Research Programs

Findings: CHAMACOS Health Outcomes

Organophosphate (OP) pesticides: Mothers’ exposure to organophosphate (OP) pesticides during pregnancy is associated with: Shorter duration of pregnancy. (Go to publication) Poorer neonatal reflexes. (Go to publication) Lower IQ and poorer cognitive functioning in children. (Go to publication 1, 2) Increased risk of attention problems in children. (Go to publication) Organochlorine (OC) compounds: DDT: Higher levels of […]

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Functional Genomics PON1 Study

This study examines how our individual genetic makeup influences our susceptibility to chemical exposures.  This study focuses on the PON1 gene, which impacts the body’s ability to detoxify organophosphate pesticides and eliminate them from the body. PON1 Study Findings – click here What Is PON1? The body interprets the genetic code of the PON1 gene in order to make the PON1 enzyme. The PON1 enzyme is […]

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Seveso Women’s Health Study

The Seveso Women’s Health Study (SWHS) is a historical cohort study investigating the effects of dioxin exposure on reproductive health of women exposed during a 1976 industrial accident in Seveso, Italy. What the Seveso Women’s Health Study (SWHS) investigates: The impacts of dioxin exposure on reproductive health of women who were different ages at time […]

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Child Exposure Validation Study

This study examines the validity of estimating children’s organophosphate pesticide exposure using dialkyl phosphate metabolites in urine.  We measured metabolites in urine collected from 3-to-6-year-old children over a 7-day period to learn more about the utility of dialkyl phosphate metabolites as biomarkers of exposure. The goals of the Child Exposure Validation Study are: To quantify […]

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Environmental Quality in California Child Care

This project includes both research and outreach activities to reduce chemical exposures and improve environmental quality in child care settings in California, with the ultimate goal of protecting children’s health. Young children are more vulnerable to environmental exposures than older children and adults. Many young children spend considerable time in child care and preschools, yet […]

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Green Cleaning Toolkit

  The Green Cleaning, Sanitizing and Disinfecting Toolkit presents practical information on how to keep early care and education (ECE) environments clean and safe using practices and products that are less hazardous and that protect young children and staff from infectious diseases. Click here to to purchase hard copies of the Green Cleaning Toolkit from […]

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Seveso Women’s Health Study Findings

Age and Dioxin Exposure: Women who were youngest at the time of the accident were the most highly exposed to dioxin. Menarche, Menstruation, Menopause and Dioxin Exposure: Dioxin exposure is associated with a non-significant increased risk of starting menstruation earlier among women who were less than 5 years old at exposure. Among women exposed premenarcheally, […]

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El Estudio HERMOSA

La mujer común en los Estados Unidos usa 12 productos de cuidado personal y productos cosméticos. El hombre común usa 6.Muchos de estos productos contienen disruptores endocrinos incluyendo ftalatos, parabenos, y triclosán. Estos disruptores son motivo de preocupación debido a sus posibles vínculos con el cáncer, infertilidad, y daños en el desarrollo de los niños. Para […]

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Prenatal Environmental Health Kiosk

In this interactive, touch-screen, audio-visual tutorial, visitors will be able to learn about environmental hazards ranging from lead to carbon monoxide to pesticides, in Spanish. The Prenatal Kiosk is available in Spanish and English. Click here to go directly to the English version of the Kiosk. Click here to go to the Spanish version. If you know people who might […]

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Youth Community Council

Community Outreach Goal Three: To build local capacity to understand and respond to environmental health challenges. Youth Community Council (YCC) Our main effort under goal three is directed toward building community knowledge and agency by engaging local Latino youth through the YCC,  a local leadership training for Salinas, CA, high school students. In 2010, local […]

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