Hot days can be deadly, so public health officials have begun developing heat action plans to help mitigate the health impact of high temperatures. Although these plans have been widely adopted, it is unclear how effective they really are at reducing the public health burden of extreme heat. A new study seeks to find out.
Researchers must strive to ensure that individuals understand the risks incurred by participating in a household exposure study, including legal obligations that come with identification of contamination issues in their homes. A new review outlines these potential obligations along with guidance for sharing this information with participants.
Climate change presents a significant and growing threat to human health, with diverse impacts projected for different regions. Investigators now report that Pacific island countries are among the nations most vulnerable to climate-related health problems due to their particular geographic, demographic, and socioeconomic characteristics.
Charles W. Schmidt
Early indicators suggest the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act will more effectively protect people—including vulnerable populations such as children and pregnant women—than the original Toxic Substances Control Act that it replaces. But will the changes live up to their promise?
Both intrauterine inflammation and exposure to PM2.5 have been studied in association with poor birth outcomes such as risk of being born preterm or underweight. A new study bridges these two lines of study with evidence that intrauterine inflammation may actually result from PM2.5 exposure.
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Great Lakes Echo, 18 November 2016
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National Geographic, 12 November 2016
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• 12,000 U.S. Schools Are Within a Mile of a Hazardous Chemical Facility. What Should We Do about That?
Ensia, 10 November 2016
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• Determining Safe PFOA Level an Uncertain Science
The Intelligencer (Doylestown, PA), 7 November 2016
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• Study Calls for Independent Monitoring of Carbon Offset Programs
Xinhua News Agency, 6 November 2016
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• To Create a Quieter City, They’re Recording the Sounds of New York
New York Times, 6 November 2016
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