What Does the Future Hold for Autism Families?

Slides from the Autism in the Family Conference, February 2017

Presentation from the Autism in the Family Conference.

In Summary
  • Panic we’re not faking
  • Kool-aid—no more partaking
  • Policy we’ll be shaking
  • “i”nstitutions we creating
  • Spectrum needs some breaking
  • Smarter science is in the making

Time Bomb: a Journey into Old Exposures, Gametic Glitches, and the Autism Explosion

Slides from Society for Neuroscience Wonder, February 2017

This presentation to a student-run chapter of SFN explained the history and science behind the “Time Bomb” hypothesis of autism.

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Energy and Air Pollution

IEA presentation to the press, London 27 June 2016

  • Around 6.5 million premature deaths each year can be attributed to air pollution.
  • Energy production and use are by far the largest man-made sources of air pollutants.
  • Technologies to tackle air pollution are well known.
  • Small increase in energy investment could cut premature deaths from air pollution in half by 2040.

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DES Update CDC 2003 Presentation for Clinicians and Nurses

Author: Jeffrey Goldberg, MD Louisville Oncology Associates, Kentucky

Developed in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers of Excellence in Women’s Health (Department of Health and Human Services) for CDC’s DES Update.

Sources – CDC

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Fracking Chemicals Disrupt Hormone Function

Estrogen and Androgen Receptor Activities of Hydraulic Fracturing Chemicals and Surface and Ground Water in a Drilling-Dense Region

University of Missouri researchers have discovered that an oil and natural gas drilling technique called hydraulic fracturing uses chemicals that can disrupt the body’s hormones. The researchers found that the endocrine-disrupting chemicals used in the process could interfere with a class of hormones that includes testosterone and estrogen.

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  • MU Researchers Find Fracking Chemicals Disrupt Hormone Function, MU School of Medicine, News.
  • Estrogen and Androgen Receptor Activities of Hydraulic Fracturing Chemicals and Surface and Ground Water in a Drilling-Dense Region, MU School of Medicine, Endocrinology, 2013.
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Increasing Trends in Male Reproductive Disorders, Environmental Exposures, Implications for Human Health

Half of all young men’s semen quality does not meet the reference standard of the World Health Organization

On this call, Dr. Skakkebaek presented his concerns about increasing trends in male reproductive disorders, including the significant global increase in incidence of germ cell tumors. He and colleagues from all over the world demonstrated that over half of all young men’s semen quality does not meet the reference standard of the World Health Organization.

Dr. Skakkebaek presented evidence linking testicular cancer, poor semen quality, childlessness, and rapidly decreasing fertility rates. He showed how there is little doubt that environmental factors, most likely associated with modern lifestyles, have – in a broad sense – had an adverse influence on male reproductive health. He and his group are examining a fundamental role that exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals may play in these trends, trends that in a few decades will result in decreasing populations in industrialized countries, and believes collaborative research is required to identify the causes of these adverse trends.

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Out of the Past

Old Exposures, Heritable Effects, and Emerging Concepts for Autism Research

The presentation highlights a significant gap in autism research: what factors might be driving the heterogenous de novo genomic errors seen in autism?

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Diethylstilbestrol Studies with Ethical Violations

Research ethics: where do you draw the line?

1950’s illegal studies that violated the Hippocratic Oath, the Nuremberg Code, and the Declaration of Helsinki.

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World Cancer Day 2016 Key Messages

What can YOU do – as an individual – to help prevent and fight cancer?

Just as cancer affects everyone in different ways, all people have the power to take various actions to reduce the impact that cancer has on individuals, families and communities.

World Cancer Day is a chance to reflect on what you can do, make a pledge and take action. Whatever you choose to do ‘We can. I can.’ make a difference to the fight against cancer.

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Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals in Healthcare

HCWH Europe held a webinar on EDCs in the healthcare sector in Sept. 2014

HCWH Europe held a webinar on endocrine disruptors in the healthcare sector in September 2014. The discussion was moderated by Laurel Berzanskis, Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals Policy Officer for HCWH Europe. Speakers included Dr Gavin ten Tusscher (Westfriesgasthuis, the Netherlands) and Dr R. Thomas Zoeller (University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA).

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