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Environmental Threats to Healthy Aging

This 202-page report, the third in a series of important GBPSR reports on environmental health, offers the most comprehensive review of the currently available research on the lifetime influences of environmental factors on Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases, their relation to a range of other chronic diseases the report terms the "Western disease cluster" - diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome - and how these are all being driven by dramatic alterations over the past 50 to 100 years in the U.S. food supply, an increasingly sedentary lifestyle, and exposure to toxic chemicals.

Read more about it's release and media coverage, download it in PDF format, or order the beautifully bound and illustrated "hands-on" print version today!

Healthy Living Resources Guide

The list of organizations in the Healthy Living Resources guide is not exhaustive but we hope it will provide some starting points for you. All descriptions are taken from the organizations' own websites. Inclusion in this resource guide does not imply support or endorsement. This list has been limited to nonprofits or public agencies.


Pediatric Environmental Health Toolkit

Toolkit

Provider Desk Reference Card -- A two-sided, laminated reference card that allows providers to quickly reference environmental toxicants, their health effects, routes of exposure, and exposure prevention strategies. It was adapted from the American Academy of Pediatrics' (AAP) Pediatric Environmental Health handbook. This document can be printed on an office printer using the landscape format and "reduced to fit page" setting. It will print in 6, 8.5 x 11 pages.  To print one 12 x 18 page click here.

Anticipatory Guidance Pocket Card -- A two-sided, laminated reference card that fits in a large pocket for handy use during a well child visit. The topics on the pocket card are both developmentally appropriate and take advantage of "teachable moments."  For example, at a newborn visit, the provider will naturally discuss infant feeding. Exchanging mercury thermometers for safer digital ones is another easy step that a provider can mention at an early visit. These flexible guidance points provide clinicians with an age appropriate menu of choices to discuss during routine visits.

Posters -- Two colorful posters in English and Spanish for clinic and exam rooms that highlight environmental health issues in a child's indoor and outdoor environments.

Key Concepts in Pediatric Environmental Health -- This background document provides information on a number of topics, including children's unique vulnerabilities to toxic substances, high risk communities, the "built environment," right-to-know issues and many more. This document is set up to be printed out on a home computer on standard 8.5 x 11 paper in 4 pages. To print 11 x 17 click here.


In Harm's Way

In Harm's Way Report Download

A 140 page, fully referenced, peer reviewed report, addressing the links between toxic chemicals in our environment and learning, behavioral and developmental disabilities in children. Read more »

In Harm's Way Materials Download

Out of Harm's Way Fact Sheet Series for Health Professionals and Patients, In Harm's Way Training Programs for Health Professionals PowerPoint Presentations, Frequently Asked Questions on the In Harm's Way Training Materials. Read more »

In Harm's Way Chemical Fact Sheet

This chart shows the health effects and characteristics of exposures to the toxicants listed. Learning disabilities include dysfunctions in listening, speaking, reading, writing, spelling, or calculations. Read more »

In Harm's Way Training Programs for Health Professionals

Nearly 12 million children in the US suffer from one or more learning, behavioral, or developmental disabilities such as ADHD and autism. Studies indicate that exposure to a variety of commonly encountered chemicals may contribute to these disabilities. Read more »


Generations at Risk

Generations at Risk Report

Of the more than 80,000 synthetic chemicals in commercial use today, only a small fraction have been adequately examined for toxic effects in humans and other life forms. Read more »

Generations at Risk Book

Generations at Risk presents compelling evidence that human exposure to some toxic chemicals can have lifelong and even intergenerational effects on human reproduction and development. Read more »


Boston University Superfund Research Program

The Environmental Health Nursing Education Collaborative

The Environmental Health Nursing Education Collaborative is a project organized by the Boston University Superfund Research Program and the Harvard School of Public Health. The goal of this collaboration is to contribute to the education and training of nurses by helping their faculty integrate environmental health into the nursing curriculum. GBPSR has worked with the collaborative to identify educational environmental health resources including case studies and online continuing education opportunities. Lectures by environmental health experts can also be arranged through the collaborative. To browse the many resources visit the website http://ehnursing.org/.


"From Research to Real Life" Articles

Human skeletonNEW ARTICLE!

Make No Bones About It: Environmental Contaminants Impact Bone Formation
and the Immune System

by By Amelia Haas, MD/PhD Candidate
Graduate Program in Molecular Medicine
Boston University School of Medicine

  • Biomonitoring: A Public Perspective

    [This article is the fourth in the series]

    Biomonitoring the practice of measuring chemicals in peoples' body fluids or tissues has recently gained increasing attention as the technology has advanced and its use has expanded. Read more »

  • Drinking Water Detective Story: Researching Connections between Water Contamination and Disease

    [This article is the third in the series]

    In the 1980's, an unusually high incidence of cancers was observed in the upper Cape Cod region of Massachusetts. Possible environmental risk factors were identified including proximity to the Massachusetts Military Reservation Read more »

  • Environmental Chemicals and Estrogens

    [This article is the second in the series]

    Today, estrogens are commonly known for their roles in reproduction, hormone replacement therapy, oral contraceptives, and the controversies surrounding breast and other cancers; all focusing on women. Although these "women's issues" have been in the spotlight lately, estrogen has many important roles in the bodies of both women and men. Read more »

  • Environmental Pollutants and the Immune System

    [This article is the first in the series]

    In evolution, surprisingly little is left to chance. Biologic systems, whether composed of millions of liver cells working in concert to detoxify the blood, or white blood cells attempting to defend against foreign microbe invasion, are "designed" with controls, regulators, checks, and balances. Read more »


MASSCOSH/GBPSR Occupational and Environmental Guide

Developed by the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health and Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility with significant support provided by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, this 2004 guide, Addressing Work-related Injuries and Illnesses: A Guide for Primary Care Providers, provides clinicians with practical tools to raise awareness of common occupational and environmental hazards and health effects and to help providers refer patients to sources of support for addressing underlying causes of injury and disease. It is designed to present clear, brief information for primary care clinicians. Read more »