Environmental Health

A closeup of baby feet.

Widely Used Herbicide Linked to Preterm Births

New research from John Meeker

Exposure to a chemical found in the weed killer Roundup and other glyphosate-based herbicides is significantly associated with preterm births, according to a new University of Michigan study. Read more

 A truck drives by a neighborhood in Southwest Detroit. Neighbors say the constant noise makes it hard to sleep or enjoy outdoor activities.

Truck Noise in Southwest Detroit Adds to Public Health Concerns

New research from Stuart Batterman

Researchers at the University of Michigan joined forces with the Southwest Detroit Community Benefits Coalition and local community members to evaluate the noise impact of trucks on Southwest Detroit. Currently, trucks are being rerouted as part of the new Gordie Howe International Bridge construction. Read more

Chemical barrels

Toxic Substances Control Act and the Regulation of Chemicals

Q&A with Trish Koman

As the fifth anniversary of the passage of major amendments to the Toxic Substances Control Act approaches this June, a University of Michigan researcher will address the impact the law has had on the regulation of industrial and commercial chemicals. Read more

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Learning Public Health Practice in a Virtual World

Q&A with Elizabeth Zaebst

A hypothetical college football game—a familiar scenario for Michigan students—provided the backdrop to a remote preparedness exercise for public health students and the Washtenaw County Health Department. Familiarity with the Big House and surrounding terrain helped the students focus on how to keep everyone healthy. Read more

A patient's arm.

New Study Links Cadmium to More Severe Flu, Pneumonia Infections

New research from Sung Kyun Park

High levels of cadmium, a chemical found in cigarettes and in contaminated vegetables, are associated with higher death rates in patients with influenza or pneumonia—and may increase the severity of COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses, according to a new study. Read more