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Environmental Factor

Environmental Factor

Your Online Source for NIEHS News

September 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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