This page includes News Articles & Press Releases about important health topics, WHO publications relevant to IHE's WHO collaboration center in environmental health, and a list of publications that involved IHE members.

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News Articles & Press Releases:

"Feds fund Scientology-backed detox program for vets in Annapolis". News report in Capital Gazette, December 14, 2014.

"Study finds toxic carcinogen risk". Report in Times Union, October 30, 2014.

"Air concentrations of volatile compounds near oil and gas production: A community-based exploratory study". New Publication in Environmental Health 2014;13:82.
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Supplementary material can be found at:


WalletHub: "Should Kids Have Cell Phones? Experts Pick Sides".

Center for Public Integrity:


National Geographic:


InsideClimate News:



The Fall 2014 PCORI Funding Announcements - application system opened August 6

The New York Times - Debate Continues on Hazards of Electromagnetic Waves:
Debate_Continues_on_Haza...tic_Waves_-_NYTimes.pdf   7/7/14

School of Public Health Alumnus, Jotham Musinguzi, MD, MPH, Earns 2013 UN Population Award
Read more about this remarkable achievement here:
Information about Dr. Musinguzi's visit and address at UAlbany in December 2013:


Pacific Basin Consortium for Environment and Health Announces the 16th International Conference of the PCB to be hosted by the University of Indonesia, City of Depok, West Java in August 2015:


How Environmental Regulation Helped Save Door County's Fisheries, by Miles Dannhausen Jr.:    4/17/14

Update: BioInitiative Working Group Comments on 2014 SCENIHR Preliminary Opinion on Potential Health Effects of EMF:    4/16/14
*Note. Additional pdfs for this report and for the Exhibits can be found on the Emerging Environmental Issues page under Electromagnetic Sensitivity (EMS)

Dr. Carpenter appeared on ABC's New York Viewpoint to discuss the mounting concern over electromagnetic frequency (EMF) exposure and the implications for public health:  4/7/14

Dr. Carpenter was interviewed for an article in the Albany Times Union about the present issues with General Electric contaminating the Hudson River with PCBs:  3/8/14

Letter from IHE member Shiela Bushkin-Bedient, MD, MPH to NYS Assemblyman Robert Sweeney regarding the proposed regulations for hydraulic fracturing in NYS:    1/10/13

Dr. Carpenter's report to the Committee on Environmental Conservation on hydraulic fracturing:    1/4/13

An update to the 2007 Bioinitiative Report has been published:    12/31/12

Consideration of Radiation in Hazardous Waste Produces from Horizontal Hydrofracking, a report by E. Ivan White, Staff Scientist for the National Council on Radiation Protection:    10/15/12

Gas Patch Roulette: How Shale Gas Development Risks Public Health in Pennsylvania:    10/15/12

Human Health Impacts and Exposure Pathways of Proposed Horizontal Hydrofracking in New York State:    10/9/12

Presse release from The Just Green Partnership on the high amount of toxic chemicals in cheap jewelery 3/12/12

A short film on public health featuring Dr. Carpenter 12/21/11

Dr. Carpenter spoke at a rally in front of NYC City Hall to call for the removal of PCB containing materials from NYC schools: CBS New York Video, Huffington Post Article, Brooklyn Daily Eagle Article 12/12/11

Radio interview with Dr. Carpenter on Australia's ABC Radio National’s Life Matters program 11/30/11

Small Amounts of Arsenic in Water May Cause Spontaneous Miscarriage, Report UAlbany Scientists 10/27/11

Dr. Carpenter is the recipient of The University of Queensland, Rodney Wiley Eminent Visiting Fellowship. He will be speaking on the topic, "Do environmental exposures cause ADHD?" November 30th in Brisbane, Australia 10/27/11

"Risks and Benefits of Fish Consumption" A report prepared by the Work Goroup on the Risks and Benefits of Great Lakes Fish Consumption for the International Joint Commission 10/26/11

Official press release from University at Albany announcing IHE's designation as a WHO Collaborating Center in Environmental Health 10/25/11

Article, "Hudson River heart disease data studied for PCB link" 10/23/11

Open letter to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon & the WHO Director General Margaret Chan 10/23/11

Letter to Congressman Maurice Hinchey, responding to Health Consultation 10/17/11

This video documents a project between Institute for Health and the Environment, University at Albany, Makere University and Tuskegee University  focused on the study of drinking water quality in two slum communities near Kampala, Uganda. 10/7/11

A brief video interview with "Expert Faculty Member" David Carpenter, M.D. highlighting his current research 10/5/11

Letter from the WHO designating The Institute for Health and the Environment as a WHO Collaborating Center in Environmental Health 7/25/11

Bitter Sweet or Toxic? Indigenouse people, diabetes and the burden of pollution. An article by John Schertow

Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety hearing entitled, "Oversight: Review of EPA Regulations Replacing the Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR) and the Clean Air Mercury Rule (CAMR)." 6/30/11


WHO Publications Relevant to IHE's WHO Collaborating Center in Environmental Health:


Summary of Principles for Evaluating Health Risks in Children Associated with Exposure to Chemicals (Summary of Environmental Health Criteria 237)


Persistent Organic Pollutants: Impact on Child Health

Healthy Environments for Healthy Children

Children’s Exposure to Mercury Compounds

Childhood Lead Poisoning

Global Plan of Action for Children's Health and the Environment (2010-2015)


Meeting Report of the 3rd International WHO Conference on Children's Health and the Environment, June 2009, Busan, Republic of Korea


Principles for evaluating health risks in children associated with exposure to chemicals (Environmental health criteria 237) (2006)

Global assessment of the state-of-the-science of endocrine disruptors (2002)

The Bangkok Statement - A pledge to promote the protection of Children's Environmental Health (2002)

Training Modules on Children's Environmental Health:

WHO Training Package for health care providers


Recent Publications:


Carpenter DO (2014) Environmental exposure in indigenous communities: an international perspective. Rev Environ Health 29: 3-4.


Carpenter DO and Bushkin-Bedient S (2013) Exposure to chemicals and radiation during childhood and risk for cancer later in life. J Adolesc Health 52: S21-S29.

Grant KL, Carpenter DO, Sly LJ and Sly PD (2013) Environmental contributions to obesity and type 2 diabetes. J Environ Immunol Toxicol 1: 80-91.

Norman RE, Carpenter DO, Scott J, Brune MN and Sly PD (2013) Environmental exposures: an underrecognized contribution to noncommunicable diseases. Rev Environ Health 28: 59-65.

Surdu S, Fitzgerald EF, Bloom MS, Boscoe FP, Carpenter DO, Haase RF, Gurzau E, Rudnai P, Koppova K, Fevotte J, Vahter M, Leonardi G, Goessler W, Kumar R and Fletcher T (2013) Occupational exposure to arsenic and risk of nonmelanoma skin cancer in a multinational European study. Int J Cancer 133: 2182-2191.


Hoover E, Cook K, Plain R, Sanchez K, Waghiyi V, Miller P, Dufault R, Sislin C and Carpenter DO (2012) Indigenous peoples of North America: environmental exposures and reproductive justice. Environ Health Perspect 120: 1645-1649.

Liu X, Lessner L and Carpenter DO (2012) Association between residential proximity to fuel-fired power plants and hospitalization rate for respiratory diseases. Environ Health Perspect 120: 807-810.

Ruzzin J, Lee DH, Carpenter DO and Jacobs DR Jr. (2012) Reconsidering metabolic diseases: the impacts of persistent organic pollutants. Atherosclerosis 224: 1-3.

Turyk ME, Bhavsar SP, Bowerman W, Boysen R, Clark M, Diamond M, Mergler D, Pantazopoulos P, Schantz S and Carpenter DO (2012) Risks and benefits of consumption of great lakes fish. Environ Health Perspect 120: 11-18.


Carpenter DO (2011)  Health effects of persistent organic pollutants:  The challenge for the Pacific Basin and for the World.  Rev Environ Health 26: 61-69.

Carpenter DO and Miller PK (2011) Environmental contamination of the Yupik people of St. Lawrence Island, Alaska.  J Indigenous Res 1, 1.

Kamalov J, Carpenter DO, Birman I (2011)  Cytotoxicity of environmentally relevant concentrations of aluminum in murine thymocytes and lymphocytes. J Toxicol 2011, 7 pp. doi: 10.1155/2011/796719.

Goncharov A, Pavuk M, Foushee HR and Carpenter DO (2011) Blood pressure in relation to concentrations of PCB congeners and chlorinated pesticides. Environ Health Perspect 119: 319-325.

Sergeev AV and Carpenter DO (2011) Increase in metabolic syndrome-related hospitalizations in relation to environmental sources of persistent organic pollutants.  Int J Environ Res Public Health 8:762-776.

Silbernagel S, Carpenter DO, Gilbert SG, Gochfeld M, Groth E, Hightower JM and Schiavone FM (2011)  Recognizing and preventing over exposure to methylmercury from fish and seafood consumption:  Information for physicians.  J Toxicol 2011, 7 pp. doi: 10.1155/2011/983072.

Sly PD, Arnold RG and Carpenter DO (2011) Environmental exposures in the era of climate change. Rev Environ Health 26: 1-4.

Welfinger-Smith G, Minholz JL, Byrne S, Waghiyi V, Gologergen J, Kava J, Apatiki M, Ungott E, Miller PK, Arnason J and Carpenter DO.  (2011)  Organochlorine and metal contaminants in traditional foods from St. Lawrence Island, Alaska.  J Toxicol Environ Health 74:1195-1214.



Brown D, Goncharov A, Paul E, Simonin H and Carpenter DO (2010)  The relationships between Adirondack lake pH and levels of mercury in yellow perch.  J Aquat Animal Health. 22:280-290.

Bushkin-Bedient S and Carpenter DO (2010)  Benefits versus risks associated with consumption of fish and other seafood.  Rev Environ Health 25: 161-191.

Carpenter DO (2010)  Electromagnetic fields and cancer: the cost of doing nothing.  Rev Environ Health 25: 75-80.

Carpenter DO (2010) Human health effects of EMFs: the cost of doing nothing. IOP C Ser Earth Env 10:1-6.

Gavidia T, Brune M-N, McCarty KM, Pronczuk J, Etzel R, Neira M, Carpenter DO, Suk WA, Arnold RG, Ha EH, and Sly PD (2010)  Children’s environmental health – from knowledge to action. Lancet 377:1134-1136.

Goncharov A, Bloom M, Pavuk M, Birman I and Carpenter DO for the Anniston Environmental Health Research Consortium (2010) Blood pressure and hypertension in relation to levels of serum polychlorinated biphenyls in residents of Anniston, Alabama. J Hypertension.  28: 2053-2060.

Goncharov A, Pavuk M, Foushee HR and Carpenter DO for the Anniston Environmental Health Consortium (2010) Blood pressure in relation to concentrations of PCB congeners and chlorinated pesticides.  Environ Health Perspect.  119:319-325.

Hardell, S, Tilander H, Welfinger-Smith G and Carpenter DO (2010)  Levels of polycholorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and three organochlorine pesticides in fishes from the Aleutian Islands of Alaska.  PLoS ONE, 5:e12396.

Hori N, Kadota MT, Watanabe M, Ito Y, Akaike N and Carpenter DO (2010)  Neurotoxic effects of methamphetamine on rat hippocampus pyramidal neurons.  Cell Mol Neurobiol.30: 849-856.

Prasad A, Ahs M, Goncharov A and Carpenter DO (2010)  Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids kill thymocytes and increase membrane fluidity.  The Open Cell Development & Biology Journal 3: 1-8.

Prasad A, Bloom M and Carpenter DO (2010)  Role of calcium and ROS in cell death induced by polyunsaturated fatty acids in murine thymocytes.  J Cell Physiol. 225: 829-836.

Sergeev AV and Carpenter DO (2010)  Exposure to persistent organic pollutants increases hospitalization rates for myocardial infarction with comorbid hypertension.  Primary Prevention Insights.  2: 1-9.

Sergeev AV and Carpenter DO (2010)  Geospatial patterns of hospitalization rates for stroke with comorbid hypertension in relation to environmental sources of persistent organic pollutants:  Results from a 12-year population-based study.  Environ Sci Pollut Res Int 18: 576-585.

Sergeev AV and Carpenter DO (2010)  Increased hospitalizations for ischemic stroke with comorbid diabetes and residential proximity to source of organic pollutants: A 12-year population-based study.  Neuroepidemiology 35:196-201.

Sergeev AV and Carpenter DO (2010) Residential proximity to environmental sources of persistent organic pollutants and first-time hospitalizations for myocardial infarction with comorbid diabetes mellitus: A 12-year population-based study.  Int J Occup Med Environ Health 23: 5-13.

Yilmaz B, Sandal S and Carpenter DO (2010) PCB 9 exposure induces endothelial cell death while increasing intracellular calcium and ROS levels.  Environ Toxicol.  In press. doi: 10.1002/tox.20676.

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