Topic: environmental health

Long-banned chemical found in yellow dyes

Traces of polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) 11—which belongs to a harmful group of chemicals banned in the 1970s—were found in yellow paints and dyes used in common items such as clothing and paper, according to new research from Rutgers University. HSPH’s Aaron Bernstein,…

BPA exposure in pregnant women

Joseph Braun, research fellow in the Department of Environmental Health, discusses BPA exposure in pregnant women. November 3, 2010 (5:48) Please click the player icon above to play this podcast in your browser. Alternatively, you may download the podcast in mp3 format by…

Safer nanoparticles for safer sunscreens

Zinc oxide nanoparticles are used in sunscreens to make them less opaque and more appealing to consumers. But the potential adverse health effects of using nanoparticles in these and other products have not been fully explored, according to Philip Demokritou, associate professor…

Four Countries

Four Water Challenges INDIA - Sacred Ganges River, severely polluted, needs clean-up BRAZIL - Amazon deforestation threatens farming, hydropower PAKISTAN - Receding Himalayan glacier cuts meltwater to vital Indus River YEMEN - Unregulated extraction has depleted groundwater in this arid nation _________________________________________________________________________ Harvard Water Security Initiative…

Prevailing winds

[ Fall 2012 ] A decades-long fight to bring clean air standards in line with environmental health science offers lessons for today. On a raw January day in Washington, DC, Douglas Dockery climbed Capitol Hill on his way to testify to Congress…

From pond to pump

[ Winter 2011] HSPH student sees the future of energy production—and cleaner, healthier skies—in tiny green algae Birds no longer fall dead out of the sky in Mexico City. One of the most polluted spots on Earth 20 years ago—when it was dubbed…

Working the system

[ Fall 2012 ] As director of the second-largest health department in Washington State, Anthony Chen, MPH ’06, tackles all the issues—from infections to inequities—that shape people’s health. The elderly Taiwanese man had been Anthony Chen’s patient for years. When the patient…

Arku's journey

[ Fall 2012 ] Raphael Arku should have been on top of the world. There he was, in his early 20s, a geologist for a gold mining company, a job with prestige and money—neither of which he’d ever had before. The second…

Getting the lead out

[Fall 2013 Centennial issue] “Every time you fill up your car with gasoline, you can think of Joel Schwartz,” William Reilly, former administrator of the EPA, remarked several years ago. That’s because Schwartz, professor of environmental epidemiology, is the man behind a…