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.
Lauren Petrick, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Medicine at Public Health and member of the TCEEE was one of 11 investigators who presented their research during the “Early Stage Investigator Poster Presentations” session at the 30th annual meeting of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Environmental Health Science Research Centers (EHSRC). The meeting was held at the University of Iowa from June 19-21st, 2019. Dr. Petrick’s presentation “Prospective exposomic analysis of archived newborn blood spots in childhood leukemia” highlighted her study examining approximately 300 childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia cases and controls that used remainder blood spots from neonatal screening tests. They had been archived for up to 35 years to look for biomarkers of later development of leukemia. Dr. Petrick found metabolites at birth that were predictive of developing childhood leukemia years later and that point to maternal and neonatal nutrition as potential risk factors.
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.
Dr. Rosalind Wright shares her journey of trauma and resilience in the “Mount Sinai Road to Resilience” podcast. The podcast features Saturday Night Live veteran Darrell Hammond, filmmaker Michelle Esrick, and Mount Sinai psychologist Jacob Ham, PhD, where they discuss childhood trauma, complex post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and healing. To listen to the full podcasts click here.
The scale of climate change can be difficult to comprehend. Five leading scientists who work on different aspects of environmental science tell Bustle that there’s a lot individuals can do to help. Dr. Luz Claudio, a professor of environmental medicine and public health at the Icahn School of Medicine tells Bustle, “The environmental challenge that I am focusing on in my research is to try to identify, prevent, and reduce the effects of environmental pollutants in vulnerable human populations, especially children. “On an individual level, people have more control about their indoor air,” Dr. Claudio tells Bustle. “Being aware of the role that indoor air can play on children’s health is a great step towards addressing this issue”. To read the article click here.