ACAT News & Updates

Healthy Babies Bright Futures and ACAT Release Report on Dangers of Arsenic in Infant Rice Cereal

ACAT partnered with Healthy Babies Bright Futures to study arsenic in rice baby cereal. The report exposing the dangers of arsenic contamination for babies’ brains was issued today.

The New York Times covered the story this morning.

Find the press release here.

Find the report here.

Find tips to protect your family here and in Spanish here.

Sign the petition to Gerber here.

Press Release – Arsenic Repor tWEB

 

 

 

Community-Based Participatory Research on Saint Lawrence Island – How Yupik Residents are Helping to Identify Persistent Pollutants in Their Communities

CHE-Alaska Teleconference

Wednesday, December 13, 9:00 am Alaska Time (10:00 am Pacific; 1:00 pm Eastern)

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About the Call:

The Yupik People of Saint Lawrence Island, Alaska report high rates of cancer, thyroid disease, diabetes, heart disease, and birth defects. One cause of these negative health outcomes may be toxic exposure to persistent organic pollutants. Island residents face combined exposures to contaminants at abandoned military installations from the Cold War era and

By |December 6th, 2017|Categories: Home Posts|0 Comments

Podcast Available – The Social and Scientific Discovery of a Class of Emerging Contaminants: Per- and Polyfluorinated Chemicals

CHE-Alaska call recorded November 8, 2017

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More than 15 million Americans in communities from Maine to Alaska drink water contaminated with toxic chemicals that can be traced to military and industrial sites. There is mounting scientific evidence of the link between exposure to these highly fluorinated compounds known as PFASs, and a wide range of adverse health effects.

 

 

By |October 18th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Podcast Available – The Social and Scientific Discovery of a Class of Emerging Contaminants: Per- and Polyfluorinated Chemicals

Podcast Available – Science Informing Healthy Choices: Working Toward a Toxic-Free Future for Children

CHE-Alaska Call Recorded October 11, 2017

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Jane Houlihan Presentation Slides (PDF)

Jane Houlihan, research director for Healthy Babies Bright Futures discusses the latest science on the effects of exposures to neurotoxic chemicals in the first 1,000 days of a child’s development and shares resources to empower people to make healthy, sustainable choices to reduce exposures.

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News Release 9/18/17: International Study Finds Mercury in High Levels in Women of Reproductive Age

One-third of women tested had levels of mercury in their bodies at levels that can cause brain damage, IQ loss, and kidney and cardiovascular damage

More than half the women had levels of mercury levels associated with fetal neurological damage

International POPs Elimination Network (IPEN) and Alaska Community Action on Toxics (ACAT) released a new study measuring the prevalence of mercury, a potent neurotoxin, in the bodies of 1,044 women of reproductive age from across the

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ACAT releases new report

“State of the Science: Children’s Environmental Health in Alaska and the Circumpolar North” by Sarah Petras, MPH

This report summarizes the scientific evidence linking environmental exposures and adverse health outcomes for children in the Arctic, including neurodevelopmental disorders, birth defects, childhood cancers, respiratory conditions,  metabolic disorders, and compromised immune systems.

Published in conjunction with ACAT’s 2016 Children’s Environmental Health Summit, the report will serve as a foundation for implementation of the recommendations for action proposed

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