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Mom’s Exposure to BPA During Pregnancy May Put Her Baby on Course to Obesity

Mom’s Exposure to BPA During Pregnancy May Put Her Baby on Course to Obesity

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94 Percent of Pregnant Women Studied Had Detectable Levels of BPA, a Chemical Used in Water Bottles, Canned Foods, and Paper Receipts NEW YORK (May 17, 2016)—Prenatal exposure to Bisphenol A (BPA), a common chemical used in plastic water bottles and canned food, is associated with measures of obesity in children at age 7, according […]

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Lead in Water Action Kits ($12) Now Available to Detect and Reduce Exposure

Lead in Water Action Kits ($12) Now Available to Detect and Reduce Exposure

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Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health Supporting Healthy Babies Bright Futures Campaign to Provide Lead Test Kits to Families at a Low-Cost New York, NY (February 17, 2016) – Healthy Babies Bright Futures (HBBF) is making Lead in Water Action Kits available to families across America so they can test their tap water for the […]

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ADHD-Air Pollution Link

ADHD-Air Pollution Link

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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 […]

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Why Climate Change is a U.S. Children's Health Issue

Why Climate Change is a U.S. Children’s Health Issue

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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.

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Coal Plant Closure in China Led to Improvements in Children’s Health

Coal Plant Closure in China Led to Improvements in Children’s Health

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— 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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November 25, 2013: OnEarth Magazine

November 25, 2013: OnEarth Magazine

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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.

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Air Pollution & Distress During Pregnancy Linked to Childhood Behavior Problems

Air Pollution & Distress During Pregnancy Linked to Childhood Behavior Problems

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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 […]

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BPA Raises Risk for Childhood Asthma

BPA Raises Risk for Childhood Asthma

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–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 […]

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