This article characterizes the patterns of environmental health literature from 1993 to 2012 by using bibliometric techniques based on databases of the Science Citation Index and the Social Science Citation Index. “Research article” was the most widely used document type, accounting for 71.7% of the total records (5,053), and 94.9% of these articles were published in English. The number of environmental health publications is growing along with an increasing level of communication. The U.S. was the largest contributing country with the highest h-index (85) and the most publications (1,854), followed by the UK and Canada. Environmental Health Perspectives and the Journal of Environmental Health were the top two most productive journals. The most cited article in each main research area is also listed. The authors’ study not only identifies global characteristics in environmental health research, but also influences researchers’ selection of future studies and publications.
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An Expanding and Shifting Focus in Recent Environmental Health Literature: A Quantitative Bibliometric Study
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An Exploratory Analysis to Determine Priority Areas for Lead Poisoning Prevention Education Programs in Missouri
An Integrated Approach to Environmental Regulation and Inspection of Industrial Sites in the European Union
This session provides an overview of the EU Industrial Emission Directive currently being implemented to avoid or minimize polluting emissions in the atmosphere, water, and soil, as well as waste from industrial and agricultural installations, with the aim of achieving a high level of environmental and health protection. Permit structures, industry requirements and inspection processes are covered. Presenters discuss the use of Best Available Techniques (BAT) and their application as a reference tool far beyond the EU.
The Private Well Class is designed to provide homeowners an understanding of the basic science of water wells, well maintenance and groundwater protection. The innovative, ten-lesson class is delivered by email, supplemented by webinars, and is self-directed. This session will cover the success of this program, which has had over 2,700 participants in the first year. Hear how sanitarians are using this class in their work with well owners and how you could utilize this free resource!
Since 2000, resurgence in bed bugs has occurred in the U.S. Reports of infestations of homes, hospitals, hotels, and offices have been described. On September 1, 2011, complaints of itching and bites among workers in an office were reported to the Tennessee Department of Health. A retrospective cohort study and environmental assessments were performed in response to the complaints. Canines certified to detect live bed bugs were used to inspect the office and arthropod samples were collected. Of 76 office workers, 61 (80%) were interviewed; 39 (64%) met the case definition. Pruritic maculopapular lesions were consistent with arthropod bites. One collected arthropod sample was identified as a bed bug by three entomologists. Exposures associated with symptoms included working in a cubicle in which a canine identified bed bugs (risk ratio [RR]: 1.8; 95% confidence interval [CI]: 1.3–3.6), and self-reported seasonal allergies (RR: 1.6, 95% CI: 1.0–2.4). Bed bugs represent a reemerging and challenging environmental problem with clinical, psychological, and financial impacts.
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Analysis of Food Service Operation Risk Classification and Associated Food Safety Violation Frequency
Though local health department performance of restaurant inspections plays an important role in preventing foodborne illness, restaurant inspection quality and uniformity often varies across local health department jurisdictions and among employees. In 2012, the Cincinnati Health Department initiated a food safety staff quality improvement initiative. This initiative, part of a Food and Drug Administration national training standards grant initiative, featured standardized training and food safety workforce practices, defined food safety program data collection standards, and refined reporting protocols. The aim of this article was to explore the relationship between the Ohio food safety code violations incurred and the risk classifications to which a Cincinnati food service operation belongs (ranked I–IV based upon potential threat to public safety). A random intercept model was selected to quantify the difference in odds between risk classification categories of incurring violations. Additionally, longitudinal data analysis tracked violation trends across the three years of the study. Main findings were 1) the odds of receiving a food safety violation increased with each year and 2) food establishments categorized as risk class IV had a higher odds of receiving a food safety violation compared with the other risk classifications.
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Application of the Pearl Model to Analyze Fecal Coliform Data From Conditionally Approved Shellfish Harvest Areas in Seven Texas Bays
This presentation introduces the model behavior change strategy used to reduce the number of illnesses and days missed by both staff and children in child care centers. Hear how an FDA Retail Food Safety grant was used to increase Active Managerial Controls implementation for the BIG 5 risk factors for foodborne illness. Lessons learned and results of the first full year of Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department's Retail Food Safety Consultant program will be shared.
Exposure limits for arsenic in drinking water and minimal risk levels (MRLs) for total dietary exposure to arsenic have long been established in the U.S. Multiple studies conducted over the last five years have detected arsenic in foods and beverages including juice, rice, milk, broth (beef and chicken), and others. Understanding whether or not each of these foods or drinks is a concern to certain groups of individuals requires examining which types of and how much arsenic is ingested. In this article, recent studies are reviewed and placed in the context of consumption patterns. When single sources of food or drink are considered in isolation, heavy rice eaters can be exposed to the most arsenic among adults while infants consuming formula containing contaminated organic brown rice syrup are the most exposed group among children. Most food and drink do not contain sufficient arsenic to exceed MRLs. For individuals consuming more than one source of contaminated water or food, however, adverse health effects are more likely. In total, recent studies on arsenic contamination in food and beverages emphasize the need for individual consumers to understand and manage their total dietary exposure to arsenic.
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Recent studies that have investigated arsenic content in juice, rice, milk, broth (beef and chicken), and other foods have stimulated an interest in understanding how prevalent arsenic contamination is in the U.S. food and beverage supply. The study described here focuses on quantifying arsenic levels in wine. A total of 65 representative wines from the top four wine-producing states in the U.S. were analyzed for arsenic content. All samples contained arsenic levels that exceeded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) exposure limit for drinking water of 10 parts per billion (ppb) and all samples contained inorganic arsenic. The average arsenic detected among all samples studied was 23.3 ppb. Lead, a common co-contaminant to arsenic, was detected in 58% of samples tested, but only 5% exceeded the U.S. EPA exposure limit for drinking water of 15 ppb. Arsenic levels in American wines exceeded those found in other studies involving water, bottled water, apple juice, apple juice blend, milk, rice syrup, and other beverages. When taken in the context of consumption patterns in the U.S., the pervasive presence of arsenic in wine can pose a potential health risk to regular adult wine drinkers.
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