Special Issue "Pesticides and Health"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 February 2011).
Interests: health effects of pesticides and phthalates; common environmental contaminants
Pesticides represent a common environmental exposure due to their widespread use for agricultural, residential, and public health purposes. Exposure is common in both developed and developing countries, though the exposure patterns may differ due to pesticide use patterns and practices. Pesticides are screened for acute toxicity, mutagenicity, carcinogenicity, and reproductive toxicity prior to registration, but information on the human health effects of pesticides is limited. Recent studies in adults have suggested that pesticides may be related to common chronic diseases such as diabetes and asthma, in addition to cancer and neurological diseases. Studies in children have suggested that pesticides may adversely impact neurodevelopment and other early childhood outcomes. Characterization of pesticide use and exposure in the general population is difficult, yet it is critical to good epidemiologic evaluation of the potential human health effects of pesticides.
Given the ubiquity of pesticide exposure and the animal and human evidence implicating pesticides as potential contributors to human disease, better understanding of how people get exposed to pesticides and how that exposure can be evaluated is critical to understanding the potential human health risks. For this special issue on Pesticides and Health, I’m eager to entertain papers that enhance our understanding of pesticide exposure in populations and incorporate those measures into epidemiologic studies. Papers that fall along the continuum of pesticide exposure characterization to human health evaluation will be considered.
Dr. Jane Hoppin
- exposure assessment
- agricultural exposures
- residential exposures
- chronic diseases