May 2007

Confidentiality Deal Restricted Professors
The Cincinnati Enquirer—May 27, 2007
Article featuring Roy McKay, PhD, and James Lockey, MD, both of the Department of Environmental Health
A trio of University of Cincinnati professors knew about a lung disease afflicting six workers at the Givaudan flavoring plant in Carthage more than a decade ago. But they couldn’t tell the other workers.

A Fatal Flavor?
The Cincinnati Enquirer—May 27, 2007
Article featuring James Lockey, MD, Department of Environmental Health
Givaudan is being sued by former employees for an irreversible lung ailment that leaves them out of breath after minor physical activity. The Latin name of the illness bronchiolitis obliterans refers to the obliteration of small passages in the lungs called bronchioli. The damage is permanent. “It’s an inflammation of the very small airways of the lungs, before you get to where gas exchange takes place,” said James Lockey, a professor of pulmonary medicine at University of Cincinnati’s Department of Environmental Health, who tested Givaudan workers in the mid-1990s. “The airways get plugged with scar tissue, and when that happens the air can’t get through them anymore.”

Move It: Bike to Work
WXIX-TV, FOX, Channel 19—May 21, 2007
News report featuring Glenn Talaska, PhD, Department of Environmental Health
As you’re heading off to work this morning you could see a few more people riding their bikes.   It's Bike-to-Work week here in Cincinnati and in this morning’s Move It segment we show you how your daily drive to work can become your exercise routine.

Jurors: Hit Man Duped Into Murder of Doctor
Tucson Citizen, Ariz.—May 17, 2007
Article featuring Ranajit Chakraborty, MD, Department of Environmental Health
Bigger's jury was treated to a slick, easier-to-digest, made-to-impress DNA package in the form of renowned genetics expert Ranajit Chakraborty of the University of Cincinnati. He is in great demand as a speaker and expert witness across the country. It was amazing to hear him talk,” said Gardner, the jury forewoman. “Just to hear all of his accomplishments. It was a breath of fresh air to have someone of that stature speak during testimony that was very, very draining.”

Environmental Links to Breast Cancer to Be Discussed at May 12 Program
UC's Breast Cancer & the Environment Research Center (BCERC), one of only four National Institutes of Health centers of its kind in the country, will be sponsoring its third annual public forum on May 12. "Looking Upstream for Environmental Links to Breast Cancer" will run from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at UC's Genome Research Institute.


Health Officials Say 'Skip Spring Cleaning
WNKU-FM, 89.7—May 9, 2007
News piece featuring
Yulia Iossifova, Department of Environmental Health
If you were looking for a reason to avoid doing your spring cleaning, consider that researchers say an environment that's too clean is not good for your health.

Drug May Aid Muscle Function in Lead Exposed Kids
Reuters—May 7, 2007
Article featuring Amit Bhattacharya, MD, Department of Environmental Health
Dr. Amit Bhattacharya and colleagues at the University of Cincinnati found in a study of 161 lead-exposed children that those treated with the "lead-scrubbing" drug succimer showed a 19 percent improvement in their ability to perform moving tasks—such as crossing an obstacle or walking—than those who did not receive treatment.

Drug May Aid Muscle Function in Lead Exposed Kids: Study  ABC Online, Australia—May 8, 2007

Pollen Nation
WTIC-TV, FOX, Channel 61, CT—May 4, 2007
Article referencing research by the
Department of Environmental Health
University of Cincinnati researchers noted in February that diesel exhaust particles aggravate hay fever and asthma symptoms. Infants exposed to a high level of elemental carbon, found in diesel exhaust, were more than twice as likely to wheeze compared with infants exposed to lower levels, the study found.

Brown's Testimony Ends With Probability of DNA Evidence
The Chicago Tribune, IL—May 4, 2007
Article featuring Ranajit Chakraborty, Department of Environmental Health, UC’s Genome Research Institute
Testimony in the Brown's Chicken murder trial wrapped up Thursday after a forensic expert said DNA evidence prosecutors have against defendant Juan Luna could only match 1 in 2.8 trillion people. Ranajit Chakraborty of the University of Cincinnati's Center for Genome Study said he believed it was Luna's DNA that was found on chicken bones recovered from the Palatine restaurant the night that two owners and five workers were killed.
Evidence Clash Ends Luna Trial Testimony The Chicago Sun-Times, IL—May 4, 2007
Evidence Phase Ends in Brown's Trial Elk Grove Times, IL—May 4, 2007
Witnesses debate probability of DNA matching Luna The Daily Herald, IL—May 4, 2007

Dusty Home Good for Baby?
Health24.com, South Africa—May 3, 2007
Article featuring Yulia Iossifova, Department of Environmental Health
A bit of dust and dirt in the house may be a good thing for your children, suggests a University of Cincinnati study in the May issue of the journal Allergy. "If you keep your house too clean, you don't provide the microbial components to stimulate the immune system," said study lead author Yulia Iossifova.

Whoa! Not So Fast With That Broom  Montreal Gazette, Canada—May 3, 2007
Dust Good for Kids   WSJV-TV, FOX, Channel 28, IN—May 3, 2007
A Little Dust Could Be Healthy for Your Baby   KTBS-TV, ABC, Channel 3, LA—May 3, 2007
Dusty Homes Good for Babies' Immune Systems  National Women’s Health Information Center—May 3, 2007

Early Exposure to Indoor Fungus Molecules May Protect Infants Against Future Allergies
Environmental health scientists at the University of Cincinnati (UC) say they have confirmed what other scientists have only suspected: early-life exposure to certain indoor fungal components (molecules) can help build stronger immune systems, and may protect against future allergies.

2nd annual Malcolm Adcock Memorial Lecture
The University of Cincinnati Department of Environmental Health, Office of Continuing Medical Education, and U.S. EPA Homeland Security Research Center, and Cincinnati Health Department hosted the 2nd annual Malcolm Adcock Memorial Lecture on March 22, 2007. Approximately 100 scientists, emergency response and public health personnel attended the lecture given by Richard Hatchett, PhD, from the NIH. Dr. Hatchett spoke on "Community Mitigation Strategies for Pandemic Influenza" at the Children's Hospital Medical Center Auditorium. Those who are interested in Dr. Hatchett's work can access an article recently published: http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/short/104/18/7582


Jarek Meller Receives Ohio Cyberinfrastructure Award
Jarek Meller, PhD, wins Advanced Technology Summit award for genome recognition, analysis and prediction research.

Dirt in Home Helps Immunity
WKRC-TV, CBS, Channel 12—May 1, 2007
News piece featuring Yulia Iossifova, Department of Environmental Health
A little dirt might not hurt. Researchers at the University of Cincinnati have confirmed what researchers have suspected for a long time: that some household dirt may be very helpful to building up immunity. Yulia Iossifova, University of Cincinnati, said, "It's not only the bacteria, but fungi also will contribute to the enhancement of immune system fighting allergies."