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Environmental Factor

Environmental Factor

Your Online Source for NIEHS News

January 2019

woman giving self administered breast exam

Breast cancer risk remains elevated 20-30 years after childbirth

New research shows pregnancy first elevates breast cancer risk, but becomes protective over time.

Personal care products
Earlier puberty linked with personal care products

Girls exposed before birth to chemicals found in personal care products may enter puberty earlier, NIEHS-funded researchers reported.

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father and daughter walking
Greenness may promote heart health

A new study provides the first evidence linking neighborhood greenness to changes in the body related to cardiovascular health.

Ira Tabas, Ph.D. addresses audience
Mitochondria play key role in disposal of dead cells

The body’s ability to clear dead cells depends on a finely tuned process, with mitochondria playing a starring role.

Yvonne Fondufe-Mittendorf, Ph.D.
Epigenetics may hold key to arsenic’s role in cancer

Epigenetics offers a new frontier in the study of mechanisms in cancer development, says Yvonne Fondufe-Mittendorf, Ph.D.

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John Balbus, M.D., NIEHS senior advisor for public health
Pollution is a global but solvable threat to health, say scientists

Although global health investments focus on AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis, recent estimates say pollution kills three times as many people.

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lead study author Joseph Rodriguez, Ph.D.
New study finds active genes may be inactive for long periods

New research on genes suggests that active genes may have long periods of inactivity.

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portrait of Alison Motsinger-Reif, Ph.D.
Motsinger-Reif takes biostats and computational biology lead

Internationally recognized statistical geneticist will meet big data challenges with innovative approaches.

NTP Associate Director Brian Berridge, D.V.M., Ph.D.
Science counselors focus on NTP research translation

The meeting, held online due to Winter Storm Diego, addressed translation of NTP research into regulatory, government, and scientific arenas.

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NIEHS Giving Tree brightens holidays for local children

Staff and contractors stepped up to provide toys, bikes, clothes, and other gifts to children of needy families in the Raleigh-Durham area.

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Liam O’Fallon, program director for PEPH
Network reflects on sharing research results with participants

The annual NIEHS Partnerships for Environmental Public Health meeting focused on reporting research results to study participants.

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epidemiologist Alexandra White, Ph.D.
Epidemiologist White moves into tenure-track role

A rising star and two-time NIEHS fellow plans to dig deep in the hunt for environmental risk factors in breast cancer.

SRP Annual Meeting
Multi-disciplinary, early career innovation highlighted at SRP meeting

Superfund Research Program grantees and partners shared findings and discussed research translation, community engagement, and training.

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Bruce Androphy, J.D.
Annual Ethics Day is a hit with NIEHSers

The NIEHS Ethics Office offered a lively alternative to the mandatory online training federal workers complete each year.

Chinese stir-fry noodles
Fellows from around the globe celebrate around the table

An international potluck lets research fellows share food and cultures while building a sense of camaraderie.

Kelly Lenox, editor in chief of the Environmental Factor.
Top stories of 2018 dominated by cell phone studies

In a milestone year for the Environmental Factor, a look at the top 20 stories reveals coverage of draft and final cell phone studies dominated reader interest.

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