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Great Lakes Center for Children's Environmental Health

November 2019 Newsletter
Winter means it's the time of year for...norovirus! Millions of people get the "winter vomiting bug" each year, though you can get the illness year round. Symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, fever, and body aches and typically last 1-3 days. Young children and the elderly are especially vulnerable to norovirus. Staying hydrated is very important if you get norovirus. Take precautions during the holiday season- norovirus can be spread through close contact with others, preparing food, and sharing food or eating utensils. To reduce your risk of norovirus, make sure to:
  • wash your hands
  • handle and prepare food safely
  • clean and disinfect surfaces
  • wash laundry thoroughly
A recent publication looking at the joint effect of chemical and non-chemical stressors on children's health found that more often than not, the combination of chemical and non-chemical stressors was more strongly associated with adverse health outcomes than the individual measures. Researchers examined the literature and reviewed 12 studies that looked at phthalates, pesticides, and PCBs as well as environmental indices co-occurring with social, mental, or psychological stressors. Authors noted that there is a need to investigate mechanisms and relationships on how chemical and non-chemical stressors may affect health outcomes.
Indiana University's Environmental Resilience Institute created the Hoosier Resilience Index, an online tool for Indiana residents to understand their vulnerabilities to climate change. The index uses publicly available datasets to provide counties and towns with information on things such as extreme heat events, precipitation, and land use. Viewers can also look at projections for 2050 for certain variables and also see their county's readiness assessment.
Women's Voices for the Earth, a environmental health non-profit, released a new report ranking leading cleaning product manufactures in regards to chemical screening and safety. Key categories include corporate chemical safety policy, chemicals policy transparency, and commitment to chemical safety. Companies are ranked in each category from 'compliance' (lowest ranking) to 'health first' (highest ranking). Take a look to see how your brand of cleaning supplies rank.
Region 5 Events
Dr. Beth Neary, the Wisconsin state champ for the Region 5 PEHSU, met with EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler and others for a roundtable focused on reducing children's exposure to lead in drinking water in Milwaukee, WI. This roundtable followed a recent proposed update to EPA's Lead and Copper Rule.
Who We Are
The Great Lakes Center for Children's Environmental Health (GLCEH)  serves as the Region 5 Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (PEHSU) and is funded by EPA and ATSDR.  The GLCEH serves Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. It provides telephone consultations, technical assistance, and training from experts in pediatrics, clinical toxicology, and industrial hygiene. You can call our hotline at 866-967-7337.
This newsletter was supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and funded (in part) by the cooperative agreement award number 5 NU61TS000237-05 from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). Acknowledgement: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) supports the PEHSU by providing partial funding to ATSDR under Inter-Agency Agreement number DW-75-95877701. Neither EPA nor ATSDR endorse the purchase of any commercial products or services mentioned in PEHSU publications

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