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March 17, 2016: Prenatal Exposure to Air Pollution Linked to Impulsivity, Emotional Problems in Children

March 17, 2016: Prenatal Exposure to Air Pollution Linked to Impulsivity, Emotional Problems in Children

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NEW YORK (March 17, 2016)—Exposure to common air pollutants during pregnancy may predispose children to problems regulating their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors later on, according to a new study led by researchers at the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health, within Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and New York State Psychiatric Institute. The […]

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Columbia's Dr. Frederica Perera to Receive $250,000 Heinz Award

Columbia’s Dr. Frederica Perera to Receive $250,000 Heinz Award

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PITTSBURGH, April 23, 2015— A tireless champion of children’s health whose research has revealed how prenatal and childhood exposures to common environmental toxicants can cause neurodevelopmental problems, cancer and other diseases was today named as a recipient of a prestigious Heinz Award for the Environment. The accolade was announced by the Heinz Family Foundation and includes an unrestricted […]

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Mar. 9, 2015: Pregnancy Weight Gain Tilts the Scales for Child Becoming Obese

Mar. 9, 2015: Pregnancy Weight Gain Tilts the Scales for Child Becoming Obese

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March 9, 2015 — Unhealthy weight gain in pregnancy has been linked with infant size and body composition but until now little was known about its long-term association with childhood obesity among low-income and multi-ethnic youth.  For the first time, researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health studied the effects of gestational weight gain on […]

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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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The Dangers of Plastics

The Dangers of Plastics

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Center study adds to growing evidence on connection between phthalates and respiratory health.

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