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  1. The magic word ‘complexity’ has been buzzing around in science, policy and society for quite some time now. There seems to be a common feel for a ‘new way’ of doing things, for overcoming the limits of traditi...

    Authors: Hans Keune

    Citation: Environmental Health 2012 11(Suppl 1):S19

    Content type: Review

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  2. The current paradigm for the assessment of the health risk of chemical substances focuses primarily on the effects of individual substances for determining the doses of toxicological concern in order to inform...

    Authors: Denis A Sarigiannis and Ute Hansen

    Citation: Environmental Health 2012 11(Suppl 1):S18

    Content type: Review

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  3. The HENVINET Health and Environment Network aimed to enhance the use of scientific knowledge in environmental health for policy making. One of the goals was to identify and evaluate Decision Support Tools (DST...

    Authors: Hai-Ying Liu, Alena Bartonova, Panagiotis Neofytou, Aileen Yang, Michael J Kobernus, Emanuele Negrenti and Christos Housiadas

    Citation: Environmental Health 2012 11(Suppl 1):S17

    Content type: Methodology

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  4. The purpose of the EU FP6 funded coordination action HENVINET was to create a permanent network of environment and health professionals. The main outcome is a networking portal (

    Authors: Sonja Grossberndt, Peter van den Hazel and Alena Bartonova

    Citation: Environmental Health 2012 11(Suppl 1):S16

    Content type: Methodology

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  5. The fields of environment and health are both interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary, and until recently had little engagement in social networking designed to cross disciplinary boundaries. The EU FP6 proje...

    Authors: Peter van den Hazel, Hans Keune, Scott Randall, Aileen Yang, David Ludlow and Alena Bartonova

    Citation: Environmental Health 2012 11(Suppl 1):S15

    Content type: Review

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  6. The EU FP6 HENVINET project reviewed the potential relevance of a focus on climate change related health effects for climate change policies at the city region level. This was undertaken by means of a workshop...

    Authors: Hans Keune, David Ludlow, Peter van den Hazel, Scott Randall and Alena Bartonova

    Citation: Environmental Health 2012 11(Suppl 1):S14

    Content type: Methodology

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  7. Nanoparticles (NPs) cause concern for health and safety as their impact on the environment and humans is not known. Relatively few studies have investigated the toxicological and environmental effects of expos...

    Authors: Suchi Smita, Shailendra K Gupta, Alena Bartonova, Maria Dusinska, Arno C Gutleb and Qamar Rahman

    Citation: Environmental Health 2012 11(Suppl 1):S13

    Content type: Review

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  8. Cutaneous melanoma is one of the most serious skin cancers. It is caused by neural crest-derived melanocytes - pigmented cells normally present in the epidermis and, sometimes, in the dermis.

    Authors: Katarina Volkovova, Dagmar Bilanicova, Alena Bartonova, Silvia Letašiová and Maria Dusinska

    Citation: Environmental Health 2012 11(Suppl 1):S12

    Content type: Review

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  9. Polychlorinated dioxins and –furans (PCDD/Fs) and polychlorinated-biphenyls (PCBs) are environmental toxicants that have been proven to influence thyroid metabolism both in animal studies and in human beings. ...

    Authors: Marike M Leijs, Gavin W ten Tusscher, Kees Olie, Tom van Teunenbroek, Wim MC van Aalderen, Pim de Voogt, Tom Vulsma, Alena Bartonova, Martin Krayer von Krauss, Claudia Mosoiu, Horacio Riojas-Rodriguez, Gemma Calamandrei and Janna G Koppe

    Citation: Environmental Health 2012 11(Suppl 1):S10

    Content type: Research

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  10. The role of steroids in carcinogenesis has become a major concern in environmental protection, biomonitoring, and clinical research. Although historically oestrogen has been related to development of reproduct...

    Authors: Aleksandra Fucic, Marija Gamulin, Zeljko Ferencic, Jelena Katic, Martin Krayer von Krauss, Alena Bartonova and Domenico F Merlo

    Citation: Environmental Health 2012 11(Suppl 1):S8

    Content type: Review

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  11. Apply a recently developed expert elicitation procedure to evaluate the state of the current knowledge of the two brominated flame retardants (BFRs) most commonly used today; decabromo-diphenyl ether (decaBDE)...

    Authors: Solveig Ravnum, Karin E Zimmer, Hans Keune, Arno C Gutleb, Albertinka J Murk, Janna G Koppe, Brooke Magnanti, Jan L Lyche, Gunnar S Eriksen, Erik Ropstad, Janneche U Skaare, Michael Kobernus, Aileen Yang, Alena Bartonova and Martin Krayer von Krauss

    Citation: Environmental Health 2012 11(Suppl 1):S7

    Content type: Methodology

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  12. The EU 6th Framework Program (FP)-funded Health and Environment Network (HENVINET) aimed to support informed policy making by facilitating the availability of relevant knowledge on different environmental heal...

    Authors: Karin Elisabeth Zimmer, Arno Christian Gutleb, Solveig Ravnum, Martin Krayer von Krauss, Albertinka J Murk, Erik Ropstad, Janneche Utne Skaare, Gunnar Sundstøl Eriksen, Jan Ludvig Lyche, Janna G Koppe, Brooke L Magnanti, Aileen Yang, Alena Bartonova and Hans Keune

    Citation: Environmental Health 2012 11(Suppl 1):S6

    Content type: Methodology

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  13. Organophosphate pesticides are widely used on food crops grown in the EU. While they have been banned from indoor use in the US for a decade due to adverse health effects, they are still the most prevalent pes...

    Authors: Margaret Saunders, Brooke L Magnanti, Sara Correia Carreira, Aileen Yang, Urinda Alamo-Hernández, Horacio Riojas-Rodriguez, Gemma Calamandrei, Janna G Koppe, Martin Krayer von Krauss, Hans Keune and Alena Bartonova

    Citation: Environmental Health 2012 11(Suppl 1):S5

    Content type: Methodology

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  14. For almost 20 years, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has been assessing the potential health risks associated with climate change; with increasingly convincing evidence that climate change presen...

    Authors: Bertil Forsberg, Lennart Bråbäck, Hans Keune, Mike Kobernus, Martin Krayer von Krauss, Aileen Yang and Alena Bartonova

    Citation: Environmental Health 2012 11(Suppl 1):S4

    Content type: Methodology

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  15. The FP6 EU HENVINET project aimed at synthesizing the scientific information available on a number of topics of high relevance to policy makers in environment and health. The goal of the current paper is to re...

    Authors: Hans Keune, Arno C Gutleb, Karin E Zimmer, Solveig Ravnum, Aileen Yang, Alena Bartonova, Martin Krayer von Krauss, Erik Ropstad, Gunnar S Eriksen, Margaret Saunders, Brooke Magnanti and Bertil Forsberg

    Citation: Environmental Health 2012 11(Suppl 1):S3

    Content type: Methodology

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  16. This White Paper highlights the developmental period as a plastic phase, which allows the organism to adapt to changes in the environment to maintain or improve reproductive capability in part through sustaine...

    Authors: Robert Barouki, Peter D Gluckman, Philippe Grandjean, Mark Hanson and Jerrold J Heindel

    Citation: Environmental Health 2012 11:42

    Content type: Review

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  17. To reduce arsenic (As) exposure, we evaluated the effectiveness of training community members to perform water arsenic (WAs) testing and provide As education compared to sending representatives from outside co...

    Authors: Christine Marie George, Alexander van Geen, Vesna Slavkovich, Ashit Singha, Diane Levy, Tariqul Islam, Kazi Matin Ahmed, Joyce Moon-Howard, Alessandro Tarozzi, Xinhua Liu, Pam Factor-Litvak and Joseph Graziano

    Citation: Environmental Health 2012 11:41

    Content type: Research

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  18. Adverse birth outcomes such as low birth weight and premature birth have been previously linked with exposure to ambient air pollution. Most studies relied on a limited number of monitors in the region of inte...

    Authors: Itai Kloog, Steven J Melly, William L Ridgway, Brent A Coull and Joel Schwartz

    Citation: Environmental Health 2012 11:40

    Content type: Research

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  19. An excess incidence of brain cancer in farmers has been noted in several studies. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health developed the Upper Midwest Health Study (UMHS) as a case–control stu...

    Authors: James H Yiin, Avima M Ruder, Patricia A Stewart, Martha A Waters, Tania Carreón, Mary Ann Butler, Geoffrey M Calvert, Karen E Davis-King, Paul A Schulte, Jack S Mandel, Roscoe F Morton, Douglas J Reding and Kenneth D Rosenman

    Citation: Environmental Health 2012 11:39

    Content type: Research

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  20. Chronic exposure to high level of inorganic arsenic in drinking water has been associated with Type 2 Diabetes (T2D). Most research has been ecological in nature and has focused on high levels of arsenic expos...

    Authors: Md Rafiqul Islam, Ismail Khan, Sheikh Md Nazmul Hassan, Mark McEvoy, Catherine D’Este, John Attia, Roseanne Peel, Munira Sultana, Shahnaz Akter and Abul Hasnat Milton

    Citation: Environmental Health 2012 11:38

    Content type: Research

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  21. The most prominent non-occupational source of exposure to methylmercury is the consumption of fish. In this study we examine a fish consuming population to determine the extent of temporal exposure and investi...

    Authors: Ami Tsuchiya, Rob Duff, Alan H Stern, Jim W White, Finn Krogstad, Thomas M Burbacher, Elaine M Faustman and Koenraad Mariën

    Citation: Environmental Health 2012 11:37

    Content type: Research

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  22. The first case–control study on mobile phone use and brain tumour risk among children and adolescents (CEFALO study) has recently been published. In a commentary published in Environmental Health, Söderqvist a...

    Authors: Denis Aydin, Maria Feychting, Joachim Schüz and Martin Röösli

    Citation: Environmental Health 2012 11:35

    Content type: Commentary

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  23. The area of Gela was included among the 57 Italian polluted sites of national interest for environmental remediation because of its widespread contamination from a petrochemical complex. The present study inve...

    Authors: Roberto Pasetto, Amerigo Zona, Roberta Pirastu, Achille Cernigliaro, Gabriella Dardanoni, Sebastiano Pollina Addario, Salvatore Scondotto and Pietro Comba

    Citation: Environmental Health 2012 11:34

    Content type: Research

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  24. Damp and mould in homes have been established as risk factors for respiratory health. There is a need for a relatively straightforward assessment of the home that quantifies this risk.

    Authors: Michael D Keall, Julian Crane, Michael G Baker, Kristin Wickens, Philippa Howden-Chapman and Malcolm Cunningham

    Citation: Environmental Health 2012 11:33

    Content type: Research

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  25. Rodent infestations are a public health problem in poor urban communities. The use of illegal street pesticides to control rodent infestations with resulting poisonings is an additional public health concern r...

    Authors: Rifqah Roomaney, Rodney Ehrlich and Hanna-Andrea Rother

    Citation: Environmental Health 2012 11:32

    Content type: Research

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  26. Accumulating evidence indicates that in utero exposure to arsenic is associated with congenital defects and long-term disease consequences including cancers. Recent studies suggest that arsenic carcinogenesis res...

    Authors: Ponpat Intarasunanont, Panida Navasumrit, Somchamai Waraprasit, Krittinee Chaisatra, William A Suk, Chulabhorn Mahidol and Mathuros Ruchirawat

    Citation: Environmental Health 2012 11:31

    Content type: Research

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  27. Since its founding a decade ago, Environmental Health has received more than one thousand manuscripts. Last year marked the first time we published over 100 articles. The journal web site currently receives over ...

    Authors: Philippe Grandjean and David Ozonoff

    Citation: Environmental Health 2012 11:30

    Content type: Editorial

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  28. Environmental epidemiology and biomonitoring studies typically rely on biological samples to assay the concentration of non-persistent exposure biomarkers. Between-participant variations in sampling conditions...

    Authors: Marion Mortamais, Cécile Chevrier, Claire Philippat, Claire Petit, Antonia M Calafat, Xiaoyun Ye, Manori J Silva, Christian Brambilla, Marinus JC Eijkemans, Marie-Aline Charles, Sylvaine Cordier and Rémy Slama

    Citation: Environmental Health 2012 11:29

    Content type: Research

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  29. All the relevant risk factors contributing to breast cancer etiology are not fully known. Exposure to organochlorine pesticides has been linked to an increased incidence of the disease, although not all data h...

    Authors: Luis D Boada, Manuel Zumbado, Luis Alberto Henríquez-Hernández, Maira Almeida-González, Eva E Álvarez-León, Lluis Serra-Majem and Octavio P Luzardo

    Citation: Environmental Health 2012 11:28

    Content type: Research

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  30. Odor exposure is an environmental stressor that is responsible of many citizens complains about air pollution in non-urban areas. However, information about the exposure-response relation is scarce. One of the...

    Authors: Victoria Blanes-Vidal, Esmaeil S Nadimi, Thomas Ellermann, Helle V Andersen and Per Løfstrøm

    Citation: Environmental Health 2012 11:27

    Content type: Research

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  31. Relationships between chronic exposures to air pollution and respiratory health outcomes have yet to be clearly articulated for adults. Recent data from nationally representative surveys suggest increasing dis...

    Authors: Keeve E Nachman and Jennifer D Parker

    Citation: Environmental Health 2012 11:25

    Content type: Research

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  32. Sealants and other building materials sold in the U.S. from 1958 - 1971 were commonly manufactured with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) at percent quantities by weight. Volatilization of PCBs from constructio...

    Authors: David L MacIntosh, Taeko Minegishi, Matthew A Fragala, Joseph G Allen, Kevin M Coghlan, James H Stewart and John F McCarthy

    Citation: Environmental Health 2012 11:24

    Content type: Research

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  33. Few epidemiological studies of air pollution have used residential histories to develop long-term retrospective exposure estimates for multiple ambient air pollutants and vehicle and industrial emissions. We p...

    Authors: Perry Hystad, Paul A Demers, Kenneth C Johnson, Jeff Brook, Aaron van Donkelaar, Lok Lamsal, Randall Martin and Michael Brauer

    Citation: Environmental Health 2012 11:22

    Content type: Research

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  34. Phthalates, commonly used to soften plastic goods, are known PPAR-agonists affecting lipid metabolism and adipocytes in the experimental setting. We evaluated if circulating concentrations of phthalates were r...

    Authors: P Monica Lind, Vendela Roos, Monika Rönn, Lars Johansson, Håkan Ahlström, Joel Kullberg and Lars Lind

    Citation: Environmental Health 2012 11:21

    Content type: Research

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  35. Exposure to endocrine active compounds, including bisphenol A (BPA), remains poorly characterized in developing countries despite the fact that behavioral practices related to westernization have the potential...

    Authors: Muna S Nahar, Amr S Soliman, Justin A Colacino, Antonia M Calafat, Kristen Battige, Ahmed Hablas, Ibrahim A Seifeldin, Dana C Dolinoy and Laura S Rozek

    Citation: Environmental Health 2012 11:20

    Content type: Research

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  36. The influence of temperature on acute myocardial infarction (AMI) has not been investigated as extensively as the effects of broader outcomes of morbidity and mortality. Sixteen studies reported inconsistent r...

    Authors: Janine Wichmann, Matthias Ketzel, Thomas Ellermann and Steffen Loft

    Citation: Environmental Health 2012 11:19

    Content type: Research

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  37. Although recent research evidence suggests an association between household air pollution from solid fuel use, such as coal or biomass, and cardiovascular events such as hypertension, little epidemiologic data...

    Authors: Mi-Sun Lee, Jing-qing Hang, Feng-ying Zhang, He-lian Dai, Li Su and David C Christiani

    Citation: Environmental Health 2012 11:18

    Content type: Research

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  38. The purpose of the present study was to investigate activation of inflammatory markers in human macrophages derived from the U937 cell line after exposure to particulate matter (PM) collected on dairy farms in...

    Authors: Christoph F A Vogel, Johnny Garcia, Dalei Wu, Diane C Mitchell, Yanhong Zhang, Norman Y Kado, Patrick Wong, Danitza Alvizar Trujillo, Anna Lollies, Deborah Bennet, Marc B Schenker and Frank M Mitloehner

    Citation: Environmental Health 2012 11:17

    Content type: Research

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  39. High temperature and humidity conditions are associated with short-term elevations in the mortality rate in many United States cities. Previous research has quantified this relationship in an aggregate manner ...

    Authors: David M Hondula, Robert E Davis, Matthew J Leisten, Michael V Saha, Lindsay M Veazey and Carleigh R Wegner

    Citation: Environmental Health 2012 11:16

    Content type: Research

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  40. Studies on the associations between smoking and allergic diseases have mostly focused on asthma. Epidemiological studies in adults on the effects of smoking on allergic diseases other than asthma, such as ecze...

    Authors: Keiko Tanaka, Yoshihiro Miyake and Masashi Arakawa

    Citation: Environmental Health 2012 11:15

    Content type: Research

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  41. Surveys are a common way to measure annoyance due to road traffic noise, but the method has some draw-backs. Survey context, question wording and answer alternatives could affect participation and answers and ...

    Authors: Theo Bodin, Jonas Björk, Evy Öhrström, Jonas Ardö and Maria Albin

    Citation: Environmental Health 2012 11:14

    Content type: Research

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  42. Exposure to air pollutants is suggested to adversely affect fetal growth, but the evidence remains inconsistent in relation to specific outcomes and exposure windows.

    Authors: Mark S Pearce, Svetlana V Glinianaia, Rakesh Ghosh, Judith Rankin, Steven Rushton, Martin Charlton, Louise Parker and Tanja Pless-Mulloli

    Citation: Environmental Health 2012 11:13

    Content type: Research

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  43. Bisphenol A (BPA) and polyfluoroalkyl chemicals (PFCs) are suspected endocrine disrupting compounds known to be ubiquitous in people's bodies. Population disparities in exposure to these chemicals have not bee...

    Authors: Jessica W Nelson, Madeleine Kangsen Scammell, Elizabeth E Hatch and Thomas F Webster

    Citation: Environmental Health 2012 11:10

    Content type: Research

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  44. Previous studies suggest that pregnant women and children are particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of air pollution. A prospective cohort study in pregnant women and their children enables identifica...

    Authors: Edith H Van den Hooven, Frank H Pierik, Sjoerd W Van Ratingen, Peter YJ Zandveld, Ernst W Meijer, Albert Hofman, Henk ME Miedema, Vincent WV Jaddoe and Yvonne De Kluizenaar

    Citation: Environmental Health 2012 11:9

    Content type: Methodology

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  45. The prevalence of asthma in industrialized countries has been increasing dramatically and asthma is now the most common chronic disease of children in the United States. The rapidity of the increase strongly s...

    Authors: Yoichi Nakajima, Randall M Goldblum and Terumi Midoro-Horiuti

    Citation: Environmental Health 2012 11:8

    Content type: Research

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