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Wildfires & pregnancy

May 01, 2018
Researchers enrolling moms and moms-to-be in new wildfire study

Researchers from the Environmental Health Sciences Center are conducting a study to learn how the 2017 Northern California wildfires that took place in October and November affected pregnant women and their babies. The Bio-Specimen Assessment of Fire Effects (B-SAFE) study is unique because so little research has been done on pregnant women and wildfires. 

Folic acid may mitigate autism risk

April 18, 2018

Researchers at UC Davis and other institutions have shown that mothers who take recommended amounts of folic acid around conception might reduce their children’s pesticide-related autism risk. In the study, children whose mothers took 800 or more micrograms of folic acid (the amount in most prenatal vitamins) had a significantly lower risk of developing autism spectrum disorder (ASD) – even when their mothers were exposed to household or agricultural pesticides associated with increased risk. The study appears in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.

UC Davis toxicology students recommend research on the air we breathe when land burns

September 28, 2017

How do fire-suppression chemicals and pesticides affect wildfire smoke and the health of those who breathe it? UC Davis graduate students discovered that this question cannot be answered based on current scientific evidence and, in a review published in Current Topics in Toxicology, they recommend more studies on the compounds in wildfire smoke.

Message from the Director - Climate change and health

June 05, 2017

The decision in Washington last week to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, which was signed by 195 parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, is a step in the wrong direction, at a time when more, not less, is needed. Even the negotiators of the Agreement pointed out that collectively, the goals set by individual countries for reductions in greenhouse gas emissions were insufficient to avert adverse impacts of climate change.

Project TENDR - Documentary

February 24, 2017

The science is in. The evidence is clear and sufficient. A group of leading health professionals, scientists and advocates agrees that chemical exposures are putting children at risk for neurodevelopmental disorders like autism, ADHD and learning disabilities. EHS Center Director, Irva Hertz-Picciotto is the co-founder of Project TENDR, an organization that is working to protect infants and children from preventable threats to healthy brain development. Watch the new documentary about Project TENDR.