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VIDEO: Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health

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Center Tip of the Month: Toy Safety

Center Tip of the Month: Toy Safety

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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 […]

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Center Tip of the Month: Clean Indoor Air

Center Tip of the Month: Clean Indoor Air

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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 […]

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Center Tip of the Month: Back to School

Center Tip of the Month: Back to School

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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 […]

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"Climate Change and Our Children" by Dr. Frederica Perera

“Climate Change and Our Children” by Dr. Frederica Perera

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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 […]

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Center Tip of the Month: Summer Safety

Center Tip of the Month: Summer Safety

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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 […]

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 Air Pollution Primes Children for Asthma-Related Cockroach Allergy

Air Pollution Primes Children for Asthma-Related Cockroach Allergy

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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 […]

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Widespread BPA Exposure among Urban Mothers and Children

Widespread BPA Exposure among Urban Mothers and Children

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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 […]

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Remembering 9/11

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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, […]

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Community Wins on Air Pollution

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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 […]

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Integrated Pest Management

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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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Awareness jumps in child health issues

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Early start to a healthy diet

Early start to a healthy diet

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Lead levels seen as cause for concern in study

Lead levels seen as cause for concern in study

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Second hand smoke harms

Second hand smoke harms

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BPA under scrutiny

BPA under scrutiny

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Asthma factors in the inner city life

Asthma factors in the inner city life

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