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A UC Berkeley School of Public Health research team has been awarded a $3.6 million, five-year grant by the National Institutes of Health to develop new approaches for simulating and optimizing surveillance networks that detect infectious diseases. more...
Parasite-carrying snails can travel long distances, spreading a deadly disease along the way, according to new research led by UC Berkeley. The study is the first to find genetic evidence for long-distance movements—as far as 30 miles—among snails 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...
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...
climate change map
Health and safety of Olympians has been an ongoing story at Summer Olympic games. In 2008, air quality raised concerns in Beijing, while 2016 has been dogged with questions about polluted water and the Zika virus. Now, a new commentary co-written by more...
Beijing and smog
China’s plans to curb Beijing’s health-damaging air pollution by focusing on restricting emissions from power plants and vehicles may have limited impact if household use of coal and other dirty fuels is not also curtailed, according to a new study more...
The shampoos, lotions and other personal care products you use can affect the amount of endocrine-disrupting chemicals in one’s body, a new study showed. (iStockphoto)
A new study led by researchers at UC Berkeley and Clinica de Salud del Valle de Salinas demonstrates how even a short break from certain kinds of makeup, shampoos and lotions can lead to a significant drop in levels of hormone-disrupting chemicals 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...
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...
exposure chamber
Researchers led by Professor Catherine Koshland from the University of California, Berkeley Superfund Research Program have developed an inexpensive, easy to use, and highly sensitive sensor to measure how much mercury is in liquid or aqueous more...
preschool students
A new study of preschools and day care centers finds that flame retardants are prevalent indoors, potentially exposing young children to chemicals known to be hazardous. The study, published online today (Thursday, May 15) in the journal Chemosphere more...
Worker on construction site
If climate change continues as projected by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), by mid-century, high temperatures and humidity are likely to compromise global agricultural production and working outdoors, according to the report more...
traffic and smog
Chronic exposure to ground level ozone, a powerful greenhouse gas and a widespread air pollutant in many major cities, is linked to premature death from cardiovascular disease, finds a new study led by UC Berkeley School of Public Health researchers more...
Some racial groups are more likely to bear the brunt of extreme heat waves because of where they live, according to a new study by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley. The findings, published Tuesday, May 14, in the journal  more...
A new analysis of the contents of lipstick and lip gloss may cause you to pause before puckering. Researchers at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health tested 32 different lipsticks and lip glosses commonly found in drugstores and department stores more...

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