This month in EHP
By Ian Thomas
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.)