Nate Seltenrich
Yale University
Environmental resource managementEnvironmental chemistryInternal medicineClimate changeEndocrinologyPublic healthBusinessFood chainPediatricsEcologyChinaGeographyFood contact materialsMEDLINEPlastic pollutionContext (language use)Published ErratumEnvironmental exposureAir pollutantsHuman healthPotential riskFine particulateEnvironmental scienceProduct (business)Environmental monitoringWaste managementAir pollutionSmokeMedicineFood packagingBiologyEnvironmental health
Publications 69
Endocrine disruptors have been eyed as potential drivers of a steady trend toward earlier puberty among girls worldwide in recent decades, particularly with regard to breast development.1,2,3,4 However, when the authors of a study in this issue of EHP evaluated serum levels of three common classes of hormonally active persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in relation to the timing of pubertal onset in girls, they found, contrary to initial hypotheses, that higher exposures were associated with la...
For children today, time spent outdoors is becoming more of a luxury—or in some cases, a chore—than a staple. In recent years “nature deficit disorder” among kids has evolved from a turn of phrase1 to a cultural indictment.2,3 Smartphones and other screens are increasingly vying for kids’ attention,4 but blame lies elsewhere, too: just as recess is being reduced or phased out in many schools, children’s activities are being increasingly structured and scheduled, and concerns over neighborhood cr...
Overexposure to naturally occurring arsenic in groundwater and soil can cause a variety of cancers and has been associated with developmental effects, neurotoxicity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.1 In this issue of EHP, researchers provide new evidence of arsenic’s ability to elevate blood pressure, potentially leading to hypertension and more serious clinical outcomes.2 Globally, 200 million people are estimated to drink water exposing them to arsenic at concentrations above the World He...
When we buy food, we’re often buying packaging, too. From cherries to Cheez-It® crackers, modern foods are processed, transported, stored, and sold in specialized materials that account, on average, for half the cost of the item, according to Joseph Hotchkiss, a professor in Michigan State University’s School of Packaging. Consumer-level food packaging serves a wide range of functions, such as providing product information, preventing spoilage, and protecting food during the journey from product...
Bisphenol A (BPA) is being removed from many consumer products because of concerns about the chemical’s potential to disrupt the endocrine system.1 A chemical analog known as bisphenol S (BPS) has been adopted as an alternative in products such as water and baby bottles, thermal paper, and linings of metal cans.2 In this issue of EHP, a new study shows that BPS has nearly identical impacts on the rat cardiovascular system as those previously reported for BPA by members of the same team.3 “When w...
The practice of using antibiotics in modern cattle-feeding operations has caused concerns about its potential contribution to the spread of antimicrobial resistance.1,2,3 In this issue of EHP, researchers examine the extent to which five commonly used antibiotics, together with antibiotic-resistance genes and ruminant-associated microbes, disperse from large-scale cattle feed yards via airborne particulate matter (PM).4 Antibiotics administered via livestock feed are not fully metabolized, and m...
In recent years plastic pollution in the ocean has become a significant environmental concern for governments, scientists, nongovernmental organizations, and members of the public worldwide. A December 2014 study derived from six years of research by the 5 Gyres Institute estimated that 5.25 trillion plastic particles weighing some 269,000 tons are floating on the surface of the sea.1 At the same time, plastics in consumer products have become subject to increasing scrutiny regarding their poten...
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