The 13th Conference on Health and Environment
Global Partners for Global Solutions will address the topic of the "25 Year Window: Linking Conflict with Environment and Population" and will be held at United Nations Headquarters in New York City on April 29 and 30, 2004. The Conference is cosponsored by the Government of Croatia, The Government of Ukraine and Physician's Weekly and is organized by World Information Transfer. Go to www.worldinfo.org for further information and to register for free attendance.
New Edition: Pediatric Environmental Health
The American Academy of Pediatrics has produced a 2nd edition of Pediatric Environmental Health. Edited by pediatrician Ruth A. Etzel, MD, PhD, with associate editor Sophie J. Balk MD. The 700-page handbook features more than 40 chapters on identification, prevention and treatment of childhood environmental health problems. Topics include strategies to reduce asthma triggers in the environment, prevent exposure to nitrates and methemo-globinemia in infants, and reduce exposure to pesticides. New chapters cover arsenic, gasoline and its additives, irradiation of food, metals (including chromium, manganese and nickel), chemical-biological terrorism, and environmental threats to children's health in developing countries. Each chapter contains a list of frequently asked questions and responses, which makes this a handy desk reference for the busy clinician.
The United Nations Environment Programme launched a new newsletter, available on line and via email, which addresses issues concerning the marine environment. Called the GPA OUTREACH newsletter, this new publication will make available up-to-date information on the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-Based Activities (GPA), GPA-related events, news and information for all relevant GPA stakeholders. The GPA is designed to be a source of conceptual and practical guidance to be drawn upon by national and/or regional authorities for devising and implementing sustained action to prevent, reduce, control and/or eliminate marine degradation from land-based activities. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) provides the secretariat for the GPA which was enacted in 1995 and endorsed by 108 Governments and the European Commission in response to the increasing threat to the marine environment from human activities on land.
Having Faith: An Ecologist's Journey to Motherhood
Sandra Steingraber, Cambridge, Mass., Perseus Publishing, 2001. Steingraber takes her readers on a personal and scientific journey through her nine months of pregnancy, identifying each month and each chapter with the name of the moon. As she begins her exploration of her body's changes in the first chapter titled, "Old Moon," she discusses her body as the environment in which the developing fetus will live. The mother's body, with its porous barriers to the outside world, takes in and eliminates nutrients and toxins. The author discusses fetal development in relation to toxic exposures as well as environmental threats to a woman's pregnancy, a subject, Steingraber notes, which has gained little public attention. The mixture of the personal with the scientific makes this an unusually informative book.
Electronic Academic Publishing: A Method to Evaluate Telemedicine Processes
The development of Internet technologies have made it possible to practice medicine long distance to underserved populations. One traditional approach to describing and evaluating the telemedicine process has been for practitioners to publish their findings in academic journals. Most journals, however, are not equipped to publish manuscripts with associated video clips, the key to peer-review of telemedicine processes. Electronic academic journals that publish in both Internet and CD-ROM forms, however, have the technology to publish manuscripts with associated videos. The Californian Journal of Health Promotion (CJHP), a new peer-reviewed, electronic journal of the Department of Health and Community Services, California State University, Chico, will be used as an example of how telemedicine manuscripts and videos may be published to evaluate telemedicine practices. The CJHP is fully electronic, and publishes online and CD-ROM journal forms. One telemedicine article published in the CJHP entitled, "The Promotora Tele-medicine Project: Combining Technology and Cultural Sensitivity to Improve Diabetes Care in a Medically Underserved Community" will be discussed, and the electronic journal with video will be demonstrated.
The Fourth European Environment and Health Conference attended by ministers of environment, ministers of health, local authorities, experts, and NGO's from across WHO's European Region will take place in Budapest, Hungary, 23-25th of June, 2004. The purpose of the Conference is to reduce damage to people's health from environmental threats, with special emphasis on children and future generations.
The Healthy Planet Forum is an event that will run parallel to the Ministerial Conference. It will feature debates, speakers and other activities providing a forum for citizens and professional groups from across Europe. The conference outcomes will include a Ministerial Declaration and the Children Environment and Health Action Plan in Europe (CEHAPE). For more detailed information: http://www.euro.who.int/b udapest2004
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