Environmental Health

Environmental Hazards and Neurodevelopment
Where Ecology and Well-Being Connect

Editor: Cindy Croft

Environmental Hazards and Neurodevelopment

Published. Available now.
Pub Date: January 2015
Hardback Price: $149.95 US
Hard ISBN: 9781771880930
E-Book ISBN: 9781498714389
Pages: 378pp with index
Binding Type: hardbound

This title includes a number of Open Access chapters.

The rate of identification of children with neurobiological disabilities has been on the increase in recent years. Millions of dollars in research, funded both privately and publicly, are being spent to understand the factors influencing these increases. The articles within this compendium shed vital light on this issue, confirming that various "ordinary" chemical hazards—of the sort encountered by countless children in their everyday lives—are having serious impacts on development.

Included in this volume is research investigating the following specific factors, both prenatally and during early childhood:
  • the effects of tobacco smoke exposure on children's health and development
  • the dangers of ambient and household chemical exposure
  • the current understanding of children's exposure to lead
  • toxin exposures encountered by children from agricultural practices
  • exposure to various chemicals found in flame retardants and their effects on neurodevelopment

Part I: Overview
1. America's Children and the Environment: Neurodevelopmental Disorders (Excerpt from the Third Edition)
United States Environmental Protection Agency
2. A Strategy for Comparing the Contributions of Environmental Chemicals and Other Risk Factors to Neurodevelopment of Children
David C. Bellinger
3. Decoding Neurodevelopment: Findings on Environmental Exposures and Synaptic Plasticity
Angela Spivey
4. Seven-Year Neurodevelopmental Scores and Prenatal Exposure to Chlorpyrifos, a Common Agricultural Pesticide
Virginia Rauh, Srikesh Arunajadai, Megan Horton, Frederica Perera, Lori Hoepner, Dana B. Barr, and Robin Whyatt
5. Fetal and Neonatal Endocrine Disruptors
Tolga Ünüvar and Atilla Büyükgebiz

Part II: Autism
6. A Research Strategy to Discover the Environmental Causes of Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities
Philip J. Landrigan, Luca Lambertini, and Linda S. Birnbaum
7. A Key Role for an Impaired Detoxification Mechanism in the Etiology and Severity of Autism Spectrum Disorders
Altaf Alabdali, Laila Al-Ayadhi, and Afaf El-Ansary
8. Assessment of Infantile Mineral Imbalances in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs)
Hiroshi Yasuda and Toyoharu Tsutsui
9. Urinary Porphyrin Excretion in Neurotypical and Autistic Children
James S. Woods, Sarah E. Armel, Denise I. Fulton, Jason Allen, Kristine Wessels, P. Lynne Simmonds, Doreen Granpeesheh, Elizabeth Mumper, J. Jeffrey Bradstreet, Diana Echeverria, Nicholas J. Heyer, and James P.K. Rooney
10. B-Lymphocytes from a Population of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Their Unaffected Siblings Exhibit Hypersensitivity to Thimerosal
Martyn A. Sharpe, Taylor L. Gist, and David S. Baskin

Part III: ADHD, Learning Disabilities, and Other Neurodevelopmental Disorders
11. Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: A Focused Overview for Children’s Environmental Health Researchers
Andréa Aguiar, Paul A. Eubig, and Susan L. Schantz
12. Urinary Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Metabolites and Attention/Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Learning Disability, and Special Education in U.S. Children Aged 6 To 15
Z. Abid, A. Roy, J.B. Herbstman, and A.S. Ettinger.
13. Serum Perfluorinated Compound Concentration and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in Children 5–18 Years of Age
Cheryl R. Stein and David A. Savitz
14. In Utero and Childhood Polybrominated Diphenyl Ether (PBDE) Exposures and Neurodevelopment in the CHAMACOS Study
Brenda Eskenazi, Jonathan Chevrier, Stephen A. Rauch,Katherine Kogut, Kim G. Harley, Caroline Johnson, Celina Trujillo, Andreas Sjödin, and Asa Bradman

About the Authors / Editors:
Editor: Cindy Croft

Cindy Croft, MA in Education, is Director of the Center for Inclusive Child Care, Concordia University, St. Paul, Minnesota. She teaches for the Center for Early Education and Development at the University of Minnesota and in the early childhood program at Concordia University. She has authored two books, The Six Keys: Promoting Children’s Mental Health and Children and Challenging Behavior: Making Inclusion Work, and she provides training and consultation to educators of children with various disabilities She is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, Early Childhood and School-Age Trainers Association, the Minnesota Association for Children's Mental Health, and the Minnesota Association for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Division.

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