Monthly Archives: May 2017

High Levels Of Prenatal Air Pollution Exposure And Stress Increase Childhood Asthma Risk

A new study has found that children, especially boys, whose mothers were exposed to higher levels of outdoor particulate air pollution at the same time that they were very stressed were most likely to develop asthma by age six. The study was presented at the 2017 American Thoracic Society International Conference.  The team, led by senior investigator Rosalind Wright, MD, MPH, dean of translational biomedical research at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, conducted this study because of their overarching interest in understanding how these and other environmental factors interact to produce respiratory health disparities. “We know from prior research that lower income, ethnically mixed urban populations are more greatly burdened with asthma and other respiratory health problems,” said lead author Alison Lee, MD, assistant  professor, medicine, pulmonary, critical care at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.”

– Rosalind Wright, MD, MPH, Professor, Pulmonary and Critical Care, Environmental Medicine and Public Health, Medicine, Pediatrics, Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, Dean, Translational Biomedical Research, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

– Alison Lee, MD, Assistant Professor, Medicine, Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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PERSPECTIVE: Recycled Rubber Playing Surfaces Should be Prohibited Until Proven Safe

P30 Center Director, Robert Wright, MD, MPH and Center Member, Sarah Evans, PhD, MPH wrote an article for Connecticut By the Numbers about Recycled Rubber Playing Surfaces. This article is based on testimony provided to the Connecticut General Assembly’s Committee on Children during the current legislative session regarding HB 6998, An Act Concerning the Use of Recycled Tire Rubber at Municipal and Public School Playgrounds. Dr. Wright and Dr. Evans identified  several potential dangers that playing on recycled rubber playing surfaces pose to children. To read the full article click here.