Dr. Wright spoke to Emily Holden from The Guardian about synthetic chemicals in plastics, cosmetics, and food every day. Emily Holden came to Mount Sinai where she dropped off a urine sample that was studied for 81 chemicals in the lab and wore for fives days a silicone wristband designed to measure dangerous chemicals in the environment. After analyzing the results, Dr. Robert Wright explained how we can test for a small number of chemicals but won’t necessarily know where they came from. In the US, Wright says, companies start using new chemicals and don’t stop using them unless people get sick and can prove how it happened. Medicines are tested before market, but most other products aren’t. To read the full article click here.
Congrats to Dr. Maida Galvez on being highlighted by National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences! Dr. Galvez is an NIEHS-funded researcher and an associate professor of environmental medicine, public health, and pediatrics at Mount Sinai. Dr. Galvez strives to increase awareness of the link between environmental exposures and health. By forging partnerships and translating science on pediatric environmental health, she is helping clinicians and families take action to protect children’s health. “Seeing connections between substandard housing, poverty, and neighborhood health led me to think about community-level concerns, and how that impacted children’s health,” said Galvez. To read more click here.