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Environmental Factor, January 2012

This month in EHP

By Ian Thomas

January 2012 Environmental Health Perspectives Cover

In its first lead story of 2012, the January issue of Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) (http://ehp03.niehs.nih.gov/home.action) examines a new strategy for evaluating the impact of regional and local-level climate changes on public health. Downscaling climate models offers a clearer picture of how local climate may be affected in the future, by incorporating specific geographic details into a general circulation model.

In a second news story, titled “Trending Now: Using Social Media to Predict and Track Disease Outbreaks,” EHP explores how public health researchers are now using rapid information-exchange platforms, such as cell phones, social media, and other web-enabled applications, to predict and track outbreaks of infectious diseases.

This month’s Researcher’s Perspective Podcast (http://ehp03.niehs.nih.gov/static/podcasts.action) features a discussion with NIEHS grantee Robert Wright, M.D. (http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/faculty/robert-wright/)  coauthor of a study on the neurodevelopmental effects of manganese and lead co-exposure appearing in this issue.

Other research this month includes:

  • Persistent Organic Pollutants and Carotid Atherosclerosis
  • Community Asbestos Exposure in Minneapolis, Minnesota, from Libby Vermiculite
  • Co-benefits from Reduced Car Travel

(Ian Thomas is a public affairs specialist with the NIEHS Office of Communications and Public Liaison, and a regular contributor to the Environmental Factor.)




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