Environmental Factor, August 2010, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
This Month in EHP
By Eddy Ball
(http://twitter.com/ehponline/) The cover of the August issue of Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) (http://ehp03.niehs.nih.gov/home.action) features an eye-popping close-up of oil-polluted water to highlight its news features on the Deepwater Horizon disaster. The news article "Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea: Dispersants in the Gulf of Mexico" describes the use of these chemicals as a high-stakes gamble - a tradeoff of one set of ecologic effects for another. A second story, "Emergency Responder Health: What Have We Learned From Past Disasters?" explores how scientists and policy makers are using past experiences to learn ways to better protect emergency responders.
In this month's podcast(http://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/category/news/podcasts/), Dana Wetzel, Ph.D., program manager at Mote Marine Laboratory, discusses her research on dispersant use and the questions that still remain to be answered about its health effects.
The August issue is also the journal's annual "Reviews in Environmental Health" issue. Among the 13 reviews included in this issue are:
- Biomonitoring Suggests Widespread BPA Exposure
- Understanding Patterns of Environmental Disease
- Health Impacts of a Shift from Cars to Bikes
- Methylmercury: Lessons Learned
- A Niche for Infectious Disease in Environmental Health