Date: Sun, 17 Oct 2010 11:12:02 -0400
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Subject: AAIDD Environmental Policy Bullets 10-15-10

Dear Ralph,
You may be aware that for several years the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilites has been examining the relationship between environmental factors and cognitive disabilities.
The attached bulletin, particularly the lead item about the decision against Chevron, might be of interest to DCHAS members.

Steve Coburn

From: "Joyce Martin" <AAIDD_BAGEF**At_Symbol_Here**blast.
Date: Fri, 15 Oct 2010 09:55:56 -0500
Subject: AAIDD Environmental Policy Bullets 10-15-10

Environmental Policy Bullets 10-15-10

In a very recent set of cases involving Chevron, a Mississippi court found that mental retardation of several Mississippi residents was caused by Chevron=92s leaking gas tanks.  For more information, see the article from BusinessWire. 

http://www.businessw %99s-Lead-Ecuador-Expert 

The link to a recent Time magazine article on the fetal origins of adult disease, which features Frederica Perrara and her research out of Columbia's Center for Children's Environmental Health, is found at     
http://www.ccceh.o rg/pdf-press/Time10-4-10.pdf    
Although the cover of the article is sensationalized, the article itself reflects a current scientific theory with relevance to IDD - that exposures before birth can greatly influence the chronic diseases suffered in adulthood 

Our colleagues in the Breast Cancer Fund have released the  2010 edition of their landmark report, State of the Evidence: The Connection Between Breast Cancer and the Environment , which  displays the latest scientific research showing how exposures to chemicals and radiation affect breast cancer risk.  As collaboratorsion a coalition to reform chemical policy, they have demonstrated through one disease the impact on health from environmental exposures, just as those with IDD are affected. 

The Environmental Health Initiative has initiated its Aging webinar series held each Tuesday from October 12 - November 9.  The series will focus on what is known about the environmental threats to aging and will urge both researchers and funders to consider the need for more research on the special aging and environmental implications for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  It is sponsored by the John Merck Fund Please visit the EHI website at to register. The webinars are:

=D8       Environmental Threats to Healthy Aging with Ted Schettler, Maria Valenti
Tues Oct 12th from 2-3pm Eastern Time 

=D8       Built Environment with Kathy Sykes, Rodney Harrell, Regina Gray
Tues Oct 19th from 2-3pm Eastern Time 

=D8       Psychosocial Environment with Danny George, Peter Whitehouse
Tues Oct 26th from 2-3pm Eastern Time   

=D8       Chemical Environment with Maye Thompson, Marybeth Palmigiano 
Tues Nov 2nd from 2-3pm Eastern Time 

=D8       Food Environment with Michelle Gottlieb, Emma Sirois
Tues Nov 9th from 2-3pm Eastern Time   

This series is a collaborative effort of AAIDD EHI with Physicians For Social Responsibility and the Collaborative on Health and the Environment.  It is.    

Joyce Martin, JD 
Director, Environmental Health Policy 
American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) 
501-3rd St NW, Suite 200 
Washington , DC 20001
(t) 202-387-1968 ext. 222 or 800-424-3688 
(f) 202-387-2193 
Stephen P. Coburn, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus
Department of Chemistry
Indiana University - Purdue University
2101 Coliseum Blvd. East
Fort Wayne, IN 46805-1499
Telephone: 260-481-6296
FAX: 260-481-6070
e-mail: coburn**At_Symbol_Here**

Ralph Stuart
Secr etary
Division of Chemical Health and Safety
American Chemical Society

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