COVID-19 safety plan brought all hands on deck at NIEHS
Behind-the-scenes efforts ensured employees can return safely to work and have resulted in zero on-site transmissions. (read more) (Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter)
Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter - October 3, 2020 Category: Environmental Health Source Type: news

Awards in abundance at combined NIEHS ceremony
The virtual event warmly celebrated the hard work, innovation, and team spirit at NIEHS, even without handshakes or hugs. (read more) (Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter)
Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter - October 3, 2020 Category: Environmental Health Source Type: news

Intramural Papers of the Month
(read more) (Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter)
Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter - October 3, 2020 Category: Environmental Health Source Type: news

Extramural Papers of the Month
(read more) (Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter)
Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter - October 3, 2020 Category: Environmental Health Source Type: news

SARS-CoV-2 blocked by newly discovered nanobodies — from a llama
Antibody fragments that blocked the novel coronavirus from entering human cells show promise for treating COVID-19, yet need more study. (read more) (Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter)
Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter - October 3, 2020 Category: Environmental Health Source Type: news

Rodent tumors from cancer studies look like human tumors
Findings build confidence in the human relevance of data from animal models of cancer. (read more) (Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter)
Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter - October 3, 2020 Category: Environmental Health Source Type: news

Changes to epigenome driven by energy powerhouse of cells
NIEHS study shows that disruptions to mitochondria can alter how genes are expressed, with long-lasting ramifications. (read more) (Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter)
Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter - October 3, 2020 Category: Environmental Health Source Type: news

Teen spends summers studying her own skin disorder
Her research on the rare condition xeroderma pigmentosum could help explain why some people are at greater risk of developing skin cancer. (read more) (Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter)
Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter - October 3, 2020 Category: Environmental Health Source Type: news

NIEHS pandemic vulnerability tool a hit in Wake County school
New lesson plans enhance students’ critical thinking skills by encouraging them to assess various COVID-19 risk factors. (read more) (Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter)
Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter - October 3, 2020 Category: Environmental Health Source Type: news

PFAS research shared at federal workshop hosted by NIEHS
Scientists discussed potential effects on development and reproduction, and ways to improve hazard assessment. (read more) (Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter)
Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter - October 3, 2020 Category: Environmental Health Source Type: news

NTP scoping reviews identify research gaps, recommend further study
Reviews of progestogens, paraquat, and neonicotinoid pesticides are among the first of a new type of National Toxicology Program report. (read more) (Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter)
Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter - October 3, 2020 Category: Environmental Health Source Type: news

Nonanimal safety testing requires data quality, measures of success
Experts at federal meeting focus on areas for reducing animal use in testing. (read more) (Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter)
Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter - October 3, 2020 Category: Environmental Health Source Type: news

National security, environment overlap in ambitious research project
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency seeks to better understand how harmful agents may affect the human epigenome. (read more) (Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter)
Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter - October 3, 2020 Category: Environmental Health Source Type: news

Links between environment, genetic changes explored at society meeting
NIEHS scientists discussed mitochondrial mutations, RNA modifications, and more at Environmental Mutagenesis and Genomics Society meeting. (read more) (Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter)
Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter - October 3, 2020 Category: Environmental Health Source Type: news

Falk lecture highlights critical X chromosome interplay in early life
Jeannie Lee shared her groundbreaking research into X-chromosome inactivation, a key process in female embryonic development. (read more) (Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter)
Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter - October 3, 2020 Category: Environmental Health Source Type: news

COVID-19 research funding targets role of genes, environment
NIEHS and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases seek to understand why some people are more vulnerable to the disease. (read more) (Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter)
Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter - October 3, 2020 Category: Environmental Health Source Type: news

Arsenic, fluorescent mice, and PFAS among topics at tox conference
The 2020 meeting of the North Carolina Society of Toxicology included a career panel and presentations by NIEHS early-career scientists. (read more) (Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter)
Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter - October 3, 2020 Category: Environmental Health Source Type: news

Olden Distinguished Lecture highlights economic inequality and health
Former NIEHS Director Kenneth Olden inaugurates a series recognizing exceptional scientists from underrepresented groups. (read more) (Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter)
Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter - October 3, 2020 Category: Environmental Health Source Type: news

Increasing NIEHS diversity, inclusion major topic at council meeting
Expanding environmental health disparities research, analyzing differences in grant awards also highlighted. (read more) (Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter)
Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter - October 3, 2020 Category: Environmental Health Source Type: news

Airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2 likely, say experts
National Academies workshop brings clarity to a key question underpinning the global pandemic’s spread. (read more) (Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter)
Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter - October 3, 2020 Category: Environmental Health Source Type: news

Cutting-edge science on display at NIEHS
Twenty-seven new images, representing a cross-section of environmental health research, will be viewable by visitors to the institute. (read more) (Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter)
Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter - September 2, 2020 Category: Environmental Health Source Type: news

Two NIEHS fellows net Pathway to Independence awards
Postdocs cite starting early and planning well as keys to success. (read more) (Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter)
Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter - September 2, 2020 Category: Environmental Health Source Type: news

Aging and the environment explored through research partnership
NIEHS and the National Institute on Aging foster scientific collaboration through their Joint Fellowship Program. (read more) (Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter)
Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter - September 2, 2020 Category: Environmental Health Source Type: news

Intramural Papers of the Month
(read more) (Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter)
Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter - September 2, 2020 Category: Environmental Health Source Type: news

Extramural Papers of the Month
(read more) (Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter)
Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter - September 2, 2020 Category: Environmental Health Source Type: news

Precise geometry enables specialized protein to turn genes on
New research maps how GATA3, a protein associated with breast cancer, binds and remodels DNA. (read more) (Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter)
Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter - September 2, 2020 Category: Environmental Health Source Type: news

Methionine restriction inhibits liver cancer via HNF4alpha
The master regulator could serve as a biomarker for predicting methionine sensitivity. (read more) (Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter)
Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter - September 2, 2020 Category: Environmental Health Source Type: news

Diverse bacteria in house dust linked to fewer allergies in adults
New study builds on similar findings in children, supports hygiene hypothesis. (read more) (Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter)
Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter - September 2, 2020 Category: Environmental Health Source Type: news

Virtual COVID-19 education reaches U.S. and international students
An NIEHS grant recipient started a new teaching series at Johns Hopkins University that helps youth protect themselves and others. (read more) (Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter)
Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter - September 2, 2020 Category: Environmental Health Source Type: news

NIEHS supports workers with essential COVID-19 training
Health care professionals and vulnerable populations benefit from targeted education. (read more) (Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter)
Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter - September 2, 2020 Category: Environmental Health Source Type: news

Predicting health risks is new frontier in toxicology, Berridge says
The scientific director of the NIEHS Division of the National Toxicology Program recently spoke with a group of international scientists. (read more) (Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter)
Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter - September 2, 2020 Category: Environmental Health Source Type: news

Funding new researchers yields big rewards, fresh insights
Winners of the NIEHS Outstanding New Environmental Scientist grants shared research and built networks during a two-day online meeting. (read more) (Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter)
Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter - September 2, 2020 Category: Environmental Health Source Type: news

Biological signs of disease examined at National Academies event
The workshop focused on biomarkers of effect, which are molecular changes that result from exposure to environmental and social stressors. (read more) (Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter)
Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter - September 2, 2020 Category: Environmental Health Source Type: news

Virtual workshop explores newest PFAS research
Talks address placenta and liver impacts, and computational modeling to predict effects across species. (read more) (Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter)
Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter - September 2, 2020 Category: Environmental Health Source Type: news

Pandemic preparedness requires weather, health data, experts say
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists discussed how to bolster infectious disease modeling during an NIEHS webinar. (read more) (Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter)
Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter - September 2, 2020 Category: Environmental Health Source Type: news

Animal testing alternatives advanced by 16 government agencies
Nicole Kleinstreuer spoke with Environmental Factor about recent federal efforts to reduce animal use in chemical safety testing. (read more) (Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter)
Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter - September 2, 2020 Category: Environmental Health Source Type: news

Sleep well during the pandemic
Jackson shared practical tips for getting adequate, restful sleep during the pandemic on the NIH #CopingWithCOVID19 livestream series. (read more) (Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter)
Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter - September 2, 2020 Category: Environmental Health Source Type: news

Severely ill COVID-19 patients may benefit from glucocorticoid drug
Dexamethasone reduces dangerous inflammation seen late in the disease, say an NIEHS scientist and his collaborator. (read more) (Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter)
Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter - September 2, 2020 Category: Environmental Health Source Type: news

Racial health inequities addressed with NIEHS research funding
Grant programs support research toward reducing health disparities and environmental injustices — second in a series on NIEHS and racial justice. (read more) (Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter)
Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter - September 2, 2020 Category: Environmental Health Source Type: news

NIEHS employees unite to support food drive
Annual food drive goes virtual, meeting needs greater than ever, during coronavirus pandemic. (read more) (Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter)
Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter - August 4, 2020 Category: Environmental Health Source Type: news

NIEHS newsletter editor-in-chief wins writing award
The Environmental Factor wins its third award in four years from the National Association of Government Communicators. (read more) (Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter)
Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter - August 4, 2020 Category: Environmental Health Source Type: news

K.C. Donnelly Externships awarded to outstanding Superfund trainees
Promising Superfund Research Program trainees received funding for short-term research at outside institutions. (read more) (Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter)
Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter - August 4, 2020 Category: Environmental Health Source Type: news

Eleven outstanding scientists recognized by NIEHS grant awards
The awards are part of an NIEHS initiative to support individual scientists and their research programs, rather than specific research aims. (read more) (Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter)
Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter - August 4, 2020 Category: Environmental Health Source Type: news

Intramural Papers of the Month
(read more) (Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter)
Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter - August 4, 2020 Category: Environmental Health Source Type: news

Extramural Papers of the Month
(read more) (Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter)
Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter - August 4, 2020 Category: Environmental Health Source Type: news

PFAS should be managed as a single class of chemicals, experts say
The approach would reduce human health risks and environmental contamination, according to an international group of scientists. (read more) (Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter)
Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter - August 4, 2020 Category: Environmental Health Source Type: news

Teachers take virtual tour of NIEHS, brainstorm COVID-19 lesson plans
The institute hosted 55 educators from Wake County, North Carolina, as part of the annual SummerSTEM program. (read more) (Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter)
Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter - August 4, 2020 Category: Environmental Health Source Type: news

Ongoing Duwamish River recovery inspires video series, book
Outreach by University of Washington Superfund Research Program includes a new history of the river and educational videos on safe fishing. (read more) (Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter)
Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter - August 4, 2020 Category: Environmental Health Source Type: news

COVID-19 antibody study launched by NIEHS
Year-long research project seeks much-needed information about antibodies from SARS-CoV-2 infection. (read more) (Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter)
Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter - August 4, 2020 Category: Environmental Health Source Type: news

Water contamination on tribal lands focus of webinar series
NIEHS-funded researchers study how Native Americans’ exposure to arsenic, uranium, and other substances affects their health and well-being. (read more) (Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter)
Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter - August 4, 2020 Category: Environmental Health Source Type: news