Press Releases

Below is a list of press releases highlighting the work of the Center:

  • May 8, 2014: Improving air quality in NYC would boost children’s future earnings

    NEW YORK (May 8, 2014)—Reducing air pollution in New York City would result in substantial economic gains for children as a result of increasing their IQs. The study is the first to estimate the costs of IQ loss associated with exposure to air pollution, and is based on prior research on prenatal exposure to air […]

  • March 27, 2014: Coal Plant Closure in China Led to Improvements in Children’s Health

    Decreased exposure to air pollution in utero is linked with improved childhood developmental scores and higher levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), a key protein for brain development, according to a study looking at the closure of a coal-burning power plant in China led by researchers at the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health at […]

  • January 22, 2014: Obese Children More Susceptible to Asthma from Air Pollution

    NEW YORK (January 22, 2014) – Obese children exposed to high levels of air pollutants were nearly three times as likely to have asthma compared with non-obese children and lower levels of pollution exposure, according to researchers at the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health at the Mailman School of Public Health and Columbia University […]

  • October 7, 2013: Air Pollution and Psychological Distress During Pregnancy Linked to Childhood Behavior Problems

      –Combination of physical and psychosocial stressors during fetal development magnifies the effect of each exposure– NEW YORK (October 7, 2013) – Maternal psychological distress combined with exposure to air pollution during pregnancy have an adverse impact on the child’s behavioral development, according to researchers at the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health at the […]

  • September 4, 2013: DNA Changes During Pregnancy Persist Into Childhood

    NEW YORK (September 4, 2013) – Even before they are born, babies accumulate changes in their DNA through a process called DNA methylation that may interfere with gene expression, and in turn, their health as they grow up.  But until now it’s been unclear just how long these changes during the prenatal period persist. In […]

  • March 1, 2013: BPA Raises Risk for Childhood Asthma

    –Children Exposed to the Plastics Chemical Bisphenol A Had an Elevated Risk for Asthma– NEW YORK (March 1, 2013) — Researchers at the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health at the Mailman School of Public Health are the first to report an association between early childhood exposure to the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) and an […]

  • February 6, 2013: Air Pollution Primes Children for Asthma-Related Cockroach Allergy

    – Researchers at the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health Untangle Complex Web of Factors Behind High Rates of Asthma in Urban Environment– NEW YORK (February 6, 2013)—An allergic reaction to cockroaches is a major contributor to asthma in urban children, but new research suggests that the insects are just one part of a more […]

  • January 8, 2013: Widespread BPA Exposure among Urban Mothers and Children

    January 8, 2013 (New York, NY) – Bisphenol-A (BPA) was detected in at least 94% of urine samples from a group of urban mothers and children, according to researchers at Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health (the Center) at the Mailman School of Public Health. Bisphenol-A (BPA) is a chemical that is found in certain […]

  • September 7, 2012: Prenatal Exposure to Pesticide Additive Linked With Childhood Cough

    – Cough Symptoms at Age 5 and 6 Appear to Be Unrelated to Asthma or Infection – NEW YORK (Sept 7, 2012) — Children exposed in the womb to the widely used pesticide additive piperonyl butoxide (PBO) have heightened risk of noninfectious cough at ages 5 and 6, according to researchers at the Columbia Center […]

  • September 5, 2012: Children Exposed to Two Chemicals in Plastics Have Elevated Risk of Asthma-Related Airway Inflammation

    – Study Adds to Growing Evidence on Connection Between Phthalates and Respiratory Health – NEW YORK (Sept. 5, 2012) — Children exposed to diethyl phthalate (DEP) and butylbenzyl phthalate (BBzP)–phthalate chemicals commonly found in plastics and personal care products–have elevated risk of asthma-related airway inflammation, according to researchers at Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health […]

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