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Great Lakes Center for Reproductive and Children’s Environmental Health

February 2020 Newsletter
The Endocrine Society is providing free materials to help educate medical professionals on endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), how they contribute to diseases, and ways to reduce exposure to EDCs. The first video is a 10 minute overview that provides an introduction to EDCs. EDCs are an important public health concern as they've been linked to obesity, diabetes, reproductive disorders, neurological problems, thyroid and immune disorders, and hormone-related cancers.
Food cans lined with BPA are a source of EDCs.
A new study has found that the blood lead levels (BLLs) of women of childbearing age has substantially decreased in the past 40 years. The authors used NHANES data to look at BLLs of women that were between the ages of 15-49 from 1976-2016. In the first NHANES to measure BLLs (1976-1980), 98.3% of the study population had BLLs ≥5μg/dL compared to less than 1% from 2011-2016, and the mean BLL has declined from 10.37 to 0.61μg/dL from 1976 to 2016. Despite this decrease, at least half a million women in the U.S. are being exposed to lead levels that may harm fetuses or breastfeeding infants.
Region 5 Events
Dr. Susan Buchanan will be a featured speaker at CME/CEU Event, "Understanding Children's Environmental Health and the Pivotal Role of the Medical Provider." The summit will cover unique vulnerabilities of children to environmental toxicants associated with adverse childhood health outcomes and the pivotal pole medical professionals have in advising families in the reduction of chemical exposures. The event will take place on February 19th, 8-10 a.m. at the Glendale Lakes Golf Club. Advanced on-line registration is required.
The Great Lakes Center for Reproductive and Children's Environmental Health will be hosting a student forum in April titled, "The Environment and Health." Students will learn about environmental health and advocacy. The event will take place in Chicago. A final date and registration link will be announced soon.
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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