From News@Northeastern: “Puerto Rico is home to more than 200 hazardous waste sites and particularly high levels of air pollution. Its preterm birth rate is among the highest in the world, climbing from 12 percent in the 1990s to 17 percent today, while the region’s children suffer disproportionately from obesity, autism, and asthma. According to Brown, these factors contributed to Northeastern’s decision to choose Puerto Rico to study the effects of various sources of contamination on cohorts of women and children.” Read more.
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From The Mercury News by SSEHRI affiliate faculty member Alissa Cordner: “There has been widespread public attention to wildfires this summer and fall, and the fast-moving, late-season wildfires in California have been especially destructive. But much of the general understanding of wildfires misses that fact that they don’t impact the rich and poor equally.” Read more.
“The view from the front porch, once a landscape of rolling hills, horse pastures and lush river valley, has been transformed.
“Today, Oxbow is surrounded by bobbing, black steel pump jacks and flare stacks burning off hydrogen sulphide and other dangerous gases that rise with the oil and trail off in ribbons of flame over green fields.” Read more.
SSEHRI is pleased to announce that core faculty member Dr. Sara Wylie has been selected as a finalist for the Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE)’s Pioneers Under 40 in Environmental Public Health webinar series. The series will feature 20 presenters and will be entitled 20 Pioneers Under 40 in Environmental Public Health. It will run from September 2017 through June 2018.
The Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE) is committed to protecting the health of families, children and communities from pollution and other environmental factors that contribute to chronic disease and disability. By cultivating a diverse, dynamic, science-based learning community, CHE strengthens our collective capacity to translate the latest environmental health research into health-promoting programs, policies and practices.
Find out more and see the list of additional speakers at https://www.healthandenvironment.org/what-we-do/partnership-calls/pioneers-under-40-seriers
From Thomson Reuters Foundation News: “Sharon Harlan, a professor of health sciences and sociology at Northeastern University in Boston, says she and colleagues have discovered a simple reality: Access to cash can equate with...
From the NIEHS Partnerships in Environmental Public Health: “‘The institute has helped shift the nature of environmental health research at Northeastern,’ Brown said. ‘It has really helped researchers understand the importance of looking at things...
SSEHRI Postdocs Travel to Chile to Meet with Collaborators on the Early Life exposures in Latina Adolescents (ELLA) Study
As evidence suggests the seeds of breast cancer may be sown early in life, the Early Life exposures in Latina Adolescents (ELLA) study hopes to find out whether exposure to common environmental chemicals during...
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From The Intercept: “‘Every PFAS that has been studied is causing problems,’ said [Dr. Linda] Birnbaum, whose agency [NIEHS] funds scientific research into the chemicals. ‘Even if they have a shorter half-life, if it has a...
From News@Northeastern: “New research‚ from Northeastern University and the Environmental Working Group, shows toxic chemical pollution found in tap water systems that serve 15 million Americans in 27 states as well as in more...
The journals Environmental Science and Technology and Environmental Science and Technology Letters have just published a special virtual issue dedicated to poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs). This issue includes an article by SSEHRI members Phil Brown and...