Health Articles

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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. ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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.

  • 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 ...

  • UK Health and Safety Laboratory Will Hold Course on Nanotechnology Health and Safety

    On January 27, 2015, the United Kingdom (UK) Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL) will hold a one-day course on “Nanotechnology Health & Safety -- A Practical Approach.”  The course is intended to help participants gain an understanding of the techniques ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Managing uncertainty in health risk assessment

    The process of risk (safety) assessment used to determine negligible-risk levels of human exposure to toxicants is subject to a number of sources of uncertainty. In addition to the common uncertainties related to high-to-low-dose extrapolation, interspecies extrapolation and intraspecies extrapolation, there can be uncertainty associated with extrapolation to alternative routes and durations of ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • HVAC’s role in health care reform

    It seems that change is coming to the health care system in one form or another. Helping them keep their expenses down will be more crucial than ever. There also is a great deal of awareness of infection control, another area where mechanical systems play key roles. According to Robert Scheir, Ph.D., president and chairman, Steril-Aire Inc., “It is well established that a properly ...


  • Health implications of mercury exposure in children

    Mercury is a ubiquitous environmental toxin that can produce a wide range of health effects in humans. It is found in three chemical forms: organic, inorganic and elemental (mercury). The sources of exposure are also markedly different for the different forms of mercury. Diet, especially fish and other seafood, is the main source of exposure of the general public to organic mercury. Dental ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Health and wellbeing award for Renishaw collaboration

    Additive-manufacture for Design-led Efficient Patient Treatment (ADEPT), a project that enables the widespread use of 3D printing to produce bespoke maxillofacial implants, has won the Health and Wellbeing category at The Engineer magazine's Collaborate to Innovate Awards held on September 7th, 2016. The collaborative project draws on the academic and industrial expertise of several UK partners, ...


    By Renishaw plc

  • Health & Safety Legislation Post-Brexit

    There has been much talk about the impact of Brexit on UK Health, Safety & Environmental legislation. The think tank ‘Open Europe’ for instance calculated that two-thirds of OSH-related regulations introduced between 1997 and 2009 originated in the EU. As an HSE professional for a number of years I’ve had the opportunity to work with both UK-driven and EU-driven legislation ...


    By SHEilds Ltd

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