The journal Public Health recently published a set of articles on the so-called Nanny State that came out of a mini-symposium. Makes for interesting reading!
Here's a list of the articles, they are all in Public Health, Volume 129, Issue 8 (August 2015):
The National Toxicology Program (NTP) has been conducting experiments in rats and mice on potential health hazards from cell phone radiofrequency radiation. Today, the NTP released a report on some important study findings.
Here are some key points about the cell phone study:
Likewise, the NTP is providing the findings to the public. A report has been posted at http://biorxiv.org/content/early/2016/05/26/055699. The report is titled, "Report of Partial Findings From the National Toxicology Program Carcinogenesis Studies of Cell Phone Radiofrequency Radiation in Hsd: Sprague Dawley SD Rats (Whole Body Exposure)." Studies in mice and further evaluations of the rat studies are continuing. The complete results from all the rat and mice studies will be available for peer review and public comment by the end of 2017.
- from NTP News, May 27, 2016
A recent study published in Environmental Rsearch Letters concludes that a relatively small number of polluting facilities is responsible for the greatest amount of pollution. And, this promarily affects communities of color or low-icome areas.
This research relies on two data sources?the US Environmental Protection Agency's Risk Screening Environmental Indicators-Geographic Microdata (RSEI-GM) from 2007 and the US Census of Population and Households from 2000. Results of the analysis provide strong evidence that toxic outliers exist. And, as they isolated the points with the highest exposure estimates, a greater density of low income households and nonwhite populations were found. "In an analysis of all permitted industrial facilities across the United States, we show that there exists a class of hyper-polluters - the worst-of-the-worst - that disproportionately expose communities of color and low income populations to chemical releases."
Linking 'toxic outliers' to environmental justice communities Mary B Collins, Ian Munoz and Joseph JaJa Environmental Research Letters, Volume 11, Number 1 (in a special issue, Focus on Environmental Justice: New Directions in International Research).
Finding Health Statistics & Data
Tue, March 1, 2016 - 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
D-Lab Convening Room (356 Barrows Hall)
Participants in this workshop will learn about some of the issues surrounding the collection of health statistics, and will also learn about authoritative sources of health statistics and data. We will look at tools that let you create custom tables of vital statistics (birth, death, etc.), disease statistics, health behavior statistics, and more. The focus will be on US statistics, but sources of non-US statistics will be covered as well.
Whether you need a quick fact or a data set to analyze, this workshop will lead you to relevant data sources. Students will have a chance to explore some of these tools in class, so please bring your laptop.
Michael Sholinbeck, Outreach/Instruction Librarian, Sheldon Margen Public Health Library
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) recently developed resource lists for three public health emergencies affecting both local and global communities:
An incident web page was created to gather resources on the emerging health issues arising from the Zika Virus.
Two PDF documents on recent chemical incidents have been updated.
Links to these lists are included below and also can be found on the NLM Disaster Health home page, https://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov
Zika Virus Health Information Resources https://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/zikavirus.html
Lead in Flint, Michigan Water System https://sis.nlm.nih.gov/enviro/FlintLeadWater.pdf
Aliso Canyon/Porter Ranch Gas Leak https://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/aliso_canyon_gas_leak.pdf
These resource lists link to a variety of sources such as:
To keep up-to-date on these and other Disaster Health resources, please sign-up for email updates: https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/USNLMDIMRC/subscriber/new.