Aging and the environment explored through research partnership

NIEHS and the National Institute on Aging foster scientific collaboration through their Joint Fellowship Program. NIEHS and the National Institute on Aging (NIA) have announced the 2020 NIEHS-NIA Joint Fellowship Program (JFP) grant winners. The funding opportunity supports dual research projects, with scientists from the institutes working together for two years. The financial support allows each team to hire a postdoctoral fellow to work exclusively with them. JFP began in 2018 with funding…

Sleep well during the pandemic

JPB Fellow Chandra Jackson shared practical tips for getting adequate, restful sleep during the pandemic on the NIH #CopingWithCOVID19 livestream series. Getting a good night’s sleep can be difficult under normal circumstances. But it can be even more challenging during a global pandemic, said Chandra Jackson, Ph.D., who studies the environment and sleep at NIEHS. Jackson discussed the connection between sleep and health with Marishka Brown, Ph.D., program director for sleep…

Report: Low-Income City Residents Face High Energy Burden

TONY REAMES RECOUNTS A story about an elderly couple in Detroit who are facing something that is plaguing more Americans every day: crippling energy bills. JPB Fellow Reames, an assistant professor at the University of Michigan’s School for Environment and Sustainability, tells U.S. News that the retired couple moved into a house on the east side of the city years ago and, like so many other families, have since watched their…

COVID and Sleep: Better Slumber During the Pandemic May Help Protect Your Health

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to disrupt daily living, researchers are taking a closer look at one requirement for health that many people take for granted: sleep.  And they’ve concluded, perhaps not surprisingly, that improving our sleep schedule and quality is an important part of coping with these stressful times and defending against COVID-19. “We’re all affected by the pandemic in different ways,” said Chandra L. Jackson, Ph.D., a research…

E-Recycling Is a New Industry with Old Inequities

Electronics keep getting cheaper and becoming obsolete faster. And of the world’s estimated 53.6 million tons of electronic waste in 2020, only 17.4 percent is appropriately recycled. But even proper e-recycling has its dangers, exposing workers to toxic metals such as lead and cadmium, as well as toxic chemicals—all of it usually ground into a fine powder that’s easy to melt down for new gadgets, but also easy to inhale…

Environmental justice: Disproportionate impacts of transportation on vulnerable communities

The environmental justice movement has developed to address inequalities in the distribution of environmental hazards and benefits. Transportation and resulting pollution have a disproportionate impact on communities that are low-income, minority, or immigrant. As a result, these communities also bear the burden of excess adverse health effects. Measurement of linkages may be difficult due to correlations between potential causal factors, including air pollution and lower socioeconomic status, but care should…

New Publication: Natural gas leaks and tree death

Natural gas leaks and tree death: A first-look case-control study of urban trees in Chelsea, MA USA Abstract Urban vegetation is associated with numerous public health benefits; however, urban tree canopies may be threatened by fugitive methane exposure from leaky natural gas distribution systems. Despite anecdotal evidence of the harmful impacts of natural gas leaks on urban tree decline, the relationship between soil gas exposure and tree health has not…

Why We Need to Fill the Green Space Gap

Closing the disparities in access to nature is imperative for health and social justice. “Go outside and play!” Countless parents have said this to their kids in the hopes of finding a few quiet moments. But it turns out to be scientifically sound advice, too. A raft of research shows that being outdoors rewards us. A dose of nature can boost creativity, elicit experiences of awe that increase altruism, and improve mental health outcomes. According…

Overlapping vulnerabilities in workers of the electronics recycling industry formal sector: A commentary

Vulnerabilities in workers performing electronics recycling (e‐recycling) in the informal sector worldwide have been well documented. However, the growing e‐recycling industry in the formal sector still brings many challenges to protect the health of workers and their environment. This commentary aims to draw attention to the overlooked vulnerabilities faced by the workers of the e‐recycling industry formal sector in high‐income countries and discuss the potential impact on health inequalities experienced…

Research Summit Joins Colorado Experts Battling COVID-19

Topics include therapy updates, vaccine development, pandemic’s racial divide Looking at exposure in answer to COVID-19’s racial divide Five months into the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, data are clear that the disease severely sickens and kills people of color at starkly higher rates than white people. After eliminating any theories of a genetic basis for lack of evidence, Dickinson and team launched a study focused largely on exposure…