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August 2011

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This month in EHP

By Eddy Ball
August 2011

Cover of the August 2011 issue of Environmental Health Perspectives: A Study in Balance
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The cover of the August issue of Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) blends a colorful abstract human image with machinery and geometric shapes to underscore the title of its feature news story, “A Study in Balance: How Microbiomes Are Changing the Shape of Environmental Health.” As appreciation of the communities of bacteria that inhabit the human body grows among the scientific community, investigators are exploring how microbiomes might serve as intermediaries in the process of environmental exposure and affect host susceptibility.

A second news story addresses an issue more and more states are facing - proposals to extract shale gas by a process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. “Blind Rush? Shale Gas Boom Proceeds amid Human Health Questions” discusses what we know about fracking, and what research still needs to be done to answer lingering questions about potential human health effects and ecologic problems associated with the procedure.

In this month's Researcher's Perspective( podcast, author Luz Claudio, Ph.D.( Exit NIEHS, revisits her influential 2007 EHP news feature article, “Waste Couture: Environmental Impact of the Clothing Industry.”( In a conversation with host Ashley Ahearn, Claudio discusses her inspiration for the story and why it has captured so much attention.

Featured commentary, reviews, and research this month includes the following:

  • MeHg and Plasma Paraoxonase Activity
  • Diabetes, Arsenic, and High-Fat Diet
  • Canadian National Air Pollution Models
  • Engine Operating Conditions and Exhaust Toxicity
  • Mammary Gland Development
  • Organophosphates and Child Neurodevelopment

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