The Institute for Exposomic Research

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The research published by the Institute for Exposomic Research and its leadership and faculty are regularly featured in the news media. Articles span a host of media outlets from scientific publications to lay media.

Petrick Expands Metabolomics Research with Core Center Support
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences – February 4, 2020
Lauren Petrick, PhD, identifies how molecular signatures in the body can tell a more complete story about prenatal and neonatal chemical exposures. She is Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and a member of the Mount Sinai Institute for Exposomic Research and the Mount Sinai Transdisciplinary Center on Early Environmental Exposures, an NIEHS-funded Environmental Health Core Center.

Sept. 11 Responders May Be at Heightened Risk of Developing Leukemia
TIME – January 14, 2020
After the Twin Towers fell on Sept. 11, 2001, the thousands of people involved in rescue-and-cleanup efforts were exposed to carcinogens and other toxins as they breathed in contaminated air and dug through industrial rubble. Studies completed since then have shown elevated rates of conditions including multiple myeloma, prostate cancer and thyroid cancer among 9/11 responders and those who worked near the site. A new study conducted by researchers at Mount Sinai added another to that list: Leukemia.

New Year Health Kicks are Great – But Your Environment Is Also Vital
The Guardian – January 10, 2020
Understanding how the environment impacts health will empower us to make the lifestyle changes that matter most, from what foods to buy to fragrances to avoid.

Major Retailers Make Major Progress on Toxic Chemicals
The Hill – November 25, 2019
Major retailers are starting to eliminate PFAS and other harmful chemicals from food packaging materials, a significant source of exposure to these contaminants. “This is a major step towards promoting healthy environments and healthy families across the United States,” said Maida P. Galvez, MD of Mount Sinai’s Children’s Environmental Health Center.

Prenatal Air Pollution Exposure Linked to Infants’ Decreased Heart Rate Response to Stress
MedicalXpress – October 30, 2019
A study conducted by researchers at Mount Sinai found that a mother's exposure to particulate air pollution during pregnancy is associated with reduced cardiac response to stress in six-month-old infants.

Chemicals in Consumer Products During Early Pregnancy Related to Lower IQ
MedicalXpress – October 24, 2019
Researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Karlstad University, Sweden found that exposure during the first trimester of pregnancy to mixtures of suspected endocrine-disrupting chemicals found in consumer products is related to lower IQ in children by age 7. 

Mount Sinai Receives $25M to Study How Environment Affects Patients’ Health
Becker’s Hospital Review – October 22, 2019
New York City-based Mount Sinai was granted $25 million from the National Institutes of Health to study how environmental factors influence people’s health.

Metals in Baby Teeth Could Help Reveal What Causes Autism, ADHD
Live Science – October 2, 2019
In a study conducted by researchers at Mount Sinai, traces of metal in baby teeth were found to point to distinct differences between children with and without neurodevelopment disorders.

Pregnant Moms’ Air Pollution Exposure May Affect Babies’ Health
The Scientist – September 23, 2019
A number of epidemiological studies support a link between air quality and poor health outcomes, and researchers are searching for explanations in the lab. In a study of seven-year-olds, those children, especially boys, who were exposed to nitrate from vehicle emissions during weeks six through 12 of gestation, scored lower on lung capacity tests than kids who were exposed to lower levels.

This Common Mineral May Damage Teen Brains: Study
New York Post – August 14, 2019
Mount Sinai researchers found that childhood exposure to the mineral manganese can potentially impact their motor control and brain function – specifically, memory.

Fluoride May Diminish Kidney and Liver Function in Adolescents, Study Suggests
Medical Xpress – August 8, 2019
Study suggests that fluoride exposure may lead to a reduction to kidney and liver function in adolescents.

Diabetes Risk Tied to Common Chemicals, Curbed by Healthy Habits
Business Insider – August 8, 2019
A study suggests that chemicals in everything from food wrappers to clothing and furniture are associated with an increased risk of diabetes, but much of this added risk is reduced with good eating and exercise habits.

Metabolites Linked to Nutrition May Play a Role in Childhood Leukemia Risk
NIEHS Environmental Factor – August, 2019
NIEHS grantees revealed associations between the presence of certain metabolites shortly after birth and childhood diagnosis of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).

How to Talk to Tweens About Body Odor (Without Making it Awkward)
The Washington Post – July 25, 2019
Dr. Luz Claudio, Professor of children’s environmental medicine and public health at Mount Sinai provides guidance on how to have the hygiene talk with tweens. 

Early Humans Breastfed Their Young for a Year, Study Says
CNN – July 15, 2019
Seeing how breastfeeding has evolved over time can inform best practices for modern humans by bringing in evolutionary medicine. 

Is Your Mattress Releasing Toxins While You Sleep?
HealthDay – July 10, 2019
Research suggests that body heat may trigger the release of potentially harmful chemicals from your mattress.

Chemicals in Soaps, Hand Sanitizers Tied to Osteoporosis
Reuters – June 26, 2019
Women exposed to triclosan, a chemical often found in soaps and hand sanitizers, may be more likely to develop osteoporosis than women who have not been exposed.

US Playgrounds: Fears Grow Over Health Risks from Rubber Particles
The Guardian – June 25, 2019
Thousands of playgrounds and sports fields across the United States have been covered with crumb rubber from recycled tires, and some experts and lawmakers are concerned about the possible health effects on children.

Mount Sinai Scientist Awarded $8 Million for Visionary Research on Environmental Influences on Health and Disease
Yahoo! Finance – June 5, 2019
A theory that proposes the existence of a dynamic interface between the environment and human physiology over someone's lifetime has earned leading Mount Sinai researcher, Dr. Manish Arora, the prestigious Outstanding Investigator Award from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)

Why Science Needs Community Engagement
Ted – May 6, 2019
Dr. Luz Claudio gives a Ted Talk on a collaborate approach to science called Community-based Participatory Research (CBPR), a scientific method that engages community members, interns, and health professionals to achieve common goals.

The Scale of Climate Change Can Feel Scary, So We Asked 5 Climate Scientists to Break it Down
Bustle – April 24, 2019
Dr. Luz Claudio discusses air pollution and its effect on vulnerable populations, such as children.

How to Minimize Exposures to Hormone Disrupters
The New York Times – April 1, 2019
Experts discuss how avoiding canned goods and certain plastics and using natural cleaning products can minimize hormone disruptor exposure for adults and children alike.

Language Delays Linked to Environmental Chemicals
Cape Gazette – January 31, 2019
Language delays in children have been linked to presence of phthalates in the environment.

Autism Risk is Tough to Pin Down During Pregnancy
The Atlantic – December 7, 2018
Composition of baby tooth rings can shed light on the connection between environmental factors and autism risk.

The Brain Before Birth: Using fMRI to Explore the Secrets of Fetal Neurodevelopment
Environmental Health Perspectives – November 20, 2018
Drs. Robert Wright and Annemarie Stroustrup speak on brain development during fetal life and implications of environmental stimuli.

Scientists Say Neanderthals Were Exposed to Lead, Too
New York Times – October 31, 2018
Study on 250,000 Neanderthal teeth shows exposure to lead, which can shed light on how the body reacts to lead and key developmental events.

Prenatal Exposure to Phthalates Linked to Language Delays in Children
CNN – October 29, 2018
Maternal exposure to phthalates has been linked to delayed language development in children.

Mount Sinai Researchers Identify Respiratory Support As Source Of Exposure To Phthalates In NICUs
MD Linx – September 27, 2018
Babies can be exposed to phthalates through noninvasive respiratory support in the NICU.

Breastfeeding Might Benefit Babies By Reducing Stress
Reuters – September 26, 2018
Nurturing behavior by mothers can alter babies' stress response and make them more resilient when they have stressfull experiences.

Mount Sinai to receive $43 million for child development research
Crain's HealthPulse – September 25, 2018
The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai will receive $43 million from the National Institutes of Health over the next five years to participate in a national research program studying how environmental factors affect child development. Mount Sinai's program is led by Institute co-chairs Drs. Robert Wright and Rosalind Wright.

Mother’s Trauma is as Damaging as Smoking for Unborn Babies: Women who Suffered as a Child are More Likely to Have Underweight Boys, Study Reveals – September 18, 2018
Mothers who experienced trauma as a child are more likely to have underweight baby boys, in new study by Institute researchers. This study shows experiences prior to pregnancy can shape the health of subsequent generations.

HealthWatch: Baby Teeth Said To Hold Key To Emergence Of Autism Later In Life
CBS New York – September 13, 2018
Life signatures, that can be seen in baby teeth, that are even present at birth can predict the emergence of autism later in childhood, in research by Dr. Manish Arora.

Link the exposome to the genome to improve human health and well-being
STAT – September 13, 2018
The Institute for Exposomic Research will be hosting a conference on exposomics, from methodologies, to use in studying it, to the challenges this work poses.

In Teeth, Markers of Disease
Scientific American – September 12, 2018
In a special Scientific American special celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, novel research by Institute researchers on teeth rings to determine exposure is highlighted.

Prenatal Particulate Air Pollution and Asthma Onset in Urban Children. Identifying Sensitive Windows and Sex Differences
ATS Morning Minute – September 5, 2018
Research by Institute members that show higher PM2.5 exposure during pregnancy is linked to asthma development in young boys is featured.

Green Your School
NRDC – August 28, 2018
Crumb rubber, used in many schools’ play surfaces, has not been adequately tested for children’s safety. Dr. Sarah Evans comments on the uncertainty of crumb rubber health effects.

50 Weight-Loss Breakthrough Your Doctor Wishes You Knew
Reader’s Digest – August 22, 2018
Dr. Susan Teitelbaum comments on exposure to everyday chemicals like phthalates, and their effects on neurodevelopment and possibly childhood obesity.

Pediatricians Group Urges Parents to Avoid These Certain Chemicals
CNN – July 23, 2018
New report by the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends parents and children avoid certain chemical used in processed foods. Dr. Maida Galvez comments on evaluation of chemicals in everyday products.

In Baby Teeth, Links Between Chemical Exposure in Pregnancy and Autism
New York Times – July 2, 2018
Drs. Christine Austin, Austen Curtin, Chris Gennings, and Manish Arora, used biomarkers in baby teeth to reconstruct past exposures including that experienced before birth to understand more about autism development. New research could result in early diagnostic system for autism spectrum disorder.

Satellite data improves exposure estimates
Environmental Factor- July 2, 2018
Research by Dr. Allan Just s featured on how satellite data is used to measure air pollution and temperature over geographical areas.

How Architects Can Help Make the Built Environment Healthier
Metropolis- June 8, 2018
Dr. Maida Galvez speaks on how the built environment can make an impact on health, and chronic disease are rooted in built spaces. 

Following a Mediterranean Diet May Help Reduce the Health Harms of Air Pollution
Everyday Health- May 22, 2018
Dr. Luz Claudio speaks on how eating a diet high in antioxidants, as can be found in the Mediterranean diet, can be protective against effects of exposures like air pollution.

Grant Land
Politico New York- May 8, 2018
The Institute for Exposomics Research received a five-year $8.45 million grant from NIEHS to be used for infrastructure that supports research on early-life environmental exposures and their effects on health, disease, and development across the human lifespan.

Air Pollution Might be the New Lead
Popular Science- April 5, 2019
Dr. Rosalind Wright on speaks on how further studies can help untangle which chemical components of pollution are toxic to health.

Crumb Rubber in Playgrounds and Children’s Health
NIEHS- March 20, 2018
Drs. Robert Wright and Homero Harari speak on composition and testing on crumb rubber (used in fields and playgrounds) and the effects on children’s health. 

Study: Lead Exposure Can be Deadly for Adults
Environmental Working Group – March 15, 2018
Dr. Phil Landrigan speaks on role of pollution in deaths from non-communicable diseases.

Low-Level Lead Exposure: Overlooked in CVD Mortality
MedPage Today – March 14, 2018
Dr. Phil Landrigan speaks on the correlation between lead exposure and cardiovascular disease. 

Hand-me-down plastic toys may not be good for kids
Reuters News- February 9, 2018
Dr. Luz Claudio talks about banned chemicals present in older toys.

Can I Take Tylenol During Pregnancy? New Study Says Yes, But With Caution
TIME Magazine – January 12, 2018
Research by Dr. Shanna Swan on the effects of acetaminophen use during early pregnancy on language is highlighted. 

Study Finds Genetic Variations Linked to BMI and Obesity Risk
News Medical and Life Sciences – January 10, 2018
Dr. Ruth Loos describes findings of specific genes that carry variations associated with body mass index.