Julia R. Barrett
Although overeating and a sedentary lifestyle contribute heavily to obesity, additional risk may be conferred by exposure to obesogens, environmental chemicals suspected of promoting fat production and storage. The insecticide DDT may be one such obesogen.
Smoking is currently the best-established risk factor for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a rare and debilitating neurological condition. But three traffic-related pollutants may be similar to or even worse than smoking in terms of ALS risk.
Tuberculosis (TB) treatment is often successful in the United States, but sometimes patients die. A new study found that living near heavily traveled roads was associated with higher risk of dying during TB treatment.
In the Media
• Children’s Health Is Disproportionately Affected by Climate Change
Yale Climate Connections, 17 April 2018
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• Painkillers in Pregnancy May Affect Babies’ Future Fertility
BBC News, 16 April 2018
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• Can Taking Folic Acid Lower the Risk of Autism? New Studies Suggest It May Help
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 3 April 2018
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• Dr. King Said Segregation Harms Us All. Environmental Research Shows He Was Right
The New York Times, 3 April 2018
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• Are We Ready for the Deadly Heat Waves of the Future?
Science News, 3 April 2018
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• ‘I Can’t Stop’: Schools Struggle with Vaping Explosion
The New York Times, 2 April 2018
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• Potentially Toxic Levels of Lead and Other Metals Found in E-Cigarette Vapor
Forbes, 23 February 2018
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National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month (May 2018)
• Pollen Overload: Seasonal Allergies in a Changing Climate
Alzheimers and Brain Awareness Month (June 2018)
• Time after Time: Environmental Influences on the Aging Brain