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2014-04-08 23:33:28

Though regulated in the United States, asbestos is not completely banned. MRHFM along with the NIEHS call for stricter asbestos regulations in the US to protect its citizens and workers. St. Louis, MO (PRWEB) April 08, 2014 According to the February 2014 newsletter of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), miners, road construction workers and communities on import travel routes have a great risk of asbestos exposure due to the fact that asbestos is still...

2014-01-22 08:23:42

HAYWARD, Calif., Jan. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Microvi Biotechnologies announced today that it has been awarded a $1.5 million grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) to demonstrate at scale a novel technology for the treatment of 1,4 dioxane in water. This follows on the success of work completed during the Phase I grant, where a prototype was developed and tested of a first-of-its-kind biological treatment technology for dioxane degradation called...

2013-08-19 15:09:48

By determining the three-dimensional structure of proteins at the atomic level, researchers at the National Institutes of Health have discovered how some commonly used flame retardants, called brominated flame retardants (BFRs), can mimic estrogen hormones and possibly disrupt the body's endocrine system. BFRs are chemicals added or applied to materials to slow or prevent the start or growth of fire. "We're beginning to have a better understanding of flame retardants and their effect on...

2013-07-15 13:12:28

A set of proteins involved in the body's natural defenses produces a large number of mutations in human DNA, according to a study led by researchers at the National Institutes of Health. The findings suggest that these naturally produced mutations are just as powerful as known cancer-causing agents in producing tumors. The proteins are part of a group called apolipoprotein B mRNA-editing enzyme catalytic polypeptide-like (APOBEC) cytidine deaminases. The investigators found that APOBEC...

2013-04-29 11:39:45

Residents living in areas near natural gas operations, also known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, are concerned their illnesses may be a result of nearby drilling operations. Twenty-two percent of the participants in a small pilot study surmise that hydrofracking may be the cause of such health concerns as sinus problems, sleeping difficulties, and gastrointestinal problems. The findings will be presented at the American Occupational Health Conference on April 28 in Orlando, Florida....

2013-04-15 19:20:49

Women who had sufficient amounts of vitamin D were 32 percent less likely to develop fibroids than women with insufficient vitamin D, according to a study from researchers at the National Institutes of Health. Fibroids, also known as uterine leiomyomata, are noncancerous tumors of the uterus. Fibroids often result in pain and bleeding in premenopausal women, and are the leading cause of hysterectomy in the United States. The study of 1,036 women, aged 35-49, living in the Washington,...

2013-01-11 12:21:08

PITTSBURGH, Jan. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A digital application developed by the United Steelworkers' Tony Mazzocchi Center was one of four winning entries in the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Worker Safety and Health App Challenge. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20080131/DC12982LOGO) The DOL sought entries from companies, educators, labor unions, and individuals across the country for software designed to educate the public about improving health and safety in the...

2012-09-05 02:27:54

Scientists, Physicians, Consumer Advocates, Business Community, Veterans Outraged WASHINGTON, Sept. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Representative Denny Rehberg, (R-MT) authored a rider for the Labor, Health and Human Services (LHHS) funding bill for 2013 that would effectively deny funding for the Report on Carcinogens (ROC) produced by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). A letter signed by organizations representing thousands of parents, consumers,...

2012-06-26 14:15:20

Phthalate commonly used in vinyl flooring is found in nearly 100 percent of mothers studied 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 Health. Widely used in vinyl flooring, artificial leather and other materials, BBzB can be slowly released into air in homes. Details...

Study Finds Link Between Air Quality And Cardiovascular Problems At Beijing Olympics
2012-05-16 09:49:42

Connie K. Ho for RedOrbit.com While the corruption of Chinese official Bo Xilai and the escape of blind dissident Chen Guangcheng have captured mainstream news headlines, a medical discovery revolving around the air quality at the 2008 Beijing Olympics has recently been publicized. Breakthrough research by the University of Southern California, in collaboration with other campuses, has found biological evidence that links short-term reductions in air pollution to improvements in...