Mount Sinai Journal of Medicine Highlights Topics in Children’s Environmental Health

Philip J. Landrigan, MD, MSc edits special issue of the Mount Sinai Journal of Medicine on children’s health and the environment

 – January 22, 2011 /Press Release/  –– 

The January/February 2011 issue of the Mount Sinai Journal of Medicine focuses on the theme of children’s health and the environment. Bringing together thought leaders in children's environmental health - including many of researchers and collaborators from Mount Sinai’s Children’s Environmental Health Center (CEHC) - this issue examines new research in environmental pediatrics.

According to Philip J. Landrigan, MD, MSc, the field of environmental pediatrics has grown exponentially in the past decade. Defined as “the branch of pediatric medicine that studies the influence of the environment on children's health,” this discipline has become an increasingly visible and important area of pediatric medicine.

The issue begins with the introduction “Children's Health and the Environment: An Overview,” written by Dr. Landrigan and Amir Miodovnik, MD, MPH. This article shows that the rates of chronic diseases in children are rising, and it illustrates how scientists are learning that environmental factors are important drivers of these changing disease patterns.

After introducing this important topic, the issue features a series of articles on children's environmental health, including the following written by members of the CEHC staff:

Childhood Obesity and Environmental Chemicals
Michele La Merrill, PhD, MPH, and Linda S. Birnbaum, PhD, DABT 

Environmental Neurotoxicants and the Developing Brain
Amir Miodovnik, MD, MPH 

Climate Change, Aeroallergens, Pediatric Allergic Disease
Perry E. Sheffield, MD, MPH, Kate R. Weinberger, MA, and Patrick L. Kinney, ScD 

Community Engagement in Children's Environmental Health Research
Barbara L. Brenner, DrPH, LMSW and Melissa P. Manice, MPH 

Economics of Children's Environmental Health
Leonardo Trasande, MD, MPP 

About the Children’s Environmental Health Center 

The Children’s Environmental Health Center at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City conducts research to protect children against environmental threats to health. Our investigations seek to discover the environmental causes of such diseases as asthma, learning disabilities, autism, obesity, and childhood cancer. We transmit our research to pediatricians, policy makers, parents, and all who care for children.