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  • 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 ...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Report Brief: Health and Medicine Division
    Despite the considerable research on how climate change may affect public health, the impact of climate change on indoor environments has received relatively little attention. At the request of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the IOM examined the current state of scientific understanding of the effects of climate change on those environments.
  • 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 ...
  • 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 Considerations for Research on Housing-Related ...
    Hazards in the home can cause physical illness, compromise growth and development and lower school performance in children. Hazards such as mold, radon, tobacco smoke, and household chemicals--occur at all economic levels. However, some health hazards such as lead poisoning, asthma, and fatal ...
  • 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 ...