Environmental chemicals in pregnant women

Taking action

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Canadian Women's Health Network (CWHN)
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Paper
Author: 
Ruth St. Amand
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Vol 6, No.3
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Women Healthsharing
Publication Date: 
1985
Publication Place: 
Toronto, ON

Interview with Saskia Post, a mother who gave birth to a child with multiple deformities due to the chemical environment she was exposed to while working at English Plastics in Brampton Ontario. Saskia launched a law suit against her former employer. 

The Obelix (OBesogenic Endocrine disrupting chemicals: LInking prenatal eXposure to the development of obesity later in life) project

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European Commission

A project that is investigating if prenatal exposure to endocrine disrupting compounds in food plays a role in the development of obesity and related disorders later in life.

This project will run from May 1, 2009 to April 30, 2013. OBELIX uses a multidisciplinary approach that combines epidemiology, neonatology, endocrinology, toxicology, analytical chemistry and risk assessment.

Obesogens: an environmental link to obesity

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English
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Online
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Wendee Holtcamp
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120:a62-a68
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Environmental Health Perspectives
Publication Date: 
February 1, 2012

An excellent introduction to the science of obesogenics that discusses the work of several of its principal researchers. 

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Includes bibliographical references.

Cumulative impacts project

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Science and Environmental Health Network (SEHN) and the Collaborative on Health and the Enivronment (CHE)

Collects the latest science, emerging best practices, analytical tools, and legal shifts that can reduce cumulative harm from environmental factors to our planet, our communities, and ourselves. These three scopes represent different aspects of the problem of cumulative impacts and leverage points for addressing it. They also overlap and affect each other. Together they call for new precautionary decision structures and initiatives aimed at reducing total environmental impacts.

Programmed to be Fat?

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Film
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Dreamfilm
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2012

A documentary that tackles the possible role of synthetic chemicals in the 'obesity epidemic'. Tells the stories of three scientists whose unexpected findings led them to follow the research of a curious doctor in Scotland, baffled by her inability to lose weight. For three years she pored over existing research on environmental chemicals and finally published a key study in an alternative medicine journal. It linked endocrine-disrupting chemicals to the obesity epidemic. The scientists came across the paper while puzzling over their own research results.  None of their studies were about fat, but they had two things in common – they were all researching endocrine-disrupting chemicals, and they all ended up with unusually heavy lab animals.

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

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National Institutes of Health (US)
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2010
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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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Maternal-infant research on environmental chemicals (MIREC): a national profile of in utero and lactational exposure to environmental contaminants

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Translated Title: 
Étude mère-enfant sur les composés chimiques de l'environnement (MIREC) : un profil national de l'exposition in utero et par le lait maternel aux polluants de l'environnement
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Online
Author: 
Tye Arbuckle, PhD
William Fraser, MD

A five-year national study (currently in progress) of the impacts of exposure to environmental chemicals, heavy metals and tobacco smoke on pregnant women, fetuses and infants that is part of the Government of Canada’s Chemicals Management Plan. 

Canada's chemicals management plan: why we ought to know

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Canadian Women's Health Network (CWHN)
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Online
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Anne Rochon Ford
Dolon Chakavartty
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Vol.12. N.1
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Canadian Women's Health Network
Publication Date: 
Fall/Winter 2009/2010
Publication Place: 
Winnipeg, MB

This article describes the dangers of chemicals that the public has exposure to on a daily basis.  The researchers use a sex and gender-based analysis to look at the need for a speedy implementation of Canada's "Chemicals Management Plan".

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ISSN 14800039

Prenatal (chemical) check-up: Study examines environmental chemicals in pregnant women, fetuses and infants in Canada

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Canadian Women's Health Network (CWHN)
Centres of Excellence for Womens Health (CEWH)
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Paper
Online
Author: 
Carolyn Shimmin
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Vol. 11, N. 1
Publisher: 
Network/Le Réseau
Publication Date: 
Fall/Winter 2008/2009
Publication Place: 
Winnipeg, MB

Discusses Canada's largest study of environmental chemicals in pregnant women, fetuses and infants.

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