Category Archives: News on Environmental Health

EPA Reaches Agreement with CEMEX to Protect Water Quality in Puerto Rico

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced that it reached an agreement with Cemex Concretos, Inc. and Cemex de Puerto Rico, Inc. (CEMEX) to settle the companies’ violations of requirements to control stormwater discharges under the Clean Water Act. As part of the settlement announced in May 2014, the companies will provide more than 400 […]

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Air Pollution linked to High Blood Pressure in Pregnancy

A recent study has linked air pollution to high blood pressure in pregnant women.  High blood pressure is one cause of premature birth.  While the work is not yet conclusive, it points to further indications of the impact of environmental health on pregnancy.  Learn more at http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/11/us-air-pollution-idUSBRE99A0J020131011

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Consumer Products Giant P&G to Eliminate Phthalates from Product Line

Proctor & Gamble recently announced that it will stop using phthalates in its personal care products (PCPs) by the end of 2014. Phthalates, used to make plastics more flexible and keep scents in perfumes and lotions from evaporating, are one of the chemicals of concern that PROTECT studies for possible linkage to preterm birth.  Our […]

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PROTECT Research Highlighted on Puerto Rican TV News

PROTECT Core C researcher Braulio Jimenez was interviewed in a recent news story on the rate of preterm birth in Puerto Rico.  The story, presented by WAPA-TV, discussed PROTECT’s investigations into the role of environmental contamination and preterm birth. The video (in Spanish) is available here.

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UN, WHO Panel Report Calls Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals ‘Global Threat’

An international team of experts reported on February 19 that evidence linking hormone-mimicking chemicals to human health problems has grown stronger over the past decade, becoming a “global threat” that should be addressed. The report is a joint effort by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Environment Programme to give policymakers the latest […]

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March of Dimes releases Global Action Report on Preterm Birth

The March of Dimes has released its most recent report on preterm birth, entitled Born Too Soon.  Read the full report here; more information including maps and posters, is here.  From the March of Dimes, a description of the report: Born Too Soon provides the first-ever comparable country-level estimates for preterm birth in 184 countries. […]

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2011 Changes to National Priority List sites in Puerto Rico

2011 brought several changes to the National Priority List of sites in Puerto Rico Removed: Barceloneta Landfill Added: Cabo Rojo Ground Water Contamination Added: Hormigas Ground Water Plume Currently there are 15 active NPL sites in Puerto Rico, 1 proposed, and 6 removed; take a look at all the NPL sites in Puerto Rico here […]

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Meeker quoted on CNN

Project 1 Leader John Meeker (U. of Michigan) was recently quoted in a CNN article on the effect of BPA on the masculinity of male mice.  The study determined that female mice found BPA-exposed male mice to be less attractive, even though their adult hormone levels were no different than male mice who were not exposed. […]

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PROTECT researchers, work profiled in Puerto Rico’s largest newspaper

PROTECT Core C Researchers Dr. Jose Cordero and Dr. Hernando Mattei were profiled in an article published in the May 6, 2011 edition of El Nuevo Dia, Puerto Rico’s largest newspaper. The article, entitled “Ojo a peligrosa anticipación” (“Looking at dangerous prematurity”),  focuses on the issue of preterm birth in Puerto Rico and the goals […]

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Strategic Planning at NIEHS: Your Input Requested!

The “Dear Colleague” message below is from Linda Birnbaum, Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.  Please take a moment to read through and visit the links she mentions. Dear Colleague, The NIEHS has just begun the process of updating our Strategic Plan. As a first step in this process, we have launched […]

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Dorothy Vesper and student highlighted in WVU Magazine

PROTECT Researcher Dorothy Vesper (Projects 4 and 5) was highlighted in a recent article in the WVU College of Arts and Sciences Magazine.  The magazine cover features John Tudek, Dorothy’s student working on the PROTECT project.  Click here to download a PDF of the article or here to look at the entire publication.

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PROTECT featured in Engineering@Northeastern

Northeastern University’s Engineering@Northeastern magazine (a publication of the NU College of Engineering) highlighted PROTECT research in the 2010 issue.  See page 4 of the magazine, available here, for the story.

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EPA Proposes to Add Two Puerto Rico Sites to the Superfund List

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed to add both the Cabo Rojo Ground Water Contamination Site in the municipality of Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico and the Hormigas Ground Water Plume Site in the municipality of Caguas to its Superfund National Priorities List of the country’s most hazardous waste sites. Sampling at the sites […]

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John Meeker featured in several recent articles

UMich Assistant Professor John Meeker‘s (leader, Project 1) work has been featured in several recent news articles. http://www.aolhealth.com/2010/08/04/exposure-to-plastic-chemical-may-harm-male-fertility/ http://blogs.nature.com/news/thegreatbeyond/2010/08/bisphenol_a_and_sperm_damage.html http://pubs.acs.org/isubscribe/journals/cen/88/i24/html/8824news4.html Dr. Meeker was also featured in another interesting article on plastics from last year: http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/ehs/news/dangers-of-plastic

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EPA Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) Fellowship Opening

The National Center for Environmental Assessment, part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Research and Development, is advertising a training opportunity (fellowship not to exceed 3 years) that may be of interest to post-docs, research fellows, PhD and masters students. The position will be located in Arlington, VA in the US EPA Integrated […]

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PROTECT profiled by Associated Press

Mark Melia of the Associated Press looks carefully at the background problem – the high rate of preterm birth in Puerto Rico – and what PROTECT will be studying to combat this issue…read full article.

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Chemicals May Play a Role in Pre-Term Births

The Association of Schools of Public Health features research findings of PROTECT investigators: (ASPH Friday Letter – July 10, 2009) – A University of Michigan School of Public Health study of expectant mothers suggests that a group of common environmental contaminants called phthalates, which are present in many industrial and consumer products including everyday personal […]

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Phthalates May Play a Role in Pre-Term Births

July 7, 2009

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