Children and Environmental Toxins

What Everyone Needs to Know®
Oxford University Press
  • erschienen am 2. Januar 2018
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  • 304 Seiten
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978-0-19-066266-0 (ISBN)
More than 80,000 new chemicals have been developed and released into the global environment during the last four decades. Today the World Health Organization attributes more than one-third of all childhood deaths to environmental causes, and as rates of childhood disease skyrocket -- autism, asthma, ADHD, obesity, diabetes, and even birth defects -- it raises serious, difficult questions around how the chemical environment is impacting children's health. Children and Environmental Toxins: What Everyone Needs to Know® offers an accessible guide to understanding and identifying the potential sources of harm in a child's environment. Written by experts in pediatrics and environmental health and formatted in an easy to follow question-and-answer format, it offers parents, care providers, and activists a reliable introduction to a hotly debated topic. As the burdens of environmental toxins and disease continue to defy borders, this book provides a new benchmark to understanding the potential threats in our environment and food. No parent or care provider should be without it.
  • Englisch
  • 1,43 MB
978-0-19-066266-0 (9780190662660)
0190662662 (0190662662)
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Philip J. Landrigan, MD, M.Sc., is Professor of Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine and Founding Director, Children's Environmental Health Center, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital. Mary M. Landrigan, M.P.A., is a health educator who spent 25 years at the Westchester County Department of Health.
Preface Introduction 1. Changing diseases in a changing environment Patterns of childhood disease -- then and now Environmental changes 2. New chemicals and new childhood chemical exposures Explosive growth of chemicals Early warning signs Gaps in safety and toxicity testing Childhood exposure to new chemicals 3. Children's unique vulnerability to toxic chemicals in the environment Unique windows of vulnerability exist in children Children process toxic exposures more slowly than adults Children's higher metabolism rates make different demands on their bodies than adults Childhood exposures can incubate for many years and may cause adult disease Exposures are proportionately greater in children than in adults Normal hand-to-mouth behavior increases their exposure to toxins Children live closer to the ground and have different exposures than adults Other risk factors compound the problem 4. The links between childhood disease and toxic chemicals in the environment The increase in autism, ADHD, and other problems of the developing brain The increase in male birth defects, early puberty in girls, and testicular cancer in young mem The increased incidence of asthma and allergies New links between household toxins, obesity, and diabetes The links between childhood exposures and adult disease The growing problems with reproduction The increases in childhood cancer 5. A Guide for Parents: Keeping Your Child Safe from Environmental Toxins An environmental checklist for your home Over 100 ways to protect your children and promote health as they grow At home 10 ways to make baby's room safer 8 ways to avoid asthma and allergy attacks 10 practical ways to prevent lead poisoning 25 ways to minimize your child's exposure to endocrine disruptors 9 cautions about pesticides 11 ways to reduce exposure to unsafe foods 14 tips for avoiding exposure to household chemicals 6 ways to grow your child into a healthy adult At day care 10 ways to make day care safer At school 10 ways to make school safer In the neighborhood 10 ways to make the neighborhood safer Tips for future moms and dads 10 ways to protect future children 6. A Call to Action Children's health, toxic chemicals and you Policy and legislation: where we stand now Evidence-based prevention US standards vs standards in other countries Consequences of our current situation A call for a new public health revolution New ways to protect children from environmental toxins Our call to action - community based actions, state initiatives, federal legislation Career opportunities for the future of public health
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