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June 28, 2018: Handwashing and House Cleaning May Protect Against Unhealthy Chemicals

Researchers saw exposures to the flame-retardant Tris, one of a class of chemicals linked to decreased fertility and thyroid dysfunction, fall by 43 percent among participants. NEW YORK (June 28, 2018)—Washing your hands and cleaning your house frequently may help to lower your contact with common flame-retardant chemicals, according to a new study by researchers […]

April 4, 2018: Childhood Exposure to Flame Retardant Chemicals Declines Following Phase-Out

After phase-out of PBDEs, blood levels of the toxic chemicals have declined but not disappeared NEW YORK (April 4, 2018)— Exposure to flame retardants once widely used in consumer products has been falling, according to a new study by researchers at the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health. […]

January 24, 2018: Air Pollution May Shorten Telomeres in Newborns—A Sign of Increased Health Risks

Researchers at the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health find babies exposed in the womb to high levels of air pollution had shortened telomeres.  NEW YORK (Jan. 24, 2017)—A study conducted before and after the 2004 closure of a coal-burning power plant in Tongliang, China, found children born before the closure had shorter telomeres than […]

October 4, 2017: Air Pollution and Poverty Stack the Deck for ADHD

A study of low-income children in New York City finds toxic pollutants and economic disadvantage combine to increase risk for ADHD behaviors NEW YORK (Oct. 4, 2017)—Scientists at the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health (CCCEH) at the Mailman School of Public Health report the first evidence that prenatal exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH)—carcinogenic […]

TIME: March 03, 2016

A new study from the Center found that prenatal exposure to air pollution can predispose children to behavior problems later on by negatively affecting their development of self-regulatory behaviors. TIME covered the finding in an article ” How Prenatal Pollution Exposure Can Lead to Behavior Problems in Children.” Read the full article here:TIME.

NY1: June 20, 2016

NY1 aired an interview with Dr. Lori Hoepner of CCCEH on her finding that prenatal exposure to bisphenol A (BPA), a common chemical used in plastic water bottles and canned food, was associated with measures of obesity in children at age 7. Their study found that 94 percent of pregnant women studied had detectable levels […]

New York Times: February 3, 2017

The New York Times recently ran an article “Protect Our Children” that highlighted the Center’s work on documenting the far-reaching effects of early life exposure to chlorpyrifos, a household pesticide that was banned in 2002.

May 26, 2015: NYPOST

May 26, 2015: NYPOST

The Center’s finding on toxic combination of air pollution and poverty is featured in two pieces by the New York Post. The study found that the combined effect of prenatal exposure to air pollution and poverty related stress could lead to lower IQ scores at child age 7.  Read a copy of each article here : “The […]

January 23, 2017: NYC Toddlers Exposed to Potentially Harmful Flame Retardants

100 Percent of Toddlers Studied Had Flame Retardants on Their Hands; On Average, They Were Exposed at Levels Above Those Found on Their Mothers NEW YORK (January 23, 2017)—Researchers at the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health (CCCEH) within the Mailman School of Public Health report evidence of potentially harmful flame retardants on the hands […]

July 1, 2016: Consensus Statement: Environmental Toxins Hurt Brain Development, Action Needed

Project TENDR Calls for Government and Industry to Reduce Toxic Exposures in the Environment NEW YORK (July 1, 2016)—An unprecedented alliance of leading scientists, medical experts, and children’s health advocates argue that today’s scientific evidence supports a link between exposures to toxic chemicals in air, food, and everyday products and children’s risks for neurodevelopmental disorders. […]

April 17, 2016: Mom’s Exposure to BPA During Pregnancy May Put Her Baby on Course to Obesity

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 […]

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

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 […]

October 5, 2015: Exposure to Common Flame Retardants May Contribute to Attention Problems in Children

October 5, 2015: Exposure to Common Flame Retardants May Contribute to Attention Problems in Children

NEW YORK (October 5, 2015) —Prenatal exposure to some flame retardants that have been widely-used in consumer products is associated with attention problems in children ages three through seven, according to a new study by researchers at the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health, within Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health. The researchers are the […]

May 1, 2015: Toxic Combination of Air Pollution and Poverty Lowers Child IQ

NEW YORK (April 29, 2015)—Children born to mothers experiencing economic hardship, who were also exposed during pregnancy to high levels of PAH (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons), scored significantly lower on IQ tests at age 7 compared with children born to mothers with greater economic security and less exposure to the pollutants. The findings by researchers at […]

Mar 25, 2015: Breathing Air Pollutants During Pregnancy Can Damage Child’s Brain, Raise Risk of Cognitive and Behavioral Problems

MRI Study of Pollutants’ Effect on Developing Brain Reveals Widespread Losses in White Matter Linked With ADHD NEW YORK (March 25, 2015)—Researchers at the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health (CCCEH) at the Mailman School of Public Health and colleagues at the University of Southern California have found a powerful relationship between prenatal exposure to […]

November 5, 2014: ADHD-Air Pollution Link

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 […]

September 17, 2014: Phthalates Heighten Risk for Childhood Asthma

September 17, 2014: Phthalates Heighten Risk for Childhood Asthma

Asthma risk increased more than 70 percent among a group of children exposed during pregnancy to high levels of the household chemicals butylbenzyl phthalate and di-n-butyl phthalate NEW YORK (Sept. 17, 2014)—Researchers at the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health at the Mailman School of Public Health are the first to demonstrate an association between […]

Clean Air Halves Health Costs in Chinese City

 –Environmental Regulations Improve Health and Decrease Expenses Related to Death and Disability in Taiyuan, China — Air pollution regulations over the last decade in Taiyuan, China, have substantially improved the health of people living there, accounting for a greater than 50% reduction in costs associated with loss of life and disability between 2001 and 2010, according to […]

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 […]

2014 Green Kids Health Fair

2014 Green Kids Health Fair

If interested in attending the event, please register here or call Alyssa Creighton at 212-304-7284. If your organization is interested in having a table, please email Alyssa Creighton at [email protected]

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 […]

November 25, 2013: OnEarth Magazine

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.

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

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

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 […]

August 16, 2013: Science Magazine

Center research on pesticides was highlighted by a recent Science Magazine article, entitled “Growing Up With Pesticides”. This special highlight on long terms studies of the effects of pesticides featured Center director Dr. Frederica Perera and Center deputy directors Drs. Robin Whyatt and Virginia Rauh. Read “Growing Up With Pesticides” online or download a copy […]

Shanxi International Forum on Environment and Health – Translating Science to Policy

Information Shanxi International Forum on Environment and Health – Translating Science to Policy  Location: Taiyuan, China Dates: August 12 – 15, 2013 About the Conference This conference is being hosted by the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health (the Center), in collaboration with: Shanxi Medical University, Shanghai Fudan University, the Ministry of Education Key Laboratory […]

July 11, 2013: Huffington Post

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 op-ed outlines the burden of disease caused by climate change and explains […]

May 28, 2013: Harvard Gazette

Center director Dr. Frederica Perera was was the recipient of an honorary membership to Harvard’s Alpha Iota of Massachusetts chapter. Read more online or download a copy here.

April 22 2013: New York Times

Levels of deadly pollutants up to 40 times the recommended exposure limit in Beijing and other cities have struck fear into parents and led them to take steps that are radically altering the nature of urban life for their children. Get the PDF download here.

March 28, 2013: BusinessWeek

The Center’s research was included in a Business Week article about air pollution and birth defects in China. Center director Dr. Frederica Perera noted the importance of policy and how it can result in significant environmental impacts. Read the whole story online or download a copy here.

March 19, 2013: NY1

Center deputy director Dr. Robin Whyatt was interviewed by NY1 about the Center’s recent findings linking BPA and childhood asthma. Read the whole story online or download a copy here.

March 4, 2013: CBS News

Center researcher Dr. Kathleen Donohue was highlighted by CBS News and interviewed on CBS This Morning for her recent findings linking BPA with increased risk for asthma development. Watch below!

March 1, 2013: BPA Raises Risk of Childhood Asthma

March 1, 2013: BPA Raises Risk of Childhood Asthma

Center researcher Dr. Kathleen Donohue led  a study which found that BPA exposure early in childhood raised the risk of developing asthma. “At a population level, our study suggests that BPA may be an important and understudied environmental risk factor for child asthma” states Dr. Donohue. These new findings were highlighted by TIME, CNN, US […]

March 1, 2013: BPA Raises Risk for Childhood Asthma

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 28, 2013: TEDMED Great Challenge

See the Center’s Dr. Andrew Rundle participate in the TEDMED Great Challenge to promote active lifestyles.

February 7, 2013: Bloomberg News

Urban air pollution is a global problem. Researchers at Columbia University studying clogged air and pregnancy in New York found pollution reduced intelligence and increased the risk of behavioral problems when babies reached school-age. Beijing is among the worst offenders. Air quality in the Chinese capital deteriorated beyond World Health Organization safe limits every day […]

February 6, 2013: PBS NewsHour

February 6, 2013: PBS NewsHour

Environmental factors seem to have an influence on the development of asthma but the understanding of the many contributing factors has yet to be fully elucidated. Center researcher Dr. Matthew Perzanowski and Center deputy director Dr. Rachel Miller published findings that exposure to a certain type of air pollution found in diesel exhaust and other […]

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 […]

November 29, 2012, 2-3pm: Dr. Andrew Rundle, Childhood Obesity Virtual Forum

Over the last two decades, rates of obesity have significantly increased in the United States. About a third of adults in the U.S. and a growing number of children are obese, which puts them at greater risk for conditions such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer. Although many factors […]

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 […]

November 28 2012: Chemical banned in '70s from kids' pajamas resurfaces in couches

November 28 2012: Chemical banned in ’70s from kids’ pajamas resurfaces in couches

Center investigator Julie Herbstman was featured on CBS news in a segment titled, “Chemical banned in ’70s from kids’ pajamas resurfaces in couches.” To view the article, click here. To download the article, click here.

November 20, 2012: Trees Breathe Fresh Air for Harlem

West Harlem Environmental Action Inc. (WE ACT) recently gave away 100 trees to  Harlem neighborhoods to increase greenery in Upper Manhattan. Trees absorb many of the harmful chemicals in the air, and prevent soil erosion and flooding. WE ACT is the Center’s leading community partner. Click here to read the story, or here to download […]

November 2012: Air Pollution’s Hidden Toll

Even before a child takes its first breath, prenatal exposure to urban pollution ups the odds of developing asthma, cognitive problems, and obesity. The winter 2012-2013 issue of Columbia Public Health highlights the work of the Center, featuring Dr. Frederica Perera, Dr. Rachel Miller, Dr. Patrick Kinney, Dr. Virgina Rauh, Dr. Robin Whyatt, Dr. Andrew […]

EPA/NIEHS Children’s Centers 2012 Webinar Series

The EPA/NIEHS Children’s Centers Webinar Series is a monthly series that presents the latest research findings in children’s environmental health from the EPA/NIEHS Children’s Centers. Throughout 2012, three of our researchers have taken this opportunity to share our exciting findings. Check out videos of the Center researchers’ presentations: March 14, 2012: Center Deputy Director Dr. […]

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 […]

August 20, 2012: Air Pollution Associated with Asthma Development Among Young Children

–Exposure to pyrene increases odds of non-atopic asthma development– NEW YORK (August 20, 2012) – High exposure to air pollution in the womb and continuing exposure during early childhood increase risk for development of non-atopic asthma, according to a study by researchers at Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health (the Center) at the Mailman School […]

August 7, 2012: Boys Appear To Be More Vulnerable Than Girls to the Insecticide Chlorpyrifos

–Lower IQs Seen in Boys Exposed in the Womb to Comparable Amounts of the Chemical — NEW YORK (Aug. 7, 2012)- A new study is the first to find a difference between how boys and girls respond to prenatal exposure to the insecticide chlorpyrifos. Researchers at the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health at the […]

September 18, 2012: NPR

September 18, 2012: NPR

Center director, Dr. Frederica Perera, was quoted on NPR’s “All Things Considered” in response to the recent findings that BPA is linked with obesity. Read the entire story here or listen to the story below.

July 17, 2012: Moms Clean Air Force

Director Dr. Frederica Perera discussed recent Center research in a July 17, 2012 interview with Moms Clean Air Force.  Read the interview on the Moms Clean Air Force website or download a copy of the interview here. Want to know more about air pollution and its health effects? Read about the Center’s findings on common […]

July 13, 2012: Cutting Edge News

A July 13, 2012 Cutting Edge News article discussed an air monitoring study of expectant mothers on the Texas-Mexico border modeled on methods used in Center research.  Read the article at the Cutting Edge News or download a copy of the article here.

July 5, 2012: Greener Ideal

A July 5, 2012 article  cites the Center’s research on the link between air pollution and anxiety and depression in children.  Read the article at Greener Ideal or download a copy here.    

June 30, 2012: Hike the Heights 8

June 30, 2012: Hike the Heights 8

In late spring 2012, to encourage physical activity and counter obesity, we partnered with Hike the Heights, an annual community event and walk which links NYC residents to their parks in Northern Manhattan. Participants walked along a “giraffe path” connecting 7 parks and the surrounding neighborhoods, ending at a community party at the Sunken Playground […]

June 29 2012: Patriot News

A June 29, 2012 Patriot News opinion article in support of the Environmental Protection Agency’s revised small particle pollution standards cites Center research on the effects of air pollution on infant mortality, birth weight and cancer risk.  Read the article at Patriot News or download a copy here.

June 2012: Phthalate exposure and eczema

Center research on the effects of in utero exposure to butylbenzyl phthalate, found in common household chemicals, on the risk of developing eczema was featured in multiple news sources. Read “Exposure to household chemical in utero increases risk of childhood eczema” at Fox News or download a copy here. Read “Phthalate In Vinyl Flooring Linked […]

June 26, 2012: OnEarth

A June 26, 2012 OnEarth magazine article featured the Center’s research on the effects of prenatal exposure to flame retardants on fetal brain development.  Read “Getting Burned by Flame Retardants” at the OnEarth website or download a copy here.

June 26, 2012: Prenatal Exposure to Common Household Chemical Increases Risk for Childhood Eczema, Study Says

–Phthalate Commonly Used in Vinyl Flooring Is Found in Nearly 100% of Mothers Studied– NEW YORK (June 26, 2012) -Prenatal exposure to a ubiquitous household chemical called butylbenzyl phthalate (BBzP) can increase a child’s risk for developing eczema, according to research conducted at the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health at the Mailman School of Public […]

June 15, 2012: March Of Dimes Presentation

June 15, 2012: March Of Dimes Presentation

A presentation of the Center’s latest research on environmental hazards for children, given by Director Dr. Frederica Perera at a March of Dimes event, was highlighted by Parents.com, US Daily News, PR Newswire. Broken links? Download hard copies of all articles here.

June 2012: Napthalene Exposure and Cancer Risk

Center research on the link between exposure to napthalene, found in mothballs and other household items, and chromosomal aberrations which may increase the risk of developing cancer, was highlighted by UPI and Philly.com Read “High levels of naphthalene can hurt genes” on the UPI website or download a copy here. Read “The Danger in Mothballs” […]

May 30, 2012: Manhattan Times

Hike the Heights, an annual community health promotion event co-sponsored by the Center, was featured in a May 30, 2012 Manhattan Times article.  Read the article online or download a copy here.

May 29, 2012: Children Exposed to Naphthalene–a Common Pollutant Best Known as the Key Ingredient in Mothballs-Show Signs of Chromosomal Damage

NEW YORK (May 29, 2012)- According to a new study, children exposed to high levels of the common air pollutant naphthalene are at increased risk for chromosomal aberrations (CAs), which have been previously associated with cancer. These include chromosomal translocations, a potentially more harmful and long-lasting subtype of CAs. Researchers from the Columbia Center for […]

May 16, 2012: New Research Identifies Window of Vulnerability to Air Pollution Exposure During Pregnancy

NEW YORK (May 16, 2012) –  Although the entire duration of pregnancy is important for development, new research from the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health suggests that exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) air pollutants during the first trimester has a greater impact on fetal growth than a similar level of exposure during the subsequent trimesters. […]

May 7, 2012: Huffington Post

Air pollution and asthma burden are unevenly shared among U.S. children. Article features the Center’s lead partner WE ACT for Environmental Justice, and Center Investigator Matt Perzanowski. Read the article online at Huffington Post or download a copy here.

April – May 2012: Pesticides, Neurodevelopment and MRI

Prenatal exposure to common insecticides show changes in brain structure of young children. These findings were published online on April 30, 2012 in the Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). Read the media coverage of these exciting findings: Read “Common Pesticide ‘Disturbs’ the Brains of Children” at Scientific American or download a copy here. […]

April 30, 2012: Prenatal Exposure to the Insecticide Chlorpyrifos Linked to Alterations in Brain Structure and Cognition

–While chlorpyrifos is no longer registered for household use in the U.S., it continues to be widely used around the world, as well as on many food and agricultural products throughout the U.S.– NEW YORK (April 30, 2012) – Even low to moderate levels of exposure to the insecticide chlorpyrifos during pregnancy may lead to […]

April 28, 2012: Prenatal BPA Exposure and Child Behavior

New Study from CCCEH Finds Exposure to Bisphenol-A in the Womb is Linked to Behavioral Problems in Young Children NEW YORK (April 28, 2012) Over the past few years two new phrases have been introduced to our everyday language–bisphenol-A (BPA) and endocrine disrupting chemicals. According to a new study by researchers at Columbia Center for […]

April 23, 2012: NY1

NY 1 aired informed New Yorkers about the link between air pollution and childhood obesity. Center researchers found that pregnant moms exposed to the highest concentrations of PAH were more than twice as likely to have obese children by age seven compared to those with lower levels of exposure. PAH is part of the by-product […]

April 2012: Video on Obesity and Links to Articles

Please see the following video featuring Center Investigators on their work on obesity and air pollution. Find related articles below: Read “Prenatal air pollution linked to obesity” from UPI or download a copy here. Read “Exposure to air pollution in pregnancy may boost chances of obesity in kids” in TIME or download a copy here. […]

April 16, 2012: Prenatal Exposure to Air Pollution Linked to Childhood Obesity

–New Study from the Center in New York City Presents Clinical Evidence That an Environmental Pollutant Can Contribute to Obesity– NEW YORK (April 16, 2012) Overall, 17% of children in the United States are obese, and in inner-city neighborhoods, the prevalence is as high as 25%. While poor diets and physical inactivity are the main […]

March 28, 2012: Air Pollution From Trucks and Low-Quality Heating Oil May Explain Childhood Asthma Hot Spots

NEW YORK ( March 28, 2012) – Where a child lives can greatly affect his or her risk for asthma. According to a new study by scientists at Columbia University, neighborhood differences in rates of childhood asthma may be explained by varying levels of air pollution from trucks and residential heating oil. Results appear online […]

March 2012: PAH and Behavioral Problems

Recent study led by Center Director Frederica Perera DrPH,  and colleagues, is the first report of associations between child attentional and behavioral problems among school‐age children and two complementary measures of prenatal PAH exposure. Findings have been highlighted in over 30 online news articles, including: Read “Mom’s Exposure to Air Pollution Can Increase Kids’ Behavior […]

February 6 2012: CNN

A February 12th 2012 article by CNN cites the Center’s research on the effects of air pollution in New York City. The article further discusses New York City’s idling rule, meant to improve the city’s air quality by prohibiting drivers from running their engines when they’re not moving. The Center’s research in NYC has found that […]

January 17, 2012 PAH Exposure, Methylation and Adducts in Cord Blood

NEW YORK (January 17, 2012)  There is a complex relationship between prenatal exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, benzo[a]pyrene-DNA adducts and genomic DNA methylation in the cord blood of newborns. Researchers, led by Dr. Julie Herbstman, from the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health (The Center) set out to investigate whether an increase in prenatal exposure […]

November 8, 2011: Wall Street Journal

A cover story in the Wall Street Journal’s Health & Wellness section on Tuesday, November 8th described the impacts of prenatal exposure to air-pollution on children’s mental development and behavioral problems observed in the research conducted by Dr. Frederica Perera and colleagues. The Center’s research has informed the community building advocacy work of our lead […]

October 25, 2011: Community Briefing Series

On October 25th 2011, the Center held the first of several planned community briefings that invited community leaders, elected officials, and policymakers to engage in dialogue about our research findings. The Center Director, Dr. Frederica Perera, discussed health risks associated with prenatal and early exposure to diesel exhaust, pesticides, indoor air allergens, and endocrine disrupting […]

October 7, 2011: International Collaboration with Shanghai Key Laboratory

To further promote our international efforts and collaborations in China, the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health (Columbia Center) hosted a visit with officials from the Shanghai Key Laboratory of Children’s Environmental Health (Key Laboratory) on October 7, 2011. This visit was preceded by an initial meeting with Center Director, Dr. Frederica Perera, and Key […]

September 6, 2011: The Dangers of Phthalates

September 6, 2011: The Dangers of Phthalates

New York City — September 6, 2011 —A newly published study by researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health heightens concerns over the potential health effects on children of a group of ubiquitous chemicals known as phthalates. Phthalates are a class of chemicals that are known to disrupt the endocrine system, and are […]

April 22, 2011: Feeling distressed during pregnancy may be associated with asthma symptoms during childhood

New York City — April 22, 2011 — Many emotions can occur during pregnancy but if high demoralization is reported, it could impact the risk of your child wheezing, a common symptom of asthma, during childhood. Demoralization denotes nonspecific psychological distress that may result in an individual’s inability to cope with stressful situations. “This prospective […]

April 21, 2011: Prenatal Exposure to Common Insecticide Linked to Decreases in Cognitive Functioning At Age Seven

Deficits in IQ and working memory suggest longer-term educational implications.

April 12, 2011: Prenatal Exposure to Combustion-Related Pollutants Linked to Symptoms of Anxiety, Depression, and Attention Problems in Young Children

New York, NY — April 12, 2011 — Mothers’ exposure during pregnancy to pollutants created by the incomplete combustion of fossil fuels and other organic material may lead to behavioral problems in their children, according to a new study. Researchers found that within a sample of 215 children monitored from birth, those children with high […]

April 2011: Pesticides and Neurodevelopment

Center Deputy Directors Dr. Virginia Rauh and Dr. Robin Whyatt highlighted a connection between prenatal exposure to organophosphate pesticides and diminished IQ in children between ages 6 and 9. Findings have been cited in over 275 articles online, including ABCNews, CNN, NPR and Time.

March 20, 2011: Elsevier Global Medical News

During a poster session at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology on March 20, 2011, Center co-investigator Dr. Kathleen M. Donohue explained that exposure to bisphenol-A during childhood is associated with an increased risk of wheeze and asthma in children. Read the coverage in Elsevier Global Medical News.

February 2011: New York Times

Center director Dr. Frederica Perera was quoted in a February 16, 2011 New York Times article about the dangers of additional exposure to diesel pollution. Read the article, “Fashion Week Power Source Upsets Neighbors.”

February 2011: Pyrethroids and Neurodevelopment

Center research linking common household pyrethroid insecticides with mental development of young children was highlighted by United Press International, Reuters, MedPage Today, and Healthday.

February 11, 2011: Common Household Insecticide is Linked with Delayed Mental Development of Young Children

Effects on IQ appear to be similar to lead exposure.

October 26, 2010: CNN

Center work was featured in a CNN report October 26, 2010 on U.S. Senate hearings about the oversight of everyday chemicals that may be affecting children’s health. Read the CNN report, “Everyday Chemicals May Be Harming Kids, Panel Told.”

October 18, 2010: Today Show

The Center’s work was highlighted on the Today show on October 18, 2010, in a story about how exposures to pollution and other factors during a mother’s pregnancy may affect the future health of her child: Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

October 4, 2010: Time

October 4, 2010: Time

The cover story of the October 4, 2010 issue of Time magazine highlights work of CCCEH and director Dr. Frederica Perera. The article, “How the First Nine Months Shape the Rest of Your Life—The New Science of Fetal Origins,” discusses the fetal origins of adult diseases such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, asthma, depression, and […]

June 2010: CNN

A CNN special report, “Toxic Chemicals Finding Their Way into the Womb,” highlights Center research about prenatal exposure to air pollution from fossil fuels, and endocrine-disrupting chemicals found in common plastics and personal care products. Read the article here.

April 20, 2010: Children’s Cognitive Ability Can Be Affected by Mother’s Exposure to Urban Air Pollutants

New York City — April 20, 2010 — A study by the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health (CCCEH) carried out in Krakow, Poland has found that prenatal exposure to pollutants can adversely affect children’s cognitive development at age 5, confirming previous findings in a New York City (NYC) study. Researchers report that children exposed […]

March 18, 2010: Pesticide Chlorpyrifos Is Linked to Childhood Developmental Delays

New York City — March 18, 2010 — Exposure to the pesticide chlorpyrifos—which is banned for use in U.S. households but is still widely used throughout the agricultural industry—is associated with early childhood developmental delays, according to a study by researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. Findings of the study, “Chlorpyrifos Exposure […]

February 4, 2010: Use of Acetaminophen in Pregnancy Associated with Increased Asthma Symptoms in Children

First Study to Demonstrate Association between Asthma and Acetaminophen is Linked to Gene Involved in Detoxification of Foreign Substance New York City — February 4, 2010 — Children who were exposed to acetaminophen prenatally were more likely to have asthma symptoms at age five in a study of 300 African-American and Dominican Republic children living […]

January 19, 2010: Prenatal Exposure to Flame Retardant Compounds Affects Neurodevelopment of Young Children

New York City — January 19, 2010 — Prenatal exposure to ambient levels of flame retardant compounds called polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) is associated with adverse neurodevelopmental effects in young children, according to researchers at the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health (CCCEH) at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. The study is online […]

November 23, 2009: Exposures to Metals and Diesel Emissions in the Air are Linked to Respiratory Symptoms in Young Inner City Children

New York City — November 23, 2009 — Exposure shortly after birth to ambient metals from residential heating oil combustion and particles from diesel emissions are associated with respiratory symptoms in young inner city children, according to a new study by researchers at the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health (CCCEH) at Columbia University’s Mailman […]

July 20, 2009: Children’s IQ Can be Affected by Mother’s Exposure to Urban Air Pollutants

New York City— July 20, 2009 — Prenatal exposure to environmental pollutants known as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) can adversely affect a child’s intelligence quotient or IQ, according to new research by the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health (CCCEH) at the Mailman School of Public Health. PAHs are chemicals released into the air from the […]

July 2009: TIME

Please click here to read “Study Links Exposure to Pollution with Lower IQ,” published on Time.com.

March 30, 2009: Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health, We Act for Environment Justice to Host “Translating Science to Policy”

U.S EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson and NIEHS Director Dr. Linda S. Birnbaum to be Keynote Speakers at Day-Long Event New York City, March 30, 2009 — The Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health (CCCEH) at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and WE ACT for Environmental Justice (WE ACT) will host a day-long […]

February 13, 2009 : New Research Suggests Pollution-Related Asthma May Start in the Womb

New York City/Cincinnati— February 13, 2009 — Children born in areas with increased traffic-related pollution may be at greater risk of developing asthma due to genetic changes acquired in the womb, according to new research from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and the University of Cincinnati (UC). The team reports its findings in the […]

November 13, 2008: Early Development of Antibodies to Cockroach and Mouse Proteins Associated with Greater Risk for Asthma and Allergies in Preschool Children

New York, NY — November 13, 2008 — A study released by researchers at the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health (CCCEH) at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health shows that developing antibodies to cockroach and mouse proteins is associated with a greater risk for wheeze, hay fever, and eczema in preschool urban children as […]

July 14, 2008: Closure of Coal-Burning Power Plant in China Directly Linked to Improved Cognitive Development In children

New York, NY — July 14, 2008 — A peer-reviewed study published today in Environmental Health Perspectives demonstrates that closing coal-fired power plants can have a direct, positive impact on children’s cognitive development and health. Led by the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health (CCCEH) at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, the study […]

May 13, 2008: Environmental Health Scientist Highlights Association Between Fossil Fuel Pollutants and Multiple Risks to Children’s Health

Mailman School of Public Health Expert Calls for Policy Changes to Reduce Fossil-Fuel Dependence and Children’s Adverse Health Effects May 13, 2008 — A commentary published in the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences publication Environmental Health Perspectives by Frederica P. Perera, DrPH, professor of Environmental Health Sciences at Columbia University Mailman School of Public […]

December 2007: Newsday

Read “Congress Must Protect Kids from Pollutants,” an article in Newsday by Center director Dr. Frederica Perera here.

August 2007: Mattel/Fisher Price Toy Recall; Community Outreach Lead Health Campaign

New York, NY — August, 2007 — The Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health (CCCEH) has responded to the recent Mattel/Fisher-Price Toy Recall by immediately alerting the families in its Mothers & Newborns Study cohort in Northern Manhattan and the South Bronx. Many of the children in this study regularly use the toys that have […]

December 4, 2006: Study Reveals That Exposures to the Insecticide Chlorpyrifos in Pregnancy Adversely Affect Child Development

New York, NY — December 4, 2006 — Children who were exposed prenatally to the insecticide chlorpyrifos had significantly poorer mental and motor development by three years of age and increased risk for behavior problems, according to a peer-reviewed study published by the American Academy of Pediatrics in the December 4, 2006 issue of its […]

April 24, 2006: Pregnant Mothers’ Exposure to Air Pollutants Threatens Cognitive Development In Utero

Peer-Reviewed Study Funded by EPA, National Institutes of Health Is First to Reveal Link Between Pollutants, Performance Deficits New York, NY — April 24, 2006 — Women who are exposed to harmful air pollutants during pregnancy can give birth to children whose cognitive development has been adversely affected in utero, leading to below average performances […]

March 2006: Discover

See an in-depth profile of Center Director Frederica Perera and the Center’s work here.

June 18, 2005: C.L.I.M.B., A New Civic Initiative, Hosts Kickoff Event to Promote Outdoor Exercise, Clean Air, And Safe Streets And Parks in Northern Manhattan

Chooses Poster By Student at PS 115 in Washington Heights To Depict Project’s Vision New York, NY — June 18, 2005 — CLIMB (City Life Is Moving Bodies) — a new community-wide initiative created to promote outdoor exercise, clean air, and safe streets and parks in Northern Manhattan — held its first event today. The […]

February 15, 2005: New Study Reveals That Prenatal Exposure to Urban Air Pollutants Can Cause Genetic Alterations in Babies in Utero

Study Of 60 Newborns In New York City Is The First To Link Air Pollutants To Chromosomal Abnormalities Previously Associated With Increased Cancer Risk New York, NY — February 15, 2005 — A new study of 60 newborns in New York City reveals that prenatal exposure to combustion-related urban air pollutants alters the structure of […]

October 11, 2004: Environmental Exposures Before and After Birth Can Harm Children’s Lungs, Asthma Symptoms in Infants Caused by Combustion Pollution and Tobacco Smoke

Northbrook, IL, October 11, 2004 — Children prenatally exposed to pollutants, such as motor vehicle exhaust, and postnatally exposed to environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) may be more likely to suffer from asthma and related symptoms early in life. A new study in the October issue of CHEST, the peer-reviewed journal of the American College of […]

September 8, 2004: New Study Reveals That Exposure Of Pregnant Women To The 9/11 Destruction Of The World Trade Center Had Adverse Effects On The Size Of Their Babies And The Duration Of Their Pregnancies

Full-term Infants Born to Nonsmoking Women Living Within Two Miles of the WTC Site Weighed Significantly Less on Average Than Full-term Infants Born to Other Women from the New York City Metropolitan Area New York, NY — September 8, 2004 — A new study released today examines the effect of exposure to the September 11, […]

June 23, 2004: Study Of The Effects Of Air Pollution In New York City Reveals That Babies In The Womb Are More Sensitive To DNA Damage From Pollution Than Their Mothers

Such Damage Has Been Linked In Prior Studies To Increased Risk Of Cancer And Reductions In Fetal Growth New York, NY — June 23, 2004 — A new study of the effects of combustion-related air pollutants in New York City reveals that babies in the womb are more sensitive than their mothers to DNA damage […]

March 22, 2004: First Human Study To Show Benefits To Newborns From Federal Ban On Home Use Of Two Insecticides

These Insecticides Are Still Commonly Used In Agriculture Today New York, NY — March 22, 2004 — A federal ban on two insecticides is benefiting newborn babies, according to a study released today by the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health, part of the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. The results of […]

March 8, 2004 : Study Shows For The First Time That The Developmental Harm Of Prenatal Exposure To Second-Hand Smoke Is Magnified For Socioeconomically Disadvantaged Children

The Effects Are Seen As Reduced Scores on Mental Development Tests at Age Two New York, NY — March 8, 2004 — The effect on mental development of prenatal exposure to second-hand smoke is magnified for children with socioeconomic disadvantage, according to a new study by the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health, part of […]

January 22, 2004: Study Finds That Combined Exposure To Second-Hand Smoke And Urban Air Pollutants During Pregnancy Adversely Affects Birth Outcomes

First Study To Show These Common Pollutants Interact to Increase Risk — Provides Further Evidence That Pregnant Women Should Limit Exposure To Second-Hand Smoke New York, NY — January 22, 2004 — Combined prenatal exposure to second-hand smoke and combustion-related pollutants, at levels currently found in New York City, adversely affects the size and weight […]

May 15, 2001 – New York Times

The Center’s work and Center Director Dr. Frederica Perera were highlighted in the New York Times article “Scientists Track Contaminants, Inside the Body and Out”. Read more here.  

Winter 2001: Columbia Magazine

The Winter 2001 issue of Columbia Magazine featured a major article about the Center’s studies of environmental pollutants and asthma. It can be accessed here.

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