Understanding Environmental Exposures
- Neurobehavioral Effects of Developmental Toxicity: A new review article published in The Lancet Neurology by Philippe Grandjean and Philip Landrigan proposes a global prevention strategy to test the multitude of chemicals in existing use and new chemicals for developmental neurotoxicity.
- The Toxins That Threaten Our Brains by James Hamblin in The Atlantic (March 18, 2014) Leading scientists recently identified a dozen chemicals as being responsible for widespread behavioral and cognitive problems. But the scope of the chemical dangers in our environment is likely even greater. Why children and the poor are most susceptible to neurotoxic exposure that may be costing the U.S. billions of dollars and immeasurable peace of mind.
Smoking and Tobacco Cessation
"For the United States, the epidemic of smoking caused disease in the twentieth century ranks among the greatest public health catastrophes of the century, while the decline of smoking consequent to tobacco control is surely one of public health’s greatest successes. However, the current rate of progress in tobacco control is not fast enough, and much more needs to be done to end the tobacco epidemic. Unacceptably high levels of smoking attributable disease and death, and the associated costs, will persist for decades without changes in our approach to slowing and even ending the epidemic. If smoking persists at the current rate among young adults in this country, 5.6 million of today’s Americans younger than 18 years of age are projected to die prematurely from a smoking-related illness."