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Environmental Factor

Environmental Factor

Your Online Source for NIEHS News

November 2018

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High exposure to radio frequency radiation associated with cancer in male rats

The National Toxicology Program found clear evidence that male rats exposed to high levels of radio frequency radiation developed cancerous heart tumors.

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Male mice grow ovaries after single gene tweak

By turning on a gene found in all mammals, NIEHS scientists prompted male mice to grow ovaries, which suggests sexual development is flexible.

Angela Gutierrez
Nanoparticles offer low-cost, reusable way to clean up drinking water

Novel technologies using nanoparticles may help clean up contaminated drinking water, according to the 2017 Karen Wetterhahn Award winner.

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Innovative research ideas win new NIH grants

NIEHS will administer the grants of three scientists whose innovative research ideas received funding from the National Institutes of Health.

Lee Ferguson
PFAS contamination spurs university research collaboration

North Carolina researchers gathered to discuss a group of chemicals called PFAS that contaminate some of the state’s drinking water.

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When pain causes more pain: opioid hazards in the workplace

The state of opioid-related hazards in the workplace was the focus of the 2018 Worker Training Program workshop at NIEHS.

Chandra Jackson
Jackson lands Harvard fellowship

NIEHS epidemiologist Chandra Jackson, Ph.D., is one of 15 new JPB Environmental Health Fellows at Harvard.

Francesco DeMayo
SOX17 protein is critical for pregnancy

NIEHS scientists and colleagues discovered that a protein in mice and humans called SOX17 may be critical for a woman to become pregnant.

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Expanding environmental health research in Africa

In Kigali, Rwanda, an NIEHS-sponsored workshop focused on building environmental health research capacity in the H3Africa consortium.

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Teresa Woodruff elected to National Academy of Medicine

Grantee Teresa Woodruff, Ph.D., was elected to the National Academy of Medicine for achievements that include the invention of EVATAR.

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New role for DNA repair protein

Former NIEHS scientist Ben Van Houten, Ph.D., shared findings on new functions for a DNA repair protein known as UV-DDB.

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Researchers respond quickly after Hurricane Florence

After Hurricane Florence devastated southeastern North Carolina, NIEHS grantees hit the ground running to test for contaminants.

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Alfonso Latoni
Diversity Speaker Series honors Hispanic Heritage Month

NIEHS honored National Hispanic Heritage Month Oct. 16 with a talk by Scientific Review Branch Chief Alfonso Latoni, Ph.D.

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Algal blooms’ toxic recipe uncovered

NIEHS-funded researchers unmasked the genetic basis for how one form of harmful algal bloom becomes toxic.

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Goldstein wins prestigious achievement award

Scientist Emeritus Joyce Goldstein, Ph.D., received the International Society of the Study of Xenobiotics scientific achievement award.

Brian Berridge
New NTP leadership brings new direction

The National Toxicology Program’s advisory board discussed new directions shared by Associate Director Brian Berridge, D.V.M., Ph.D.

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LEED Platinum rating awarded to NIEHS warehouse

The NIEHS net-zero energy warehouse is the first Department of Health and Human Services building to achieve LEED Platinum certification.

Heather Vellers
NIEHS fellows land dream jobs in academia

This summer Heather Vellers, Ph.D., and Rachel Carroll, Ph.D., began academic careers, after only two years of research training at NIEHS.

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Susceptible populations highlighted at local tox meeting

The fall meeting of the North Carolina Society of Toxicology highlighted populations that are especially sensitive to toxicants.

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