Pediatric Environmental Monographs

Risk Assessment and Communication After Children's Exposure to Environmental Toxicants [1] and Indoor Air Pollutants Affecting Child Health [2]

[1] Erica L. Liebelt MD
[2] Elizabeth Flynn MD, Paul Matz MD*, Alan Woolf MD, Robert Wright MD

Int J Med Toxicol 2003; 6(2):5


Introduction

The American College of Medical Toxicology in collaboration with the U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) is pleased to publish three monographs on pediatric environmental health in IJMT. Environmental toxins/toxicants are a persistent and increasing cause of preventable diseases in children. With technological advancements in our society, the number and variety of chemicals to which children are exposed have increased significantly in the last 20 years. Effects of environmental toxicants on children are a growing concern. Children’s environmental health issues must clearly be an important health priority for the new millennium.

Monograph 1:

Risk Assessment and Communication After Children's Exposure to Environmental Toxicants

Previously published in the December 2002 Issue of IJMT.

Author:
Erica L. Liebelt MD
Children’s Hospital; Birmingham, AL
University of Alabama School of Medicine

The objective of this monograph is to discuss the processes of risk assessment and risk communication as they apply to children’s exposures to potentially toxic substances in the environment. Special characteristics of the pediatric population that need to be considered in assessing exposure and toxicity are discussed. New approaches to risk assessment in children will be proposed. General principles and specific components about explaining risk will be reviewed. Accurate and practical communication to parents, caretakers, school personnel, and the media about hazardous exposures and potential adverse health effects is necessary in order to protect our children, to prevent unnecessary fear and anxiety, and to further promote healthy environments for our children.

Monograph 2:

Indoor Air Pollutants Affecting Child Health

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Authors:
Elizabeth Flynn MD, Paul Matz MD*, Alan Woolf MD, Robert Wright MD
Children’s Hospital; Boston, MA
Harvard Medical School
*Brown University Medical School

Indoor air pollution is a significant cause of morbidity in children, particularly asthma. In this monograph, various indoor air pollutants affecting the health of children, their clinical effects, their assessment and management, and strategies for control and prevention are reviewed. Specific air pollutants discussed include respirable particulate contaminants, asbestos, carbon monoxide, mercury, volatile organic compounds, formaldehyde, indoor allergens, indoor pesticides, indoor molds, radon, and environmental tobacco smoke.



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