May 262020
 

Stay-at-home orders have lifted in many parts of the country and, with that, plenty of people are trying to figure out what is (and isn’t) OK to do now that COVID-19 is practically everywhere. A big question as people itch to travel this summer: Is it safe to fly yet? After all, airplanes don’t exactly have the best reputation for keeping people healthy, even in non-pandemic circumstances.

“Crowded airplanes have always been a source of concern for the spread of infections,” says Michael Gochfeld, M.D., Ph.D., professor emeritus at the Rutgers Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute. “Usually this was taken for granted and did not cause anxiety, but with COVID-19, it would be hard not to be anxious. The likelihood of transmission of the COVID-19 virus seems to be greater than influenza and common cold viruses.”

(Source: Prevention- United Way- May 20, 2020)

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 May 26, 2020
Mar 122019
 

Phoebe Stapleton, Ph.D., A.T.C. featured in Rutgers Today: Air Pollution May Impact Fetal Cardiovascular System

 
 

Microscopic particles in air pollution inhaled by pregnant women may damage fetal cardiovascular development, according to a study by Rutgers researchers.

The study, published in the journal Cardiovascular Toxicology, found that early in the first trimester and late in the third trimester were critical windows during which pollutants most affect the mother’s and fetus’ cardiovascular systems.

“These findings suggest that pregnant women, women of child-bearing years who may be pregnant and those undergoing fertility treatments should avoid areas known for high air pollution or stay inside on high-smog days to reduce their exposure,” said Phoebe Stapleton, assistant professor at Rutgers Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy and a faculty member at Rutgers Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute. “Pregnant women should also consider monitoring their indoor air quality.”

(Source: Rutgers Today 3-11-2019)

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 March 12, 2019
Jan 292019
 

Join researchers, industry leaders, and public regulators as they review the latest scientific findings on microplastic pollution and discuss potential plastic waste management strategies, alternative materials, regulatory issues, critical next steps and the collaborations needed to address this global emerging pollutant.

 January 29, 2019
Jan 252019
 

World Trade Center Responders at Increased Risk for Head and Neck Cancers

A Rutgers study has found a significant increase in head and neck cancers among workers and volunteers who responded to the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center (WTC), pointing to newly emerging risks that require ongoing monitoring and treatment of those who were exposed during the initial response.
 
 January 25, 2019