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Great Lakes Center for Reproductive and Children’s Environmental Health
Monthly Newsletter
August 2020
News
Dr. Zeke McKinney of the Region 5 PEHSU recently published an article on lead exposure in children that appeared in the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder.
Research
UNICEF and Pure Earth recently published a report on children's exposure to lead. According to the report, around 1 in 3 children – up to 800 million globally – has blood lead levels at or above 5 micrograms per decilitre (µg/dL), a level that the World Health Organization and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have stated requires global and regional interventions.
 
Region 5 Events
Dr. Susan Buchanan, Director of the Region 5 PEHSU, will be giving a presentation on children's environmental health and explain why exposures to toxic substances at a young age are so impactful to health, what common toxins or carcinogens to be aware of, and steps for reducing your exposure in your home. The event will be next Thursday, August 20th from 6:30 - 8:00 pm CDT through Wellness House. Registration is required.
Resources
The Region 5 PEHSU has published a guide on reducing exposures in the home. The guide takes the reader through different rooms in a house and explains how to reduce exposures to things such as PBDEs, mold, pesticides, and lead. The guide is available online.
Who We Are
The Great Lakes Center for Reproductive and Children's Environmental Health (GLRCEH)  serves as the Region 5 Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (PEHSU) and is funded by EPA and ATSDR. The GLRCEH 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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