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September 2011


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This month in EHP

By Ian Thomas
September 2011

Cover of the September 2011 issue of Environmental Health Perspectives: Fields and Forests in Flames
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A striking cover image of burning forestland serves as a fitting backdrop for the feature news story in the September issue of Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP)(http://ehp03.niehs.nih.gov/home.action), “Fields and Forests in Flames: Vegetation Smoke and Human Health.” With wildfires increasing worldwide in recent years and expected to increase still more in the near future, there is a need for better understanding of who is most vulnerable to the adverse health effects of smoke and how different types of vegetation smoke differ in toxicity.

In a second story, titled “Climate Change and Infectious Disease: The Future Is Now,” researchers examine the evidence for climate-related shifts of vectorborne and other diseases, while preparing the public health community for further changes to come.

In this month's Researcher's Perspective(http://ehp03.niehs.nih.gov/static/podcasts.action;jsessionid=8DF33A7C0EEF63E1A99397D01DAE548D) podcast, host Ashley Ahearn sits down with NIEHS Senior Advisor for Public Health John Balbus, M.D.(http://www.niehs.nih.gov/about/od/advisor/balbus/index.cfm), to discuss how the environmental health community is communicating to the public the science of climate change and what it means for human health.

Featured commentary, reviews, and research this month include:

  • Health Impacts of Forest Fire Smoke
  • Air Pollution and Cardiorespiratory Events in Infants
  • Thirdhand Tobacco Smoke: A Review of the Evidence
  • Halogenated Bisphenols Are PPAR Ligands
  • Additivity of Pyrethroids on Na+ Influx
  • Bitumen and PAH Exposure Among Ancient Chumash Indians

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



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