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Environmental Factor

Environmental Factor

Your Online Source for NIEHS News

January 2020

Joel Kaufman, M.D.

EHP names Kaufman new editor in chief

The journal announced that Joel Kaufman, from the University of Washington, will take the helm in February.

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

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

Permanent hair dye and straighteners may increase breast cancer risk
woman with gloved hands running fingers through hair and gloves coated with hair dye

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PFOA evaluated for cancer links by NTP expert panel
scientist holds and examines samples

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

Chemical used in sunscreen analyzed for potential carcinogenicity
closeup of bottle of sunscreen slightly buried in sand with sunglasses and hat blurred in the background

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

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

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

River tour during SRP meeting spotlights local perspectives
group of people from boat tour of the Duwamish River

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

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

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

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

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

Children receive gifts through NIEHS Angel Tree
gifts around the tree in the Keystone building

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

Diversity Speaker Series addresses Native American health challenges
Trey Saddler

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


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