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Drinking water DBPs safe for fetal survival
Are disinfection by-products (DBPs) in drinking water harmful to an unborn fetus? According to a study in the November issue of the American Journal of Epidemiology (available online September 5), a team of researchers at the University of North Carolina School of Public Health headed by David A. Savitz, Ph.D., Director of the Center of Excellence in Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Disease Prevention at MSSM, and formerly Chair of the Department of Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, have determined that drinking water DBPs -- in the range commonly encountered in the US -- do not affect fetal survival. This finding is particularly important because previous research has suggested that exposure to elevated levels of drinking water DBPs might cause pregnancy loss.
Sep 7, 2006, 00:45
Household cleaners and air fresheners emit toxic pollutants
When used indoors under certain conditions, many common household cleaners and air fresheners emit toxic pollutants at levels that may lead to health risks, according to a new study by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
May 25, 2006, 12:33
Common pollutants linked to fetal growth retardation
Babies born to women exposed to high ozone levels during pregnancy are at heightened risk for being significantly underweight, according to researchers at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. Women who breathe air heavily polluted with ozone are at particular risk for having babies afflicted with intra uterine growth retardation-which means babies only fall within the 15th percentile of their expected size. The findings were published early online on the Web site of Environmental Health Perspectives, the journal of the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS).
Nov 17, 2005, 16:33
Biological mechanism might link particle pollution and heart attack risk
Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health and colleagues assessed the effect of high air pollution levels, specifically emissions from coal-burning power plants and diesel vehicles, on Boston-area adults with diabetes. Their study found that on days when air pollution levels were high, adults with diabetes were at higher risk for cardiovascular problems due to impairments in blood vessel function.
Jun 8, 2005, 20:06
Study Points to Role of Toxins in Inherited Disease
A disease you are suffering today could be a result of your great-grandmother being exposed to an environmental toxin during pregnancy.
Jun 3, 2005, 17:22
Tollbooth Ventilation System Effective in Protecting Workers from Traffic Air Pollution
Although there is the potential for tollbooth workers at the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel to be exposed to high levels of cancer-causing air toxins emitted from the thousands of vehicles that pass under their nose, researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that the tollbooth ventilation system was effective in keeping air toxins out of the tollbooth and away from the workers.
May 7, 2005, 15:45
Genetic diversity predicts susceptibility to a deadly emerging disease
New infectious diseases threaten humans, livestock and the conservation of endangered wildlife.
Apr 14, 2005, 15:59
Efficient Charcoal Production in Africa can save Millions of Lives
A study by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Harvard School of Public Health, finds that promoting cleaner, more efficient technologies for producing charcoal in Africa can save millions of lives and have significant climate change and development benefits.
Apr 1, 2005, 17:25
Traffic Fumes Boost Oxygen Free Radical Activity and cause DNA Damage
Traffic fumes damage DNA, finds a small study in Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
Mar 22, 2005, 20:34
Why African American children suffer disproportionately from tobacco-related illness
A new study may help explain why African American children suffer disproportionately from tobacco-related illness.
Mar 4, 2005, 21:03
Perchlorate found in US breast milk samples
In a new study of breast milk and store-bought milk from across the United States, scientists at Texas Tech University found perchlorate in every sample but one. The results suggest that this thyroid-disrupting chemical may be more widespread than previously believed.
Feb 23, 2005, 19:42
Air pollution thickens the blood and boosts inflammation
A new study may help to explain why air pollution is associated with an increased risk of heart attacks, stroke, and worsening respiratory problems.
Feb 21, 2005, 16:19
"Averages don't kill people - it is the extremes"
The Wisconsin scientist suggests we may already be seeing the health consequences of a warmer world: The heat wave that struck Europe in the summer of 2004 claimed an estimated 22,000-35,000 lives, mostly the infirm, elderly and poor.
Feb 20, 2005, 19:41
Air pollutants linked to genetic damage in unborn babies
A new study of 60 newborns in New York City reveals that exposure of expectant mothers to combustion-related urban air pollution may alter the structure of babies' chromosomes while in the womb. While previous experiments have linked such genetic alterations to an increased risk of leukemia and other cancers, much larger studies would be required to determine the precise increase in risk as these children reach adulthood.
Feb 16, 2005, 15:42
Effects of environmental tobacco smoke on children's health
A new Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center study shows that exposure to environmental tobacco smoke, even at extremely low levels, is associated with decreases in certain cognitive skills, including reading, math, and logic and reasoning, in children and adolescents.
Jan 4, 2005, 18:49