Entries in Columbia University (3)


Chemical Common in Plastic Containers Linked to Asthma

Photo by David McNew/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Young children exposed to a specific chemical, commonly present in plastic containers and metal cans used to hold food, may be at higher risk of developing asthma, according to a new study.

The report, published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, found a link between exposure to bisphenol A (BPA) and increased rates of asthma among children, according to HealthDay. BPA has previously been linked to respiratory problems, obesity, increased blood sugar levels, and behavioral issues.

Dr. Kathleen Donohue, an assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, explained to HealthDay that the link between BPA and asthma is only an association, and not necessarily a cause.

Investigators studied the levels of a form of BPA that is found in urine after exposure to the chemical in 568 women and their children. The measurements were first taken during the third trimester, and then when the children were 3, 5 and 7 years old.

During each measurement, about 90 percent of the children had some BPA in their bodies. Interestingly, the researchers found that the children exposed to BPA after birth had increased rates of wheezing and asthma.

The report found no connection between exposure to BPA during the third trimester and asthma rates.

While some experts remain unconvinced, Dr. Len Horovitz, a pulmonary specialist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, told HealthDay, "It is unclear what the mechanism is, but it seems clear there really is a mechanism."

Horovitz recommended avoiding BPA as much as possible to HealthDay, saying that people should "stop using number 3 and number 7 plastics, use more glass containers, more metal containers."

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Obesity Leads to Changes In How the Heart Works, Study Finds

Polka Dot/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A new study finds a possible link between obesity and heart failure.

While it's common knowledge that obesity is extremely unhealthy for the heart, the report indicates that obesity may actually alter the heart's mechanics. The study from Columbia University examined a spectrum of 950 normal weight, overweight, and obese patients.

Researchers discovered that the hearts in overweight and obese patients had deficient left chambers. This may be a contributing factor in cases of heart failure.

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On Sex Ed., Columbia's Got it Covered

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Students aren't the only ones being graded on college campuses these days. And the grades are about more than academics.

Trojan Condoms released its Sexual Health Report Card this week, which grades universities' efforts to educate students about sexual health. Each campus received a report card, with grades for 12 areas, including condom availability, STI (sexually transmitted infection) testing locations and available lecture programs.

Columbia University in New York City came out on top, while the University of Idaho received a GPA of 1.17 (scale of zero to four) on its report card, making it the lowest ranked of all.

Trojan partnered with Sperling's BestPlaces, an independent research firm, and Rock the Vote. The study, now in its fifth year, found that sexual health is becoming a larger political and social issue for young adults.

The top five schools included Columbia, Michigan State University, Ohio State University, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and Brown University.

Others didn't fare so well. Chicago State University, Marshall University, DePaul University, Brigham University and the University of Idaho all ranked in the bottom five.

Ivy Leaguers Harvard and Princeton made leaps in sexual health. Harvard jumped from No. 62 to No. 16, Princeton from No. 61 to No. 8.

"Hopefully everybody's grades get higher," said Bruce Tetreault, group product manager for Trojan Condoms. "If we can get all those GPAs up it's better for everybody, and we can start reducing those scary statistics."

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