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E-M:/ Pediatric Environmental Health Guide, 2nd edition, is out!


Dr. Ruth Etzel's long awaited second edition of "Pediatric Environmental Health" came  out on November 2nd. It was released at The American Academy of Pediatrics annual
National Conference & Exhibition (NCE) taking place on November 1 - 5 in New Orleans.

To learn more about the significance of this environmental guide, see:

Please read the AAP's Press Release at http://www.aap.org/
to learn about all the new areas in which pediatricians are now being encouraged to work, including: harassment and bullying,  children's advertising, and an advisory against using Syrup of Ipecac for poisoning.

One may agree or not with the AAP in several areas (like the legitimacy of the disease category Attention Deficit Disorder and the pharmacological treatment of that designation), but, like EnviroMich, the AAP has many contradictory elements and opinions. In my view it's terrific that pediatricians -- led by people like Dr. Etzel -- have courageously stepped up to the plate and continue addressing environmental issues. . .and that they do so rigorously. Please contact Dr. Etzel (and the environmental community) with your comments or criticisms about the guide should you review one. And please encourage your pediatrician to get a copy. If they're in the AAP, it's free.     

Brian McKenna

Here's Saturday's announcement:

- Should I limit the amount of fish my child eats because of
> mercury? Do I need to buy bottled water for my kids? Could there be
> arsenic in my wooden playset? These are among the many concerns parents
> have about environmental issues, and with good reason. According to a
> newly released book from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
> Committee on Environmental Health, children often are more susceptible to
> environmental hazards than adults are. Ruth Etzel, M.D., PhD, FAAP, editor
> of "Pediatric Environmental Health - 2nd Edition," said, "Our environment
> is constantly changing, and so is our knowledge about its effects on
> children. Pediatricians and others who care for young patients need to
> know how to recognize, prevent and treat ailments resulting from exposure
> to harmful substances and environments." New information in the book
> reflects our changing world. For example, chapters have been added on the
> following: arsenic; chemical-biological terrorism; preconceptional and
> prenatal exposures; gasoline and its additives; nickel, chromium and
> manganese; irradiation of food; and nontherapeutic use of antibiotics in
> animal agriculture. In addition, there is new information about
> breastfeeding; use of DEET; how to administer potassium iodide in the
> event of a radiation disaster; environmental threats to children in
> developing countries; and risk assessment and management. Dr. Etzel and
> associate editor Sophie J. Balk, M.D., FAAP, both of whom are past chairs
> of the AAP's Committee on Environmental Health, discussed some of the
> latest concerns and advice with pediatricians and other health
> professionals at the AAP's National Conference & Exhibition here on
> Sunday.
> EDITOR'S NOTE: Drs. Etzel and Balk will speak at a session titled "Updates
> From the New AAP Handbook of Pediatric Environmental Health," on Sunday,
> November 2, from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm (CT) at the AAP National Conference &
> Exhibition in New Orleans.