Environmental Factor, November 2011, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
This month in EHP
With the U.S. Department of the Interior Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement reviewing options to improve environmental oversight of surface mining operations, the November issue of Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP)(http://ehp03.niehs.nih.gov/home.action) offers a timely examination of the controversy surrounding potential health impacts of mountaintop removal (MTR) coal mining. New research is beginning to link MTR mining and adverse outcomes in community health, raising questions about whether the potential health costs of MTR mining outweigh its benefits.
A second story, titled “Are We on the Same Page? Action Agenda of the National Conversation on Public Health and Chemical Exposures,” examines the National Conversation's recommendations for preventing exposure to hazardous chemicals.
In this month's Researcher's Perspective(http://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/category/news/podcasts/) podcast, host Ashley Ahearn speaks with NIEHS grantee David Savitz, Ph.D.(http://today.brown.edu/faculty/2010/savitz) , of Brown University, regarding the epidemiologic evidence about cell phone use and human health effects.
Featured commentary, reviews, and research this month include the following:
- Toxicogenomic Comparison of Air Pollution Mixtures
- Resistant Bacteria on Organic and Conventional Poultry Farms
- Pediatric Disease and Stress During Pregnancy
- Formaldehyde Exposure and Respiratory Infections
- Air Pollution and Exposure-Response Relationships
(Ian Thomas is a public affairs specialist in the NIEHS Office of Communications and Public Liaison.)