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Early-life Metal Exposures Linked to Children’s Behavior Problems
NIEHS Environmental Factor Paper of the Month – January 2019
The authors suggest prenatal dentine manganese may be protective, whereas excessive early postnatal manganese may increase risk of adverse behaviors.

Researchers Discover Earliest Recorded Lead Exposure in 250,000 Year-Old Neanderthal Teeth
Mount Sinai Press Release – October 31, 2018
Mount Sinai research could result in early future diagnostic system for Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Mount Sinai Exposomics leader Named to National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council
Mount Sinai Press Release – September 10, 2018
Mount SinaiRobert Wright, MD, MPH, Ethel H. Wise Professor and Chair of the Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health, and Director of the Institute for Exposomic Research, at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, has been appointed by U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar to serve on the National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council.

Zinc and Copper Metabolic Cycles in Baby Teeth Linked to Autism
Mount Sinai Press Release – May 30, 2018
Mount Sinai research could result in early future diagnostic system for Autism Spectrum Disorder.

National $8.5 Million Grant Awarded to Mount Sinai Institute for Exposomic Research
Mount Sinai Press Release – May 7, 2018
This five-year award will continue research on early environmental exposures and its effects on health and development.

Exposure to Specific Toxins and Nutrients During Late Pregnancy and Early Life Shapes Autism Risk
Mount Sinai Press Release – June 1, 2017
Growth rings in baby teeth can reveal the contribution to autism risk of specific environmental factors including environmental pollutants (lead, for example) and essential nutritional components of our diet, such as zinc and manganese.

Wild Orangutan Teeth Provide Insight Into Human Breast-feeding Evolution
Mount Sinai Press Release – May 17, 2017
Biomarkers in the teeth of wild orangutans indicate nursing patterns related to food fluctuations in their habitats, which can help guide understanding of breast-feeding evolution in humanism, according to a new study published in Science Advances.

Manish Arora, PhD, MPH Receives Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers
Mount Sinai Press Release – January 12, 2017
The Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers are the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.

What toxins have you been exposed to? Your baby teeth may hold the answer
The Washington Post – July 11, 2016
Learn how Lautenberg Lab researchers are examining early life exposures to toxins and how they affect future health outcomes.

Researchers Examine Toxins in Teeth, Possible Link to Baby Formula

September 29, 2015
Drs. Robert Wright and Manish Arora and were featured on NY1 with Erin Billups. They discussed using the capabilities in the Lautenberg Lab to study the link between early-life iron exposure and late-life brain diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, associated with the abnormal processing of iron. In the case of baby formula, there is a need to better understand human iron metabolism with the industry standard of adding iron to formula and its use worldwide, and we are focused on that front as well.

Lumber Liquidators Linked to Health and Safety Violations

March 1, 2015
Dr. Philip Landrigan was featured on CBS’s 60 Minutes with Anderson Cooper, discussing the dangers of formaldehyde. Footage was taken in the Senator Frank R. Lautenberg Environmental Health Sciences Laboratory.

Unveiling of the Honest Company Ultra Clean Room
September 10, 2014
Actress and environmental advocate Jessica Alba joined officials from the Mount Sinai Health System to formally open The Honest Company Ultra Clean Room. Part of Mount Sinai’s Children’s Environmental Health Center (CEHC), the new, state-of-the-art facility will measure, with greater sensitivity, the impact of chemicals in the environment on children’s health.

$1.5 Million NIH Grant to Fund Mount Sinai Study of Environmental Toxin Impact on Fetal Development
October 6, 2014
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded Manish Arora, BDS, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, a 2014 New Innovator Award. Dr. Arora will receive a $1.5 million grant towards studying the impact of environmental toxins and stress on fetal development.

Lawn Chemicals Can Stay in Body for ‘Years, Even Decades
July 25, 2014
Dr. Landrigan was featured on a CBS This Morning segment in which he discusses the health effects of pesticide exposure, some of which can remain in the human body for years.