Environmental Health

 A truck drives by a neighborhood in Southwest Detroit. Neighbors say the constant noise makes it hard to sleep or enjoy outdoor activities.

Truck Noise in Southwest Detroit Adds to Public Health Concerns

New research from Stuart Batterman

Researchers at the University of Michigan joined forces with the Southwest Detroit Community Benefits Coalition and local community members to evaluate the noise impact of trucks on Southwest Detroit. Currently, trucks are being rerouted as part of the new Gordie Howe International Bridge construction. Read more

Chemical barrels

Toxic Substances Control Act and the Regulation of Chemicals

Q&A with Trish Koman

As the fifth anniversary of the passage of major amendments to the Toxic Substances Control Act approaches this June, a University of Michigan researcher will address the impact the law has had on the regulation of industrial and commercial chemicals. Read more

Aerial view of Michigan Stadium, the

Learning Public Health Practice in a Virtual World

Q&A with Elizabeth Zaebst

A hypothetical college football game—a familiar scenario for Michigan students—provided the backdrop to a remote preparedness exercise for public health students and the Washtenaw County Health Department. Familiarity with the Big House and surrounding terrain helped the students focus on how to keep everyone healthy. Read more

A patient's arm.

New Study Links Cadmium to More Severe Flu, Pneumonia Infections

New research from Sung Kyun Park

High levels of cadmium, a chemical found in cigarettes and in contaminated vegetables, are associated with higher death rates in patients with influenza or pneumonia—and may increase the severity of COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses, according to a new study. Read more

Yellow ventilation pipes on a ceiling.

COVID-19, Aerosols, and Ventilation

Q&A with Aurora Le

As the weather gets colder and we find ourselves inside for longer periods of time, how can we avoid aerosolized droplets becoming a problem for disease transmission in our public buildings? Dr. Aurora Le walks us through some basic steps any building occupant or manager can take to mitigate risk of COVID-19 spread. Read more

Trish Koman

Trish Koman Receives Distinguished Service Award from APHA Environment Section

Trish Koman, research investigator in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, was recently awarded the Distinguished Service Award for her contributions to the American Public Health Association’s Environment Section during the APHA Annual Meeting on Monday, October 26. Read more