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Hospital administrators are finally starting to reckon with the damaging effects their institutions can have on the environment. Janet Brown, HPC's resident medical environmentalist, reports from CleanMed, the nation's largest conference dedicated to health care and ecology.
A green light is slowly dawning in the nation's hospitals.
Environmentally friendly propellants may soon replace the ozone-eating chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) in metered dose inhalers used for asthma medications. CFC-free formulations of albuterol and salbutamol, two common asthma drugs, are already available for testing, but since the new propellants change the amounts of drug delivered to the lungs, it may be a few years before drug manufacturers release these new products to the market.
The FDA's recent warning that pregnant women should reduce their fish consumption because of high mercury levels are good as far as they go. But unfortunately, like many government efforts, they fail to address the real issue: Why is there so much mercury in our oceans?
Household molds like Cladosporium and Aspergillus are common triggers for asthma and other respiratory conditions, though they seldom get the attention given to cigarette smoke and animal dander. Since all molds need damp environments, the key to controlling molds is to control household moisture.
There appears to be a strong correlation between teenage obesity and exposure to phthalates—endocrine-disrupting compounds found in many personal care products and a myriad of plastic and vinyl products.
PORTLAND, OR—Environmental issues are inseparable from health care issues, and holistically minded physicians need to step up and assume leadership in the effort to reverse environmental degradation.
Estrogenic and hormonally-active environmental toxins from plastics, pesticides, animal feed, and cosmetics play a key role in precocious puberty—on the rise in young girls---as well many forms of cancer, says Dr. Devra Lee Davis, of the University of Pittsburgh’s new Center for Environmental Oncology.
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