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Child Susceptibility / High Risk Groups

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People spend more time in their homes than in any other single place and yet this source of chemical exposure and hazard is less understood and less regulated than enivironmental, community or industrial chemical hazards. Heightening this concern are the high risk groups who are more highly susceptible to chemical hazards and who spend more time in the home enviironment: pregnant women, infants, small children, the elderly and others with signficant health problems. Added to this is the increasing use of synthetic building materials that may degrade or release toxic chemicals, combined with the air tightness of newer construction which reduces the amount of fresh air that circulates and dilutes the concentration of indoor air toxics. It is important to be aware of these potential hazards, how to eliminate them and what to do if exposure does occur.

This section includes issues of toxic chemicals in food, including pesticides, identifying such chemicals-of-concern and how to avoid them.

Mercury, Pre-Pregnancy, Pregnancy and Children: CDC and EPA studies suggests as many as 6-8 percent of women have blood mercury levels that could cause neurological harm to fetuses, as many as 300, 000. New calculations raise questions about FDA-EPA Advisory margin of safety. A listing (Fish Mercury / Omega-3 FA ) provides information and options as to the risks and benefits of eating tuna and related fish.

Asthma in the home:
Children and other high risk groups. What role does indoor air quality and chemical exposures play in the development or exacerbation of asthma and other respiratory problems? Upcoming.


Thomas F. Schrager,Ph.D, Editor

About Cambridge Toxicology Group, Inc.


In Brief

In Depth

References & Links

Pesticides in Foods: The ten pesticides of greatest concern and common foods they are found on.

Cosmetics: types and toxic chemicals that may be associated to these products. What testing has shown to date.

Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals: Types of Consumer products compounds found in. Fact sheet

Organic diet in 23 elementary school children reduced urinary chlorpyrifos and malathion to non detect levels within 5 days on diet [study, EHP].Abstract

Pesticides in Foods: The ten pesticides of greatest concern and common foods they are found on.

Review of major sources of indoor air pollution, their relative contribution and effect on susceptable sub populations:

Indoor Air Pollution, Asthma and other respiratory problems, [see NAS: www.nap.edu/books/0309064961/html]

Asthma: fact sheets; brochures, chidren's activity books; triggers of attacks and how to manage them. (http://www.noattacks.org).

Fine and ultrafine particles: clinical effects, see Toxicology & Medicine, Spotlight, In Brief and References

Phthalates in Cosmetics: see www.nottoopretty.org/goodbad. htm

Asthma and respiratory diseases: in the home. Fact sheets and children's activity books.

Dirt Ingestion in children: how much, at what ages, associated hazards. Fact Sheet.


Carbon Monoxide in the home
Hazard Assessment
Hazardous indoor exposures resulting from migration of gas from nearby construction sites.

Air pollution: What's the solution?
Hazard and Exposure Assessment
A new website about understanding and tracking air pollution / air quality readings for children grades (6 -12). Learn about particulate matter, ozone and effects of depletion, smog alerts, effects of weather, pollution trends, EPA air quality index, etc.

Organic diet reduces pesticide body burden
Child Susceptibility

An organic diet (fruits and vegetables) consumed by children for as little as five days was shown to remove pesticides known to cause possible harm, as measured by metabolites of in the urine.

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