On September 18, 2018, Dr. Rosalind Wright was interviewed by Daily Mail to discuss how mothers who experienced trauma are more likely to have underweight baby boys. Researchers from our center at the Icahn School of Medicine in New York say that their new study, published in the Journal of Pediatrics, found those exposed to serious trauma at some point and who secreted high levels of cortisol in late pregnancy were prone to low birthweight sons. Dr. Rosalind Wright explains “given the disproportionate exposure to stressors among racial minorities and women of lower socioeconomic status, there are important implications for understanding intergenerational perpetuation of health disparities and for understanding how to intervene.” To read the full Daily Mail article click here.
The NIH Partnerships for Environmental Public Health (PEPH) highlighted our Artificial Turf & Children’s Health Factsheet as part of their Featured Material newsletter. The infographic describes how artificial turf poses a health risk to children and provides tips for safer play on artificial surfaces. To read more about PEPH and Materials in Action click here.
On September 05, 2018, The American Thoracic Society Morning Minute highlighted our paper, “Prenatal Particulate Air Pollution and Asthma Onset in Urban Children. Identifying Sensitive Windows and Sex Differences.” This is the first study to leverage weekly PM2.5 exposure estimates over gestation combined with data-driven statistics to characterize susceptibility windows, removing the subjectivity that currently guides the decision of when to assess exposure effects. These data demonstrate that increased prenatal PM2.5 exposure at mid-gestation (16–25 wk gestation) was associated with asthma development by age 6 years in boys. To read more about ATS and our paper click here.