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Environmental Factor, February 2012

This month in EHP

By Ian Thomas

February cover of EHP

In its feature story of the month, the February issue of Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) (http://ehp03.niehs.nih.gov/home.action) examines the impact of environmental exposures on America’s growing obesity epidemic. While many scientists and physicians have historically attributed much of this problem to poor dietary habits and a lack of exercise, a growing body of evidence suggests that environmental exposures to certain chemicals, known as obesogens, may be a strong contributor.

In a second story, titled ”Decoding Neurodevelopment: Findings on Environmental Exposures and Synaptic Plasticity,” EHP explores the latest findings about how environmental factors may affect synaptic plasticity in the C2 portion of the hippocampus, the region of the brain tasked with memory and learning development.

In this month’s Researcher’s Perspective  podcast (http://ehp03.niehs.nih.gov/static/podcasts.action) host Ashley Ahearn sits down with  Robert B. Jackson, Ph.D., (https://fds.duke.edu/db/aas/Biology/faculty/jackson/)  to discuss the impact of hydraulic fracturing used in natural gas drilling on community health, specifically the millions of gallons of contaminated water that it produces. 

Featured commentaries, reviews, and research this month include:

  • Environmental Lead Levels After Hurricane Katrina
  • Health Risks of Limited-Contact Water Recreation
  • Air Pollution, Temperature, and Blood Pressure in People With Type 2 Diabetes
  • Health Impacts of the Built Environment
  • Material Cadmium Exposure and Birth Size

(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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