Assessing exposures to emerging environmental contaminants in children

Heffernan, Amy L., Toms, Leisa-Maree Leontjew, Sly, Peter and Mueller, Jochen F. (2013) Assessing exposures to emerging environmental contaminants in children. Journal of Environmental Immunology and Toxicology, 1 2: 66-74. doi:10.7178/jeit.2

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Author Heffernan, Amy L.
Toms, Leisa-Maree Leontjew
Sly, Peter
Mueller, Jochen F.
Title Assessing exposures to emerging environmental contaminants in children
Journal name Journal of Environmental Immunology and Toxicology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2225-1219
Publication date 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.7178/jeit.2
Volume 1
Issue 2
Start page 66
End page 74
Total pages 9
Publisher STM
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Abstract The period of developmental vulnerability to toxicants begins at conception and extends through gestation, parturition, infanthood and childhood to adolescence. The concern is that children: (1) may experience quantitatively and qualitatively different exposures, and (2) may have different sensitivity to chemical pollutants. Traditional toxicological studies are inappropriate for assessing the results of chronic exposure at very low levels during critical periods of development. This paper will discuss (1) the health effects associated with exposure to selected emerging organic pollutants, including brominated flame retardants, perfluorinated compounds, organophosphate pesticides and bisphenol A; (2) difficulties in monitoring these substances in children, and (3) suggest techniques and strategies for overcoming these difficulties. Such biomonitoring data can be used to identify where policies should be directed in order to reduce exposure, and to document policies that have successfully reduced exposure.
Keyword Biomonitoring
Emerging organic pollutants
Environmental exposures
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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