Special Issue "Women's Health and the Environment"


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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2013)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. John G. Spangler
Department of Family and Community Medicine, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC 27157, USA
Website: http://www.wakehealth.edu/Faculty/Spangler-John-G.htm?LangType=1033
E-Mail: jspangle@wakehealth.edu
Phone: +1 336 716 2238
Fax: +1 336 716 1297

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The July, 2012 US Food and Drug Administration’s ban on bisphenol A (BPA) in plastic baby bottles renews the concern in the public health community of issues in the environment affecting women and children, particularly girls. Unease still exists among some experts regarding exposure to substances such as BPA that might impact women’s reproductive, breast and general health. However, these substances include not only BPA. Concern also exists regarding women’s exposures to heavy metals, air pollutants, second hand tobacco smoke, pharmaceuticals in the environment, pesticides and other contaminants. Since the health of women is vital to the health of children and families, research emphasizing women’s contact with these chemicals—and the harm that they may cause—should provide insights on improving the health of many others besides the individual mother, sister or daughter. This issue welcomes empirical research, review articles and other original scientific inquiry into the broad field of women’s health and the environment. Manuscripts highlighting means to improve the health of women, as opposed to simply reporting correlations, are particularly welcome. Studies linking environmental health of women to the health of children and families are also of interest.

Prof. Dr. John G. Spangler
Guest Editor


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  • women’s health
  • maternal health
  • environmental toxins
  • reproductive toxins
  • environmental breast health
  • health of families
  • prenatal health

Published Papers (2 papers)

by , , , , , ,  and
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2013, 10(4), 1406-1417; doi:10.3390/ijerph10041406
Received: 15 February 2013; in revised form: 21 March 2013 / Accepted: 23 March 2013 / Published: 3 April 2013
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by ,  and
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2013, 10(1), 375-389; doi:10.3390/ijerph10010375
Received: 6 October 2012; in revised form: 21 December 2012 / Accepted: 5 January 2013 / Published: 14 January 2013
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Last update: 25 July 2012

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