Environmental health

Environmental health

TEDX (The Endocrine Disruption Exchange, Inc.)

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NGO - Non Government Organization
Service Language: 
English
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Research
Advocacy

An prevention-driven organization that focuses primarily on the human health and environmental problems caused by low-dose and/or ambient exposure to chemicals that interfere with development and function, called endocrine disruptors.  Its large databases on this topic are available for those concerned about public health and environmental quality. 

Primary Telephone: 
(970) 527-4082
Email Address: 
http://www.endocrinedisruption.com/contact.php
Fax Number: 
(970) 527-4082
Street Address: 
P.O. Box 1407
City: 
Paonia
Province: 
CO
Country: 
USA

Nuclear Information and Resource Service

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NGO - Non Government Organization
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English
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Research
Advocacy

Founded in 1978 to be the US national information and networking center for citizens and environmental activists concerned about nuclear power, radioactive waste, radiation and sustainable energy issues. Has expanded both programatically and geographically to initiate large-scale organizing and public education campaigns on specific issues, such as preventing construction of new reactors, radioactive waste transportation, deregulation of radioactive materials, and more. With international programs and affiliation with WISE (World Information Service on Energy) the network spans more than a dozen offices and programs across the globe. 

Primary Telephone: 
301-270-NIRS (301-270-6477)
Website/URL: 
Email Address: 
nirsnet@nirs.org
Fax Number: 
301-270-4291
Street Address: 
6930 Carroll Avenue, Suite 340
City: 
Takoma Park
Province: 
MD
Postal/ZIP Code: 
20912
Country: 
USA

Atomic radiation is more harmful to women

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English
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Online
Author: 
Mary Olson
Publisher: 
The Nuclear Information & Resource Service
Publication Date: 
2011
Publication Place: 
Takoma Park, MD, USA

Research paper showing that exposure to radiation causes 50% greater incidence of cancer and 50% greater rate of death from cancer among women, compared to the same radiation dose level to men. Discusses how, despite these differences in the ways women and men react to radiation, the world's radiation standards are determined using a "reference man" as the guide for assessing radiation risk. The paper is based on underreported information contained in the National Academy of Sciences 2006 BEIR-VII report, which also concluded that there is no "safe" level of radiation exposure.

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Includes bibliographical references.

Environmental health all together!

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English
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Online
Video
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South Asian Women's Community Centre
Publication Date: 
2010
Publication Place: 
Montreal

Environmental Health Photo-Video in Urdu, Spanish, French, English, Portuguese, Hindi, Dari, Bengali, Tamil, and Creole about how our environment can affect our heart, respiratory and mental health. Created by the project Eco-santé tous ensemble, a partnership between the South Asian Women's Community Centre (SAWCC) and McGill University. 

National Institutes of Health seminar on environmental exposures and women's health (video)

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English
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Online
Video
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National Institutes of Health (US)
Publication Date: 
2010
Publication Place: 
Bethesda, Maryland

The four topics discussed in this two-hour video are: Risks from Environmental Exposures During Pregnancy; Endocrine Disruption, Developmental Epigenetic eprogramming and Adult Cancer Risk; Environmental Aspects of Autoimmune Diseases; and Occupational Exposures and Cancer Risk: Women Are Not Just Small Men

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2011 bottled water scorecard

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English
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Online
Author: 
Nneka Leiba
Sean Gray
Jane Houlihan
Publisher: 
Environmental Working Group
Publication Date: 
2011

Report on EWG’s survey of 173 unique bottled water products that found a few improvements over their 2009 Bottled Water Scorecard. Also found that there are still “too many secrets and too much advertising hype.” Discovered that 18 percent of bottled waters failed to list the source, and 32 percent disclosed nothing about the treatment or purity of the water.

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Contains bibliographical references.

The gendered health effects of chronic low-dose exposures to chemicals in drinking water

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Centres of Excellence for Womens Health (CEWH)
National Network on Environment and Women's Health (NNEWH)
Media Type: 
Online
Author: 
Susanne Hamm
With contributions by Troy Dixon, Bryony Halpin, Pat Hania, Laila Harris, Jyoti Phartiyal, Mary Rollins-Lorimer, and Anne Sabourin
With input from Dr. Dayna Nadine Scott, Director, NNEWH, and the Women & Water Steering Committee
Publisher: 
National Network on Environments and Women’s Health
Publication Date: 
2009
Publication Place: 
Toronto, ON

Presents the results of research examining drinking water data in five case studies spanning communities across the country. The data was examined in the context of emerging epidemiological evidence on low-dose exposures and their potential health effects during key developmental and reproductive life stages that can create “windows of vulnerability” with a distinctly gendered character. Confirms that for Canadians, the quality of your drinking water, from a long-term health perspective, depends on where you live.

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Includes bibliographical references.

Full circle: drugs, the environment and our health (Chapter 9 of The Push to Prescribe: Women & Canadian Drug Policy)

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Centres of Excellence for Womens Health (CEWH)
National Network on Environment and Women's Health (NNEWH)
Media Type: 
Online
Author: 
Sharon Batt
Publisher: 
Women's Press (Now owned by Canadian Scolar's Press)
Publication Date: 
2009
Publication Place: 
Toronto, ON

The Push to Prescribe: Women & Canadian Drug Policy discusses the complexity surrounding women and pharmaceuticals and uses the best evidence to argue for changes that better reflect women's needs in public health policy and that ensure those who are best suited to make these determinations are included in policy-making.

This chapter looks from a public health perspective at the trace amounts of pharmaceuticals and personal care products that have been detected in Canadian water, with particular attention to women’s relationship to this issue.

The Push to Prescribe, edited by Anne Rochon Ford and Diane Saibil and published by Women’s Press, is available at your local bookstore or can be ordered online at www.cspi.org.

This chapter is being made available by National Network on Environments and Women's Health. Please note that this chapter is for individual use only and distribution is prohibited.

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Women and water

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English
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Centres of Excellence for Womens Health (CEWH)
National Network on Environment and Women's Health (NNEWH)
Media Type: 
Online
Publisher: 
The National Network on Environments and Women's Health
Publication Date: 
2010

A website that seeks to contribute to the dialogue around Canadian water policy through water research that affects women and their health. Women have historical and traditional ties and spiritual relationships with water. In this way, water is of central importance to health broadly-defined (i.e. not just physical health). However, often women are not specifically studied or physical effects on women are measured in relation to the health of their unborn and new babies. This website will explore the gendered risks to women in a country where access to safe water is often taken for granted.

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Webinar on biomonitoring: measuring the pollution in women’s bodies to build healthier communities

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Canadian Women's Health Network (CWHN)
Centres of Excellence for Womens Health (CEWH)
National Network on Environment and Women's Health (NNEWH)
Media Type: 
Online
Publisher: 
CWHN and the National Networks on Environments and Women’s Health
Publication Date: 
2011

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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