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August 2015 | Volume 123 | Issue 8


August 2015 Cover


Delta Subsidence: An Imminent Threat to Coastal Populations

Charles W. Schmidt | A204

Sea-level rise threatens to inundate coastlines around the world. But some of the world’s most vulnerable coasts, delta regions that are home to roughly half a billion people, face the far more immediate threat of subsidence. With its associated threats of flooding, infectious diseases, saltwater intrusion, and infrastructure disruption, subsidence is a multifaceted problem that requires site-specific solutions—and soon.

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Honey bee covered with pumpkin pollen

Pollinator Power: Nutrition Security Benefits of an Ecosystem Service

Wendee Nicole | A210

Scientists have only recently calculated the extent to which food supplies depend on pollinators. Now several new studies suggest that reduced populations of bees and other pollinators may adversely affect not only the marketplace but also the availability of essential nutrients in the human diet, potentially increasing malnutrition in areas already struggling with this issue.

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Science Selections

How Good Is Good Enough? Cookstove Replacement Scenarios to Reach Indoor Air Goals

Julia R. Barrett | A216

Also see Johnson and Chiang, p. 820

Plumbing Pathogens: A Fixture in Hospitals and Homes

Carol Potera | A217

Also see Falkinham et al., p. 749

Arsenic and Blood Pressure: A Long-Term Relationship

Nate Seltenrich | A218

Also see Jiang et al., p. 806

A Closer Look at Obesogens: Lipid Homeostasis Disruption in Daphnia

Lindsey Konkel | A219

Also see Jordão et al., p. 813


A Standard of Knowledge for the Professional Practice of Toxicology

Janis E. Hulla, Lewis B. Kinter, and Bruce Kelman | 743


Epidemiology and Ecology of Opportunistic Premise Plumbing Pathogens: Legionella pneumophila, Mycobacterium avium, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Joseph O. Falkinham III, Elizabeth D. Hilborn, Matthew J. Arduino, Amy Pruden, and Marc A. Edwards | 749

Also see Science Selections, p. A217


Beyond the Mean: Quantile Regression to Explore the Association of Air Pollution with Gene-Specific Methylation in the Normative Aging Study

Marie-Abele C. Bind, Brent A. Coull, Annette Peters, Andrea A. Baccarelli, Letizia Tarantini, Laura Cantone, Pantel S. Vokonas, Petros Koutrakis, and Joel D. Schwartz | 759

Assessment of Short- and Long-Term Mortality Displacement in Heat-Related Deaths in Brisbane, Australia, 1996–2004

Zhen Qiao, Yuming Guo, Weiwei Yu, and Shilu Tong | 766

Carotid Intima-Media Thickness and Long-Term Exposure to Traffic-Related Air Pollution in Middle-Aged Residents of Taiwan: A Cross-Sectional Study

Ta-Chen Su, Juey-Jen Hwang, Yu-Cheng Shen, and Chang-Chuan Chan | 773

Associations between Long-Term Air Pollutant Exposures and Blood Pressure in Elderly Residents of Taipei City: A Cross-Sectional Study

Szu-Ying Chen, Chang-Fu Wu, Jui-Huan Lee, Barbara Hoffmann, Annette Peters, Bert Brunekreef, Da-Chen Chu, and Chang-Chuan Chan | 779

Air Pollution from Road Traffic and Systemic Inflammation in Adults: A Cross-Sectional Analysis in the European ESCAPE Project

Timo Lanki, Regina Hampel, Pekka Tiittanen, Silke Andrich, Rob Beelen, Bert Brunekreef, Julia Dratva, Ulf De Faire, Kateryna B. Fuks, Barbara Hoffmann, Medea Imboden, Pekka Jousilahti, Wolfgang Koenig, Amir A. Mahabadi, Nino Künzli, Nancy L. Pedersen, Johanna Penell, Göran Pershagen, Nicole M. Probst-Hensch, Emmanuel Schaffner, Christian Schindler, Dorothea Sugiri, Wim J.R. Swart, Ming-Yi Tsai, Anu W. Turunen, Gudrun Weinmayr, Kathrin Wolf, Tarja Yli-Tuomi, and Annette Peters | 785

Mercury Exposure and Antinuclear Antibodies among Females of Reproductive Age in the United States: NHANES

Emily C. Somers, Martha A. Ganser, Jeffrey S. Warren, Niladri Basu, Lu Wang, Suzanna M. Zick, and Sung Kyun Park | 792

Novel Roles for Notch3 and Notch4 Receptors in Gene Expression and Susceptibility to Ozone-Induced Lung Inflammation in Mice

Kirsten C. Verhein, Zachary McCaw, Wesley Gladwell, Shweta Trivedi, Pierre R. Bushel, and Steven R. Kleeberger | 799

Association between Arsenic Exposure from Drinking Water and Longitudinal Change in Blood Pressure among HEALS Cohort Participants

Jieying Jiang, Mengling Liu, Faruque Parvez, Binhuan Wang, Fen Wu, Mahbub Eunus, Sripal Bangalore, Jonathan D. Newman, Alauddin Ahmed, Tariqul Islam, Muhammad Rakibuz-Zaman, Rabiul Hasan, Golam Sarwar, Diane Levy, Vesna Slavkovich, Maria Argos, Molly Scannell Bryan, Shohreh F. Farzan, Richard B. Hayes, Joseph H. Graziano, Habibul Ahsan, and Yu Chen | 806

Also see Science Selections, p. A218

Obesogens beyond Vertebrates: Lipid Perturbation by Tributyltin in the Crustacean Daphnia magna

Rita Jordão, Josefina Casas, Gemma Fabrias, Bruno Campos, Benjamín Piña, Marco F.L. Lemos, Amadeu M.V.M. Soares, Romà Tauler, and Carlos Barata | 813

Also see Science Selections, p. A219

Quantitative Guidance for Stove Usage and Performance to Achieve Health and Environmental Targets

Michael A. Johnson and Ranyee A. Chiang | 820

Also see Science Selections, p. A216

Children’s Health

Relation of Prenatal Methylmercury Exposure from Environmental Sources to Childhood IQ

Joseph L. Jacobson, Gina Muckle, Pierre Ayotte, Éric Dewailly, and Sandra W. Jacobson | 827

In Utero Fine Particle Air Pollution and Placental Expression of Genes in the Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor Signaling Pathway: An ENVIRONAGE Birth Cohort Study

Nelly D. Saenen, Michelle Plusquin, Esmée Bijnens, Bram G. Janssen, Wilfried Gyselaers, Bianca Cox, Frans Fierens, Geert Molenberghs, Joris Penders, Karen Vrijens, Patrick De Boever, and Tim S. Nawrot | 834

Anthropometry in 5- to 9-Year-Old Greenlandic and Ukrainian Children in Relation to Prenatal Exposure to Perfluorinated Alkyl Substances

Birgit Bjerre Høyer, Cecilia Høst Ramlau-Hansen, Martine Vrijheid, Damaskini Valvi, Henning Sloth Pedersen, Valentyna Zviezdai, Bo A.G. Jönsson, Christian H. Lindh, Jens Peter Bonde, and Gunnar Toft | 841

Air Pollution and Lung Function in Dutch Children: A Comparison of Exposure Estimates and Associations Based on Land Use Regression and Dispersion Exposure Modeling Approaches

Meng Wang, Ulrike Gehring, Gerard Hoek, Menno Keuken, Sander Jonkers, Rob Beelen, Marloes Eeftens, Dirkje S. Postma, and Bert Brunekreef | 847


Brief Communication

Current Research and Opportunities to Address Environmental Asbestos Exposures

Danielle J. Carlin, Theodore C. Larson, Jean C. Pfau, Stephen H. Gavett, Arti Shukla, Aubrey Miller, and Ronald Hines | A194


Comment on “Background Ionizing Radiation and the Risk of Childhood Cancer: A Census-Based Nationwide Cohort Study”

Bobby R. Scott | A198

Response to “Comment on ‘Background Ionizing Radiation and the Risk of Childhood Cancer: A Census-Based Nationwide Cohort Study’”

Ben D. Spycher, Martin Röösli, Matthias Egger, and Claudia E. Kuehni | A198

Comment on “Background Ionizing Radiation and the Risk of Childhood Cancer: A Census-Based Nationwide Cohort Study”

Jeffry A. Siegel, Bill Sacks, Ludwig E. Feinendegen, James S. Welsh, Krzysztof W. Fornalski, Mark Miller, Jeffrey Mahn, Leo Gomez, Michael G. Stabin, Patricia Lewis, Vincent J. Esposito, Andrzej Strupczewski, Charles W. Pennington, Jerry M. Cuttler, Chary Rangacharyulu, Chris Davey, and Shizuyo Sutou | A200

Response to “Comment on ‘Background Ionizing Radiation and the Risk of Childhood Cancer: A Census-Based Nationwide Cohort Study’”

Ben D. Spycher, Martin Röösli, Matthias Egger, and Claudia E. Kuehni | A200


Erratum: “Take Care in the Kitchen: Avoiding Cooking-Related Pollutants”


Erratum: “A Hard Nut to Crack: Reducing Chemical Migration in Food-Contact Materials”


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