In the Media

SF GATE and ALJAZERRA: John Balmes is quoted on the issue of air pollution and asthma in two recent publications. In the January 14, 2014, SF GATE, Balmes commented on air pollution in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Bay Area has had a relatively rain-free winter which has resulted in hazy days caused by air pollution. In ALJAZEERA AMERICA on February 17, 2014, John commented about the air quality in Richmond, California, an ethnically diverse community that is largely low-income and vulnerable to health risks.
BUSINESS STANDARD: David Rempel shared tips to prevent health problems resulting from too many hours at the computer. Read the article published in the Business Standard on March 18, 2014. Rempel is a professor of Medicine in the UCSF Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and director of the joint Berkeley and UCSF Ergonomics Program.
LA TIMES: California Air Resources Board member and COEH Director John Balmes was quoted in the Los Angeles Times on January 23, and on March 25, 2014. The January 23 article provided detailed coverage of the Board’s assessment that, although air pollution has dropped in California over the last decade, smog remains above federal standards in Los Angeles, the San Joaquin Valley, Sacramento, and San Diego. “Of the state’s five biggest urban areas, only the San Francisco Bay Area meets all federal standards for ozone — the worst component of smog.” The March 25 article discusses how the World Health Organization has determined that one in eight deaths worldwide are linked to air pollution. The greatest number of pollution related fatalities take place in Asia due to both indoor (use of bio-mass burning cook stoves) and outdoor (vehicles and industrialization) pollution.
NPR NEWS: COEH faculty members Katharine Hammond and John Balmes discuss CHAPS, or the Children’s Health and Air Pollution Study, on NPR’s Valley Public Radio. The study explores how air pollution and the San Joaquin Valley environment affects children ages 10-18 years old, in particular, children with asthma or allergies. The story was listed as one of three Top Stories in the Maddy Institute’s daily news chronicle on January 29, 2014.
GOLDEN GATE EXPRESS: On February 10, John Balmes is quoted on the detection of mercury, asbestos, lead paint, and mold in old campus building following the closure of the Science Building at San Francisco State University.
REUTERS asks Irva Hertz-Picciotto to comment on a study suggesting children born to older fathers may be at higher risk for mental illness. Hertz-Picciotto is chief of the Division of Environmental and Occupational Health in the Department of Public Health Sciences in the UC Davis School of Medicine. The article was published on March 4, 2014.
CALIFORNIA MAGAZINE: A paper co-authored by Kirk Smith, professor of Environmental Health Sciences in the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, suggests the weather when you were in utero can influence heart attack risk. Read the March 6, 2014 article in California Magazine.
KQED Forum with Michael Krasny: Megan Schwarzman joins the March 6 discussion on BPA-free plastics and the latest controversial news of how the plastics industry fights to keep the chemical additives from regulation.
THE NATION: Brenda Eskenazi and her team received significant coverage in an article in The Nation entitled, “Warning signs: How pesticides harm the young brain.” The story provides an in-depth account of the Center for the Health Assessment of Mothers and Children of Salinas project, or CHAMACOS, a longitudinal birth cohort study examining the effects chemical exposure on children’s health.
THE LOS ANGELES SENTINEL: Seniors are altering the image of how life after retirement can be lived by actively contributing to community building, healthy aging, and social justice. The March 21 LA Sentinel attributes Meredith Minkler as the developer of the “California Senior Leaders Award” along with the California Wellness Foundation. This year’s award recipient, Elizabeth Johnson of Inglewood, was honored at a two day training event in Oakland.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC: Kirk Smith is quoted on March 25, 2014, in National Geographic on the effects of indoor cooking, which is linked to deaths by exposure to air pollution. The WHO reports that based on 2012 numbers, seven million people die each year. The 2012 numbers are double the WHO’s previous 2008 estimate. Smith is a COEH faculty member and is the director for International Programs. Smith has been studying the effects of indoor cooking since the 1970s.

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