‘Exposome globe’ construct communicates complex relationships between exposure factors and between exposure factors related to disease status
Development of Exposome Correlation Globes to Map Out Environment-Wide Associations. Chirag Patel and Arjun Manrai, Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing, January, 2015; 20:231-42. Abstract excerpt: “The environment plays a major role in influencing diseases and health. The phenomenon of environmental exposures is complex and humans are not exposed to one or a handful of factors but potentially hundreds of factors throughout their lives…Currently, we lack methods to comprehensively identify robust and replicated correlations between environmental exposures of the exposome”. Researchers implement methods to describe a first "exposome globe", a comprehensive display of replicated correlations between individual exposures of the exposome.
A systematic review of the current state of field on microRNAs potential as biomarkers for environmental exposure
MicroRNAs as Potential Signature of Environmental Exposures or Effect: A Systematic Review. Karen Vrijens, Valentina Bollati, and Tim S. Nawrot, Environmental Health Perspectives, January 16, 2015. MiRNA changes may be sensitive readouts of the effects of acute and chronic environmental exposure. Therefore miRNAs are valuable novel biomarkers for exposure.
Workshop summary report: Measures of Community Resilience - From Lessons Learned to Lessons Applied
Developing a Framework for Measuring Community Resilience: Summary of Workshop (2015). Dominic A. Brose, Rapporteur, The National Academies Press, Washington DC, 2015. Resilient America Roundtable of the National Academies convened the workshop, whose overarching objective was to begin to develop a framework of measures and indicators that could support community efforts to increase their resilience. Workshop link: http://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/ResilientAmerica/PGA_152193
Dorceta Taylor joins other environmental experts to discuss the modern environmental justice movement
“Toxic Communities” and the fight or environmental justice. Lydia Brown, WNPR News, January 8, 2015 (audio). Environmental experts discuss the hazardous, toxic environments many low-income and minority communities are forced to live in every day -- where issues such as residential segregation and environmental racism are still problematic.
Transatlantic trade agreement would weaken pesticide regulations, NGOs warn
Report: transatlantic trade agreement could increase toxic pesticide use. Elizabeth Grossman, The Guardian, January 7, 2015.
As part of the transatlantic trade agreement being negotiated behind closed doors, trade groups have recommended policies -- under the banner of lifting trade barriers -- that could impact pesticide regulations in both the US and the European Union.
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