Special Issue "Maternal and Child Health"

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A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2014

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Igor Burstyn
Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, Drexel University, 15th and Race Streets (NW corner), Philadelphia, PA 19102, USA
Website: http://publichealth.drexel.edu/Departments/Environmental_Occupational_Health/Faculty_and_Staff/Igor_Burstyn_PhD/844/
E-Mail: igor.burstyn@drexel.edu
Interests: maternal and child health; occupational and environmental epidemiology; occupational hygiene; exposure assessment; gene-environment interaction; bio-statistics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Environmental threats to the health of pregnant women, nursing mothers and children are a natural focus of public health research. Attention to the health of vulnerable individuals, especially where there is potential to affect several generation and health consequences are likely to resonate over the entire lifespan is a natural niche for research aimed at improving the health and well-being of the population as the whole. There is a considerable concern in the community at large about trans-generational health effects of ‘emerging’ environmental contaminants (especially in the context of neurodevelopment) and a plethora of unresolved issues about the most effective interventions aimed at alleviating or eliminating adverse health effects of environmental factors that are known to compromise maternal and child health. Policy implications of these matters are greatly complicated in the international settings, where contaminants/risks may cross national boundaries and little may be known about specific populations at risk (such as when evidence in one country is applied in another country). Methodological problems also continue to plague translation of research in this area to policy, ranging from difficulties of extrapolating from toxicological assays to human health risks assessment, to particular challenges of measurement error, bias and latent confounding in perinatal epidemiology. The paucity of epidemiological data and policy analyses is especially acute in the area of ‘emerging’ contaminants and their effects over the mother’s and child’s lifespan.

This special edition focuses on recent insights into the impact of environmental and occupational exposures on maternal and child health with special attention to policy implications of these findings. The objective of the articles in this special issue of the journal is not merely to report a particular result but to provide analysis of policy and/or impact on public health of the reported results. Methodological articles that address specific challenges that characterize this area of research are particularly welcome when they aim to improve the overall quality of research even if the innovations are not necessarily novel in their home disciplines (e.g. statistics, informatics).

I look forward to receiving your contributions!

Dr. Igor Burstyn
Guest Editor

Submission

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Keywords

  • environmental exposures
  • occupational health
  • perinatal epidemiology
  • pediatrics
  • obstetrics and gynecology
  • neurodevelopment
  • exposure pathways
  • policy analysis
  • risk assessment
  • international health

Published Papers (8 papers)

Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11(4), 3493-3506; doi:10.3390/ijerph110403493
Received: 3 December 2013; in revised form: 13 February 2014 / Accepted: 7 March 2014 / Published: 26 March 2014
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2013, 10(12), 7001-7014; doi:10.3390/ijerph10127001
Received: 4 November 2013; in revised form: 25 November 2013 / Accepted: 29 November 2013 / Published: 11 December 2013
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2012, 9(10), 3398-3420; doi:10.3390/ijerph9103398
Received: 6 January 2012; in revised form: 5 September 2012 / Accepted: 17 September 2012 / Published: 26 September 2012
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2012, 9(4), 1216-1226; doi:10.3390/ijerph9041216
Received: 14 March 2012; in revised form: 30 March 2012 / Accepted: 5 April 2012 / Published: 11 April 2012
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2012, 9(2), 579-595; doi:10.3390/ijerph9020579
Received: 23 December 2011; in revised form: 10 February 2012 / Accepted: 10 February 2012 / Published: 16 February 2012
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2012, 9(2), 408-420; doi:10.3390/ijerph9020408
Received: 12 December 2011; in revised form: 18 January 2012 / Accepted: 19 January 2012 / Published: 27 January 2012
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2012, 9(1), 272-285; doi:10.3390/ijerph9010272
Received: 16 December 2011; in revised form: 9 January 2012 / Accepted: 13 January 2012 / Published: 18 January 2012
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2012, 9(1), 171-177; doi:10.3390/ijerph9010171
Received: 5 December 2011; in revised form: 5 January 2012 / Accepted: 6 January 2012 / Published: 10 January 2012
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Last update: 30 July 2013

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