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Environmental Factor

Environmental Factor

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November 2019

man sitting on bench next to a bicycle exhaling a large cloud of smoke

Vaping has measurable effects on the body, unclear if safer than smoking

A research review found numerous effects of vaping, or e-cigarette use, on the pulmonary system, from nasal cells to alveoli deep in the lungs.

NIEHS grantees win prestigious award to study human gut microbes
Peter Dedon, M.D., Ph.D.

The National Institutes of Health award could lead to better treatments for problems such as inflammatory bowel disease.

Botanical supplements Q and A coming Nov. 8
Botanical supplements in glass jars

Experts on health effects research of botanical dietary supplements will field questions from the public on social media.

Toxicants can affect sperm and eggs, pose risks for offspring
Jill Escher, J.D. at the podium speaking to attendees

Two experts visited NIEHS to discuss how reproductive cells’ exposure to harmful agents can lead to health problems in later generations.

Birnbaum celebrated with honors and fond farewells
David and Linda Birnbaum

The last day of retiring director Linda Birnbaum was celebrated with music, tributes, and — not to be left out — data.

With a little help from its friends, NIEHS updates congressional staff
Birnbaum presenting in front of audience

Two briefings provided key information about the institute’s work related to children’s environmental health and harmful algal blooms.

Human health linked to animals, environment, say experts
cow drinking water at a well

That interconnection — called One Health — was the focus of a recent conference in Durham, North Carolina.

Worker Training Program tackles opioid misuse and addiction
Jonathan Rosen speaks at Keystone Science Lecture Seminar Series

A new initiative is aimed at improving prevention and treatment efforts, and removing stigma.

Chemicals alter fat cells, disrupt healthy metabolism
Stephanie Kim, Ph.D.

Stephanie Kim, winner of the 2018 Wetterhahn Award, spoke about her research into how chemicals influence the development of fat cells.

Environmental, chemical, and social stressors can be a dangerous mix
Cynthia Rider, Ph.D.

The annual meeting of the North Carolina Society of Toxicology focused on how the interplay of those factors can affect humans.

Grantees share history and research through video series
Madeleine Scammell, D.Sc.

The series explains how New Bedford Harbor became contaminated, research to understand health effects, and how community groups are helping.

Experts debate challenges of tissue chips, machine learning
Emily Reinke, Ph.D., Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., Warren Casey, Ph.D., Nicole Kleinstreuer, Ph.D.

Advancing new nonanimal testing technologies will require guidance from regulators on best uses.

Endocrine disruptors and male vulnerability to behavioral disorders
Marissa Sobolewski, Ph.D.

Marissa Sobolewski, Ph.D., says some chemicals can raise early-life testosterone levels in males, increasing risk of disorders such as ADHD.

NIEHS kicks off Combined Federal Campaign with tailgate dip contest
Rick Woychik, Ph.D., NIEHS Acting Director

The program raises millions each year for charities across the country.



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