Environmental Health

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Stay-at-Home Orders Cut Noise Exposure Nearly in Half

New research from Rick Neitzel

People's exposure to environmental noise dropped nearly in half during the early months of the coronavirus pandemic, according to University of Michigan researchers who analyzed data from the Apple Hearing Study. Read more

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PFAS Exposure May Lead to Early Menopause in Women

New research from Ning Ding and Sung Kyun Park

Women exposed to PFAS may experience menopause two years earlier than other women, according to a new University of Michigan School of Public health study published in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Read more

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Safe Labor, Industry, and Business during a Pandemic

Q&A with Aurora Le

As states in the US slowly reopen their economies, industry and business leaders will need to think about worker safety in new ways, most importantly how to mitigate the spread of infectious disease while still maintaining other basic safety measures specific to their facility. Read more

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5 Steps Employers, Employees Need to Take to Reopen Businesses

Rick Neitzel

Businesses across the nation are preparing to start reopening their workplaces. Rick Neitzel, an expert on occupational and environmental health at the University of Michigan's School of Public Health, outlines five steps that employers and employees can take together to return to work in the safest manner possible. Read more

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Returning to Work Safely in Michigan and across the US

Q&A with Aurora Le

As the US slowly reopens the economy, a variety of new safety measures will be needed to ensure worker safety, from engineering and administrative interventions for entire facilities down to personal protective equipment. These measures are not meant to hinder economic recovery but rather to reduce the incidence and prevalence of infectious disease to protect American workers and their families. Read more

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IN THE NEWS: Our Noisy World's Toll on Our Ears

Rick Neitzel featured on American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Podcast

As part of this research partnership between Apple and the University of Michigan, Rick Neitzel is collecting data on personal listening device use and noisy environments through the Apple Research app. The hope is this research could influence policies that one day change noise pollution levels. Read more