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October 2011


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This month in EHP

By Ian Thomas
October 2011

Cover of the October 2011 issue of Environmental Health Perspectives: Children's Health 2011
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In its annual Children's Health issue, Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP)(http://ehp03.niehs.nih.gov/home.action) highlights new research into the potential effects of psychological stress on children's response to environmental pollutants. Although stress has been hard to quantify and measure, a small group of researchers is finding new ways to address these issues and explore stress-pollution interactions and their impacts on children's health.

Another story, titled “Advising Parents in the Face of Scientific Uncertainty: An Environmental Health Dilemma,” reports on collaborations among researchers and clinicians to better inform parents about the current understanding of potential environmental health hazards.

In this month's Researcher's Perspective(http://ehp03.niehs.nih.gov/static/podcasts.action;jsessionid=8DF33A7C0EEF63E1A99397D01DAE548D) podcast, host Ashley Ahearn speaks with NIEHS researcher Suzanne Fenton, Ph.D., regarding the growing number of young girls experiencing early puberty and the possible role of environmental exposures in mammary gland development.

In addition to more than a dozen children's health research articles, this month's featured commentary, reviews, and research include:

  • Heart Rate Variability and Cycling in Traffic
  • Biomass Smoke and Blood Pressure in Chinese Women
  • Peat Bog Wildfire Smoke Exposure and Cardiopulmonary Emergency Department Visits in Rural North Carolina
  • Arsenic Toxicology: Translating between Experimental Models and Human Pathology

(Ian Thomas is a public affairs specialist in the NIEHS Office of Communications and Public Liaison.)



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