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Children living near Pennsylvania fracking sites are at increased risk of leukemia

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WHYY - EOH's Dr. Bernard Goldstein weighs in on this study by researchers at Yale School of Public Health. He states, "It looks at a potential problem in ways that include new exposure metrics, which are really needed." Goldstein also says that though the factors that contribute to childhood leukemia are complex and still unclear, benzene is one known link. Dr. Goldstein has conducted prior research into exposures due to oil and gas wastewater i... 

Gao Wins 2022 JESEE Young Investigator Meeting Award

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EOH’s Peng Gao is an accomplished and respected professional in the field of exposure science. The International Society of Exposure Science (ISES) has recognized Dr. Gao’s work with the 2022 JESEE Young Investigator Meeting Award. This award supports student and new researcher participation at ISES annual meetings. Congratulations!  

Clemens and Sun honored by the Allegheny & Erie Regional Chapter of the Society of Toxicology

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Congratulations to Zachary Clemens and Yuchen Kristine Sun, two second-year doctoral students in Pitt Public Health’s Department of Environmental and Occupational (EOH), who won awards at the annual meeting of the Allegheny & Erie Regional Chapter of the Society of Toxicology, May 31 – June 1, in Morgantown, Va.  

Valerian Kagan, pioneer of "redox biology," graces academic journal cover

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Dr. Valerian Kagan, professor of environmental and occupational health at the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health, was honored as the “Cover Scientist” of Anti-Oxidants and Redox Signaling , for his pioneering work in the field of redox biology. In addition to gracing the cover of the premier journal’s May issue, Dr. Kagan’s life and scientific achievements are the subject of a biographical article in the journal. “Professor... 

More evidence links asthma severity to age of onset

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MEDSCAPE - EOH's Sally Wenzel talks to Medscape about asthma study, which is unique in how it delineates groups by age of onset. The study is the largest of its kind and is also multinational, making it very unique.  “In addition to this concept that there’s a difference in asthma by the age that you got diagnosed with it, I think it’s also important to just remember that when any physician, be they a specialist or nonspecialist, sees a patien... 

Dean’s Day 2022 Second Place, Doctoral Category: Jessie Klousnitzer

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EOH student Jessie Klousnitzer won second place among doctoral students for the project, “Characterization of Lysine and Arginine Rich Antimicrobial Peptides”.  

Barchowsky and colleagues awarded Scaling grant

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PITTWIRE - EOH's Aaron Barchowsky and colleagues at the Pittsburgh Center for Healthy Environments and Equity Research were awarded a Scaling grant from the 2022 Momentum Funds. A total of 32 research projects were recognized. These awards are aimed at supporting high-quality research, scholarship and creative endeavors. Scaling Grants support the detailed project planning, gathering of results, and reduction of technical risk so that teams can ... 

Wenzel, Kagan, Newman are Highly Cited Researchers for 2021

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Congratulations to EOH’s Sally Wenzel and Valerian Kagan and EPI’s Anne Newman for their inclusion in the 2021 list of Highly Cited Researchers. The list identifies researchers who have demonstrated significant influence in their chosen fields through the publication of multiple highly cited papers during the last decade. A total of 18 researchers from Pitt were included in this year's list.   

Misled on lead: The campaign to keep toxic lead in hunting ammo and fishing tackle

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ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH NEWS - EOH student Sam Totoni authored a two-part feature series to inform the public. “Hunting and fishing have a science denial problem. Special interest groups are misleading hunters and anglers—some of the country's proudest conservationists—into poisoning wildlife. Hunters are also being misled into risking the health of their families and recipients of donated meat. Even small amounts of lead affect nearly every organ ... 

Wenzel talks about endotypes and precision medicine in podcast

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PHYSIOL REV - EOH Chair Sally Wenzel is a world authority on the diagnosis and treatment of asthma, a chronic disease with significant implications to public health. She talks about her paper “Are we meeting the promise of endotypes and precision medicine in asthma?” on a recent episode of the Physiological Reviews podcast.  

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