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Great Lakes Center for Reproductive and Children’s Environmental Health
July 2020 Newsletter
News
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has published guidance that recommends students be physically present in schools this fall. The guidance mentions the importance of in-person learning and some of the negative effects of time away from the classroom such as decreased learning, social isolation, and increased depression. The document also notes that while 6 feet distancing is ideal, it might not be realistic at times during the school day. At those times, there should be 3 feet distance and masks should be worn. AAP also states that school policies should consider the practicality of temperature checks. The document covers considerations for different grade levels, disinfectants, testing and screening, PPE and face masks, and distancing.
Research
A systematic review evaluating air pollution and heat exposure and associations with preterm birth, low birth weight, and stillbirth in the United States found that mothers with asthma and black mothers were at an increased risk for adverse birth outcomes when exposed to PM2.5 and ozone. Sixty-eight articles from 2017 - April 2019, which studied over 32 million births, were included in the review.
Region 5 Events
Dr. Susan Buchanan, Director of the Region 5 PEHSU, was interviewed about the health risks of ethylene oxide emitted from facilities that are reopening and operating during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Resources
The Collaborative on Health and the Environment is hosting multiple webinars this summer. Join them for their next one for their Cancer and the Environment series on July 22nd at noon CST.
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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