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Environmental Factor, January 2012

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This month in EHP

By Ian Thomas

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In its first lead story of 2012, the January issue of Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) ( 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 ( features a discussion with NIEHS grantee Robert Wright, M.D. 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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