Journal of Environmental Health

This journal covers new research, news, useful products and services for the environmental health professional. It covers topics, such as air quality, food safety and protection, hazardous material/toxic substances management, terrorism and all-hazards preparedness, wastewater management and water pollution control/water quality.

Articles from Vol. 66, No. 1, July-August

Author & Subject Index
Author & Subject Index Journal of Environmental Health Volume 65: July/August 2002 - June 2003 Selected back issues are available for $12 each. To order, contact a service specialist at 303-756-9090. Author/Title Issue,...
Dancing the Night Away. (President's Message)
First, thank you for giving me this opportunity to serve you. Your confidence and support of me in the election three years ago are humbling and most appreciated. In my first communication with you via the Journal of Environmental Health, I want...
Defining and Managing Biohazardous Waste in U.S. Research-Oriented Universities: A Survey of Environmental Health and Safety Professionals. (Features)
Introduction "Biohazardous waste" is an umbrella term for waste that poses a biological hazard to living organisms. It encompasses medical waste, which primarily comprises wastes potentially infectious to humans, as well as wastes from animal or...
Developing a Workshop on Foodborne-Disease Epidemiology and Surveillance Training. (NEHA News)
The NEHA Epidemiology Training and Development Committee held its inaugural meeting on March 12-13, 2003, at offices of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Decatur, Georgia. The meeting was attended not only by all committee members,...
Efficacy and Durability of Bacillus Anthracis Bacteriophages Used against Spores. (Features)
Introduction Current medical strategies against anthrax are limited and may fail if they encounter Bacillus anthracis strains that are antibiotic resistant or not targeted by vaccines. Naturally occurring viruses of bacteria (called bacteriophages,...
Efficacy and Durability of Bacillus Anthracis Bacteriophages Used against Spores. (Practical Stuff!)
* Anthrax is caused by B. anthracis, a Gram-positive, rod-shaped, spore-forming bacterium. * Current medical strategies may fail against B. anthracis strains that are resistant to antibiotics or have not been targeted by vaccines. * Also, antibiotics...
Eighth Annual New Mexico Environmental Health Conference. (NEHA News)
In 1996 the New Mexico Environmental Health Association formed a partnership with a number of environmental health agencies in New Mexico and the local chapters of several other professional associations. Each year, this partnership organizes and conducts...
Enzyme Structure Has Implications for Defense against Chemical Weapons. (EH Update)
A report in the journal Nature Structural Biology offers the first molecular explanation of how the body metabolizes and detoxifies cocaine and heroin. This work, whose lead author is Sompop Bencharit, a graduate student in the laboratory of Dr. Matthew...
Interactive Water Fountains: The Potential for Disaster. (Guest Commentary)
Interactive water fountains have become extremely popular over the past several years, with new installations on the rise across the country. These fountains typically consist of water sprays, dancing water jets, waterfalls, dumping buckets, shooting...
Interactive Water Fountains: The Potential for Disaster. (Practical Stuff!)
* Interactive water fountains have become popular in amusement parks, malls, and city parks. * These fountains typically have features such as sprays, dancing water jets, waterfalls, dumping buckets, and water cannons. * Almost all interactive...
Physicians' Group Says Americans Are Bearing a Toxic Burden. (EH Update)
A report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) documents levels of more than 100 toxic chemicals found in the bodies of Americans. In response, Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) has issued Bearing the Burden: Health...
Refugees Escape Ravages of Climate Change. (EH Update)
In the last few years, the number of people displaced worldwide as the result of flooding, drought, soil erosion, deforestation, or toxic spills has for the first time outstripped the number seeking refuge from civil war and persecution. According...
State and Local Responsibilities under Federal Acts and Laws: Two Instances. (Legal Briefs)
Racial discrimination is morally and R ethically wrong, and it is illegal. As with most principles, the concept is simple to state and understand, but often difficult to apply in real life. Legally, the 13th and 14th amendments to the U.S. Constitution...
The Art of Presenting and Listening to Bad News. (Managing Editor's Desk)
There is a trio of newspaper writers whose columns I routinely read despite the fact that they frustrate me to no end. Virtually every column these three writers publish is negative. They have nothing good to say about anyone, especially if that "anyone"...
Wastes from Health Care Activities-Information from the World Health Organization. (Technical Briefs)
Of the total wastes generated by health care activities, almost 80 percent are general wastes that are comparable to domestic waste. The remaining 20 percent or so are considered hazardous materials that may be infectious, toxic, or radioactive. Health...