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  • Efforts Needed To Ensure That Climate Mitigation ...
    As alterations of weather patterns related to climate change become more common, people may face unexpected health problems resulting from both the effects of climate change on the indoor environment and the steps taken to mitigate those changes, says a new report from the IOM.The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency should ensure that climate change and the materials and methods used in ...
  • Press Release: Health and Medicine Division
    As alterations of weather patterns related to climate change become more common, people may face unexpected health problems resulting from both the effects of climate change on the indoor environment and the steps taken to mitigate those changes, says a new report from the IOM.
  • Workshop on Rebuilding the Unity of Health and the ...
    The goals of environmental health are to maintain a healthy, livable environment for humans and other living species, an environment that promotes well being and a high quality of mental and physical health for its inhabitants. In an effort to increase our knowledge, improve our understanding, and ...
  • Environmental Public Health Impacts of Disasters ...
    Hurricane Katrina made landfall on August 29, 2005 in the central Gulf Coast region of the United States, near New Orleans. The impacted region stretched from Alabama to Mississippi and encompassed approximately 90,000 square miles. As one of the largest natural disasters that the United States ...
  • Clearing the Air: Asthma and Indoor Air Exposures: Health ...
    Since about 1980, asthma prevalence and asthma-related hospitalizations and deaths have increased substantially, especially among children. Recent studies have suggested that indoor exposures--to dust mites, cockroaches, mold, pet dander, tobacco smoke, and other biological and chemical pollutants--may influence the disease course of asthma. To ensure an appropriate response, public health and ...
  • Damp Indoor Spaces and Health: Health and Medicine Division
    Almost all homes, apartments and commercial buildings will experience leaks, flooding or other forms of excessive indoor dampness at some point. Excessive dampness is not only a problem by itself but also a contributor to several potentially problematic exposures. Molds and other microbial agents favor damp indoor environments, and excess moisture may initiate chemical emissions from damaged ...
  • Assessment of the NIOSH Head-and-Face Anthropometric ...
    The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) contracted with the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to establish an ad hoc committee to review the NIOSH-sponsored Anthrotech report entitled, “Assessment of the NIOSH Head-and-Face Anthropometric Survey of U.S. Respirator Users.” The IOM committee examined the adequacy and validity of the NIOSH study, the data collected, and ...
  • Ethical Issues in Housing-Related Health Hazard Research ...
    The Board on Children, Youth and Families (BCYF) of the National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine will convene a new committee to review the research challenges and ethical issues that occur during the design and conduct of research to control housing-related health hazards and protect the health of children and families, and compare and contrast them with those of traditional ...
  • Speaker Biosketches: Health and Medicine Division
    Speaker Biosketches. David Abramson, Ph.D., M.P.H., is director of research at Columbia University’s National Center for Disaster Preparedness.He is the principal investigator of the longitudinal Gulf Coast Child & Family Health Study, an examination of need recovery among 1,000+ randomly sampled displaced and impacted families in Louisiana and Mississippi.
  • Health Literacy: A Prescription to End Confusion: Health ...
    Nearly half of all American adults--90 million people--have difficulty understanding and using health information, and there is a higher rate of hospitalization and use of emergency services among patients with limited health literacy, says a report from the Institute of Medicine titled Health Literacy: A Prescription to End Confusion. Limited health literacy may lead to billions of dollars in ...