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Environmental Factor

Environmental Factor

Your Online Source for NIEHS News

April 2020

emergency medical responders receive training by an ambulance

Protecting workers during the COVID-19 outbreak

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the NIEHS Worker Training Program showcased strategies to protect frontline workers, during a virtual workshop.

GenX affects function of proteins that protect the brain
boy drinking a cup of water

New research is part of a larger NIEHS effort to better understand PFAS chemicals.

Uterine fibroids symposium draws international audience
Donna Baird, Ph.D.

Experts shared scientific advances and environmental connections at a meeting co-sponsored by the Campion Fund.

Soy causes uterine changes in mice
Wendy Jefferson, Ph.D.

NIEHS researchers found that newborn mice exposed to genistein, which mimics estrogen in the body, experienced pregnancy failure as adults.

Good cholesterol is transported by novel proteins
Peter Tontonoz, M.D., Ph.D.

Research by Peter Tontonoz could open the door to new therapies for people with high cholesterol and other lipid disorders.

Gut bacteria and human cells collaborate, make enzyme needed for life
Xiaoling Li, Ph.D.

Bacteria in some tumors may hinder cancer treatments.

Bangladeshi officials learn how NIEHS research helps their country
2 members of Bangladesh Ministry of Public Administration

Discussion focused on arsenic contamination and indoor air quality during delegation’s Mar. 5 visit to the institute.

Link between high-fat diet and liver disease reported
Paul Wade, Ph.D.

Mice fed a diet rich in saturated fat showed dramatic changes in liver gene expression, which may explain how diet affects that organ.

Society of Toxicology awards recognize fellows, grantees
Mimi Huang, Ph.D.

Two National Toxicology Program fellows and three current grantees are among the outstanding scientists honored with 2020 SOT awards.

Botanical safety taken on by new consortium
Botanical supplements in glass jars

The Botanical Safety Consortium launches call for diverse groups to join.

Plants take up heavy metals, help reduce pollution
Julian Schroeder, Ph.D.

Julian Schroeder studies how plants respond to environmental stress, shedding light on ways to decontaminate soil and improve crop yields.

Frederica Perera honored for pioneering research, community engagement
Frederica Perera, Ph.D.

The NIEHS Spirit Lecture Awardee collaborates with disadvantaged groups to study how chemicals affect children and other vulnerable people.

Sleep health disparities research can be improved, experts say
woman sleeping on her side

A report coauthored by NIEHS epidemiologist Chandra Jackson could lead to better sleep health for disadvantaged groups.

Capt. Jeff Church honored by industrial hygiene group
Capt. Jeff Church

The American Industrial Hygiene Association cited his expertise in toxicology, emergency response missions, and many roles in the society.

Environmental risks visualized through new online tools
Michelle Heacock, Ph.D.

Information on drinking water quality and pollution is now more accessible to the public, thanks to NIEHS-funded researchers.

Fellows shine in communication challenge
Tammy Collins, Ph.D.

Competitors had just three minutes to explain their research to nonscientists.


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