Chemical Effects in Biological Systems database (CEBS)

The National Toxicology Program (NTP) has announced that CEBS has a new FTP web site to download toxicology study data from. The CEBS houses scientific toxicology studies of the NTP, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) laboratories, other government laboratories, pharmaceutical companies, and academic institutions. CEBS was developed by the NIEHS.

In the new CEBS FTP website:

• Large data files are available for download.
• Files are organized by the type of data and the submitting institution.
• Additional instructions explain how data in the zip files are organized.

If users select the clinical chemistry folder, it will show multiple subfolders identified by the institution’s name. For example, clicking on the NTP subfolder allows the user to batch download all of the clinical chemistry data from all of the NTP studies in the database in one zip file.

Use the Download button in the data tab of a study in CEBS to download a type of data such as hematology from an individual study. The FTP Web site allows users to download data from all the studies submitted by the NTP or another institution.

Some types of data available include:

• Clinical chemistry
• Developmental toxicology
• Genetic toxicology
• Immunotoxicology
• Reproductive toxicology

Link to the new File Transfer Protocol (FTP) website URL:

Click Download Data on the Chemical Effects in Biological Systems database Web page. Instructions for accessing the FTP web site are also available on this page.

CPHA-N Annual Meeting and Conference Presentations Available

The health reform/ public health presentations from the CPHA-N Annual Meeting and Conference: “From Crisis to Progress: Health Care Reform, Public Health, and Women’s Preventive Services” which was held Friday, May 13, 2011 in Oakland, CA, are now available online at:

Health Indicators Warehouse

“The health indicators warehouse (HIW) is a user-friendly web-accessible database of pre-tabulated national, state, and local health indicators, reflecting multiple dimensions of occupational health and safety, physical environment exposure, and more. The HIW also contains supporting descriptive data to facilitate understanding and appropriate use of the indicators, as well as links to evidence-based interventions.” The Warehouse may be searched by topic, geography, or initiative. It was developed by the National Center for Health Statistics. Access it from our Statistical/Data Resources web page.

Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management (CHEMM)

The National Library of Medicine has released Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management.

“Chemical emergencies are high risk events that require first responders to quickly make a series of complex decisions to minimize the risk of injury to their patients and themselves. The tools in CHEMM provide a comprehensive resource to help responders make safer decisions and provide them with the right information when it is needed most. CHEMM enables first responders and other healthcare providers and planners to plan for, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the effects of mass-casualty incidents involving accidental or terrorist chemical releases.

CHEMM is a web-based resource that is downloadable in advance so that it is available during an event if the Internet is not accessible. It provides evidence-based information and guidance on a wide variety of topics, including quick chemical identification, acute patient care guidelines, and initial event activities.”

EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database (Environmental Working Group)

EWG has created online safety profiles for over 65,000 cosmetics and personal care products and made these available in an easy-to-search database. The profiles list and rate the safety of the ingredients in each of the products in the database. Includes sunscreens, hair straighteners, shampoos, nail care products, fragrances, and more. Take a look, from our Consumer Health Resources web page.

Public Health Newswire (APHA)

“A portal for public health news, opinion and exchange brought to you by APHA, Public Health Newswire features public health news and profiles the work of professionals and practitioners who are protecting the health of our communities every day.” Check out this resource, from our Electronic Newspapers and News Sources and Keeping Up-to-date on Public Health web pages.

The Contribution of Epigenetics in Pediatric Environmental Health

This upcoming conference highlights the role of epigenetics in determining the impact of the environment on pediatric disease and children’s current and future health.

For those of you who may be interested in attending:

Dates: May 30-June 1, 2012
Location: San Francisco, CA
Conference web site:

New Books!

The Public Health Library has the following new books available:

1. Toxic chemicals: risk prevention through use reduction. By Thomas E Higgins, et al. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, 2011. Call number: TD1050.W36 H54 2011.

2. Introduction to environmental toxicology: molecular substructures to ecological landscapes. 4th ed. By Wayne G Landis, et al. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, 2011. Call number: QH545.A1 L35 2011.

3. Reproductive toxicology. 3rd ed. By Robert W Kapp, et al. New York: Informa Healthcare, 2010. Call number: RA1224.2.R4744 2010.

4. Occupational and environmental lung diseases: diseases from work, home, outdoor and other exposures. By Susan Tarlo, et al. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2010. Call number: RC756.O227 2010.

Please note that these books are only a small selection of what is newly available. If you are interested in checking out any book(s), submit a request using our online form and we will mail the book(s) to you. If you do not currently possess a UC Berkeley library card, you will need to apply for one before we can check out a book to you.