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Environmental Factor

Environmental Factor

Your Online Source for NIEHS News

July 2020

Scott Williams, Ph.D.
DNA repair discovery holds promise for precision cancer therapy

NIEHS and Canadian scientists discover that cancer cells with mutated BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes died when they lacked a protein called APE2.

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Innovative ALS research fueled by $25 million from NIH

New initiative encourages research to transform treatment and prevention of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a devastating disease.

Michael Fessler, M.D.
NIEHS to lead trans-NIH metabolomics and lipidomics consortium

NIEHS will coordinate the standardization of National Institutes of Health analysis methods for metabolic breakdown products.

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Nearness to oil and gas wells linked with low birth weight

NIEHS-funded researchers find that pregnant women who lived close to wells in rural areas were more likely to have smaller babies.

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Bold plan to study gene-environment interactions presented to council

The NIEHS advisory board discussed a new effort to tackle common diseases and approved a proposal to expand environmental health education.

Bevin Blake, Ph.D.
Birth defects group honors NIEHS scientists for research, service

The Society for Birth Defects Research and Prevention celebrates work of institute scientists at annual meeting.

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Reductions in animal testing celebrated at national meeting

The Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Validation of Alternative Methods spotlighted federal efforts to use new research approaches.

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Climate change worsens air pollution, extreme weather, expert says

Jason West described how unchecked greenhouse gas emissions could reduce air quality and intensify hurricanes.

Catherine Wise's pet dog
Canine companions shed light on chemicals and disease

NIEHS grantees study pet dogs to better understand how human exposure to everyday chemicals may lead to cancer and other conditions.

Jonathan Hofmann, Ph.D.
Certain pesticides linked to kidney cancer in agricultural workers

New findings from the Agricultural Health Study suggest exposure to certain pesticides may increase risk of renal cell carcinoma.

Bill Suk, Ph.D.
Linking exposures to later-life disease — webinars draw hundreds

NIEHS grant recipients and staff make connections between chemical exposures and latent disease risk.

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Botanical researchers aim to fill gap in safety testing

Members of the Botanical Safety Consortium discussed the challenges of studying how plant-based diet supplements may affect health.

Wan-Chi Lin, Ph.D
NIEHS fellows stand out at 2021 FARE competition

Seventeen high-scoring postdoctoral fellows from NIEHS win travel funds in the annual National Institutes of Health research contest.

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Low-cost approach may lower adolescent pesticide exposure

Young workers in Egypt who apply pesticides adopted safer practices after low-cost intervention.

Cary Moskovitz, Ph.D.
No clear guidelines on self-plagiarism in science, Moskovitz says

The Duke University professor's Text Recycling Research Project aims to help scientists and editors deal with the ambiguity.

Eula Bingham, Ph.D.
In memoriam: Eula Bingham and Kirk Smith, public health champions

Bingham's leadership in occupational safety and Smith's groundbreaking research into indoor air pollution inspired people around the world.

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Feds Feed Families by giving online

Amid the global pandemic, the annual federal employee food drive innovates to serve record numbers of hungry people.



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