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Webinar on biomonitoring: measuring the pollution in women’s bodies to build healthier communities  
http://www.cwhn.ca/en/node/42993

Presenter Sharyle Patton explores the uses of biomonitoring – the testing of one’s body for chemical exposure – and looks at how the experience of knowing one's body burden (the total amount of chemicals present in the human body at any given time) can help inform personal choice and political engagement. While the findings from biomonitoring may be devastating to some on an individual level, Patton suggests that if the information is used with sensitivity and respect for tradition, it can be quite powerful in helping groups work for change in toxic chemical policy. A storyteller, Patton illustrates her message with the experiences of women she has encountered through her work.

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Published: 2011
Neurotoxic exposures and effects: gender and sex matter!  
http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.neuro.2012.05.009

Discusses how environmental and occupational neurotoxicology research continues to confuse the terms sex (biological attributes) and gender (socially constructed roles and behavior) and to use these words interchangeably. Notes studies that examine both males and females, providing evidence for sex differences in toxicokinetics and responses to neurotoxic assault as well as gender differences in exposure patterns, biomarkers of exposure, neurobehavioral performance and social consequences. Argues that integrating sex and gender considerations into research in neurotoxicology would not only provide us with a better understanding of the mechanisms and pathways that lead to toxic assault, but also provide a means to improve preventive intervention strategies.

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Published: 2012
Incorporating environmental health in clinical medicine  
http://downloads.hindawi.com/journals/specialissues/956592.pdf

A special issue of the Journal of Environmental and Public Health focussed on incorporating environmental health into medical practice.

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Published: 2012
Film review - Programmed to be Fat  
http://www.cwhn.ca/en/networkmagazine/programmedtobefat

Review of the film Programmed to be Fat, directed by Bruce Mohun, written by Bruce Mohun and Helen Slinger, and produced by Sue Ridout, Helen Slinger and Sara Darling for Dreamfilm Productions in association with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.This documentary examines emerging evidence that chemicals in our environment infiltrate pregnant women’s bodies and “program” their babies to be fat or obese as adults. The film aired on CBC Television’s The Nature of Things on January 12, 2012.

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Published: August 2012