News and Research

Highlighting the latest studies, commentaries and news stories in the field of reproductive and children's environmental health

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COVID rates among children in U.S. increasing

Earlier recommendations on school openings may be reexamined in light of new data, though people under the age of 20 are still thought to be less susceptible to the virus.

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Global lead exposure in children

UNICEF and Pure Earth found nearly 800 million children across the world have elevated lead levels, calling on large-scale public health interventions.

A mother holds her baby in her arms as the baby walks in shallow river water.

Air pollution, heat exposure and birth outcomes

Ozone and PM2.5 were found to correlate with increased risk for adverse birth outcomes among births in the United States, particularly among mothers with asthma and Black mothers.

Various pieces of PVC pipes.

Phthalates and autistic traits

Exposure in the womb to phthalates, a softener used in the creation of PVC pipes, is associated with the likelihood of traits of autism among boys by ages three and four.

White powder flies into the air from a squeezed bottle of talcum powder.

Talcum powder and ovarian cancer

Researchers did not identify a statistically significant association between the use of talcum powder, often found in cosmetics and baby products, and ovarian cancer.

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Pediatric ER visits and particulate matter

Particulate matter is often associated with physical health problems like respiratory issues, but a new study is highlighting mental health challenges among children exposed to particulates.

A person uses a vaping device.

Vaping linked to heart problems

Vaping is a pervasive issue, particularly among high school students, as nearly one in five American high schoolers are using the devices marketed as a safe alternative to cigarettes.

The Chicago loop during the 2014 polar vortex.

Ambient temperature and fetal growth

Cold weather in and of itself does not associate with lower fetal growth, but associations were stronger across the second and third trimesters in areas with cold or very cold climates.