Dec. 10, 2014: Exposure During Pregnancy to Common Household Chemicals Associated with Substantial Drop in Child IQ
NEW YORK (Dec. 10, 2014)-Children exposed during pregnancy to elevated levels of two common chemicals found in the home-di-n-butyl phthalate (DnBP) and di-isobutyl phthalate (DiBP)-had an IQ score, on average, more than six points lower than children exposed at lower levels, according to researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. The study is […]
Breathing Dirty Air During Pregnancy Raises Odds of Childhood ADHD-Related Behavior Problems NEW YORK (Nov. 5, 2014)—Prenatal exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, or PAH, a component of air pollution, raises the odds of behavior problems associated with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, at age 9, according to researchers at the Columbia Center for Children’s […]
Center director Dr. Frederica Perera and Dr. Patrick Kinney published an op-ed in LiveScience on May 8th. The op-ed highlights the importance of prioritizing children’s health in the discussion of climate change and fossil fuel. Read it online or download a copy.
— Decreased exposure to air pollution associated with increases in key protein in brain development – Decreased exposure to air pollution in utero is linked with improved childhood developmental and higher levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), a key protein for brain development, according to a study of looking at the closure of coal-burning power […]
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With the holidays right around the corner, the season of new toys is upon us. While children are focused on the fun, parents know that safety is the most important consideration for toys. Harmful chemicals, such as phthalates and lead, are a danger to health and can be found in toys. Use these helpful tips […]
The Center’s work on children’s environmental health is highlighted in OnEarth Magazine’s Winter 2014 cover story. Center director Dr. Frederica Perera, deputy director Dr. Virginia Rauh, and study coordinator Diurka Diaz spoke with Florence Williams about the Center’s findings about the health effects on children resulting from environmental exposures. Read a copy here or online.
The weather has started to turn cold which means more time indoors. Air pollution is not just an outside problem. There are many sources of air pollution indoors, including smoke from cooking, burning incense and candles, chemicals from cleaning products, and pesticides. Some health concerns associated with these sources include respiratory problems and delays in […]
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 Center researchers. The study, which appears in the journal Pediatrics, reports that maternal demoralization, a measure of psychological distress capable of affecting a mother’s ability to cope […]
As summer comes to an end and the time for back-to-school preparation is quickly approaching. Children spend many hours at school and it’s important to make sure that the environment is safe and healthy. Some concerns include harmful chemicals in school supplies and asthma triggers found in the classroom. Use these tips and resources to […]
Center director Dr. Frederica Perera wrote an op-ed that appeared in the Huffington Post about climate change and children’s health. Dr. Perera states that, in regards to climate change, “children are key to winning the argument and why action is needed now”. The article outlines the burden of disease caused by climate change and explains […]
The school year is nearing its end and the weather is getting warmer. Summer is a great time for playingo utside, being active and spending time with family. However, parents should be prepared to protect against the negative health effects of extreme heat and sun exposure. Use these easy tips to keep your family healthy […]
Center research Dr. Frances Champagne was highlighted in a recent article in The Independent for her research on BPA. The study found that mice exposed to BPA had changes in the way genes work in the brain. Read more online or download a copy here.
–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 […]
NEW YORK (Feb 7, 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 complex story. Very early exposure to certain components of air pollution can increase the risk of developing a cockroach allergy by […]
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 […]
It’s been over a decade since the tragedy of 9/11, and the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health reflects on lessons learned through its environmental health research. The Center’s World Trade Center Pregnancy Study, launched in December 2001, is assessing the effects of prenatal exposure to contaminants released by the WTC destruction on gestational age, […]
Here are examples of campaigns and successes to reduce air pollution in New York City: WE ACT for Environmental Justice Our Housing is Our Health Campaign — Educating community residents on healthy housing issues and how to advocate for reform on their own behalf. Rosa Parks School Bus Campaign — Working to ensure that the […]
In a small study, investigators at the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health tested IPM in 25 homes of healthy pregnant women living in northern Manhattan or the South Bronx. IPM reduced cockroaches by almost half and eliminated toxic pesticides measured in blood samples from mothers and their babies at birth. The Center used professional […]
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Center in the News News articles featuring the Center’s work.
Center study adds to growing evidence on connection between phthalates and respiratory health.
While chlorpyrifos is no longer registered for household use in the U.S., it continues to be widely used around the world.
Center investigators examine relationships between PAH exposure, methylation, & adducts in cord blood.
Boys appear to be more vulnerable than girls to the insecticide chlorpyrifos — lower IQs seen in boys exposed in the womb.