Wednesday, August 26, 2009

7th Annual Conference on Children's Health and the Environment

The conference will be held at Johns Hopkins University Mount Washington Conference Center in Baltimore, Maryland, September 10-11, 2009. On the 10th, there will be a guided tour of the Patuxent Research Refuge, and plenary sessions and interactive workshops with keynote address on Children's Environmental Health and healthy homes are scheduled for September 11. For more information, please visit or contact Mid-Atlantic Center for Children's Health and the Environment at or 1-866-622-2431.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Bed Bug Awareness

Bed Bugs are increasingly becoming a problem within residences of all kinds, including homes, apartments, dormatories, and even schools. With bedbugs gaining national attention (see NY Times article), there are many educational resources available including Bed Bug Central and University extension sites (eXtension, University of Minnesota).

Friday, August 21, 2009

'CSI' pest team invades Salem school

Recent news from Oregon's Statesman Journal: A team of [school IPM] pest experts from across the country scoured Salem Heights Elementary on their hands and knees — some on their stomachs — looking for clues...Full Text.

Research links Pesticides to Leukemia But Supporting Studies Needed

A recently published study from Georgetown University Medical Center and Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC evaluated the associations of pesticide exposure in a residential environment with the risk for leukemia. The researchers found associations with Organophosphates and leukemia but realize the limitations of their study and beg for further research to be done to support their findings.
Soldin, Offie, Hala Nsouly-Maktabi, Jeanine Genkinger, Christopher Loffredo, Juan Ortega-Garcia, Drew Colantino, Dana Barr, Luban Naomi, Aziza Shad, and David Nelson. "Pediatric Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and Exposure to Pesticides." Therapeutic Drug Monitoring 31.4 (2009): 495-501. (C) 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. 7 Aug. 2009.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

School IPM in Florida

The July issue of Pest Control Technology has an article on the tracking of IPM implementation in a Florida school over a ten-year period. The article is by Kevyn Juneau, Clay Scherer, Rebecca Baldwin, and Phil Koehler.