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Environmental Factor

Environmental Factor

Your Online Source for NIEHS News

March 2019

biological age and environmental exposures graphic

Older biological age linked to elevated breast cancer risk

NIEHS scientists reported that women whose DNA shows biological age older than their chronological age face a higher risk of breast cancer.

Chemotherapy workers face risks, reduced with safe handling
Nurse administering chemotherapy drugs

Analysis finds moderate level of evidence that workplace exposure is associated with increased risk of miscarriage and genetic damage

Kembra Howdeshell honored by Teratology Society
Kembra Howdeshell, Ph.D.

The National Toxicology Program scientist is recognized as an outstanding toxicologist and mentor in the area of birth defects research.

Damon Tweedy headlines NIEHS Diversity Speaker Series
Damon Tweedy, M.D.

The author of “Black Man in a White Coat” discussed efforts to overcome racial bias on both sides of the patient-doctor relationship.

One Health conference draws experts to Thailand
Fourth Annual International Conference on One Medicine One Science (iCOMOS)

Participants in the International Conference on One Medicine One Science explored the intersection of human, animal, and environmental health.

New toxicity test offers speed, accuracy, savings
microscopic cell colonies

A new test directly measures cell survival more quickly and cheaply than other ways of testing toxicity of chemicals and other exposures.

NTP board explores new directions
BSC chair Kenneth McMartin, Ph.D.

Advisors explored the National Toxicology Program’s role as the field transforms to a more predictive science.

Research uncovers secret behind flavonoids’ health benefits
Stephen Shears, Ph.D., head of the Inositol Signaling Group at NIEHS

NIEHS scientists open door to new medicines by discovering how flavonoids — at levels found in balanced diet — block cancer-promoting protein.

Sarin poses health risk after initial effects, peer reviewers agree
Pam Factor-Litvak, Columbia University

A panel of experts agreed with National Toxicology Program conclusions on long-term neurological effects of exposure to nerve agent.

Kits spur community environmental health literacy
Dina Markowitz, Ph.D.

Hands-on kits help diverse communities learn about environmental health risks in their homes and neighborhoods, and how to take action.

Council backs renewal of undergraduate research funds
Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D. and Phil Brown, Ph.D.

The NIEHS advisory group voted to continue the student grants, and heard talks on children’s health, cyber needs, and clean cookstoves.

Global Health Career Day connects students, professionals
National Toxicology Program Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D.

NIEHS hosted the annual career fair, connecting students, job seekers, and professionals with global health organizations in North Carolina.

MOU aims to improve cardiovascular safety of pharmaceuticals
NTP associate director, Brian Berridge, D.V.M., Ph.D.

NTP is part of a new interagency research collaboration to foster more novel, human-relevant safety testing methods

Oscars-style show spotlights NIEHS merit awards
Kyla Taylor, Ph.D.

The annual ceremony celebrated excellence of NIEHS scientists, administrators, support technicians, contractors, trainees, and others.

Texas workshop prepares trainees for disaster research
TAMU SRP Center Director Ivan Rusyn, M.D., Ph.D. and Candice Brinkmeyer-Langford, Ph.D.,

Superfund Research Program scientists at Texas A&M host the first disaster research response workshop aimed at grad students and postdocs.

Birnbaum headlines North Carolina health conference
Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D. with Virginia Guidry, Ph.D.

At a gathering of public health leaders, the NIEHS/NTP director described environmental exposures that may affect the health of state residents.

Sexual and gender minority health research highlighted
Karen Parker, Ph.D. speaking at a podium

Environmental health research may play a role in addressing health disparities among LGBT populations.

NIEHS shows much love for charities
Janice Allen, Ph.D.

The institute raised nearly $100,000 for a wide range of charities through the 2018 Combined Federal Campaign.


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