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Latest Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health Stories

2011-02-25 22:57:57

Nearly one in eleven (8.6%) preschool children in the U.S. has been diagnosed with asthma and in some inner city neighborhoods, the figure is closer to one in seven.

2011-02-10 14:57:37

When the EPA phased out the widespread residential use of chlorpyrifos and other organophosphorus (OP) insecticides in 2000-2001 because of risks to child neurodevelopment, these compounds were largely replaced with pyrethroid insecticides.

2011-01-14 19:11:55

Intensive early education programs for low-income children have been shown to yield numerous educational benefits, but few studies have looked more broadly at their impact on health and health behaviors.

2010-12-02 23:47:46

Despite the existence of effective programs for treating alcohol dependencies and disorders, less than a quarter of people who are diagnosed actually seek treatment.

2010-09-30 14:47:57

Although first responders willingly put themselves in harm's way during disasters, new research indicates that they may not be as willing— if the disaster is a potentially lethal pandemic.

2010-09-22 17:37:29

Most studies of the food choices available near public schools have focused on fast food outlets rather than the full range of options available to schoolchildren.

2010-08-23 13:10:40

60 percent of children -- as many as 20,000 -- displaced by Katrina either have serious emotional disorders, behavioral issues and/or are experiencing significant housing instability.

2010-06-23 00:58:05

Effective brain function depends on the efficient signaling from one neuron to the next, a lightning-fast process that depends on a quick release of neurotransmitters at synapses.

2010-05-04 13:42:07

A study by researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health suggests that traumatic experiences "biologically embed" themselves in select genes, altering their functions and leading to the development of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

2010-02-04 23:21:02

First study to demonstrate association between asthma and acetaminophen is linked to gene involved in detoxification of foreign substances.


Word of the Day
megalophonous
  • Having a loud voice; vociferous; clamorous.
  • Of grand or imposing sound.
The word 'megalophonous' comes from Greek roots meaning 'big' and 'sound'.