Research

“Safer” Replacements for Harmful Chemical in Plastics May Be as Risky to Human Health, Studies Suggest

According to a new series of studies from NYU Langone Medical Center, led by Leonardo Trasande, MD, associate professor of pediatrics, environmental medicine, and population health, two chemicals increasingly used during manufacturing to strengthen plastic wrap, soap, cosmetics, and processed food containers have been linked to a rise in risk of high blood pressure and diabetes in children and adolescents. The compounds, di-isononyl phthalate (DINP) and di-isodecyl phthalate (DIDP), are both in a class of chemicals known as phthalates. Read more…


Repeated Courses of Antibiotics May Profoundly Alter Children’s Development

A new study from NYU Langone Medical Center researchers adds to growing evidence that multiple courses of commonly used antibiotics may have a significant impact on children’s development. In the study published online by the journal Nature Communications, antibiotics disrupted the gut microbiome, the trillions of microbes that inhabit the intestinal tract. The study supports previous research conducted by senior author, Martin Blaser, MD, the Muriel G. and George W. Singer Professor of Translational Medicine and director of the Human Microbiome Program at NYU School of Medicine. Read more…