In the Media: News Roundup (March 26, 2021)

March 26, 2021

SPHHS researchers, including Nicholas Reich and Andrew Lover (Biostatistics and Epidemiology), Laura Vandenberg, Richard Peltier, and Alexander Suvorov (Environmental Health Sciences) and Sarah Goff and Jennifer Whitehill (Health Promotion and Policy), comment in multiple news stories about the potential impact and spread of the coronavirus and response to the pandemic; effectiveness of masks; chemical preservative exposure and increased breast cancer risk; epigenetic changes in sperm from older rats; mental health challenges facing young people during the pandemic; and an increasing number of calls to poison control centers related to children accidentally ingesting edible cannabis.

Updated March 26, 2021:

Mass. COVID Numbers Have Stopped Declining. Experts Say They Have An Idea Why - Andrew Lover, Biostatistics and Epidemiology (WGBH Radio Boston, 3/25/21)

Balance of Power: Concerns Over New Covid-19 Wave (Podcast) - Nicholas Reich, Biostatistics and Epidemiology (Bloomberg, 3/24/21)

Poison Control Calls for Pediatric Cannabis Exposure on the Rise - Jennifer Whitehill, Health Promotion and Policy (Medscape (via Reuters), 3/23/21)

Exposure to Common Preservative During Pregnancy May Increase Breast Cancer Risk - Laura Vandenberg, Environmental Health Sciences (Pharmacy Times, 3/23/21)

Variants Rise in Some States, Adding Urgency to Vaccine Push - Nicholas Reich, Biostatistics and Epidemiology (Bloomberg, 3/22/21)

Pandemic breeds mental health challenges, particularly for youngsters - Sarah Goff, Health Promotion and Policy (Daily Hampshire Gazette, 3/22/21)

Beauty product additive’s effect on health requires more study, UMass researchers say - Laura Vandenberg, Environmental Health Sciences (MassLive, 3/19/21)

Experts say COVID-19 case decline appears to be stalling, worry variants may be at work - Nicholas Reich, Biostatistics and Epidemiology (The Boston Globe, 3/18/21)

Mask skeptics ask questions. PolitiFact answers. - Richard Peltier, Environmental Health Sciences (PolitiFact, 3/16/21)

Does exposure to propylparaben during preganancy increase risk of breast cancer? - Laura Vandenberg, Environmental Health Sciences (LabRoots, 3/16/21)

Sperm from older rats passes on fewer active genes to offspring because of epigenetic changes - Alexander Suvorov, Environmental Health Sciences (The Conversation, 3/16/21)