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Environmental Factor

Environmental Factor

Your Online Source for NIEHS News

February 2019

Irva Hertz-Picciotto, Ph.D., director of the Environmental Health Sciences Core Center at the University of California-Davis

Autism spectrum disorders may stem from multiple factors

Irva Hertz-Picciotto told an NIEHS Distinguished Lecture audience that a combination of factors may drive the rise in ASD.

High pesticide exposure linked to loss of smell
Farmer repairing equipment used to apply pesticides

A study of farmers linked high pesticide exposure, such as during spills, to later losing the sense of smell. Quick clean up may lower risk.

Black History Month observed at NIEHS, NIH
Darlene Dixon, D.V.M., Ph.D.

The National Institutes of Health honors NIEHS researcher and mentor Darlene Dixon, and 14 other black scientists.

Improving tests for developmental neurotoxicity
Freshwater zebrafish

NTP-led collection of papers evaluated cell-based models, zebrafish, and other approaches for rapid screening of thousands of chemicals.

SOT honors computational, nonanimal testing pioneer
Nicole Kleinstreuer, Ph.D.

Nicole Kleinstreuer, Ph.D., and others were honored for their work toward replacing animals in toxicity testing.

Los Angeles youths take on air monitoring
Map where a student documented her daily exposure to high levels of air pollution on her bus ride to school

Los Angeles students in communities of color record air quality on their daily routes and create story maps of their experiences in this innovative project.

Friends of NIEHS discuss hot topics with Birnbaum
Friends of NIEHS meeting participants

The NIEHS and NTP director shared updates on NIEHS scientific advances and answered questions about topics such as BPA and climate change.

Epigenetic marks on DNA may signal asthma risk
Child with asthma

The researchers hope the findings may help identify newborns at risk of asthma and shed light on how the disease begins and develops.

Miller honored as fellow of the Collegium Ramazzini
NIEHS Senior Medical Advisor Aubrey Miller, M.D.

Aubrey Miller was selected to join the international occupational and environmental health academy.

Fish consumption advisories that work
A family fishing on a dock

Kathleen Gray discussed how to make fish advisories that sport, subsistence, and recreational fishermen can understand.


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