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Your Environment. Your Health.

NIEHS-EPA Pilot Study of Exposure to Chemicals in Consumer Products

Closed for Recruitment

Study Background

Additional Information

In a lifetime, a person may encounter tens of thousands of chemicals used as ingredients in the products they buy. It’s not easy to measure these chemicals because the companies that sell the products aren’t required to divulge the exact chemical ingredients.

Researchers want to compare how existing methods, such as surveys and models, measure exposure to chemicals in personal care and household products. This study intends to test and improve the ways that studies gather data about how chemicals in products come in contact with consumers.

For more information on this study, please visit the Clinical Trials Study page.

Who can participate?

  • Healthy women aged 35-74
  • Not currently pregnant
  • Use consumer products daily
  • Spend a majority of time at home
  • Live in or around Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill, North Carolina

The definition of healthy for this study means that you feel well and can perform normal activities. If you have a chronic condition, such as high blood pressure, healthy can also mean that you are being treated and the condition is under control.

What will you do?

Volunteers will be in the study for 10 days. During that time, you will:

  • Wear 5 small devices that measure air pollution, chemicals, and location
  • Record the products you use in a diary and photograph them on an iPad (provided)
  • Take iPad videos of requested products
  • Answer questions about chemical ingredients in your personal care products
  • Collect daily urine samples
  • Make two visits to the NIEHS Clinical Research Unit in Research Triangle Park to give blood samples
  • Volunteers will be compensated up to $1,500 for completion of the study

Before the start of the study, a researcher will come to your home to install air samplers inside and outside of your home and record all consumer products in the house. The researcher will also return to your home every other day to collect samples.

Study Location

Sample collections are conducted at your home and at the NIEHS Clinical Research Unit located in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.

Protocol number: 15-E-N134

Enrollment and Contact Information

For more information about this study, call 1-855-MYNIEHS

Principal Investigator

Kyla Taylor
Kyla W. Taylor, Ph.D.
Health Scientist
Tel 984-287-3194
P.O. Box 12233
Mail Drop K2-04
Durham, N.C. 27709
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