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Environmental Health: a Global Access Science Source

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793913/the-hazards-of-hazard-identification-in-environmental-epidemiology
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LETTER
Rodolfo Saracci
Hazard identification is a major scientific challenge, notably for environmental epidemiology, and is often surrounded, as the recent case of glyphosate shows, by debate arising in the first place by the inherently problematic nature of many components of the identification process. Particularly relevant in this respect are components less amenable to logical or mathematical formalization and essentially dependent on scientists' judgment. Four such potentially hazardous components that are capable of distorting the correct process of hazard identification are reviewed and discussed from an epidemiologist perspective: (1) lexical mix-up of hazard and risk (2) scientific questions as distinct from testable hypotheses, and implications for the hierarchy of strength of evidence obtainable from different types of study designs (3) assumptions in prior beliefs and model choices and (4) conflicts of interest...
August 9, 2017: Environmental Health: a Global Access Science Source
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28789684/blood-lead-cadmium-and-mercury-in-relation-to-homocysteine-and-c-reactive-protein-in-women-of-reproductive-age-a-panel-study
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Anna Z Pollack, Sunni L Mumford, Lindsey Sjaarda, Neil J Perkins, Farah Malik, Jean Wactawski-Wende, Enrique F Schisterman
BACKGROUND: To examine the relationship between cadmium, lead, and mercury concentrations with high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) and homocysteine in women. METHODS: Metals were measured at enrollment in whole blood. Homocysteine and hs-CRP were measured in one (N = 9) or two (N = 250) menstrual cycles up to 3 and 8 times per cycle, respectively. Linear mixed models with inverse probability of exposure weights to account for time varying confounding were used and models were stratified by dietary and serum vitamin status (dietary: vitamin B6, B12, folate; serum: folate)...
August 8, 2017: Environmental Health: a Global Access Science Source
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28778209/maternal-occupational-exposure-and-oral-clefts-in-offspring
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Nynke Spinder, Jorieke E H Bergman, H Marike Boezen, Roel C H Vermeulen, Hans Kromhout, Hermien E K de Walle
BACKGROUND: Previous studies suggest that periconceptional maternal occupational exposure to solvents and pesticides increase the risk of oral clefts in the offspring. Less is known about the effect of occupational exposure to metals, dust, and gases and fumes on development of oral clefts. METHODS: This case-malformed control study used data from a population-based birth defects registry (Eurocat) of children and foetuses born in the Northern Netherlands between 1997 and 2013...
August 4, 2017: Environmental Health: a Global Access Science Source
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28754176/genome-wide-gene-by-lead-exposure-interaction-analysis-identifies-unc5d-as-a-candidate-gene-for-neurodevelopment
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Zhaoxi Wang, Birgit Claus Henn, Chaolong Wang, Yongyue Wei, Li Su, Ryan Sun, Han Chen, Peter J Wagner, Quan Lu, Xihong Lin, Robert Wright, David Bellinger, Molly Kile, Maitreyi Mazumdar, Martha Maria Tellez-Rojo, Lourdes Schnaas, David C Christiani
BACKGROUND: Neurodevelopment is a complex process involving both genetic and environmental factors. Prenatal exposure to lead (Pb) has been associated with lower performance on neurodevelopmental tests. Adverse neurodevelopmental outcomes are more frequent and/or more severe when toxic exposures interact with genetic susceptibility. METHODS: To explore possible loci associated with increased susceptibility to prenatal Pb exposure, we performed a genome-wide gene-environment interaction study (GWIS) in young children from Mexico (n = 390) and Bangladesh (n = 497)...
July 28, 2017: Environmental Health: a Global Access Science Source
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28754128/does-air-pollution-play-a-role-in-infertility-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Julie Carré, Nicolas Gatimel, Jessika Moreau, Jean Parinaud, Roger Léandri
BACKGROUND: Air pollution is involved in many pathologies. These pollutants act through several mechanisms that can affect numerous physiological functions, including reproduction: as endocrine disruptors or reactive oxygen species inducers, and through the formation of DNA adducts and/or epigenetic modifications. We conducted a systematic review of the published literature on the impact of air pollution on reproductive function. Eligible studies were selected from an electronic literature search from the PUBMED database from January 2000 to February 2016 and associated references in published studies...
July 28, 2017: Environmental Health: a Global Access Science Source
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28750633/urinary-bisphenol-a-and-pubertal-development-in-chinese-school-aged-girls-a-cross-sectional-study
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Maohua Miao, Ziliang Wang, Xiaoqin Liu, Hong Liang, Zhijun Zhou, Hui Tan, Wei Yuan, De-Kun Li
BACKGROUND: Animal studies suggest that bisphenol A (BPA) may perturb pubertal development in females. However, evidence from human studies is limited. METHODS: This was a cross-sectional study to investigate the association between BPA exposure and pubertal development in school-aged girls. A total of 655 girls aged 9-18 years were selected from three schools in Shanghai, from May to June 2011. We collected one single spot urine sample from each girl. Urine BPA concentrations were measured by modified high-performance liquid chromatography and categorized according to LOD and the median of those above LOD...
July 27, 2017: Environmental Health: a Global Access Science Source
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747197/prenatal-and-postnatal-bisphenol-a-exposure-and-social-impairment-in-4-year-old-children
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Youn-Hee Lim, Sanghyuk Bae, Bung-Nyun Kim, Choong Ho Shin, Young Ah Lee, Johanna Inhyang Kim, Yun-Chul Hong
BACKGROUND: Prenatal and postnatal exposure to bisphenol A (BPA) may affect early brain development. Rodent studies suggest that prenatal and postnatal neurodevelopmental toxicity from BPA exposure may manifest as social deficits in offspring. We investigated the association between prenatal and postnatal exposure to BPA and social impairments in a sample of 4-year-old children. METHODS: We recruited second-trimester pregnant women between 2008 and 2011, and measured their creatinine-adjusted prenatal urine BPA levels...
July 26, 2017: Environmental Health: a Global Access Science Source
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738894/occupational-exposure-to-chlorinated-solvents-and-risk-of-head-and-neck-cancer-in-men-a-population-based-case-control-study-in-france
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Christine Barul, Aurore Fayossé, Matthieu Carton, Corinne Pilorget, Anne-Sophie Woronoff, Isabelle Stücker, Danièle Luce
BACKGROUND: Few epidemiological studies have investigated the link between occupational exposure to solvents and head and neck cancer risk, and available findings are sparse and inconsistent. The objective of this study was to examine the association between occupational exposure to chlorinated solvents and head and neck cancer risk. METHODS: We analyzed data from 4637 men (1857 cases and 2780 controls) included in a population-based case-control study, ICARE (France)...
July 24, 2017: Environmental Health: a Global Access Science Source
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738811/associations-of-genetic-variation-in-casp3-gene-with-noise-induced-hearing-loss-in-a-chinese-population-a-case-control-study
#9
Yinyin Wu, Juntao Ni, Mingjian Qi, Chengjian Cao, Yuxian Shao, Liangwen Xu, Haiyan Ma, Lei Yang
BACKGROUND: Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is a complex disease caused by environmental and genetic risk factors. This study explored the relationship between the genetic variations in the CASP gene and the risk of developing NIHL among Chinese workers exposed to occupational noise. METHODS: A case-control study of 272 NIHL workers and 272 normal-hearing workers matched for age, sex and years of noise exposure was conducted. Fifteen single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP) in the CASP1, CASP3, CASP4, CASP5, CASP6, CASP8, CASP9, CASP10 and CASP14 genes were genotyped using the polymerase chain reaction-ligase detection reaction method...
July 24, 2017: Environmental Health: a Global Access Science Source
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732501/ambulatory-monitoring-demonstrates-an-acute-association-between-cookstove-related-carbon-monoxide-and-blood-pressure-in-a-ghanaian-cohort
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Ashlinn K Quinn, Kenneth Ayuurebobi Ae-Ngibise, Patrick L Kinney, Seyram Kaali, Blair J Wylie, Ellen Boamah, Daichi Shimbo, Oscar Agyei, Steven N Chillrud, Mohammed Mujtaba, Joseph E Schwartz, Marwah Abdalla, Seth Owusu-Agyei, Darby W Jack, Kwaku Poku Asante
BACKGROUND: Repeated exposure to household air pollution may intermittently raise blood pressure (BP) and affect cardiovascular outcomes. We investigated whether hourly carbon monoxide (CO) exposures were associated with acute increases in ambulatory blood pressure (ABP); and secondarily, if switching to an improved cookstove was associated with BP changes. We also evaluated the feasibility of using 24-h ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM) in a cohort of pregnant women in Ghana...
July 21, 2017: Environmental Health: a Global Access Science Source
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720099/association-between-genome-wide-copy-number-variation-and-arsenic-induced-skin-lesions-a-prospective-study
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Muhammad G Kibriya, Farzana Jasmine, Faruque Parvez, Maria Argos, Shantanu Roy, Rachelle Paul-Brutus, Tariqul Islam, Alauddin Ahmed, Muhammad Rakibuz-Zaman, Justin Shinkle, Vesna Slavkovich, Joseph H Graziano, Habibul Ahsan
BACKGROUND: Exposure to arsenic in drinking water is a global health problem and arsenic-induced skin lesions are hallmark of chronic arsenic toxicity. We and others have reported germline genetic variations as risk factors for such skin lesions. The role of copy number variation (CNV) in the germline DNA in this regard is unknown. METHODS: From a large prospectively followed-up cohort, exposed to arsenic, we randomly selected 2171 subjects without arsenic-induced skin lesions at enrollment and genotyped their whole blood DNA samples on Illumina Cyto12v2...
July 18, 2017: Environmental Health: a Global Access Science Source
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709428/a-systematic-comparison-of-statistical-methods-to-detect-interactions-in-exposome-health-associations
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Jose Barrera-Gómez, Lydiane Agier, Lützen Portengen, Marc Chadeau-Hyam, Lise Giorgis-Allemand, Valérie Siroux, Oliver Robinson, Jelle Vlaanderen, Juan R González, Mark Nieuwenhuijsen, Paolo Vineis, Martine Vrijheid, Roel Vermeulen, Rémy Slama, Xavier Basagaña
BACKGROUND: There is growing interest in examining the simultaneous effects of multiple exposures and, more generally, the effects of mixtures of exposures, as part of the exposome concept (being defined as the totality of human environmental exposures from conception onwards). Uncovering such combined effects is challenging owing to the large number of exposures, several of them being highly correlated. We performed a simulation study in an exposome context to compare the performance of several statistical methods that have been proposed to detect statistical interactions...
July 14, 2017: Environmental Health: a Global Access Science Source
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701216/the-effect-of-ambient-temperature-on-type-2-diabetes-case-crossover-analysis-of-4-million-gp-consultations-across-england
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S Hajat, A Haines, C Sarran, A Sharma, C Bates, L E Fleming
BACKGROUND: Given the double jeopardy of global increases in rates of obesity and climate change, it is increasingly important to recognise the dangers posed to diabetic patients during periods of extreme weather. We aimed to characterise the associations between ambient temperature and general medical practitioner consultations made by a cohort of type-2 diabetic patients. Evidence on the effects of temperature variation in the primary care setting is currently limited. METHODS: Case-crossover analysis of 4,474,943 consultations in England during 2012-2014, linked to localised temperature at place of residence for each patient...
July 12, 2017: Environmental Health: a Global Access Science Source
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28666479/desert-dust-outbreaks-and-respiratory-morbidity-in-athens-greece
#14
Stavroula-Myrto Trianti, Evangelia Samoli, Sophia Rodopoulou, Klea Katsouyanni, Spyros A Papiris, Anna Karakatsani
BACKGROUND: Ambient particulate matter (PM) has an adverse effect on respiratory morbidity. Desert dust outbreaks contribute to increased PM levels but the toxicity of desert dust mixed with anthropogenic pollutants needs clarification. METHODS: We identified 132 days with desert dust episodes and 177 matched days by day of the week, season, temperature and humidity between 2001 and 2006 in Athens, Greece. We collected data on regulated pollutants and daily emergency outpatient visits and admissions for respiratory causes...
July 1, 2017: Environmental Health: a Global Access Science Source
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646928/the-association-between-ambient-fine-particulate-matter-and-incident-adenocarcinoma-subtype-of-lung-cancer
#15
Lida Gharibvand, W Lawrence Beeson, David Shavlik, Raymond Knutsen, Mark Ghamsary, Samuel Soret, Synnove F Knutsen
BACKGROUND: Adenocarcinoma (AC) is the most common lung cancer among non-smokers, but few studies have assessed the effect of PM2.5 on AC among never smokers. The purpose of this study was to assess the association between ambient PM2.5 and incident lung AC in the Adventist Health and Smog Study-2 (AHSMOG-2), a cohort of 80,044 non-smokers (81% never smokers) followed for 7.5 years (597,177 person-years) (2002-2011). METHODS: Incident lung AC was identified through linkage with U...
June 24, 2017: Environmental Health: a Global Access Science Source
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645274/buccal-mucosa-micronuclei-counts-in-relation-to-exposure-to-low-dose-rate-radiation-from-the-chornobyl-nuclear-accident-and-other-medical-and-occupational-radiation-exposures
#16
D Bazyka, S C Finch, I M Ilienko, O Lyaskivska, I Dyagil, N Trotsiuk, N Gudzenko, V V Chumak, K M Walsh, J Wiemels, M P Little, L B Zablotska
BACKGROUND: Ionizing radiation is a well-known carcinogen. Chromosome aberrations, and in particular micronuclei represent an early biological predictor of cancer risk. There are well-documented associations of micronuclei with ionizing radiation dose in some radiation-exposed groups, although not all. That associations are not seen in all radiation-exposed groups may be because cells with micronuclei will not generally pass through mitosis, so that radiation-induced micronuclei decay, generally within a few years after exposure...
June 23, 2017: Environmental Health: a Global Access Science Source
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641573/ancient-water-bottle-use-and-polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbon-pah-exposure-among-california-indians-a-prehistoric-health-risk-assessment
#17
Sabrina B Sholts, Kevin Smith, Cecilia Wallin, Trifa M Ahmed, Sebastian K T S Wärmländer
BACKGROUND: Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are the main toxic compounds in natural bitumen, a fossil material used by modern and ancient societies around the world. The adverse health effects of PAHs on modern humans are well established, but their health impacts on past populations are unclear. It has previously been suggested that a prehistoric health decline among the native people living on the California Channel Islands may have been related to PAH exposure. Here, we assess the potential health risks of PAH exposure from the use and manufacture of bitumen-coated water bottles by ancient California Indian societies...
June 23, 2017: Environmental Health: a Global Access Science Source
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637469/impact-of-phthalate-and-bpa-exposure-during-in-utero-windows-of-susceptibility-on-reproductive-hormones-and-sexual-maturation-in-peripubertal-males
#18
Deborah J Watkins, Brisa N Sánchez, Martha Maria Téllez-Rojo, Joyce M Lee, Adriana Mercado-García, Clara Blank-Goldenberg, Karen E Peterson, John D Meeker
BACKGROUND: Phthalates and BPA are endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) widely used in consumer products. Evidence suggests that phthalate and BPA exposure alters steroid hormone levels in adults, while in utero exposure has been associated with altered fetal reproductive development in boys. However, the impact of exposure during distinct critical windows of in utero development on hormone concentrations and sexual maturation during the pubertal transition has not been examined. The objective of this study was to assess trimester-specific in utero phthalate and BPA exposure in relation to measures of reproductive development among peripubertal boys in a Mexico City birth cohort...
June 21, 2017: Environmental Health: a Global Access Science Source
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637461/prenatal-exposure-to-antifungal-medication-may-change-anogenital-distance-in-male-offspring-a-preliminary-study
#19
Djamilla Madelung Mogensen, Maria Bergkvist Pihl, Niels E Skakkebæk, Helle Raun Andersen, Anders Juul, Henriette Boye Kyhl, Shanna Swan, David Møbjerg Kristensen, Marianne Skovager Andersen, Dorte Vesterholm Lind, Tina Kold Jensen
BACKGROUND: Vaginal candidiasis is frequent among pregnant women and it is treated with anti-fungal medication (conazoles). Conazoles have anti-androgenic properties and prenatal exposure in rodents is associated with a shorter (less masculine) anogenital distance (AGD) in male offspring. To our knowledge this has never been studied in humans. METHOD: In the Odense Child Cohort pregnant women residing in Odense municipality, Denmark, were recruited at gestational age 8-16 weeks between 2010 and 2012...
June 21, 2017: Environmental Health: a Global Access Science Source
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633660/a-re-assessment-of-the-safety-of-silver-in-household-water-treatment-rapid-systematic-review-of-mammalian-in-vivo-genotoxicity-studies
#20
REVIEW
Lorna Fewtrell, Batsirai Majuru, Paul R Hunter
BACKGROUND: Despite poor evidence of their effectiveness, colloidal silver and silver nanoparticles are increasingly being promoted for treating potentially contaminated drinking water in low income countries. Recently, however, concerns have been raised about the possible genotoxicity of particulate silver. OBJECTIVES: The goal of this paper was to review the published mammalian in vivo genotoxicity studies using silver micro and nanoparticles. METHODS: SCOPUS and Medline were searched using the following search string: ("DNA damage" OR genotox* OR Cytotox* OR Embryotox*) AND (silver OR AgNP)...
June 20, 2017: Environmental Health: a Global Access Science Source
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