Child Health

The purpose of this site is to provide supplementary material for the book Child Health and the Environment and a means for readers to provide feedback.

Don Wigle, MD, PhD, MPH
R. Samuel McLaughlin Centre for Population Health Risk Assessment
Institute of Population Health
University of Ottawa
Ottawa
CANADA
don.wigle@sympatico.ca

Child Health and the Environment (ISBN 0-19-513559-8) is available from Oxford University Press:

Canada http://www.oup.com/ca/isbn/0-19-513559-8

UK and Europe http://www.oup.co.uk/isbn/0-19-513559-8

USA http://www.oup-usa.org/isbn/0195135598.html

This is the first textbook to focus on environmental threats to child health. It will interest professionals and graduate students in public health, pediatrics, environmental health, epidemiology and toxicology. The first three chapters provide overviews of key children's environmental health issues as well as the role of environmental epidemiology and risk assessment in child health protection. Overarching themes are the susceptibility of the rapidly developing fetus and infant to environmental toxicants, the importance of modifying factors (e.g. poverty, genetic traits, nutrition), the role of health outcome and exposure monitoring, uncertainties surrounding environmental exposure limits and the importance of timely intervention.

Later chapters address the health effects of metals, PCBs, dioxins, pesticides, hormonally active agents, radiation, indoor and outdoor air pollution and water contaminants. In analyzing potential environmental hazards, the author addresses both biologic and epidemiologic evidence, including the likelihood of causal relationships. Among the health outcomes he discusses are developmental, reproductive, and neurobehavioral effects, respiratory disease, cancer and waterborne infectious diseases. These discussions cover environmental exposure sources/indicators, interventions, and standards, and conclude with a summary of calls for an improved science base to guide public health decisions and protect child health.

Expanded bibliographies

Chapter 1. Child Health and the Environment
Chapter 2. Environmental Epidemiology
Chapter 3. Risk Assessment
Chapter 4. Metals - Lead
Chapter 5. Metals - Mercury, Arsenic, Cadmium, and Manganese
Chapter 6. PCBs, Dioxins, and Related Compounds
Chapter 7. Pesticides
Chapter 8. Hormonally Active Agents
Chapter 9. Radiation
Chapter 10. Indoor Air
Chapter 11. Outdoor Air
Chapter 12. Water

Epidemiologic evidence summary tables  Chapter 4. Metals – Lead
(1.0 Mb posted November 26, 2007)
Epidemiologic evidence summary tables Chapter 5. Metals – Mercury
(407 Kb posted December 27, 2004)
Epidemiologic evidence summary tables Chapter 5. Metals – Manganese
(121 Kb posted February 28, 2005)
Epidemiologic evidence summary tables Chapter 5. Metals – Arsenic
(157 Kb posted December 27, 2004
Epidemiologic evidence summary tables Chapter 5. Metals – Cadmium
(174 Kb posted December 29, 2004)
Epidemiologic evidence summary tables Chapter 6. PCBs, Dioxins and Related Organochlorine Compounds
(1.46 Mb, posted November 7, 2007)
Epidemiologic evidence summary tables Chapter 7. Pesticides )
(2 Mb posted March 6, 2008)
Epidemiologic evidence summary tables Chapter 8. Hormonally active agents
(467 Kb posted February 23, 2004)
Epidemiologic evidence summary tables. Chapter 9. Radiation - Ionizing Radiation
(806 Kb posted January 30 2004)
Epidemiologic evidence summary table. Chapter 9. Radiation – Power-frequency Electromagnetic Fields

(370 Kb posted March 2, 2005)
Epidemiologic evidence summary tables Chapter 9. Radiation – Sun Exposure
(44 Kb posted December 30, 2004)
Epidemiologic evidence summary tables Chapter 9. Radiation – Radiofrequency Radiation (77 Kb posted January 3, 2005)
Epidemiologic evidence summary table. Chapter 10. Indoor Air: Environmental Tobacco Smoke
(298 Kb posted December 10, 2004)
Epidemiologic evidence summary table. Chapter 10. Indoor Air: Aeroallergens
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Epidemiologic evidence summary table. Chapter 11. Outdoor air pollution
(569 Kb posted March 2, 2005)
Epidemiologic evidence summary table. Chapter 12. Water – Disinfection By-products
(240 Kb posted March 2, 2005)
Epidemiologic evidence summary tables. Hazardous Waste Disposal
(276 Kb posted March 10 2004)
Epidemiologic evidence summary tables. Solvents
(449 Kb posted November 22, 2004)
Epidemiologic evidence summary table. Nitrate and nitrite from drinking water and diet
(17 Kb posted March 4, 2005)