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Environmental Factor

Environmental Factor

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October 2016

Children running through field

NIH launches new programs for children’s environmental health

New initiatives by the National Institutes of Health encourage study of how a child’s early environment may affect health and development.

Breast Cancer and the Environment flyer
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month — NIEHS prioritizes prevention

NIEHS efforts to fight breast cancer focus on environmental exposures that affect risk, and translating that knowledge into prevention.

Steve Kleeberger
NIEHS research sheds light on variation in severity of RSV disease

NIEHS scientists have discovered a gene mutation that contributes to the severity of a respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection.

Group photo of NTA
Trainee contributions celebrated during Postdoc Appreciation Week

Trainees and the contributions they make to the NIEHS mission took center stage during the week of Sept. 19.

Lisa Rider
NIEHS clinical researcher receives Research and Hope Award

NIEHS researcher Lisa Rider, M.D., received the 2016 Research & Hope Award from PhRMA, for her work on juvenile myositis.

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Furniture manufacturers invite talk on assessing safer chemicals

A group of furniture manufacturers invited Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., to speak on finding safer alternatives to chemicals used in the industry.

Bruce Hammock
FDA ban on antibacterials in soaps informed by SRP research

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s ban on certain antibacterials in soaps was informed in part by Superfund Research Program studies.

Mary Wolfe
Case study on hexavalent chromium reflects impact of NTP research

Using hexavalent chromium as a case study, the National Toxicology Program developed a new approach to evaluating impact of its research.

Tang, Sara Deasy, and Tish Murphy, Ph.D.,
Tang named Women Scientist Advisors Scholar

NIEHS trainee Shuang Tang, M.D., Ph.D., is one of two 2016 NIH Women Scientist Advisors Scholars, chosen from among 90 female FARE winners.

Linda Birnbaum and Vi Waghiyi
New frontiers energize council

New ideas in environmental health research took center stage at the meeting of the National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council.

Philippe Grandjean, M.D.
Brain benefits of aerobic exercise lost to mercury exposure

NIEHS grantees found that cognitive function improved with exercise, but not for people exposed to high levels of mercury before birth.

Sandra Howard
Environmental justice award recognizes Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services received an award for environmental justice, and NIEHS efforts were an important factor.

Rodolphe Barrangou, Ph.D.
CRISPR and the genome editing revolution

Rodolphe Barrangou, Ph.D., spoke at NIEHS about the possibilities and challenges of CRISPR genome editing technology.

Brian Schwartz
Fracking tied to adverse health effects in Pennsylvania

NIEHS-funded researchers at Johns Hopkins reported that fracking in Pennsylvania was associated with migraines, fatigue, and sinus problems.

Laurie Johnson
Experience and dedication honored at Years of Service ceremony

NIEHS employees and leadership gathered Sept. 26 for the annual Years of Service ceremony, recognizing long-term public servants and retirees.

Jian-Liang (Jason) Li
Li to lead NIEHS Integrative Bioinformatics Support Group

NIEHS welcomes Jian-Liang (Jason) Li, Ph.D., as the new head of the Integrative Bioinformatics Support Group.

James Loyd speaking behind podium
Environmental factors help explain persistent public health patterns

Lloyd Michener, M.D., discussed new efforts to improve public health, and the role of environmental factors in persistent health concerns.

Jennifer Adibi, Sc.D speaking
The placenta — early mediator of environmental exposure

In a Keystone seminar, Jennifer Adibi, Sc.D., described how the placenta secretes hormones and serves as a buffer from the environment.



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