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Hofmann is an investigator in the NCI Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch, Division of Epidemiology and Genetics. (Photo courtesy of NCI) Four herbicides and two insecticides were linked to increased risk of renal cell carcinoma in people licensed to apply pesticides, according to authors of a study published June 12 in Environmental Health Perspectives. The study is the largest and most comprehensive investigation of pesticide use and kidney cancer, said scientists at NIEHS and the National Cancer Institute (NCI). “Our findings provide new insights into specific pesticides that may contribute to the development of renal cell carcinoma,” said Jonathan Hofmann,…

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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced plans to invest $25 million over five years in innovative research on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. This progressive and fatal neurological disease weakens and eventually paralyzes voluntary muscles. NIEHS is one of the institutes that will manage grants for Accelerating Leading-edge Science in ALS (ALS2), which launched June 17. “Over the past few decades, there has been significant progress in our understanding of ALS, but we still do not have any breakthrough treatments for this terrible disease,” said NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D. “We hope…

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We chat to Hannah Samano, founder of the UK’s first cycle-care platform Unfabled to find out what employers can do to destigmatise period-talkThose of us who suffer with painful periods will likely know how it feels to try and hide this at work. Smiling through gritted teeth during meetings when all you want to do is lie down, taking a concoction of painkillers to get you through another hour at your desk, lying to colleagues and blaming a headache for your unusual quietness.Over the years, things have improved in some workplaces, with both employees and employers alike more open to…

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New funding through the NIEHS Worker Training Program (WTP) provides critical support to essential workers so they can respond and work safely when faced with exposure to the novel coronavirus. The funding came through the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020 (see sidebar). “We’re confident that each of the WTP grantees will make a big difference in protecting essential workers in numerous local communities,” said Hughes. (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw) “The Worker Training Program had a swift disaster responder training system in place, which really helped pave the way for a strong COVID-19 response from the grantees,”…

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The NIEHS Office of Science Education and Diversity (OSED) welcomed 55 local teachers to a virtual workshop on July 15 as part of SummerSTEM, an annual professional development program run by the nonprofit group WakeED Partnership. Through the program, K-12 educators visit nearby businesses and research institutions to develop classroom projects that enhance students’ learning experience. OSED aims to educate students from kindergarten through college and beyond. A key focus is increasing diversity in environmental health sciences. Problem-based learning “SummerSTEM advocates problem-based learning, which is also the educational approach that I believe in,” said Lee. (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)…

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The fourth annual NIEHS Global Environmental Health Day (GEH Day) attracted more than 1,000 registrants from around the world. The July 1 virtual event doubled as that month’s NIEHS Global Environmental Health Program webinar on climate, environment, and health. “Today’s lineup is a supercharged installment in this [webinar] series,” said NIEHS and National Toxicology Program (NTP) Director Rick Woychik, Ph.D. The theme of this year’s meeting was Science at the Cutting Edge of Global Environmental Change and Health. “We’re delighted to be able to bring GEH Day to a wider, global audience,” added John Balbus, M.D., the institute’s senior advisor…

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Scientists researching the spread of infectious diseases learned about National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) modeling tools during an August 3 webinar. The agency’s atmospheric data may help to improve understanding of the transmission of COVID-19. The NIEHS Global Environmental Health (GEH) Program hosted “Working with NOAA climate and weather Data: Opportunities to enhance infectious disease modeling and pandemic preparedness.” Collaborators included NOAA and the Models of Infectious Disease Agent Study Coordinating Center, which is funded by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. Some 250 individuals attended. More information, better predictions Scientists are increasingly aware of the interplay between…

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U.S. government agency efforts to reduce and replace animal use for chemical safety testing are highlighted in the 2018-2019 Biennial Progress Report(https://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/iccvamreport/2019/index.html) of the Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Validation of Alternative Methods (ICCVAM). The National Toxicology Program Interagency Center for the Evaluation of Alternative Toxicological Methods(https://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/pubhealth/evalatm/index.html) (NICEATM) compiled the report, which was published in July. Environmental Factor spoke with Nicole Kleinstreuer, Ph.D., the center’s acting director, who discussed some of the important accomplishments detailed in the publication. Kleinstreuer became acting director of NICEATM in January 2020, after serving as deputy director since 2016. (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw) EF:…

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Through a new virtual learning program, Johns Hopkins University students and staff are sharing information about the novel coronavirus with school kids. Galiatsatos also works with Medicine for the Greater Good, a hospital initiative that promotes good health practices and wellness in disadvantaged communities. (Photo courtesy of Johns Hopkins Medicine) Panagis Galiatsatos, M.D., a pulmonary and critical care physician at Johns Hopkins Medicine, started the program to teach K-12 students about the science of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, and how to protect themselves and others. The project grew university-wide with input from the schools of education and…

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A new exhibit of scientific images made by NIEHS researchers using cutting-edge technology is being hung throughout the institute. As the pandemic eases in the coming months and more employees return to work onsite, they will be greeted by 27 new framed images displayed in laboratory and administrative areas. Organized by a group of NIEHS trainees led by Joseph Dahl, Ph.D., former president of the NIEHS Trainees’ Assembly (NTA), the images were selected through a competition launched by Scientific Director Darryl Zeldin, M.D. “It has been over five years since our last collection of images,” said Zeldin, referring to an…

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