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Specific Health Exposures and Health Effects

These children’s environmental health sites and publications provide information regarding specific environmental health issues, and are great places to go to learn more if you are concerned about a certain environmental exposure or health condition. We invite you to search the sites, browse the collections, and share them with others. Some are
designed for general reading, others are more technical.

Please note that information from the PEHSU sites is listed here first, and then the listings following in alphabetical order.

Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units
The website for your regional Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit is an excellent starting point for educational materials about potential exposures in your area. Find Expert Help In Your Area.

Below is a list of resources that may be of particular interest.

Case Studies for the Professional
Southwest Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit:
A collection of case studies for the professional

Environmental Health Concerns
Southeast Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit: Environmental Health Concerns

Exposures of Concern - Quick Facts
Southeast Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit:
Exposures of Concern - Quick Facts

Health Concerns and Related Environmental Hazards
Rocky Mountain Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit:
Health Concerns and Related Environmental Hazards

Overview of Asthma in the Environment
University of California Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit: Overview of Asthma in the Environment

Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry (ATSDR)

Home page: www.atsdr.cdc.gov
ATSDR en Español - Serving Spanish-speaking communities

ATSDR is a federal public health agency under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. ATSDR's mission is to serve the public by using the best science, taking responsive public health actions, and providing trusted health information to prevent harmful exposures and disease related exposures to toxic substances.

Answers to“Frequently Asked Questions”

Tox Profiles
The hazardous substances profiled here are ranked based on frequency of occurrence at National Priorities List (NPL) sites, toxicity, and potential for human exposure.

Chemical Agent Briefing Sheets
The ToxFAQs™ CABS provide current and relevant scientific information on high profile hazardous materials that people may encounter during daily activities. www.atsdr.cdc.gov/substances/

Interaction Profiles for Hazardous Substances
Describes the health effects when certain substances are combined.

Medical Management Guidelines
These guidelines aid emergency department physicians and other emergency healthcare professionals who manage acute exposures resulting from chemical incidents. www.atsdr.cdc.gov/MMG/

Public Health Statements
Information in a question and answer format which address the most frequently asked questions about exposure to hazardous substances found around hazardous waste sites and the effects of exposure on human health.

Taking an Exposure History

American Academy of Pediatrics

Homepage: www.aap.org

“Handbook of Pediatric Environmental Health” available from the AAP Customer Service Center at 866-843-2271

American College of Medical Toxicology

Homepage: www.acmt.net

“Indoor Air Pollutants Affecting Children”s Health,” “Air Quality Assessment — Implications for Pediatric Environmental Health,” “Questions about Pesticides on Food,” and “Phthalates in Food and Medical Devices.”

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Homepage: www.cdc.gov

The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke: A Report of the Surgeon General June 27, 2006

National Academy of Sciences, Library of Medicine

Homepage: www.nap.edu

“Pesticides in the Diets of Infants and Children” www.nap.edu/books/0309048753/html

National Library of Medicine’s TOXMAP
Certain industries in the United States which manufacture, process, use, or transport significant amounts of specific toxic chemicals (approximately 650 chemicals and chemical categories covering about 23,000 industrial and federal facilities) are required by law to report annually on the releases of these chemicals to the EPA. TOXMAP maps these chemicals.

National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)

NIH/NIEHS: Environmentally-Related Diseases from A to Z
Information providing an overview of environmental illnesses.

US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA)

Homepage: http://yosemite.epa.gov/ochp/ochpweb.nsf/content/tips.htm

US EPA: Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS)

US EPA: Publications on Specific Children’s Environmental Health Issues

Click here to get free copies of US EPA publications on the children’s environmental health issues listed below: www.epa.gov/nscep/.

Many publications are available in multiple languages.

Publications cover the following subjects:

  • General Children’s Environmental Health Publications
  • Asbestos
  • Asthma
  • Carbon Monoxide
  • Drinking Water
  • Fish Consumption
  • Formaldehyde
  • Indoor Air Pollutants
  • Lead
  • Mold
  • Outdoor Air Pollutants
  • Pesticides
  • Radon
  • Secondhand Smoke
  • UV Light

US EPA: - Toxicity and Exposure Assessment for Children’s Health (TEACH) The TEACH Web site contains technical information pertaining to scientific literature in the field of children's environmental health for 18 chemicals or chemical groups of concern to children, which may potentially impact children's health.

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