Special Issue "Exposure to Endocrine Disruptors in Pregnancy and Early Childhood"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Health".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2018)
Prof. How-Ran Chao
Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, Emerging Compounds Research Center, National Pingtung University and Science and Technology, Taiwan
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Interests: environmental hygiene and health; environmental epidemiology; environmental toxicology; biomonitoring of human specimens including breast milk, cord blood, and venous blood; health risk assessment of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs); health risk assessment of halogenated persistent organic pollutants (POPs); bioassay for EDCs; monitoring of air hazardous pollutants in indoor and outdoor environment
Prof. Shu-Li Wang
Division of Environmental Health and Occupational Medicine, National Health Research Institutes, Taiwan
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Interests: environmental children’s health with regards to exposure to persistent organic pollutants (POPs) (including polychlorinated dioxins, and biphenyls, perfluoro alkanes, phthalates, toxic metals (i.e., lead, arsenic) and the heath effects on endocrine system, neuro-cognitive and immune functions, and related diseases like diabetes and cardiovascular disease
In recent years, concerns about the adverse health effects on infants, toddlers, and children, after they are exposed to endocrine disruptors or endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), have steadily increased. Pregnant women, infants, toddlers, and children are the most vulnerable populations. The World Health Organization (WHO) is constantly concerned with children’s environmental health. WHO disseminated various global plans of action for children’s and pregnant women’s health and environment. EDCs, including persistent organic pollutants (POPs), such as dioxins, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), phthalates, bisphenol-A, nonylphenols, parabens, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), lead, cadmium, and mercury, are mostly man-made or inadvertent pollutants found in several materials or contaminants in food and pharmaceutical and personal products (PPCPs). Prenatal and postnatal exposure to EDCs may cause physiological, developmental, or neurobehavioral damage, alteration of male or female reproductive function, allergy or immune suppression, increased incidence of Gynecologic tumor or hormonally-regulated cancers (i.e., breast, ovarian, testicular and prostate cancer), and alteration of thyroid and sex steroid hormone action. Pregnant women and children are exposed to EDCs through dietary and non-dietary pathways like ingestion of indoor dust and drinking water, inhalation of gas and particulate, and skin absorption. EDCs also can be transferred from the mothers to their offspring via the placenta or breast milk. This Special Issue is focused on mothers’ exposure to EDCs during pregnancy, infants or children with prenatal or postnatal exposure to EDCs, the health effects including diseases associated with EDCs during these periods, monitoring of EDCs in indoor environment for the pregnant women and children, and education or policy for mothers, doctors, nurses, or students with knowledge of pregnancy and childhood exposure to EDCs. Considering the emerging EDCs with possibly negative impact on the developing fetus, the related in vivo studies will also be encouraged in this Special Issue.
Prof. How-Ran Chao
Prof. Shu-Li Wang
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- Endocrine disruptors
- Environmental hormone
- Developmental deficits
- Immune function
- Breast milk
- Indoor environment
- Education or policy for EDCs