Environmental Medicine

Sep 1, 2018 Issue
Radon: A Leading Environmental Cause of Lung Cancer [Editorials]

Protracted exposure to radon is the leading environmental cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Family physicians play a key role in informing patients about the health risks.

Jun 1, 2017 Issue
Acting on Social Determinants of Health: A Primer for Family Physicians [Editorials]

There is growing consensus that it is important to screen for social determinants of health in primary care and generate usable, actionable data to help physicians and practices build connections to community health resources.

Apr 1, 2016 Issue
Prevention and Treatment of Drowning [Article]

Review the statistics of drowning incidents, how to improve the likelihood of successful resuscitation, and the most effective prevention strategies.

Jun 1, 2012 Issue
BPA Exposure and Health Effects: Educating Physicians and Patients [Editorials]

Bisphenol A (BPA) is a polymerization agent used in the manufacturing of polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins. It is also an environmental endocrine disruptor with estrogen-like activity that may affect the development and health of those who are exposed.

Aug 1, 2011 Issue
The Physician's Role in Efforts to Slow Global Warming [Editorials]

Global warming will directly affect the health of our patients, communities, and planet; therefore, physicians and other health care professionals have a critical role in addressing the issue.

Aug 1, 2011 Issue
Slowing Global Warming: Benefits for Patients and the Planet [Article]

Global warming will cause significant harm to the health of persons and their communities by compromising food and water supplies; increasing risks of morbidity and mortality from infectious diseases and heat stress; changing social determinants of health resulting from extreme weather events, risin...

Jul 1, 2011 Issue
Bioterrorism and the Vital Role of Family Physicians [Editorials]

Family physicians and other primary care physicians have a vital role in protecting our patients and our nation against bioterrorism. Passive surveillance is the early warning system for naturally occurring outbreaks, and for bioterrorism events. An astute physician who diagnoses a reportable illnes...

Jan 15, 2010 Issue
Outdoor Air Pollutants and Patient Health [Article]

Almost 160 million persons live in areas of the United States that exceed federal health-based air pollution standards. The two air pollutants that most commonly exceed standards are ozone and particulate matter. Ozone and particulate matter can harm anyone if levels are sufficiently elevated, but h...

Mar 15, 2007 Issue
Disaster-Related Physical and Mental Health: A Role for the Family Physician [Article]

Natural disasters, technologic disasters, and mass violence impact millions of persons each year. The use of primary health care services typically increases for 12 or more months following major disasters. A conceptual framework for assisting disaster victims involves understanding the individual a...

Nov 15, 2005 Issue
CDC Reports on Illnesses in Hurricane Katrina Evacuees and Relief Workers [Practice Guidelines]

In the four weeks after Hurricane Katrina struck the U.S. Gulf Coast, a total of 7,508 illnesses and injuries were reported. Reports on illnesses in hurricane evacuees and relief workers were published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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