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Environmental Factor

Environmental Factor

Your Online Source for NIEHS News

October 2018

four images including a pan with food in it, fingers wrapping tape around a thread, young child, firefighters fighting a fire

PFAS in the spotlight across the globe

From the halls of the U.S. Congress to an international gathering in Zurich, the health effects of PFAS are in the spotlight. NIEHS supports a variety of research about these chemicals.

Stress chemical in the brain decreases anxiety
portrait of Patricia Jensen

Certain brain cells involved in the fight-or-flight response unexpectedly reduce anxiety and stress in mice, according to new NIEHS research.

PAH cleanup may worsen toxicity
Stacy Simonich

Research by Staci Simonich, Ph.D., suggests bioremediation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons may increase toxicity of contaminated soils.

CLARITY-BPA releases grantee data and core study report
photograph of metal food cans

The CLARITY-BPA program released two resources Sept. 28 — data sets from grantee studies and the final core study report.

Wildfire cleanup crews benefit from worker training
Wildfire rubble

The NIEHS Worker Training Program helps those involved in cleaning up after California’s wildfires safely handle hazardous materials.

Aging, worker training initiatives get advisory council nod
Heacock and Finn speak at the meeting

The NIEHS advisory council endorsed initiatives to study the impacts of disasters on the elderly and to update the worker training program.

The RNA link between genes, air pollution, and autism
Boy sitting on floor with toy airplane next to him

In an NIEHS talk, Daniel Campbell, Ph.D., suggested that long noncoding RNA may be the gene-environment link in autism risk.

The Myositis Association honors Rider’s research
Rider receives an award from Goldberg

The Myositis Association honored NIEHS clinical researcher Lisa Rider, M.D., for 15 years of significant impact on myositis research.

Environmental health literacy empowers people, communities
illustration of book with lightbulb hovering above containing a leaf

A new book, “Environmental Health Literacy,” examines this emerging field from the perspective of scientists and their community partners.

Regulators play key roles in replacing animals in tox testing
Berridge addresses the meeting

To help reduce animal use in toxicity testing, regulators should clarify what information they need and which new approaches they accept.

DNA damage and mutations across the genome
Natalie Saini

NIEHS postdoctoral fellow Natalie Saini, Ph.D., opened a fall seminar series at Duke with a discussion of genome-wide mutations.

Environmental health goes global at ISES-ISEE meeting
Scientists meet to discuss how to measure harmful factors in the environment

Scientists from around the world gathered to discuss how to measure harmful factors in the environment and study resulting health effects.

Emergency collections serve hurricane victims
military personnel push a boat full of residents through flooded streets

NIEHS responded to the devastation of Hurricane Florence by launching an emergency drive to stock food banks in hard-hit areas.

Fessler discusses cholesterol and the immune response
Mike Fessler

In a special seminar, Michael Fessler, M.D., discussed how the shuttling of cholesterol through the body impacts the immune response.


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