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This Month in EHP

By Eddy Ball
April 2009


The April 2009 issue of Environmental Health Perspectives ( is now available on-line, with a feature story on the controversy surrounding health risks related to oil sands development. The issue also includes an examination of the national strategy regarding nanomaterials and investigations of the health effects of childhood asthma, climate change, lead exposure and bisphenol A (BPA).

  • Oil Sands Development: A Health Risk Worth Taking? - Examining the potential human and environmental hazards involved in exploiting this untapped source of petroleum in oil sands
  • Nanotechnology-Related Environmental, Health and Safety Research - Critiquing the strategic document issued in 2008 by the National Research Council on research needs and their priority
  • Childhood Asthma and Exposures at Swimming Pools - Reporting on a 2007 workshop that identified important data gaps remaining in exposure assessment of new-onset asthma risk for children from swimming pool disinfection by-products
  • Climate Change, Agriculture and Human Health - Investigating the anticipated health risks from increased exposures to pathogens and agricultural chemicals due to climate change and suggesting research and policy changes that may help to manage them
  • Lead Exposure and Cognition in Older Women - Focusing on the association of blood and bone lead levels with cognition deficits specifically in older women, even at low levels experienced in community settings
  • BPA Exposure Among Premature Infants in a Hospital Setting - Finding BPA levels one order of magnitude higher than estimates for the general population in infants in two neonatal intensive care units in the Boston area and calling for further studies to pinpoint the sources

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