Environmental Factor, March 2010, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
This Month in EHP
By Eddy Ball
(http://twitter.com/ehponline/)The eye-catching cover of the March issue of Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) (http://ehp03.niehs.nih.gov/home.action) provides a backdrop for a news feature on "Better Burning, Better Breathing: Improving Health with Cleaner Cook Stoves." The article describes new initiatives by governments and nongovernmental organizations aimed at mass producing and distributing affordable, cleaner-burning stoves to improve public health.
A second new article, "Synthetic Biology: Environmental Health Implications of a New Field," explores the concepts behind the emerging field of synthetic biology and discusses some of the risks and limitations experts say need to be considered as this discipline advances in efforts to "rewire" cells and put them to work as sensors and miniature factories.
The March issue also highlights new studies, including ones on the health effects of exposure to formaldehyde and flame retardants:
- Formaldehyde Exposure and Asthma in Children
- Organophosphate (OP) Flame Retardants and Endocrine Markers in Men
- PBDEs and HBCD from Flame Retardants in U.S. Food Samples