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Principles of Pediatric Environmental Health
Sources of Additional Information

Course: WB2089
CE Original Date: February 15, 2012
CE Renewal Date: February 15, 2014
CE Expiration Date: February 15, 2016
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Please refer to the following Web resources for more information on the adverse effects of hazardous substances, the treatment of exposure-associated diseases, and management of persons exposed to chemicals.

Pediatric Environmental Medicine Resources

  • ATSDR/EPA Sponsored Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units (PEHSUs)
    http://www.aoec.org/PEHSU.htm
    • Each PEHSU is based at an academic center and is a collaboration between the pediatric clinic and the (AOEC) occupational and environmental clinic at each site.
    • The PEHSUs provide children's environmental health education and consultation for health professionals, public health professionals, and others.
    • The PEHSU staff is available for consultation about potential pediatric environmental health concerns affecting both the child and the family. Health care professionals may contact their regional PEHSU site for clinical advice.
  • Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
    http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov
    • For chemical, emergency situations
      • CDC Emergency Response: 770-488-7100 and request the ATSDR Duty Officer
    • For chemical, nonemergency situations
      • CDC-INFO
        http://www.bt.cdc.gov/coca/800cdcinfo.asp
      • 800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636) TTY 888-232-6348 - 24 Hours/Day
      • E-mail: cdcinfo@cdc.gov

        PLEASE NOTE
        ATSDR cannot respond to questions about individual medical cases, provide second opinions, or make specific recommendations regarding therapy. Those issues should be addressed directly with your health care provider.
  • Pediatric Exposure History Case Study in Environmental Medicine
    http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/csem/csem.asp?csem=26&po=0
  • American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Environmental Health. 2003. Pediatric Environmental Health 2nd edition. Etzel RA, Balk SJ, editors. Elk Grove Village, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics.
  • National Environmental Education Foundation (NEETF)
    http://www.neefusa.org/

World Health Organization web sites relevant to children's health

Substance Specific References

  • Mahaffey, KR. 2005. Mercury exposure: medical and public health issues. Transactions of the American Clinical and Climatological Association 116:127-154.
  • US Environmental Protection Agency. Task Force on Ritualistic Use of Mercury Report EPA/540-R-01-005. Washington DC [updated 2002 December; accessed 2008].
    Available from: http://www.epa.gov/superfund/community/pdfs/mercury.pdf [PDF - 979 KB]

Clinical Resources

  • American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM)
    http://www.acoem.org
    • ACOEM is the nation's largest medical society dedicated to promoting the health of workers through preventive medicine, clinical care, research, and education.
    • Its members are a dynamic group of physicians encompassing specialists in a variety of medical practices is united via the College to develop positions and policies on vital issues relevant to the practice of preventive medicine both within and outside of the workplace.
  • American College of Medical Toxicologists (ACMT)
    http://www.acmt.net
    • ACMT is a professional, nonprofit association of physicians with recognized expertise in medical toxicology.
    • The college is dedicated to advancing the science and practice of medical toxicology through a variety of activities.
  • Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics
    http://www.aoec.org
    • The Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics (AOEC) is a network of more than 60 clinics and more than 250 individuals committed to improving the practice of occupational and environmental medicine through information sharing and collaborative research.
  • Poison Control Center
    • The American Association of Poison Control Centers may be contacted for questions about poisons and poisonings. The Web site provides information about poison centers and poison prevention. AAPC does not provide information about treatment or diagnosis of poisoning or research information for student papers.
    • American Association of Poison Control Centers (1-800-222-1222 or http://www.aapcc.org

General Environmental Health Information

Please refer to the following Web resources for general information on environmental health.

  • Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
    http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    http://www.cdc.gov
    • CDC works to protect public health and the safety of people, by providing information to enhance health decisions, and promotes health through partnerships with state health departments and other organizations.
    • The CDC focuses national attention on developing and applying disease prevention and control, especially infectious diseases, environmental health, occupational safety and health, health promotion, prevention and education activities designed to improve the health of the people of the United States.
  • National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH)
    http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/
    • NCEH works to prevent illness, disability, and death from interactions between people and the environment. It is especially committed to safeguarding the health of populations that are particularly vulnerable to certain environmental hazards - children, the elderly, and people with disabilities.
    • NCEH seeks to achieve its mission through science, service, and leadership.
  • National Institute of Health (NIH)
    http://www.nih.gov
    • A part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, NIH is the primary federal agency for conducting and supporting medical research.
    • National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
      http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/
      NIOSH is in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and is an agency established to help assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by providing research, information, education, and training in the field of occupational safety and health.
  • Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics
    www.aoec.org
    • The Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics (AOEC) is a network of more than 60 clinics and more than 250 individuals committed to improving the practice of occupational and environmental medicine through information sharing and collaborative research.

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