Environmental illnesses

Environmental illnesses

Mercury poisoning: one woman’s story

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English
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Canadian Women's Health Network (CWHN)
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Paper
Author: 
Lissa Donner
Edition: 
Vol 4, No. 3
Publisher: 
Women Healthsharing
Publication Date: 
1983
Publication Place: 
Toronto, ON

This article consists of an interview with a dental assistant who learns too late about the occupational hazards of mercury. Her story describes a struggle with illness, with the dental and medical professions, with the compensation system, with family and friends and with herself. 


CAREX Canada

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NGO - Non Government Organization
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English
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Research

A national surveillance project that estimates the number of Canadians exposed to substances associated with cancer in the workplace and community environments. These estimates provide significant support for targeting exposure reduction strategies and cancer prevention programs.

Primary Telephone: 
(604) 827-5622
Tollfree Phone Number: 
1-855-827-5622
Street Address: 
School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia
Addt'l Street Address: 
2206 East Mall
City: 
Vancouver
Province: 
British Columbia
Postal/ZIP Code: 
V6T 1Z3
Country: 
Canada

Plastics industry workers and breast cancer risk: Q & A

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English
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Les travailleuses de l’industrie des matières plastiques et le risque du cancer du sein : Q et R
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National Network on Environment and Women's Health (NNEWH)
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Online
Publisher: 
National Network on Environments and Women's Health
Publication Date: 
2012
Publication Place: 
Toronto, ON

A question and answer format factsheet on the health issues facing women who work in industries, such as the automotive industry, in which they work with plastics. Discusses the risk of developing breast cancer due to these exposures, the current situation with occupational health standards, and what should be done to change those standards.

Incorporating environmental health in clinical medicine

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English
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Online
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Stephen J. Genuis (Guest Editor)
Margaret Sears (Guest Editor)
Gerry Schwalfenberg (Guest Editor)
Janette Hope (Guest Editor)
Robin Bernhoft (Guest Editor)
Publisher: 
Hindawi Publishing Corporation
Publication Date: 
2012

A special issue of the Journal of Environmental and Public Health focussed on incorporating environmental health into medical practice.

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Articles: Quick Environmental Exposure and Sensitivity Inventory in a Danish Population; Solar Radiation and Vitamin D:Mitigating Environmental Factors in Autoimmune Disease; Arsenic, Cadmium, Lead, and Mercury in Sweat: A Systematic Review; Efficacy of Sublingual Immunotherapy versus Subcutaneous Injection Immunotherapy in Allergic Patients; Human Impairment fromLiving near Confined Animal (Hog) Feeding Operations; Changes in Peak Flow Value during Immunotherapy Administration; Environmental Determinants of Chronic Disease and Medical Approaches: Recognition, Avoidance; Supportive Therapy, and Detoxification; A Safe Protocol for Amalgam Removal; Combination of Micronutrients for Bone (COMB) Study: Bone Density after Micronutrient Intervention; Earthing: Health Implications of Reconnecting the Human Body to the Earth’s Surface Electrons; A Review of the Diagnosis and Treatment of Ochratoxin A Inhalational Exposure Associated with Human Illness and Kidney Disease including Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis; Human Excretion of Bisphenol A: Blood, Urine, and Sweat (BUS) Study; Mercury Toxicity and Treatment: A Review of the Literature; Psychophysical Evaluation of Achromatic and Chromatic Vision ofWorkers Chronically Exposed to Organic Solvents; A Water-Damaged Home and Health of Occupants: A Case Study; Objective Assessment of an Ionic Footbath (IonCleanse): Testing Its Ability to Remove Potentially Toxic Elements from the Body; What’s Out There aking Us Sick; and The Alkaline Diet: Is There Evidence That an Alkaline pH Diet Benefits Health.

Human fertility under attack: from research to action on phthalates and endocrine disruptors

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English
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Film
Online
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Réseau Environnement Santé
Publication Date: 
April 10, 2012
Publication Place: 
Paris, France

A video of an address by Dr. Shanna Swan to the Assemblée Nationale colloquium on endocrine disruptors, focussing on phtalates and fertility.

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Pathways to breast cancer: a case study for innovation in chemical safety evaluation

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English
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Online
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Megan Schwarzman
Sarah Janssen
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Regents of the University of California
Publication Date: 
2010

A report of the Breast Cancer and Chemicals Policy Project, arising because proposed legislation in the US calls for disclosure of information about the toxicity of industrial chemicals. Investigates how such efforts could help identify chemicals that may raise the risk of breast cancer. Includes a testing scheme, called the Hazard Identification Approach, that provides a methodology for identifying substances that could elevate breast cancer risk.

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Download summary and full report from their website.
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Includes bibliographical references.

Rethinking breast cancer and the environment: the case for the precautionary principle

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English
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Online
Author: 
Devra Lee Davis
Deborah Axelrod
Lisa Bailey
Mitchell Gaynor
Annie J. Sasco
Edition: 
Volume 106, Number 9
Publisher: 
Environmental Health Perspectives
Publication Date: 
September 1998

Provides a framework for examining and determining the environmental causes of breast cancer. 

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Full text is available as a scanned copy of the original print version. Get a printable copy (PDF file) of the complete article (2.8M), or click on an image on the Abstract page to browse page by page. Links to PubMed are also available for Selected References.

Neurotoxic exposures and effects: gender and sex matter!

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English
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Online
Paper
Author: 
Donna Mergler
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Volume 33, Issue 4, August 2012, Pages 644–651
Publisher: 
NeuroToxicology (Elsevier)
Publication Date: 
2012

Discusses how environmental and occupational neurotoxicology research continues to confuse the terms sex (biological attributes) and gender (socially constructed roles and behavior) and to use these words interchangeably. Notes studies that examine both males and females, providing evidence for sex differences in toxicokinetics and responses to neurotoxic assault as well as gender differences in exposure patterns, biomarkers of exposure, neurobehavioral performance and social consequences. Argues that integrating sex and gender considerations into research in neurotoxicology would not only provide us with a better understanding of the mechanisms and pathways that lead to toxic assault, but also provide a means to improve preventive intervention strategies.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

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Governmental Body
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English
Spanish
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Research
Advocacy
Policy development

The mission of EPA is to protect human health and the environment.

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Email Address: 
http://www.epa.gov/planandbudget/contactus.html

ACTor

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Online
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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

The US Environmental Protection Agency’s online warehouse of all publicly available data about potential chemical risks to human health and the environment. Aggregates data from over 1000 public sources on over 500,000 environmental chemicals searchable by chemical name, other identifiers and by chemical structure. 

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