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Prenatal exposure to chemicals in personal care products may speed puberty in girls
By Kara Manke Girls exposed to chemicals commonly found in toothpaste, makeup, soap and other personal care products before birth may hit puberty earlier, according to a new longitudinal study led by researchers at UC Berkeley. The results, which more...
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A recent study conducted by researchers at UC San Francisco and UC Berkeley’s Center for Environmental Research and Children’s Health (CERCH) found that worry about deportation was associated with multiple cardiovascular health risk factors in more...
Spraying pesticides
Elemental sulfur, the most heavily used pesticide in California, may harm the respiratory health of children living near farms that use the pesticide, according to new research led by UC Berkeley School of Public Health researchers in the Center for more...
A study from researchers at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health has uncovered a possible association between mothers who were obese when entering pregnancy and childhood neurodevelopmental problems of their sons. The findings were published in more...
Experts at UCSF and UC Berkeley are teaming up to evaluate an m-health intervention designed to improve health care and nutrition for mothers and babies in India, with a 2-year, $1.5 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. more...
Low-income and Latina pregnant women who seek care at Zuckerberg San Francisco General have widespread exposure to environmental pollutants, many of which show up in higher levels in newborns than the mothers, according to a new study from UC more...
In October, The Lancet published a series: Advancing Early Childhood Development: from Science to Scale and held a global launch event in Washington D.C. The series builds on two previous Lancet series from 2007 and 2011, emphasizing the importance more...
A new study of air quality in early childhood education (ECE) environments in Northern California discovered that levels of several cancer-causing chemicals exceed the age-adjusted “Safe Harbor” levels set by California’s Proposition 65 in a more...
UC San Francisco and UC Berkeley researchers have mapped out how the Zika virus infects the developing fetus, and have found an antibiotic that blocks these routes of infection, at least in human tissue culture and placental explants. While this more...
While the infant mortality rate has declined in the United States in recent years, disparities between racial and socioeconomic groups still remain. For the past four years, Clinical Professor Cheri Pies has been piloting a multi-sector, place-based more...
Taking a deep breath might be a bit harder for children exposed early in life to a widely used class of pesticides in agriculture, according to a new paper by UC Berkeley researchers. A new study has linked the levels of organophosphate pesticide more...
Researchers from UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health analyzed 281 schools in California that participated in the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools Program from 2006 to 2012, and matched them to 709 other comparable schools in more...
Latino child with parents
A recent collaborative study between UC Berkeley School of Public Health and Contra Costa County researchers evaluated the efficacy of a culturally tailored obesity intervention for Latino children, Familias Activas y Saludables, or Active and more...
A study published February in Environmental Health Perspectives investigates the relationship between flame retardants and childhood obesity. Researchers examined whether pre- and post-natal exposure to the components of PentaBDE mixture, a flame more...
A large meta-analysis of 12 studies in sub-Saharan Africa found that women who used a type of injectable birth control had a moderately increased risk of becoming infected with HIV. The analysis was conducted by UC Berkeley School of Public Health more...

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