduced by Senators Lautenberg (D) and Vitter (R) in May.  The panel included perspectives from Richard Denison, the Senior Scientist … Continue reading

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Our Bodies, Our Environment

This new report from the EPA explores how the built environment affects the natural environment and human health.  It reviews hundred of studies published since 2001 (when EPA first did such a technical review) that track the interactions between land use, … Continue reading

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Senator Frank Lautenberg, environmental public health advocate

Senator Lautenberg, who has figured so prominently in this blog for the past week, died this morning.  He was 89.  A five-term senator from New Jersey, he came to public service after a career in business, at the end of … Continue reading

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