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Great Lakes Center for Reproductive and Children’s Environmental Health

January 2020 Newsletter
On January 8, the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy held its first public hearing on its proposed plan to regulate seven PFAS compounds in public drinking water. The standards would apply to about 2,700 water supplies and establish sampling, public notification, and laboratory certification requirements. The proposed regulations would not directly impact households that use private wells. Two other public hearings will take place next week and public comment on the draft rules are open until January 31, 2020.
A study published in JAMA found no significant association between the use of talcum powder and ovarian cancer. The study used data from over 250,000 women from four cohorts with participants self-reporting on powder usage. Researchers found that 2,168 women developed ovarian cancer, and women who had ever used powder had an 8% increased risk of ovarian cancer compared to those who never used it- not a statistically significant increased. The lifetime risk of getting ovarian cancer is 1.3%. 
The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry has updated their guidance for clinicians on PFAS. The document provides an overview on PFAS, associated health effects, questions patients may ask clinicians, and additional resources and references.
Our blog, Green Kids Doc, has received over 217,000 views and 185,000 visitors since its inception. The most popular post, “Childhood exposure to marijuana- What you should know” has received over 176,771 views. Topics range from radiation exposure to personal care products to what kids eat and drink. It's a great resource for both healthcare professionals and the general public. 
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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