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Environmental Factor

Environmental Factor

Your Online Source for NIEHS News

January 2020

Brandy Beverly, Ph.D.
Pregnancy hypertension risk increased by traffic-related air pollution

Findings give new insights into the connection between poor air quality and the health of children and mothers.

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Permanent hair dye and straighteners may increase breast cancer risk

For hair dye, black women had greater risk than white women. For straighteners, risk increase was the same in both groups.

Michael Wyde, Ph.D.
NTP scientist weighs in on 5G technology

Michael Wyde, Ph.D., analyzed the latest generation of cellular technology and its potential human health effects.

Nicole Kleinstreuer, Ph.D.
Chronic inflammation needs focused research to reduce disease

Experts reviewed research on chronic inflammation, its role in common diseases, and the need for biomarkers and other research directions.

Francisco DeMayo, Ph.D.
Francisco DeMayo elected AAAS fellow

NIEHS lab chief Francisco DeMayo has published seminal discoveries about processes in early pregnancy, including embryo implantation.

Darryl Zeldin, M.D.
Cryo-EM enhances field of structural biology, experts say

Members of the Molecular Microscopy Consortium highlighted the importance of cryogenic electron microscopy, or cryo-EM.

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PFOA evaluated for cancer links by NTP expert panel

In the U.S., the substance has been phased out of almost all commercial and industrial products, but it persists in the environment.

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Chemical used in sunscreen analyzed for potential carcinogenicity

An expert panel agreed with findings from a recent National Toxicology Program study on a compound known as oxybenzone.

Kelly Lenox
The 20 most-read stories of 2019 feature health, chemicals, pollution

Stories on PFAS, global pollution, and chemicals that disrupt hormone signaling dominated reader interest.

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River tour during SRP meeting spotlights local perspectives

The annual Superfund Research Program meeting in Seattle featured a boat tour of the lower Duwamish River with community representatives.

Warren Casey, Ph.D.
Moving away from animal-based antibodies

During a meeting at the National Institutes of Health, scientists said cell-based antibodies could improve experimental quality.

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Children receive gifts through NIEHS Angel Tree

Employees donated bikes, toys, and other items, which were distributed to local families by the Salvation Army of Durham.

Trey Saddler
Diversity Speaker Series addresses Native American health challenges

The National Toxicology Program's Trey Saddler described how problems such as poor air and water quality affect tribal communities.

Liz Garcia-Peterson, Ph.D.
Scientific Journeys: A postdoctoral fellow describes her path

At a recent orientation meeting for new trainees, Liz Garcia-Peterson, Ph.D., sat down with Environmental Factor for an in-depth interview.


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