Environmental Health Sciences News

  • Andrew Ault Named 2018 Sloan Research FellowAndrew Ault Named 2018 Sloan Research Fellow

    Four University of Michigan researchers have been named 2018 Sloan Research Fellows. Andrew Ault, assistant professor of environmental health sciences and chemistry, is among four University of Michigan researchers and 126 early-career scholars nationwide recognized by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The recipients receive a two-year, $65,000 fellowship to support their research.

    Thu, 15 Feb 2018 14:33:19 -0500

  • Chemicals in Food Packaging, Plastics, and Makeup May Lower Vitamin D LevelsChemicals in Food Packaging, Plastics, and Makeup May Lower Vitamin D Levels

    PhD candidate Lauren Johns talks with Real Simple Magazine about the public health impact of chemicals in food packaging, plastics and makeup.

    Thu, 01 Feb 2018 16:55:07 -0500

  • Four Michigan Public Health Faculty Named Professors of Global Public HealthFour Michigan Public Health Faculty Named Professors of Global Public Health

    In January, the University of Michigan School of Public Health welcomed its second cohort of University of Michigan Professors of Global Health. The professorships, approved by the Board of Regents and effective January 1, and are held for three years.

    Mon, 29 Jan 2018 16:00:00 -0500

  • Flying Slime: Harmful Algal Blooms Can Become AirborneFlying Slime: Harmful Algal Blooms Can Become Airborne

    Waves lapping against the shoreline is always a pretty scene, but it may also be a way for toxins from harmful algal blooms to become airborne. University of Michigan researchers Andrew Ault and Kerri Pratt are exploring this issue.

    Tue, 23 Jan 2018 16:41:36 -0500

  • Noise Pollution: An Invisible ThreatNoise Pollution: An Invisible Threat

    At work, crews use jackhammers to repair the concrete sidewalk outside your office. On your way home, drivers honk their horns as they pass by an accident along the highway. And as you get ready for bed, a Boeing 737 takes flight within miles of your home. You chalk it up as background noise, but these environmental exposures could have a profound impact on your health. And it goes well beyond just hearing loss.

    Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:13:40 -0500

  • Public Health Faculty Among New Cohort of Michigan Interprofessional Leadership FellowsPublic Health Faculty Among New Cohort of Michigan Interprofessional Leadership Fellows

    A record 21 educators in the third cohort of the Interprofessional Leadership (IPL) Fellows program highlights the growing interest in and commitment to interprofessional education (IPE) at University of Michigan.

    Mon, 08 Jan 2018 16:59:47 -0500

  • Dana Dolinoy Named NSF International Chair of Environmental Health Sciences at Michigan Public HealthDana Dolinoy Named NSF International Chair of Environmental Health Sciences at Michigan Public Health

    Dana Dolinoy, associate professor of environmental health sciences, has been named NSF International Chair of Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Michigan School of Public Health.

    Thu, 07 Dec 2017 18:00:36 -0500

  • Prof. Xi Discusses Water Quality on 910 AMProf. Xi Discusses Water Quality on 910 AM

    Chuanwu Xi, professor of environmental health sciences at Michigan Public Health, talks to Angela Moore on 910 AM Detroit about water contamination and what residents can do to keep themselves and their families healthy.

    Fri, 03 Nov 2017 10:36:00 -0500

  • Understanding Epigenomics: How Environmental and Social Factors Affect Our Genes' 'Instruction Book'Understanding Epigenomics: How Environmental and Social Factors Affect Our Genes' 'Instruction Book'

    Faculty members at Michigan Public Health are leading the way in analyzing environmental and social factors along with epigenetic data to identify people and communities at risk for preventable diseases. Eventually, this research will lay the groundwork for targeted, precision health interventions and policies, social support, and communications that create better health outcomes both for individuals and on a population level.

    Wed, 01 Nov 2017 13:19:35 -0400

  • Noise affects your health: How to reclaim peace and quietNoise affects your health: How to reclaim peace and quiet

    We're alive during the noisiest period of human history, and it's having powerful effects on our bodies, minds, and mood. Rick Neitzel, associate professor of environmental health sciences, discusses noise exposure and its health implications for Real Simple magazine.

    Tue, 24 Oct 2017 10:27:27 -0400

  • Dana Dolinoy on You Make Me Sick podcast: The mysteries of the epigenomeDana Dolinoy on You Make Me Sick podcast: The mysteries of the epigenome

    Dana Dolinoy, associate professor of environmental health sciences, discusses her work on the epigenome, including how twin mom mice can birth very different looking newborns--either yellow and obese or brown and normal weight--depending on what they ate during pregnancy.

    Thu, 27 Jul 2017 16:50:29 -0400

  • Chemicals used to combat Zika, agricultural pests impact motor skills in infantsChemicals used to combat Zika, agricultural pests impact motor skills in infants

    A chemical currently being used to ward off mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus and a commonly used insecticide that was threatened with a ban in the United States have been associated with reduced motor function in Chinese infants, a University of Michigan study found.

    Fri, 09 Jun 2017 09:41:24 -0400

  • Environmental Health Sciences students receive scholarships at American Industrial Hygiene Association Conference

    Five MPH candidates studying Industrial Hygiene at the University of Michigan School of Public Health received scholarships at the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) Conference on June 7, 2017.

    Fri, 09 Jun 2017 08:40:51 -0400

  • New MPH Offering Combines Environmental Health with Health Policy and Health Promotion

    University of Michigan School of Public Health launches new master's degree program that combines environmental health with health policy and health promotion

    Tue, 16 May 2017 10:18:47 -0400

  • Why Millennials need to worry about autoimmune diseasesWhy Millennials need to worry about autoimmune diseases

    This group of more than 80 conditions is on the rise--and it attacks young women most often. Emily Somers, an epidemiologist at the School of Public Health, and other experts explain what young people need to know.

    Mon, 01 May 2017 16:36:00 -0500

  • School of Public Health launches Global Cancer InitiativeSchool of Public Health launches Global Cancer Initiative

    The School of Public Health has launched a Global Cancer Initiative in partnership with the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center. The initiative will build on the university's existing global partnerships in research and training to address cancer prevention and control measures across the globe.

    Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:01:10 -0400

  • Poor air quality is killing Detroiters, but now there's a plan to fix itPoor air quality is killing Detroiters, but now there's a plan to fix it

    Poor air quality in Detroit is putting people into the hospital, keeping them from going to work and even killing some. A number of community and environmental justice groups joined together with the University of Michigan School of Public Health to create a Public Health Action Plan, which was unveiled April 18.

    Wed, 19 Apr 2017 14:58:12 -0400

  • Partnership develops plan for improving Detroit air qualityPartnership develops plan for improving Detroit air quality

    Academics from the School of Public Health and community activists have put together a plan for improving air quality in Detroit, which they will present on April 18.

    Mon, 17 Apr 2017 12:30:08 -0400

  • Richardson to Fox News: Chernobyl-scale chemical disaster looms in Eastern Ukraine warRichardson to Fox News: Chernobyl-scale chemical disaster looms in Eastern Ukraine war

    "In a situation like this, where a war zone is near a concentration of industrial facilities where toxic and explosive chemicals are manufactured and stored, it is possible that massive releases of toxic chemicals could be released," Rudy Richardson, professor of toxicology at the University of Michigan, told Fox News. "And that would result in high levels of civilian casualties."

    Tue, 21 Mar 2017 14:00:00 -0500

  • Finkel: It takes 'alternative math' to claim that redistribution is futile

    The unequal distribution of costs and benefits across society is one of the hottest topics in the regulatory arena--and one that, regretfully, has sparked fundamentally flawed arguments, threatening to distort and obscure much-needed discussion about redistributive policies.

    Tue, 21 Mar 2017 10:15:26 -0400

  • Neitzel: Safe Listening Tips on World Hearing DayNeitzel: Safe Listening Tips on World Hearing Day

    ANN ARBOR--About 1.1 billion teenagers and young adults around the world are at risk of developing hearing loss due to the unsafe use of smartphones and other personal audio devices, and exposure to damaging levels of sound in noisy venues.

    Fri, 03 Mar 2017 12:47:24 -0500

  • In the News: Batterman on Preventing Lead PoisoningIn the News: Batterman on Preventing Lead Poisoning

    Lead paint poisons many more children than any other source. Are housing demolitions putting their health in danger?

    Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:54:19 -0500

  • In the News: Batterman on Vapor IntrusionIn the News: Batterman on Vapor Intrusion

    Lansing -- A "significant public health threat" is brewing in Michigan because of chemical vapors that percolate up from the ground of former industrial or commercial sites and can leak into nearby homes, Department of Environmental Quality Director Heidi Grether said.

    Fri, 17 Feb 2017 13:43:01 -0500

  • U-M Research: Lower premenopausal hormone levels associated with diabetes riskU-M Research: Lower premenopausal hormone levels associated with diabetes risk

    Premenopausal women with higher endogenous estradiol levels have a lower risk for developing type 2 diabetes in midlife as they transition through menopause vs. women with lower endogenous estradiol levels, according to an analysis of data from the SWAN study.

    Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:49:19 -0500

  • SPH Partners on New Poverty Solutions Initiative

    One project involves alerting low-income homeowners about an exemption to reduce their high property taxes. Another effort employs health care workers in neighborhoods to help residents take better care of themselves. These are among nine projects funded through new grant programs by Poverty Solutions, a new initiative launched by the University of Michigan to prevent and alleviate poverty.

    Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:23:47 -0500

  • Frenk delivers U-M commencement address, encourages grads to 'raise your sights' in times of change.

    University of Miami president and global health leader Dr. Julio Frenk implored University of Michigan graduates to "raise their sights" as they embark into a world that is undergoing a pivotal moment of change.

    Mon, 19 Dec 2016 11:47:51 -0500

  • SPH researchers examine impact of desalinated water at Queeri workshop in Doha.SPH researchers examine impact of desalinated water at Queeri workshop in Doha.

    Researchers from Qatar, Europe, Asia, and North America gathered in Doha to discuss the impact of desalinated water on public health at a workshop organised by Hamad Bin Khalifa University's (HBKU) Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (Qeeri).

    Mon, 19 Dec 2016 11:40:13 -0500

  • PBS NewsHour: Dolinoy featured in story about impact of epigenetics on autism, obesity, cancer and psychiatric disorders. (VIDEO)PBS NewsHour: Dolinoy featured in story about impact of epigenetics on autism, obesity, cancer and psychiatric disorders. (VIDEO)

    It's natural to wonder if your environment is changing you. It's no secret that smoking and pesticides are bad for your lungs and that exercise is good for your heart. But these things may actually change the function of our genes in ways that can be passed on to our children and grandchildren.

    Mon, 19 Dec 2016 11:19:35 -0500

  • Smithsonian: Decades-old chemicals may be threatening polar bear fertility; Meeker and others look to PCB's.Smithsonian: Decades-old chemicals may be threatening polar bear fertility; Meeker and others look to PCB's.

    Between climate change, human conflict and habitat loss, polar bears have more than enough to worry about. But it turns out these vulnerable conservation icons also face a more unlikely threat: industrial chemicals that were banned almost 40 years ago. A new paper in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B finds that these and other contaminants still find their ways into the bodies of polar bears, where they can wreak havoc on their reproductive systems and fertility today.

    Tue, 06 Dec 2016 14:05:00 -0500

  • U-M School of Public Health and NSF International team up to help international students.

    The University of Michigan School of Public Health (SPH) has received a $2.5 million gift from NSF International to provide scholarship support for international students. Ten scholarships will be given each year beginning January of 2017. An underlying principle of the gift is to help fund students who, after receiving their world-class education, will return to their native countries to implement the knowledge, skills and expertise acquired through their studies at SPH.

    Wed, 30 Nov 2016 08:57:05 -0500

  • CDC Deputy Director Schuchat and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Oshinsky headline 75th anniversary symposium, Nov. 18.

    The University of Michigan School of Public Health celebrates its 75th Anniversary in the 2016-2017 academic year. As part of the celebration, each department in the school has been assigned a month during the academic year to stage special events that mark the anniversary. November 2016 is the month for the Epidemiology Department. We invite you to join us for this special event connecting the "Past, Present, and Future of Epidemiology" on Friday, November 18, 2016.

    Wed, 16 Nov 2016 17:28:52 -0500

  • SPHers present at APHA annual meeting in Denver, Oct. 29-Nov. 2.

    APHA presenters listed below include faculty, staff, and students of UM SPH. Presentations may include non-UM SPH presenters.

    Mon, 31 Oct 2016 08:06:50 -0400

  • NIH Director's blog takes us inside Dolinoy's epigenetics lab.NIH Director's blog takes us inside Dolinoy's epigenetics lab.

    Step inside the lab of Dana Dolinoy at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and you're sure to hear conversations that include the rather strange word "agouti" (uh-goo-tee). In this context, it's a name given to a strain of laboratory mice that arose decades ago from a random mutation in the Agouti gene, which is normally expressed only transiently in hair follicles. The mutation causes the gene to be turned on, or expressed, continuously in all cell types, producing mice that are yellow, obese, and unusually prone to developing diabetes and cancer. As it turns out, these mutant mice and the gene they have pointed to are more valuable than ever today because they offer Dolinoy and other researchers an excellent model for studying the rapidly emerging field of epigenomics.

    Wed, 26 Oct 2016 02:09:52 -0400

  • U-M celebrates World Polio Day: SPH and Rotary partner to light up iconic Rackham Building, October 24, 7-10 pm.U-M celebrates World Polio Day: SPH and Rotary partner to light up iconic Rackham Building, October 24, 7-10 pm.

    U-M Celebrates World Polio Day SPH and Rotary partner to light U-M iconic Rackham Building October 24, 2016 6:45 PM - 10:00 PM Lawn area adjacent to Burton Tower and across from Rackham Graduate School Building Sponsored by SPH and Rotary Club of Ann Arbor Contact Information: Terri Mellow, twm@umich.edu Cost: No charge

    Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:43:48 -0400

  • Michigan Daily: SPH symposium recognizes former dean Ken Warner.Michigan Daily: SPH symposium recognizes former dean Ken Warner.

    The University of Michigan School of Public Health held a day-long symposium Monday honoring former dean Ken Warner's work on tobacco control and population health.

    Tue, 11 Oct 2016 11:05:59 -0400

  • Poverty: U-M launches initiative aimed at finding solutions.

    The University of Michigan has launched a new initiative to address one of humanity's most critical and seemingly intractable problems: poverty. Called Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan, the initiative will explore and test models to ease the effects of poverty and broadly share that knowledge. The initiative will work with community groups and support active-learning options for students.

    Thu, 06 Oct 2016 08:19:29 -0400

  • $4.8M NIH grant addresses environmental influences on child health.$4.8M NIH grant addresses environmental influences on child health.

    The University of Michigan is part of a new research initiative to investigate how exposure to a range of environmental factors in early development--from conception through early childhood--influences the health of children and adolescents.

    Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:56:50 -0400

  • CNN: Most of the world breathes polluted air, says WHO; Batterman explains how health effects can result.CNN: Most of the world breathes polluted air, says WHO; Batterman explains how health effects can result.

    Almost everyone on Earth now breathes polluted air, according to an air quality map released Tuesday by the World Health Organization.

    Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:51:13 -0400

  • U-M study: Chemical exposure linked to lower vitamin D levels.U-M study: Chemical exposure linked to lower vitamin D levels.

    Exposure to bisphenol A (BPA) and other endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) may reduce levels of vitamin D in the bloodstream, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

    Thu, 22 Sep 2016 07:40:02 -0400

  • What's the SPH Practice Plunge? (VIDEO)

    The Practice Plunge is an opportunity for incoming SPH students to step outside the classroom and into public health practice. Held during New Student Orientation, students participating in the Practice Plunge visited a local public health department and participate in a public health project with a community-based organization.

    Mon, 19 Sep 2016 16:50:39 -0400

  • SPH grant will accelerate study of environmental impacts on health    .SPH grant will accelerate study of environmental impacts on health .

    ANN ARBOR--A $7.5 million grant renewal from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to the University of Michigan School of Public Health will advance research on the effects of environmental exposures at vulnerable stages in life, with a long-range goal to improve medical and public health interventions.

    Fri, 08 Jul 2016 12:57:00 -0500

  • New-fangled mosquito controls should not replace tried and tested methods. Effiong explains why.

    In the last 40 years of mosquito-borne viruses such as malaria, yellow fever and dengue, scientists have introduced myriad interventions to control the population of mosquitoes. This is because controlling mosquitoes has a large effect on controlling the diseases since the mosquito is the vector that carries them.

    Fri, 17 Jun 2016 15:14:00 -0500

  • Batterman discusses PCB contamination at old Ypsi industrial site.Batterman discusses PCB contamination at old Ypsi industrial site.

    Over the winter, the city of Ypsilanti and its environmental consultant, AKT Peerless, tested areas of soil along Water Street in an effort to develop a better of picture of the type and level of contamination remaining on the former industrial property.

    Mon, 13 Jun 2016 17:08:00 -0500

  • Illegal business in India's capital subjecting some to lead levels well above guidelines, say SPH researchers.Illegal business in India's capital subjecting some to lead levels well above guidelines, say SPH researchers.

    India's illegal battery recycling industry could be exposing some residents in Delhi to airborne lead levels two-to-eight times higher than their neighbors and well above recommended health guidelines, University of Michigan researchers have found.

    Mon, 02 May 2016 16:55:00 -0500

  • SPH graduate Hanna-Attisha: Making a difference in Flint.

    Last fall, U-M alumna Mona Hanna-Attisha revealed the elevated levels of lead in Flint's children.

    Fri, 29 Apr 2016 14:43:00 -0500

  • Legalization of medical cannabis: SPH student researcher asks, where do we go from here? (BLOG)

    Cannabis sativa. Marijuana. Pot. Weed. Chronic.

    Mon, 25 Apr 2016 18:21:00 -0500

  • Changing climate conditions represent emerging public health threat in Michigan, says report by O'Neill and co-authors.Changing climate conditions represent emerging public health threat in Michigan, says report by O'Neill and co-authors.

    Changing climate conditions--including warmer temperatures and an increased frequency of heavy rainstorms--represent "an emerging threat to public health in Michigan," according to a new report from university researchers and state health officials.

    Mon, 25 Apr 2016 10:59:00 -0500

  • Loch-Caruso addresses concerns about 1, 4-dioxane.Loch-Caruso addresses concerns about 1, 4-dioxane.

    State officials talked about the Pall-Gelman dioxane plume at a town hall meeting in Ann Arbor last night. The meeting was hosted by State Rep. Jeff Irwin, D-Ann Arbor. The plume of 1, 4-dioxane has contaminated three square miles of groundwater under the city.

    Thu, 21 Apr 2016 08:21:00 -0500

  • Want some chemicals with that shake? If you're eating fast food, you're getting them, says Colacino.Want some chemicals with that shake? If you're eating fast food, you're getting them, says Colacino.

    If you ever wondered why the stuff you make at home never fully tastes like the junk you get from your favorite fast food joint, try opening up a chemistry book for tips and tricks.

    Mon, 18 Apr 2016 15:54:00 -0500

  • NYT: DEET seen as safe for pregnant women to avoid Zika; Meeker to study.NYT: DEET seen as safe for pregnant women to avoid Zika; Meeker to study.

    This summer, some yellow-fever mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus are expected to arrive along the Gulf Coast and elsewhere in the continental United States.

    Tue, 05 Apr 2016 15:40:00 -0500

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