Dr. Robert Wright provided commentary for the American Academy of Pediatrics October 2018, VOLUME 142/Issue 4–“Motherless Children Have the Hardest Time”: Epigenetic Programming and Early Life Environment. Dr. Robert Wright discussed how the environment early in life can program health effects that manifest years or even decades later. His new commentary explains the importance of identifying risk factors for stress from infanthood. To read the AAP commentary click here.
Dr. Emily Moody presented on the effects of lead in adults at the 20th National Environmental Conference at Tar Creek and was interviewed by the Joplin Globe. Dr. Moody said she’s always been interested in recognizing the differences of toxic metals and how it affects people. “Any exposure that we do have (to lead) comes from our own history,” Moody said. “We mined lead and have used it in many products over a millennia, and that’s how it gets into our environments and our bodies.” Lead affects adults and children differently. The toxic metal affects children’s overall growth and development. Exposures to lead in children can cause decreased bone and muscle growth, lower IQ, nervous system damage, kidney damage and learning disabilities. In adults, lead is stored in the bones and can affect the kidneys, the cardiovascular system, the reproductive system, the nervous system and the digestive system. To read the full article click here.