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From Rutgers Today – November 11, 2013.

Rutgers researcher and CEED member Joan Bennett’s work on indoor mold exposure follows her own illness suffered while cleaning up flood damage from Hurricane Katrina.

Scientists at Rutgers and Emory universities have discovered that a compound often emitted by mold may be linked to symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.

Arati Inamdar and Joan Bennett, researchers in the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences at Rutgers, used fruit flies to establish the connection between the compound – popularly known as mushroom alcohol – and the malfunction of two genes involved in the packaging and transport of dopamine, the chemical released by nerve cells to send messages to other nerve cells in the brain.

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 November 11, 2013
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From Rutgers Today – November 11, 2013.

A report co-authored by Rutgers researcher and CEED member Sue Shapses warns of the dangers extended power outages can pose to older New Jerseyans.

Everyone knows Superstorm Sandy left many New Jersey homes and businesses battered and bruised. But most are not aware of the considerable toll the storm and its aftermath took on our state’s residents.

“With disasters, there are things beyond the obvious,” said Rutgers’ Sue Shapses, a professor in the department of Nutrition and chair of the Interagency Council of Osteoporosis. “There are real health hazard risks, especially falling and fracturing. And it’s especially a problem for our elderly population.”

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 November 11, 2013
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Summer 2013 THED participants and mentors

Summer 2013 THED participants and mentors

Rutgers EOHSI/COEC Program for High School Students Featured in NIEHS Newsletter.

Thanks, in part, to NIEHS-funded programs at Rutgers University, 46 high school students gained new insights into laboratory techniques and real-world applications of toxicology this summer.

The young people, rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors from 30 high schools in New Jersey and surrounding states, were participants in the first Toxicology, Health, and Environmental Disease (THED) High School Summer Program held at the Rutgers University Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute (EOHSI) and Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy. The Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and the School of Public Health, along with the NIEHS Center for Environmental Exposure and Disease, provided additional support for the program.

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 October 1, 2013
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The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) of the National Institutes of Health selected the following recent publications by CEED researchers as “high-impact” papers by Division of Extramural Research and Training (DERT) grantees, based on their important findings and potential for public health impact.

PBDEs may increase risk for Parkinson’s Disease

Citation: Bradner JM, Suragh TA, Wilson WW, Lazo CR, Stout KA, Kim HM, Wang MZ, Walker DI, Pennell KD, Richardson JR, Miller GW, Caudle WM. 2013. Exposure to the polybrominated diphenyl ether mixture DE-71 damages the nigrostriatal dopamine system: Role of dopamine handling in neurotoxicity. Exp Neurol 241:138-147. [read paper]

Cardiovascular effects of Beijing Olympics air pollution

Citation: Rich DQ, Kipen HM, Huang W, Wang G, Wang Y, Zhu P, Ohman-Strickland P, Hu M, Philipp C, Diehl SR, Lu SE, Tong J, Gong J, Thomas D, Zhu T, Zhang JJ. 2012. Association between changes in air pollution levels during the Beijing Olympics and biomarkers of inflammation and thrombosis in healthy young adults. JAMA 307(19):2068-78. [read paper]

Inhalation of nanoparticles from cosmetics

Citation: Nazarenko Y, Zhen H, Han T, Lioy PJ, Mainelis G. 2012. Potential for inhalation exposure to engineered nanoparticles from nanotechnology-based cosmetic powders. Environ Health Perspect 120(6):885-892. [read paper]

 August 1, 2013