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The Womb Is No Protection from Toxic Chemicals

An op-ed article about the risks that different exposures pose to the fetus and developing children by Frederica Perera, Dr.P.H., director of the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health, was published in The New York Times.

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  • NY Times
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Investigators Co-author Paper on Small-magnitude Epigenetic Changes for Children's Environmental Health Research

A group of Children’s Centers investigators co-authored a paper about the importance of small-magnitude effect sizes in epigenetic points for children’s environmental health research. The paper was published in Environmental Health Perspectives.

  • Science Highlights & Publications
  • Environmental Health Perspectives
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Parks, Pollution, and Obesity Conference

The Southern California Children’s Environmental Health Center organized and hosted a “Parks, Pollution, and Obesity” conference which was attended by more than 200 community, academic, and decision-making stakeholders with expertise in environmental health, urban design, and parks planning.

  • Community Engagement
  • SC-CEHC
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Shadow-puppet Play and Graphic Novel: Creative Messaging on Children's Environmental Health

Investigators at the UC Berkeley Center for Integrative Research on Childhood Leukemia and the Environment (CIRCLE) developed educational materials that involve creative messaging about the role of pre-conception and prenatal environmental influences on health, and positive actions to take in mitigating risk of exposure.

  • Community Engagement
  • UC Berkeley CIRCLE, Western States PEHSU
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Society of Toxicology Recognizes Young investigator with Award

Dana Dolinoy, Ph.D., investigator at the University of Michigan Children’s Center, received the Outstanding Young Investigator award from the Society of Toxicology, Women in Toxicology group in spring 2017.

  • Awards
  • Environmental Factor
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Ways to Reduce Dietary Arsenic Exposure

Margaret Karagas, Ph.D., director for the Dartmouth Center for Children’s Environmental Health was interviewed by Health.com about ways to reduce dietary arsenic exposure .

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  • Health.com
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Asthmatic Children May be More Susceptible to Obesity

Researchers from the Southern California Children’s Environmental Health Center determined that children with asthma may be more likely become obese later in childhood or adolescence.

  • Science Highlights & Publications
  • EurekAlert! Science News
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Animal Study Shows Potential for Harmful Effects of Tobacco Smoke Before Pregnancy

Findings from an animal study at the Duke Center on Neurodevelopment and Improving Children’s Health following Environmental Tobacco Smoke exposure (NICHES) showed harmful effects of secondhand smoke even before pregnancy, which raises caution for women of childbearing age.

  • Science Highlights & Publications
  • Duke Health
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Dartmouth Study Named NIEHS 2016 Paper of the Year

A paper authored by investigators at the Dartmouth Center for Children’s Environmental Health was named as one of several NIEHS 2016 Papers of the Year. This paper, published in Environmental Health Perspectives, is one of the first to report an association between low-level arsenic exposure during pregnancy and birth outcomes.

  • Science Highlights & Publications
  • NIEHS 2016 Papers of the Year
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Report on the Effects of Policy-driven Air Quality Improvements for Children's Health

Researchers from the Southern California Children’s Environmental Health Center authored a comprehensive report, “The effects of policy-driven air quality improvements on children’s respiratory health,” which was published by the Health Effects Institute (HEI). A synopsis of the report is also available from the HEI.

  • Science Highlights & Publications
  • Health Effects Institute
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Short Documentary Shares Children's Environmental Health Topics with African American Communities in Metro Atlanta

Researchers at the Emory Center for Children's Health, the Environment, the Microbiome, and Metabolomics (C-CHEM2) and community collaboratorscreated a short documentary to introduce their Center and children’s environmental health topics to the African-American community in metro Atlanta.

  • Community Engagement
  • Emory C-CHEM2
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Study Reports Measurements of Toxic Chemicals in Pregnant Women and Newborns

Researchers from the UCSF Pregnancy Exposures to Environmental Chemicals Children’s Center measured exposure to 59 toxic chemicals in pregnant women and their newborns, including polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), and perfluorinated compounds (PFCs).

  • Science Highlights & Publications
  • UCSF News
Environmental Health: What Speech Speech-Language Pathologists who work in early intervention need to know
Center Holds Continuing Education Event for Speech-Language Pathologists

The Northeastern Center for Research on Early Childhood Exposure and Development (CRECE) in Puerto Rico held a continuing education event to enhance speech language pathology pratictioners’ and graduate students’ knowledge about the effects of environmental exposures on children.

  • Community Engagement
  • Northeastern CRECE
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Podcast on Creating Healthy Environments in Child-care Settings

Barbara Fiese, Community Outreach and Translation Core lead for the Children’s Environmental Health Research Center at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, was featured in a NIEHS-sponsored podcast on ways to reduce harmful exposures and create a healthy environment in the child-care setting.

  • Community Engagement
  • Partnerships for Environmental Public Health