Environmental Health

Environmental Health
Indoor Exposures, Assessments and Interventions

Editors: Theodore A. Myatt, ScD
Joseph G. Allen, DSc

Environmental Health

2013. Available now.
Pub Date: January 2013
Hardback Price: $129.95 US
Hard ISBN: 9781926895208
Pages: 252pp
Binding Type: hardcover

This title includes a number of Open Access chapters.

In this book, readers will gain an understanding of the breadth of research in the area of indoor exposure assessment. Research focusing on the indoor environments demonstrates that building occupants are exposed to a unique mixture of pollutants of chemical and biological origin. This book explores recent research on these unique exposures, the relevance of the indoor environment, and methods to control these exposures. The focus of this book is on unique exposures that occur indoors, typically, but not exclusively in residences, where recent advances have been made on identification of the pollutants in indoor environments, the health effects associated with indoor or personal exposures, or interventions that can be implemented by typical occupants to mitigate exposures. The book covers a wide selection of indoor exposures to chemical and biological pollutants, including lead, phthalates, flame retardants, mold, infectious diseases, traffic-related particulate, pesticides, PCBs, VOCs, and asthma triggers (ETS, mold, cat allergen). This book is unique in that very recent research is discussed in this rapidly expanding field.

1. Lead Exposure of U.S. Children from Residential Dust
Joanna M. Gaitens, Sherry L. Dixon, David E. Jacobs, Jyothi Nagaraja, Warren Strauss, Jonathan W. Wilson, Peter J. Ashley
2. Teachers Working in PCB-Contaminated Schools
Robert F. Herrick, John D. Meeker, and Larisa Altshul
3. Flame-Retardants’ Effect on Hormone Levels and Semen Quality
John D. Meeker and Heather M. Stapleton
4. Bacterial and Fungal Microbial Biomarkers in House Dust
Joanne E. Sordillo, Udeni K. Alwis, Elaine Hoffman, Diane R. Gold, and Donald K. Milton
5. Pollutants from Vehicle Exhaust Near Highways
Doug Brugge, John L. Durant, and Christine Rioux
6. Asthma Triggers in Indoor Air
Theodore A. Myatt, Taeko Minegishi, Joseph G. Allen, and David L. MacIntosh
7. Home Humidification and Influenza Virus Survival
Theodore A. Myatt, Matthew H. Kaufman, Joseph G. Allen, David L. MacIntosh, M. Patricia Fabian, and James J. McDevitt
8. Airborne Exposure from Common Cleaning Tasks
Anila Bello, Margaret M. Quinn, Melissa J. Perry, and Donald K. Milton
9. Phthalate Monoesters from Personal Care Products
Susan M. Duty, Robin M. Ackerman, Antonia M. Calafat, and Russ Hauser
10. Pesticides in House Dust
Lesliam Quirós-Alcalá, Asa Bradman, Marcia Nishioka, Martha E. Harnly, Alan Hubbard, Thomas E. McKone, Jeannette Ferber, and Brenda Eskenazi

About the Authors / Editors:
Editors: Theodore A. Myatt, ScD
Director, Partners Institutional Biosafety Committee, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts Senior Scientist, Environmental Health and Engineering, Inc., Needham, Massachusetts; Instructor, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts,
Dr. Ted Myatt is Director of the Partners Institutional Biosafety Committee at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, as well as Senior Scientist at Environmental Health and Engineering, Inc.,in Needham, Massachusetts, where he focuses on evaluating exposures to biohazardous agents. Additionally, Dr. Myatt is an instructor of environmental science at Brandeis University and is a senior scientist with Environmental Health and Engineering, Inc. Dr. Myatt received his doctorate of science in environmental health from the Harvard School of Public Health, where his research focused on evaluating exposures to respiratory viruses. He also received a master’s degree in environmental management from the Nicholas School of Environment at Duke University.

Joseph G. Allen, DSc
Principal Scientist, Environmental Health and Engineering, Inc., Needham, Massachusetts, USA; Lecturer of Environmental Studies, Brandeis University; Research Associate, Harvard School of Public Health, Massachusetts, USA

Dr. Joseph G. Allen is a Principal Scientist with Environmental Health and Engineering, Inc., in Needham, Massachusetts, and Associate Director of the Building Science & Forensics Division. He received his Doctor of Science and Master of Public Health degrees from Boston University. Dr. Allen concentrates his practice on exposure science, environmental epidemiology, and statistical analysis and interpretation of environmental and occupational data. He has directed community and occupational exposure and risk investigations related to a broad range of chemical, biological, physical and radiological stressors. These include both measurement- and model-based investigations related to: carcinogens, endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), hazardous materials, sick-buildings, air pollution, biomarkers, emissions from consumer products, infectious disease outbreaks, and exposures on airplanes. Dr. Allen holds two academic appointments: Lecturer of Environmental Studies at Brandeis University and Research Associate at the Harvard School of Public Health.

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