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March 2018 NCCEH Research Scan

March 2018 NCCEH Research Scan


Each month, our resident super Librarian casts her expert eye across hundreds of journals, news portals, newsletters, and websites to find all the best research articles and grey literature related to environmental health.  Then, to make your life easier, she takes her findings and divides them into more than 30 categories pertinent to EH.  These categories include air quality, drinking water, climate change, built environment, food, and many more.  The results of this process are summarized in what we call our NCCEH Research Scan.

Editor’s Picks

After searching through the dozens of articles referenced in the scan, our librarian picks the ones she feels may be especially interesting to our stakeholders.  Her “Editor Picks” for March 2018 include:

  • Wildfires, emergency preparedness, and the importance of communication from the National Environmental Health Association
    Summary: “NEHA connected with and interviewed the following environmental health professionals at the EPA to learn more about their work with wildfires and emergency preparedness.”
  • NEHA body art model code - draft from the National Environmental Health Association
    Summary: “Since 2016, the National Environmental Health Association has been facilitating the revision of the 1999 BAMC with a committee of body art and regulatory professionals. The code is now ready for public review.”
  • Evidence review of e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products 2018: executive summary from Public Health England
    Summary: “Implications of this review included the following: There is a need for continued research on the impact of regulations on smoking rates and patterns, use of e-cigarettes by adults and young people, product design and quality, and adverse effects of e-cigarettes.”
  • Public health consequences of e-cigarettes from the National Academies of Science and Engineering
    Summary: “This report is a systematic review of the literature that evaluates the evidence about e-cigarettes and health, highlights gaps that are a priority for future research, and makes recommendations to improve the quality of this research.”
  • Public health consequences of lead in drinking water from Current Environmental Health Reports
    Summary:  “The importance of drinking water as a contributor to total lead exposure depends on water lead levels and the amount consumed, as well as….”
  • New Zealand Standard for Testing and decontamination of methamphetamine-contaminated properties from the Government of New Zealand
    Summary: “Application of the standard will provide assurance that activities such as screening, testing, assessing, and decontamination of contaminated properties and disposal of their contents are carried out following good practice.”