The taxpayer-funded research by the University of Pittsburgh adds to a body of evidence suggesting links between the gas industry and certain health problems.
To investigate and improve asthma severity in populations living in neighborhoods with environmental justice concerns, researchers in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health are conducting a study in Homewood.
Air quality will worsen in the coming years, harming human health.
Dean Maureen Lichtveld said that while people with health conditions are most at risk during difficult air conditions, smoke-polluted air is not good for anyone.
"But the longer it goes on, obviously, the more impact that it can have because there's a cumulative effect," said Dr. Sally Wenzel.
30 Pitt Public Health staff with long tenures at the University were honored during the Chancellor's Annual Staff Recognition Ceremony.
Kids with respiratory illnesses, such as asthma and cystic fibrosis, are of concern, agreed Dr. Sally Wenzel.
EHN spoke with heat equity experts about how young people can work toward protecting the most vulnerable from extreme heat and advancing climate justice.
Five new air monitoring projects will be community-led and could reduce cancer-causing exposures. The challenge? Turning data into action.
“We wanted to see if living in an EJ tract had a relationship to the severity and controllability of asthma,” said Dr. Sally Wenzel.
“If my car doesn’t pass inspection, I’m not really allowed to drive that car,” said James Fabisiak.
Assistant professor Alison Sanders earned the Undergraduate Faculty Research Grant from the Society of Toxicology.
Chronic kidney disease is a growing problem worldwide and in the aging U.S. population. But could the groundwork for this progressive disease have been laid while its victims were still in utero?
Newly launched research at the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health seeks to determine if pregnant mothers’ environmental exposure to toxic metals impacts kidney development in their babies, setting the stage for a problem that doesn’t become apparent until the baby is an adult.
Pitt’s School of Public Health and Swanson School of Engineering award $220K to four collaborative projects addressing climate change, global health and environmental justice