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  • Severe flooding linked to increased diarrhea risk in children

    Weather patterns driven by climate change are causing more severe flooding around the globe increasing the risk of potentially life-threatening diarrhea among children under the age of five, particularly among those living in low- and middle-income countries, according to a new study by researchers at the Yale School of Public Health.

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  • Yale researchers want to speak with Central Floridians affected by 1,4-dioxane

    Central Florida’s 1-4 dioxane contamination has caught the attention of Yale School of Public Health researchers. Professor Vasilis Vasiliou and his team at the Yale Superfund Research Center want to hear concerns from residents who have been drinking water supplied by public utilities in Lake Mary, Sanford, and northwest Seminole County. Groundwater in these areas has been contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, an industrial solvent classified as a likely carcinogen by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

    Source: Orlando Sentinel
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  • PFAS and Phenols Linked to Different Cancers in Women of Different Races

    A new federally-funded study in the Journal of Exposure Science & Environmental Epidemiology has found that compounds called phenols, and the synthetic chemicals PFAS, were linked to different kinds of cancer in white women and women of color. PFAS were linked to ovarian and uterine cancers mainly in white women, and phenols were linked more to breast cancer in non-white women. Phenols and PFAS are found in hundreds of daily consumer products. The researchers stated that the racial differences are particularly impactful because of racial disparities in exposure to these chemicals. Nicole Deziel, member of the Yale Cancer Center and associate professor of epidemiology (environmental sciences) at Yale School of Public Health, who is not associated with the study, said the findings “provided a lot of new information suggesting that exposure to PFAS could be associated with a variety of hormonally related cancers, particularly in women.”

    Source: CT Public Radio
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