On January 30, 2019, Dr. Shann Swan’s spoke to Cape Gazette on her recently published research that found language delays in children could be linked to phthalates in the environment. The study included 963 children and mothers from Sweden who participated in the Swedish Environmental Longitudinal Mother and Child, Asthma and Allergy Study, and 370 mothers and children from the United States who participated in the Infant Development and the Environment Study. Study author Shanna Swan said, “When you compare the risk of language delay in mothers with high exposure versus low exposure, it was double the risk. They were twice as likely to have language delay.” Swan is a professor in the department of environmental medicine and public health at Mount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine. To read the full article click here.
On January 22, 2019, Dr. Supinda Bunyavanich spoke to Chemical & Engineering News about gut microbiota and it’s linkage to the presence of food allergy. “I think it’s important to keep in mind that it’s not going to be a single bullet you can use to treat food allergy,” says Supinda Bunyavanich, an allergy expert at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Gut bacteria act in communities, she says, and that the different species may influence how the immune system acts. To read the full article click here.
On January 06, 2019, Dr. Luz Claudio discussed how genetically modified houseplant could effectively reduce the levels of several common indoor air pollutants in Healthline article. Researchers from the University of Washignton genetically modified the pothos ivy to help remove volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from the air in homes at useful rates, according to a new study published in the journal of Environmentl Science and Technology. Air Pollution is a major contributing facor in diseases, including cardiovascular disease, respiratory diseases such as asthma, and potentially brain development in children,” said Dr. Claudio. “We have better control of the environment inside our homes, so it’s worth having clean air indoors as much as possible,” Dr. Claudio said. To read the full article click here.