Commentary by Sarah Evans, PhD, MPH and Lauren Zajac, MD, MPH, provides an overview of recent regulatory rollbacks and highlights the need to promote and provide equitable access to clean drinking water for all children. Read at: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41390-020-1062-8
P30 Center members Allan Just, Elena Colicino and team investigated neighborhood social disadvantage, capacity to social distance, and COVID-19 disparities in NYC. Here’s a link to the preprint: https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.06.02.20120790v2
March of Dimes announces three young investigators as recipients of the 2020 Basil O’Connor Starter Scholar Research Awards: Dr. Ripla Arora from Michigan State University, Dr. Corina Lesseur from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Dr. Jamie Lo from Oregon Health & Science University. The annual award supports early-career scientists embarking on independent research careers who are committed to fighting for the health of all moms and babies. To read more click here.
Dr. Manish Arora and Dr. Paul Curtin explain the methodology, results and conclusions of their study on teeth and its link to ALS. It is the first study to use teeth to show that from birth, patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis process metals in higher concentrations and do so differently than healthy individuals, bringing scientists closer to understanding what causes the debilitating disease. The paper was published in the journal Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology. To read the article click here.
Mount Sinai TCEEE Center Member, Lauren Petrick, Ph.D., was featured in the NIEHS Center Spotlight. Her work identifies how molecular signatures in the body can tell a more complete story about prenatal and neonatal chemical exposures. To read the Center Spotlight click here.
Dr. Robert Wright, Director of the Institute for Exposomic Research at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, wrote an Op-ed for The Guardian. In the Op-ed, “New year health kicks are Great–but your environment is also vital”, Dr. Wright discussed understanding how environment impacts health will empower us to make the lifestyle changes that matter most. “Genes never work in isolation. Instead, they determine how we react to our diet, social surroundings, physical environment, infections and chemical exposures. Environment is the missing piece of the puzzle,” said Dr. Wright. To read the full article click here.
Dr. Megan Horton and Dr. Bruce Lanphear wrote an Op-Ed for Buffalo News where they discussed the need to protect children by banning chlorpyrifos. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo vetoed legislation to ban chlorpyrifos, a pesticide known to harm children. The governor announced that the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation would begin a process to ban the chemical. In a review of 27 human studies that examined organophosphate pesticides like chlorpyrifos, all but one found harmful effects on the developing nervous system. To read the full article click here.
Dr. Rosalind Wright and researchers at Mount Sinai published a new study in Environmental Health Perspectives that found a mother’s exposure to particulate air pollution during pregnancy is associated with reduce cardiac response to stress in 6-month-old infants. This study is the first to find that particulate air pollution exposure in utero can affect heart rate variability, which is a known risk factor for health issues. Senior author Dr. Rosalind Wright, said: ‘These findings, in combination with increasing worldwide exposure to particulate air pollution, highlight the importance of examining early life exposure to air pollution in relation to negative medical development and psychological outcomes.’
Dr. Luz Claudio, an environmental medicine and public health researcher at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, spoke to Reuters about a new study that suggests women exposed to triclosan, a chemical often found in soaps and hand sanitizers, may be more likely to develop osteoporosis than women who don’t have this exposure. “Luckily, triclosan is rapidly excreted from the body after exposure, so in theory, it should be possible to reduce the amount of it we have on our bodies by avoiding continuous exposure,” Claudio, who wasn’t involved in the study, said by email. “People who are concerned can avoid products that contain triclosan by reading the labels,” Claudio advised. To read the full article click here.
Thousands of playgrounds and sports fields around the country have been covered with crumb rubber from recycled tires, and some experts and lawmakers are concerned about possible health effects on children. Dr. Homero Harari, with the Institute for Exposomic Research at Mount Sinai in New York, spoke to The Guardian about the chemicals found in used tires. “The main concern is that there was a lack of safety testing prior to the introduction of the material in playing surfaces,” Harari said. “As scientists, we normally apply the precautionary principle – when we know that there’s concern about a substance or chemical, we normally try to avoid it.” Crumb rubber often breaks apart, spreading into the air children breathe and getting swallowed when kids put their hands in their mouths. To read the full article click here.