Skip Navigation
U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Dot gov

The .gov means it’s official.
Federal government websites often end in .gov or .mil. Before sharing sensitive information, make sure you’re on a federal government site.

Https

The site is secure.
The https:// ensures that you are connecting to the official website and that any information you provide is encrypted and transmitted securely.

Internet Explorer is no longer a supported browser.

This website may not display properly with Internet Explorer. For the best experience, please use a more recent browser such as the latest versions of Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, and/or Mozilla Firefox. Thank you.

COVID-19 is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation.

Get the latest public health information from CDC. Get the latest research information from NIH.

Your Environment. Your Health.

Research Highlights

The vision of NIEHS is to use environmental health sciences to understand human disease and improve human health. Below are some research highlights from NIEHS scientists since its founding in 1966.

Click on the headers below (Date and Title) to sort by year or title. Click on the tags below each highlight to filter by tag, or use the search box to enter a search term.

1997

Environmental Genome Project looks at gene variations: Some people develop disease while others do not

scientist holding a genetic read out

A new program is announced to explore gene variations, or polymorphisms, that influence people's susceptibility to environmental exposures that cause disease in some people but not others.

Full Highlight: Environmental Genome Project looks at gene variations: Some people develop disease while others do not

Tags: genes, notable NIEHS programs, polymorphisms

1997

Low-calorie diet slows bladder cancer

broccoli on a fork

Low-calorie diets can slow the development of bladder cancer in mice by reducing the level of a key hormone called insulin-like growth factor 1, NIEHS research showed. This research established the role of caloric restriction in the prevention of certain cancers, and identified insulin-like growth factor 1 as a key risk factor in the development and progression of cancer.

Full Highlight: Low-calorie diet slows bladder cancer

Tags: cancer

1996

Prenatal exposure to polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) reduces IQ in children

balled up test sheet with a broken pencil infront

Children's health researchers demonstrated that children who are exposed to relatively small amounts of PCBs before birth have higher rates of low-normal IQ scores, poor reading comprehension, and memory problems.

Full Highlight: Prenatal exposure to polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) reduces IQ in children

Tags: IQ, children's health

1995

Gene cloned that suppresses prostate cancer

man receiving a MRI

NIEHS researchers identified and cloned a gene that suppresses the spread of prostate cancer.

Full Highlight: Gene cloned that suppresses prostate cancer

Tags: cancer, genes

1995

Phenolphthalein, a common laxative, linked to ovarian and other cancers

Experiments conducted by NIEHS researchers show that phenolphthalein, a widely used laxative, causes ovarian and other cancers in laboratory rats and mice.

Full Highlight: Phenolphthalein, a common laxative, linked to ovarian and other cancers

Tags: cancer

Back
to Top