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Lead's Urban Legacy
Lead’s Urban Legacy deals with lead, a pervasive environmental pollutant that alters the biological signals in the human nervous system. The adverse effects of lead on brain health and function have been known since the Roman Empire.

Environmental Health Perspectives -- NIEHS
Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) is a monthly journal of peer-reviewed research and news published by the U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services. EHP's mission is to serve as a forum for the discussion of the interrelationships between the environment and human health by publishing in a balanced and objective manner the best peer-reviewed research and most current and credible news of the field.

Planetary Health: A New Perspective -- Lancet
Lancet's newly launched discipline seeks connections between such broad fields as human health and natural systems. "The Lancet Planetary Health is an open access journal committed to publishing high-quality articles on the health of human civilisation and the natural systems in which it depends".

The Endocrine Disruption Exchange(TEDX)
TEDX (The Endocrine Disruption Exchange, Inc.) is the an organization that focuses primarily on the human health and environmental problems caused by low-dose and/or ambient exposure to chemicals that interfere with development and function, called endocrine disruptors.

Environmental Health Science Education
The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), is one of 27 research institutes and centers that comprise the National Institutes of Health (NIH) , U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The mission of the NIEHS is to reduce the burden of human illness and disability by understanding how the environment influences the development and progression of human disease.

CDC’s DES Update Campaign
Diethylstilbestrol (DES) is a drug once prescribed during pregnancy to prevent miscarriages or premature deliveries. In the U.S. an estimated 10 million people were exposed to DES from 1938 to 1971, including pregnant women prescribed DES and their children. In 1971, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advised physicians to stop prescribing DES because it was linked to a rare vaginal cancer.

EPA’s Endocrine Disruptors Research
Evidence suggests that environmental exposure to EDCs may cause adverse health effects in human and wildlife populations. Considerable uncertainty exists regarding the relationship(s) between adverse health outcomes and exposure to environmental contaminants. ORD’s Endocrine Disruptor Research Program conducts both basic and applied research to develop the fundamental scientific principles used by the EPA program and regional offices in making risk assessment decisions.

Nuclear Receptor Signaling Atlas (NURSA)
The mission of NURSA is to accrue, develop, and communicate information that advances our understanding of the roles of nuclear receptors (NRs) in human diseases and conditions in which NRs play an integral role.

Bisphenol A
Bisphenol A Global Industry Group provides news, environmental, health, and safety information about bisphenol A (BPA), a widely-used industrial chemical and known endocrine disrupter.

Breast Cancer and Environmental Risk Factors
Cornell University's Program on Breast Cancer and Environmental Risk Factors in New York State contains bibliographies, fact sheets, and more.

DES Update
The Center for Disease Control's site offers consumers, health care providers, and others a wealth of information on confirmed risks and health problems for those exposed to diethylstilbestrol (DES) as a mother, prenatally as a daughter or son, and as a third generation grandchild.

Dirty Dozen Endocrine Disruptors
The Environmental Working Group’s 12 Hormone-Altering Chemicals and How to Avoid Them.There is no end to the tricks that endocrine disruptors can play on our bodies: increasing production of certain hormones; decreasing production of others; imitating hormones; turning one hormone into another; interfering with hormone signaling; telling cells to die prematurely; competing with essential nutrients; binding to essential hormones; accumulating in organs that produce hormones.

Endocrine Disrupters, The Why Files
Part of the Why Files Web site spearheaded by the University of Wisconsin-Madison answers general questions about endocrine disrupting chemicals.

Environmental Health Policy Institute, PSR
Physicians for Social Responsibility Environmental Health Policy Institute is an online forum of physicians, health professionals, and environmental health experts.

Endocrine Disruptor Research Initiative
The US Environmental Protection Agency provides links to publications, an inventory of government-sponsored research, and the National Science and Technology Council's (NSTC) Committee on the Environment and Natural Resources (CENR), which coordinates federal government research related to endocrine disruption.

Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program
The US Environmental Protection Agency provides information concerning implementation activities of the screening program set forth through recommendations made by the Endocrine Disruptor Screening and Testing Advisory Committee (EDSTAC) in 1998 to screen, classify, identify, and regulate endocrine disruptors.

European Commission Endocrine Disrupter Research
The European Commission explains endocrine disruption; reviews the governments use of the precautionary principle to regulate chemicals and products; and presents news and documents relating to the EC's studies, assessments, and conclusions regarding endocrine disrupting chemicals.

Environmental Health News
Contains daily links to press coverage of environmental health isuses, plus links to science digests of new, relevant findings and links to reports by organizations working on related issues.

Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH)
ORWH works in partnership with the NIH institutes and centers to ensure that women's health research is part of the scientific framework at NIH and throughout the scientific community.

Fooling with Nature
Contains summaries, interviews, references, pictures, and more information that accompanied a June 1998 Frontline program about endocrine disrupting chemicals on Public Broadcasting Service channels.

Global Toxics Initiative: Endocrine Disruptors, POPs, Pesticides
The World Wildlife Fund's Global Toxics Initiative targets three areas: Endocrine Disruptors (ED) (includes a reading list and video series), Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), and Agricultural Pesticides.

GreenFacts.org presents 3-tiered reviews of environmental and health-related reports published by various international organizations. The endocrine disruptors section explains how they act, potential effects, and exposure sources.

Healthy Milk, Healthy Baby
The National Resources Defense Council presents information about breast milk contaminants (includes types, levels, harm, and preventing chemicals in human milk), the benefits of breastfeeding, and problems with infant formula.

Hormone Deception
A site run by author and CBR Visiting Scholar D. Lindsey Berkson to accompany her book that explores women's hormone use and details ways to reduce exposure to environmental toxins.

Our Stolen Future
An informative site launched by the book from Theo Colburn, Dianne Dumanoski, and John Peterson Myers; offers updates and analysis of breaking science and news relating to endocrine disruption.

The Endocrine Disruption Exchange
The Endocrine Disruption Exchange, Inc. ( founded by Dr. Theo Colborn ) is the only organization that focuses primarily on the human health and environmental problems caused by low-dose and/or ambient exposure to chemicals that interfere with development and function, called endocrine disruptors.

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ASTSDR)
A US Department of Health and Human Services agency, the ATSDR surveys, assesses, and informs about the effects of environmental hazardous substances on public health in order to minimize and prevent exposures and disease related to toxic substances.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The CDC promotes health and quality of life by preventing and controlling disease, injury, and disability. Also, the CDC provides health information, travel advisories. Its National Center for Environmental Health (http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/default.htm) conducts research, supplys environmental health information, and sponsors seminars.

Center for the Evaluation of Risks to Human Reproduction (CERHR)
CERHR, part of the US NIEHS, provides information about potentially hazardous effects of chemicals on human reproduction and development.

The International Programme on Chemical Safety (IPCS)
IPCS, a part of the World Health Organization, published a global assessment of endocrine disiruptors in 2002 and oversees the Global Endocrine Disruptor Research Inventory.

National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR)
The US FDA's NCTR conducts research in developmental toxicology, including estrogens, phytochemicals, and reproductive health.

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
NIEHS, a branch of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), works to reduce human illness and dysfunction caused by environmental factors by using multidisciplinary biomedical research programs, prevention and intervention efforts and communication strategies. Publishes the Environmental Health Perspectives journal.

National Institutes of Health (NIH)
The NIH focuses on biomedical research in the US through funding, training, and implementing research.

National Toxicology Program
NTP, an interagency program, coordinates toxicological testing programs and provides information about potentially toxic chemicals and their health effects.

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
International agency overseeing global endocrine disruption activities,hosting meetings and workshops on research and policy, and providing information on persistent organic pollutants (POPs).

US Environmental Protection Agency
US EPA oversees US environmental regulation, provides extensive information relating to environmental protection, and manages the Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program and Endocrine Disruptor Research Initiative.

US Geologic Survey
The USGS oversees environmental monitoring of US water and land and publishes reports, articles, and other information relating to prevalence and effects of endocrine disrupting chemicals in the environment.

Global Assessment of the State-of-the-Science of Endocrine Disruptors. 2004. WHO/PCS/EDC/02.2. International Programme on Chemical Safety. World Health Organization.

Endocrine Disruptors: Research Needs and Future Directions. 2004. International Programme on Chemical Safety (IPCS)-Japan Workshop. WHO/IPCS/EDC/01/04.

National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. US Department of Health and Human Services.

Challenged Conceptions: Environmental Chemcials and Fertility. 2005. Collaborative on Health and the Environment. Commonweal.

Hormonally Active Agents in the Environment. 2000. National Research Council: National Academy Press.

Endocrine Disruptors in the Environment. 2003. International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC). Pure Appl. Chem. 75(5):631-681.

Emerging Contaminants in the Environment. Toxic Substances Hydrology Program. US Geological Survey (USGS).

Pharmaceuticals, Hormones and Other Organic Wastewater Contaminants in US Streams, 1999-2000: A National Reconnaissance. 2002. Environmental Science and Technology 36(6):,202-1211.

EPA's Health and Environmental Effects Research.

Amazing Environmental Organization Web Directory
Extensive directory of environmental organizations organized by subject.

American Council on Science and Health
Offers reports, reviews, and other information on public health issues, such as food, nutrition, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, lifestyle, the environment, and health.

Breast cancer information covering research, treatment, and recovery is well organized.

ENC Online
Eisenhower National Clearinghouse provides curriculum resources, professional development news, and education information for K-12 mathematics and science teachers.

Environmental Data Services (ENDS)
ENDS lists upcoming environmental events and publishes several news and professional publications.

Environmental Health News
Environmental Health News is published daily by Environmental Health Sciences, a not-for-profit organization founded in 2002.

Environmental Health Science Education
The site caters to students, teachers, and scientists by offering abundant, age-specific educational and career development resources that aid teaching about environment and human health connections to elementary, high school, and college students.

Environmental Media Services
This site provides reliable and timely information about environmental issues in an effort to increase journalists' understanding and media coverage of environmental topics.

Environmental Toxins and Women's Health Issues
This page has links to many sites dealing with endocrine disruption and women's environmental health; compiled for about.com.

National Academy of Sciences
A society of distinguished scholars engaged in scientific and engineering research which publishes through the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy Press.

National Science Teachers Association
The largest science teachers organization in the US provides news and legislative updates and offers information on teaching resources, policy and guidelines.

On-line Biology Book
Fifty chapters written by M.J. Farabee explain basic biology principles and concepts including the endocrine system, the reproductive system, and community and ecosystem dynamics.

Public Library of Science
Articles (research, opinions, features, primers), publishing information, and the rationale for open-access are all available at this web site.

Rachel's Environment and Health Weekly
The Environmental Research Foundation's monthly e-mail newsletter featuring environmental and health topics.

Seventh Generation
Seventh Generation is the nation's leading brand of non-toxic and environmentally safe household products.

Society of Environmental Journalists
Web site of this professional organization for environmental journalists provides briefings about endocrine disruption.

Understanding Medical Research
MedlinePlus's web page amasses information sources on risk, clinical research and trials, and evaluating medical information.

U.S. Environmental Directories
The official website for the United States Environmental Directories.

Comparative Toxicogenomics Database
The Comparative Toxicogenomics Database, a joint project of the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory and the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences.

Database On The Isoflavone Content Of Foods
US Department of Agriculture and Iowa State University team up and supply phytoestrogen content of vegetables, legumes, and processed food, such as infant formula.

Endocrine Disruptors Federal Research Project Inventory
US Environmental Protection Agency's list of federally-funded research projects from 1996 relating to endocrine disrupting chemicals.

Environmental Contaminants Encyclopedia
Thorough summaries of 118 elements, compounds, and products as compiled by the US National Park Service in 1998.

Environmental Health Perspectives
A peer-reviewed, monthly journal published by the National Institute of Environmental Health and dedicated to the discussing effects of the environment on human health.

The EXtension TOXicology NETwork, is a searchable database of pesticide and toxic substances profiles, and briefs.

Genomics Imprinting Website
Geared to researchers and students, the site is chock full of imprinting gene data, published research papers, links to other resources, and audio and video symposium presentations all dating back to the mid to late 1990s.

Global Endocrine Disruptors Research Inventory
Ongoing research projects related to endocrine disruption is compiled by the World Health Organization's International Programme on Chemical Safety.

Google Scholar
Google's unique search tool finds relevant scholarly material published online from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, and universities.

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry's Hazardous Substance Release/Health Effects Database provides information on the release of hazardous substances and the effects of hazardous substances on human health.

Household Products Database
Search by product, ingredient, or the manufacturers' Material Safety Data Sheets for health effects, and safety information on household products in homes, on yards, and for personal and pet care.

International Programme on Chemical Safety & the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety peer reviewed information on commonly used chemicals that may also contaminate the environment and food.

Nuclear Receptor Signaling Atlas
For scientists studying nuclear receptors, their coregulators, and their role in disease.

Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI)
The US Department of Energy funds thousands of research projects annually. Now, there's a central web site available to easily search archives.

PAN Pesticide Database
The Pesticide Action Network oversees this searchable database for pesticides, such as endocrine disrupting chemicals.

Search the National Library of Medicine's premier database to find scientific journal articles on health-related subjects.

Science News
A weekly newsmagazine covering a wide variety of science news, including endocrine disruption.

The National Library of Medicine (USA) site provides a place to search toxicology-based databases for scientific journal articles.