Date: Fri, 23 Dec 2011 05:47:20 -0500
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Subject: Two listings of exposure-related diseases & resources
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I'm forwarding this from another list since it appears to be particularly relevant to DCHAS interests 

- Ralph

I received a hardcopy of "Perspectives", a publication of "Health Research
for Action" at School of Public Health, U-CA, Berkley.

In the 8-page paper narrative on "Biomonitoring: The Chemicals Within Us",
I found reference to:"182 human diseases and health problems associated with chemical exposures
(Collaborative on Health and the Environment database)."

I admit that I'm always interested inlists or tallies of such a complex
issue, so I pursued the references were available online (a longer, 10-page
the same publication).

There, a additional 2-pages give additional list of references link to
another website and organization that I didn't know about:
The Collaborative on Health and the
Environment<>has a searchable and
sophisticated reference, called CHE Toxicant and
Disease Database <> allowing
inquiry to begin from:
 =C2=B7 disease category (organ system)
 =C2=B7 disease
 =C2=B7 toxicant
 =C2=B7 CAS number
 =C2=B7 keyword

The resulting list is grouped & color-coded by strength of evidence, as
Strong, Good, Limited and is sourced to major agencies' or often used
textbooks' positions (their quote follows):

comprehensive review of animal data was beyond the scope of this project.
However, in some instances animal data were included and influenced the
listing. This is particularly likely when an authoritative body, such as
International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the National
Program, or California's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment
(OEHHA), which administers the Proposition 65 program, used animal data
as the primary source for their evaluations.

Other main sources of data are three major textbooks on the topic of
environmental medicine and toxicology:
1. Klaassen CD, Ed. *Casarett and Doull's Toxicology: TheBasic Science
of Poisons, 6th edition*. (2001) McGraw-Hill publishing, New York.
2. LaDou J. Ed. *Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 3rd edition*(2004), Lange Medical/McGraw-Hill, New York.
3. Rom WM, Ed. *Environmental and Occupational Medicine, 3rd edition*(1998). Lippincott-Raven, Philadelphia, PA.

I plan to add the database to my listing of references on exposure-related
diseases at

I believe that there are MANY sites where the deeper & more specific
information is largely concealed from the usual online search toolsbecause
the content is tapped only upon a query, and isn't directly accessed by the
search engines' linkage recording spiders, that give rise to (eg) Google's
reports and Page Rank-ing.

I did run one straight Google search using: and hyperactivity and Organophosphatesand did reach one of the internal pages, so it is not entirely masked.

Still, it's surprising that I hadn't seen prior use/mention of this tool,
and I wonder if other colleagues already know of it.

I am only now beginning to explore another resource at the site with a very

provides linkage to many types of reports

Searchers specify (if desired):
=C2=B7 Show All Media
=C2=B7 Book
=C2=B7 Database
=C2=B7 Magazine/journal
=C2=B7 Magazine/journal article
=C2=B7 Parent/consumer/practitioner guide
=C2=B7 Report
=C2=B7 Video

=C2=B7 Consumers
=C2=B7 Epidemiologists / public-health
=C2=B7 Environmental justice advocates
=C2=B7 General public
=C2=B7 Health care providers
=C2=B7 Lawmakers
=C2=B7 Parents
=C2=B7 Researchers
=C2=B7 Students

while users look for relationships between "Environmental/Toxic Issue" and
"Health Issue" topics.

Links in this narrative:

*Gary Greenberg, MD MPH*

Sysop / Moderator Occ-Env-Med-L MailList <>
UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

Med. Director, Urban Ministries of Wake Co. Open Door Clinic
[image:] <>

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