Climate and Health

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    April 8, 2024 | New Study Shows Air Pollution Increases Risk of Developing Alzheimer’s Disease

    Researchers found positive biomarkers of Alzheimer’s disease in the cerebrospinal fluid of participants who were exposed to ambient and traffic-related air pollution at their homes.

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    March 8, 2024 | Simultaneous Cholera Outbreaks Emphasize Critical Need for Investment in WASH Infrastructure, Point to Impact of Climate Change

    There is an unprecedented cholera outbreak in multiple countries. In this interview, CDC's David Berendes, discusses the global situation.

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    February 22, 2024 | Rollins Research Review: Air Pollution and Cardiovascular Health, Breastfeeding to Curb Antibiotic Resistance, and Experiences of Violence in People Living with HIV

    Summaries of a handful of research articles published by Rollins faculty in open access publications recently.

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    February 21, 2024 | Study Shows Physical Changes in the Brain After Long-Term Exposure to Traffic Pollution Related to an Increased Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

    Researchers found an association between traffic-related air pollution exposure and indications of Alzheimer's disease in brain tissue.

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    February 15, 2024 | Research Points to Links Between Wildfires and Anxiety Disorders

    A Rollins-led study published in Nature Mental Health found that exposure to wildfires led to an increase in anxiety-related emergency department visits in the western United States.

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    February 13, 2024 | Cash Transfer Programs Could Prevent Low Birthweight Occurring During High Temperatures

    There is a link between high temperatures during pregnancy and low birthweight. This study finds cash transfers to be protective against the impacts of heat on low birthweight risk.

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    January 24, 2024 | Rollins Research Review: Health Interventions for Pregnant People, Hypertension in Couples, and Household Air Pollution

    This month, Rollins researchers authored papers on a wealth of public health topics. Find summaries of a few highlighted papers here.

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    January 22, 2024 | Forecasting the Future

    Rollins leadership share insights on what public health issues may take center stage this year.

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    November 22, 2023 | Changing Climate Presents Major Threats for Southeast, Opportunities for Future

    Yang Liu discusses major takeaways from Fifth National Climate Assessment and how climate change is impacting public health in the Southeast.

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    November 17, 2023 | Recent Rollins Publications

    Recent publications from Rollins faculty, staff, and students.

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    October 24, 2023 | Rollins Researchers Awarded Grant to Establish Center Studying Effects of Climate Change on Health

    Rollins researchers received a $3.8M grant from the NIH to study the impacts of climate change on health.

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    September 29, 2023 | Recent Rollins Publications

    Recent publications from Rollins faculty, staff, and students.

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    August 16, 2023 | Pollen-Related Asthma More Likely to Land Black Patients in the Hospital, Study Finds

    Researchers at the Rollins School of Public Health conducted a study to see how the relationship between pollen and asthma has changed over time, which documented disparities in the effect of pollen on asthma by race.

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    August 1, 2023 | Ask an Expert: Noah Scovronick on Climate Change, Extreme Heat, and Its Impact on Health

    Noah Scovronick, assistant professor in the Gangarosa Department of Environmental Health, discusses his research around heat and its impacts, and what policymakers and the public can do to protect the environment and human health.

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    July 31, 2023 | Lung Cancer Survival Rates Significantly Decreased by Exposure to Wildfires

    A new study finds that the health consequences of pollution, as well as the mental and emotional toll of exposure to wildfires, decrease the likelihood of survival for individuals with lung cancer.

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    July 12, 2023 | Rising Temperatures Bring Greater Risk of Venomous Snake Bites

    Emory University researchers have found there is a significant jump in the likelihood of being bitten by a snake for every degree Celsius that daily temperatures increase.

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    April 20, 2023 | Recent Rollins Publications

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    February 23, 2023 | Recent Rollins Publications

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    October 11, 2022 | Early Findings from HAPIN Trial Released

    Early findings from the Household Air Prevention Network Trial— an international multi-center study aimed at assessing the impact of a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) cooking stove and fuel intervention on health—were published today in The New England Journal of Medicine.

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    June 9, 2022 | Recent Rollins Publications

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    April 14, 2022 | Student Organization: Rollins Environmental Health Action Coalition

    REHAC advocates for reducing pollutants, pathogens, and physical hazards while promoting a harmonious relationship with nature. 

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    November 19, 2021 | Study Shows Exposure to Air Pollution May Increase Risk of Alzheimer’s and Other Neurological Disorders

    The study is the first nationwide analysis of the links between key criteria air pollutants and neurodegeneration incidence in the United States Medicare population.

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    October 28, 2021 | COUNTDOWN TEDx: Climate Change and Environmental Justice in the Black Community Held at Rollins on October 30

    Free and open to the public, this event will bring together students, alumni and community members for a meaningful conversation about environmental health/justice, climate change, and social determinants of health.

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    July 8, 2021 | Global Study Finds 5 Million Deaths Attributable to Temperature Changes

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    June 28, 2021 | Georgia Climate Project receives $300,000 grant from Ray C. Anderson Foundation

    The project will engage a diverse network of experts to develop and disseminate knowledge on climate impacts and solutions through webinars, workshops, and an online Georgia climate information portal.

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    June 1, 2021 | International Study Finds Man-Made Climate Change Responsible for a Third of Heat-Related Deaths

    Using data from 732 cities in 43 countries between 1991–2018, the researchers found that 37 percent of heat-related deaths can be directly attributed to anthropogenic (or man-made) climate change.

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    December 21, 2020 | Recent Rollins Research Publications

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    December 18, 2020 | Rollins School of Public Health Launches New Certificate in Climate and Health

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    October 22, 2020 | Study links long-term pollution exposure to Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and additional neurological disorders

    This is the first nationwide analysis of the link between long-term PM2.5 exposures and neurodegenerative diseases in the U.S.

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    September 23, 2020 | Study Links Urban Air Pollution to COVID-19 Deaths

    This study is among the first published studies linking COVID-19 death outcomes to air pollution exposure in the United States.

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    June 12, 2020 | Researchers call for the EPA to set stricter air quality standards to protect communities

    Authors write that current standards for fine particulate matter set by EPA are insufficient to protect public health.

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    February 27, 2020 | Weekly Recap: Recent Publications

    Read about recent student and faculty publications.

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    January 27, 2020 | Donghai Liang Elected to ISES Board of Directors

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    November 27, 2019 | 2019 Report of the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change Includes Rollins Contributions

    Yang Liu, associate professor in environmental health, was a contributor on The Lancet's annual Countdown report.

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    November 14, 2019 | Weekly Recap: Recent Publications

    Read about recent student and faculty publications.

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    September 24, 2019 | New Speaker Series to Focus on Planetary Health and Infectious Diseases

    The new speaker series launches October 11 and features researchers from across Emory University.

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    August 24, 2019 | International study linking urban pollution to mortality risk includes Rollins co-investigator

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    July 29, 2019 | Environmental Report Finds High Levels of Carcinogenic Toxin Near Oxford Campus

    A 2018 EPA report shows an elevated cancer risk centered around the medical manufacturing plant BD Bard, one mile from Oxford College.

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    July 3, 2019 | Weekly Recap: Recent Publications

    Read about recent student and faculty publications.

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    March 22, 2019 | Rollins leads regional partners in national Hurricane Response Hub

    Rollins School of Public Health has been chosen to serve as one of five regional technical assistance centers for the Hurricane Response Hub initiative.

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    December 3, 2018 | Georgia Climate Project receives grant from the Ray C. Anderson Foundation

    Emory University received a $650,000 grant from the Ray C. Anderson Foundation to support the work of the Georgia Climate Project.

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    June 5, 2018 | Emory researchers partner in satellite analysis of Southern California air pollution study

    Emory researchers worked to analyze satellite data to determine the 15-year trend of fine particle pollution.

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    May 23, 2018 | Georgia Climate Research Roadmap identifies state's top 40 climate research questions

    This list of questions can help policymakers and practitioners better understand and address climate change in Georgia.

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    April 26, 2018 | Rollins researchers receive IBM grant to study impact of climate change on health

    Howard Chang and Yang Liu have received one of IBM's Climate Change and Environmental grants

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    December 4, 2017 | From tiny seeds communities flourish

    The HERCULES Exposome Research Center is giving 13 $2,500 grants to community outreach efforts around Atlanta.

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    May 30, 2017 | Georgia Climate Project creates state 'climate research roadmap'

    Georgia Climate Project is a multiyear effort by a statewide consortium of universities and colleges, working to improve the understanding of climate impacts and solutions in Georgia.

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    October 18, 2016 | NIH awards $30M to Emory, Johns Hopkins, Colorado State for household air pollution study

    Rollins awarded $30 million to study impact of cleaner burning cooking stoves on household air pollution.

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    October 3, 2016 | Rollins School of Public Health part of NASA team studying air pollution

    Rollins is working with NASA to develop the world's first public health satellite mission.

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    January 20, 2016 | School of public health faculty member recognized as most highly cited researcher

    Dana Barr listed as a "Highly Cited Researcher" for the second year in a row