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March 2011


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This month in EHP

By Matt Goad
March 2011

March EHP cover - Engineered Nanoparticles in Consumer Products
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Engineered nanoparticles are being added to an increasing number of consumer products, but the long-term safety of these materials is still unknown, and pinpointing exactly which products contain them is not always easy. The March issue of Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP)(http://ehp03.niehs.nih.gov/home.action) examines this topic in its feature article, "Engineered Nanoparticles in Consumer Products: Understanding a New Ingredient."

This issue's second news story, "Alberta's Oil Sands: Hard Evidence, Missing Data, New Promises," discusses the conclusions of a new Royal Society of Canada report that analyzed the published science around the environmental and human health impacts of oil-sands development.

In the podcast(http://www.ehponline.org/podcasts) for the month, Peter Goering, Ph.D., secretary of the Society of Toxicology (SOT), tells host Ashley Ahearn about the process of selecting the people and events represented in the "Benchmarks of Toxicology" poster developed by EHP, NIEHS, the National Toxicology Program, and the SOT, to commemorate the society's 50th anniversary.

Among the reviews and research included in this issue of EHP are:

  • Children's Health and Global Climate Change
  • Diesel Particulate Matter-Induced Pulmonary Inflammation
  • Biomarker and Contaminant Analyses of Skin and Blubber Biopsies from Pacific Sperm Whales
  • Chemical-Induced Immunotoxicity
  • Benzene and Neural Tube Defects

(Matt Goad is a contract writer with the NIEHS Office of Communications and Public Liaison.)



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