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Environmental Factor

Environmental Factor

Your Online Source for NIEHS News

September 2016

Study sheds light on lead’s neurotoxic effects
Quan Lu, Ph.D.

New findings suggest lead may trigger oxidative stress in neural stem cells, which could cause damage at a key point in development.

Vitamin D levels may drop when women stop using birth control
Harmon Quaker

Women’s vitamin D levels may fall when they stop using contraceptives that contain estrogen, according to a new study by NIEHS scientists.

Microbe-rich environments may trigger immune system, prevent asthma
Peter Thorne, Ph.D.

An NIEHS-supported study in New England Journal of Medicine reports that life on farms with livestock may help Amish children avoid asthma.

Epigenetics may improve prediction of prostate cancer threat
Shuk-mei Ho

Two research groups used different methods to discover epigenetic biomarkers that may prove helpful in improving prostate cancer prediction.


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