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By Eddy Ball
January 2009


The May 2009 issue of Environmental Health Perspectives ( is now available on-line, with a feature story on environmental effects on the microbiota - the vast population of bacteria and other microbes that regulate health in the gut. The issue also includes a discussion of what is called "shotgun" proteomics and new studies of the autoimmune effects of the industrial solvent trichloroethylene (TCE) in mice and humans, non-food sources of bisphenol A (BPA), feminization of wild fish exposed to environmental estrogens, and the potential roles of folate and cysteine in facilitating arsenic methylation in children.

  • The Gut Reaction to Environmental Exposures - Examining the complex relationship between flora in the human gastrointestinal tract and the gut's ability to defend against environmentally linked disease
  • Boosting the Signal for Biomarker Discovery with "Shotgun" Proteomics - Probing the potential of advances in omics technologies for streamlining biomarker discovery by narrowing the field of promising candidates for follow-up with targeted immunoassays
  • TCE and Autoimmune Disease - Reviewing evidence that TCE is involved in the development of autoimmune disease in mice and humans and calling for additional work in this promising line of research
  • BPA Levels in Fasting NHANES Participants - Analyzing data on fasting times in participants in the 2003-2004 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) that suggest non-food sources of BPA and BPA accumulation in fat or other body tissues
  • Environmental Estrogens and Endocrine Disruption in Fish - Estimating associations between feminization of wild fish and concentrations of estrogenic and anti-androgenic chemicals in the rivers where they live that support a multi-causal etiological link
  • Tailoring Nutritional Interventions for Children Exposed to Arsenic - Teasing out the differences between arsenic-exposed adults and children in relation to their urinary arsenic metabolites and plasma levels of the nutrients folate, cobalamin, cysteine and homocysteine

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