Assessing exposures to emerging environmental contaminants in children

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

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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.

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ID Code: 66209
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: biomonitoring, emerging organic pollutants, infants, environmental exposures
ISSN: 2225-1219
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (050000) > OTHER ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (059900) > Environmental Sciences not elsewhere classified (059999)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Clinical Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 STM Connect.
Deposited On: 15 Jan 2014 23:59
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2014 04:47

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