Health Articles

  • Sustainability, Health, and the Human Population

    A sustainable human population (e.g., range, density, and total numbers) is essential to health and in management. The notion of sustainability applies to all species and ecosystems and to the biosphere. Sustainability involves the health not only of individual humans, but also of ecosystems and other species. Thus, sustainability of the human population is important because of the wealth of ...


    By Springer

  • Copper in human health

    Copper is an essential mineral for human health and at the same time can be toxic, depending upon the amounts ingested. Copper is associated with bone health, immune function and increased frequency of infections, cardiovascular risk and alterations in cholesterol metabolism. Its metabolism is tightly intertwined with other microminerals and its deficiency is known to impair iron mobilisation, ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Globalisation, inequality and health

    As we suggested in a previous work (Borghesi and Vercelli, 2003), the process of globalisation affects the sustainability of development mainly through three channels: economic growth, inequality and environmental degradation. This conceptual framework may help us to understand also the causal influence of globalisation on health that represents a fundamental dimension of the quality of life ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Improved health from Chernobyl

    High and low dose irradiation elicit opposite results. Irrefutable evidence from three arenas provides ample evidence that low-dose irradiation improves health: 1) generations living in high levels of ambient radiation, 2) accidentally exposed nuclear workers, 3) Japanese atomic bomb victims. Since most exposures to ionising radiation at Chernobyl were less than 20 cGy, the concept predicts that ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Public Health Ecology

    The objective of this column is to offer public health ecology as a method to conceptualize the deleterious connections between land conservation and human health. A vital part of our efforts in sustainability and creating ecologically sensitive and health-supporting environments is the conservation and rehabilitation of the green infrastructure that delivers not only basic environmental needs ...

  • What price health?

    When it comes to health care, the balance between cost and effectiveness is a difficult one to strike. The injection of $1.1 billion into the US system therefore needs to produce sustainable results. A middle-aged man appears in a US emergency room complaining of chest pains. Tests show that an arterial blockage is starving his heart of oxygen. He could have treatment A, or treatment B. Which one ...


    By Nature Publishing Group

  • Health Effects of PCBs

    Many studies have been performed in order to know the effects of PCBs on human health. Some of these studies suggest that PCBs are a possible factor in the appearance of cancer in humans who have been in contact with the substance, while they have already been demonstrated to cause a variety of adverse health effects and have been shown to cause cancer in animals. ...

  • Case studies - health benefits

    When it comes to LED lighting, most people will tout the low-power draw as a benefit to the environment and the pocketbook. If those aren't good enough reasons to switch, then consider the health benefits. Let's start with what is not in LED light bulbs - toxic materials. Traditional and fluorescent light bulbs both contain mercury. Exposure to high levels of mercury can be linked to health ...


    By LEDenergysave

  • Safer water, better health

    Ensuring poor people’s access to safe drinking-water and adequate sanitation and encouraging personal, domestic and community hygiene will improve the quality of life of millions of individuals. Better managing water resources to reduce the transmission of vector-borne diseases (such as viral diseases carried by mosquitoes) and to make water bodies safe for recreational and other users can save ...

  • Nanomaterials and Protecting Health Risk

    The tremendous growth prospects for the development and use of ultra strong, lightweight nanomaterials is both commercially promising and challenging from a regulatory perspective. Federal health agencies, such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), are charged with protecting the safety of the American public and ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Inadequate housing and health: an overview

    For many years, the housing environment has been acknowledged as one of the main settings that affect human health. Living and housing conditions are the basis of many factors influencing residential health. Still, to date there is no commonly agreed upon definition of 'healthy housing', and there are still major gaps in the knowledge on how housing conditions may affect health. Epidemiological ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Better health for all

    Ensuring basic health care for people in low-income countries is critical to the Plan B goal of eradicating poverty and stabilizing population. While heart disease and cancer (largely the diseases of aging), obesity, and smoking dominate health concerns in industrial countries, in developing countries infectious diseases are the overriding health concern. Besides AIDS, the principal diseases of ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • Think health as well as safety

    Lee Calver of Workplace Law writes about how the HSE is making sure that the construction industry ‘thinks health’ as well as safety’. Not many weeks pass without the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) releasing new research or detailing ...


    By Altius Vendor Assessment Ltd

  • A Health and Safety Career

    From Starting Out to Becoming Chartered Former SHEilds student Gary Webster who became an employee describes a Health and Safety career, from starting out to becoming chartered.  I suppose the foundations of Health and Safety were planted within me when I served in the Army. I was a PTI (Physical Training Instructor) in charge of the daily fitness ...


    By SHEilds Ltd

  • Health monitoring of NPP workers

    The aim of the study is to assess the health status of Kozloduy Nuclear Power Plant personnel in association with their occupational exposure to low doses of ionising radiation (IR) as well as with other factors of their working environment and to determine the probability of the occupational exposure to be a reason for the diagnosed malignant diseases (Probability of Causation – PC). More than ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Climate Change & Health

    The heat accumulating in the earth (mostly in the oceans) because of manmade emissions into the atmosphere is roughly equal to the heat of 400,000 Hiroshima atomic bombs exploding across the planet EVERY DAY.1 As a physician involved in environmental medicine for over 40 years, I certainly agree with the World Health Organization that climate change is the most significant ...

  • Monitoring watershed health

    Background Municipal water quality managers recognize the need for data that can be used to monitor and assess the impact of urbanization on the condition of natural watersheds. Storm events, in conjunction with the alteration of native landscape, building of roads and overuse of fertilizer, can contribute to excess nutrients, sediment and other pollutants in environmentally significant ...


    By The OTT Hydromet Group

  • A public health policy approach to reducing economic and health costs of obesity in the USA

    Obesity is rapidly increasing in the USA. It is one of the most serious public health problems that significantly increase the risk of many chronic illnesses. Obesity disproportionately affects people with lower incomes and minority groups and imposes a heavy financial burden on the healthcare system in the USA. Thus, there is a critical need for healthcare policies that are designed to stem the ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Monitoring environment, health and perception. An experimental survey on health and environment in Flanders, Belgium

    The Centre of Expertise for Health and Environment started a biomonitoring campaign at the end of 2001, in Flanders (Belgium). The main purpose of this project, funded by the Flemish government, is to investigate the relationship between environmental pollution and human health. This is done by measuring pollutants and health effects in human beings. Social scientists cooperating with the ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Meeting the Environmental Health Training Challenges of the Local Public Health Workforce in Massachusetts

    In Massachusetts, the public health delivery system is mainly decentralized with 351 municipalities providing a large array of environmental and public health services through their local health agencies (boards of health or health departments). In many other states these services are delivered at the county or state agency levels, but in Massachusetts they are provided by each city and town. In ...

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