A couple of years ago I went to a wool and sheep festival where, for the first time, I watched dogs herd sheep. They were so smart and efficient, one dog handled dozens of sheep! Regulatory agencies should take a similar approach: chemicals, as sheep, should be assessed and their risk managed by groups. There … Continue reading It’s time to regulate chemicals as classes
Tag: environmental health
Are “safe” exposure levels really “safe”?
Health risk assessment is the method that regulators use to determine whether chemicals in the environment pose a risk to people’s health and how much exposure to the chemical produces these effects. Unfortunately, current human health risk assessments don’t capture everyone’s risk level. Our recent paper, Application of Probabilistic Methods to Address Variability and Uncertainty … Continue reading Are “safe” exposure levels really “safe”?
With chemicals that can harm you, one size does not fit all
When the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) evaluates chemical risks, it assumes for the most part that we are all the same. Or, rather, that some of us might be a little bit more sensitive than others. Ten times more sensitive, to be specific. But that’s not exactly true. When it comes to chemicals in … Continue reading With chemicals that can harm you, one size does not fit all
The weak link: gaps in exposure assessments
Protecting the public from the most concerning environmental chemicals and contaminants involves many individual steps. For example, when an agency like the US EPA or FDA evaluates a chemical used in consumer products, they want to evaluate: the hazards associated with that chemical, how that chemical causes harm, how much of the chemical is released … Continue reading The weak link: gaps in exposure assessments
Take our 2022 Year in Review Quiz
Ready to test your PRHE knowledge? In less than a minute, see if you can spot trends in environmental health, what PRHE’s been up to over the past year and hints on what to watch in chemical policy in 2023. Let's get started. Question #1 In a national public opinion survey commissioned by PRHE in … Continue reading Take our 2022 Year in Review Quiz
Pregnant? Contribute to a healthier future and join the DREAM study!
What harmful chemicals are in pregnant people and how do they get there? How are chemical exposures during pregnancy linked to future health problems in mothers and babies? How can we reduce toxic chemicals in our homes and environment? These are the questions the DREAM Study seeks to answer, and we need your help! … Continue reading Pregnant? Contribute to a healthier future and join the DREAM study!
From COVID to zebrafish: exploring new approaches to environmental health research
EaRTH Center Annual Research Forum November 2, 2022 1:30-5:00pm PT Do you want to look at environmental health in new ways? Are you trying to fill important data gaps? Want inspiration to ask fresh questions? Join other brilliant scientists, health care professionals, early-stage investigators, and postdocs who are trying to solve research challenges to improve … Continue reading From COVID to zebrafish: exploring new approaches to environmental health research
Poll: Voters Agree on Need for More Protections from Chemicals
American voters overwhelmingly say they want government and industry to ensure the products they buy are free of harmful chemicals, and they are willing to pay more for it, according to a national online survey commissioned by the Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment (PRHE) at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). “At … Continue reading Poll: Voters Agree on Need for More Protections from Chemicals
PRHE’s systematic review method takes world stage at ISEE 2022
To improve how scientists evaluate chemical risks globally and strengthen evidence-based decision making, many members of PRHE’s team will present at the 34th annual conference of the International Society of Environmental Epidemiology, taking place September 18-21 in Athens, Greece (where both in-person and virtual attendance is possible). PRHE’s sessions include a training on best practices … Continue reading PRHE’s systematic review method takes world stage at ISEE 2022
Exploring how historic redlining impacts health and environment today
Redlining, a discriminatory practice created by the federal government in the 1930s to deny mortgages in certain neighborhoods characterized by a higher proportion of Black and immigrant residents, established a lasting legacy of systemic racism and environmental inequities. So how can we better understand how historical redlining impacts our health and environment today? With funding … Continue reading Exploring how historic redlining impacts health and environment today
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