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Band 31, Heft 1


Changing exposures in a changing world: models for reducing the burden of disease

William A. Suk
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  • Hazardous Substances Research Branch/Superfund Research Program, National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), Research Triangle Park, NC, USA
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Online erschienen: 17.02.2016 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/reveh-2015-0049


Environmental exposures are changing dramatically in location, intensity, and frequency. Many developing countries are undergoing a transition in which they face the double burden of infectious diseases as well as chronic diseases. Noncommunicable diseases have emerged as the leading cause of death and disability in developing countries. Globally, pollution is insufficiently appreciated and inadequately quantified as a cause of disease. The health burden from both noninfectious diseases and infectious disease, especially parasites, is high among exposed people. Mothers and children are particularly vulnerable to pollution-related diseases in developing countries. Exposures to pollution can cause protracted noncommunicable diseases across their life span. A global initiative to promote human health sciences and technologies would enhance collaborations and communications amongst investigators and public environmental health officials. Existing models that facilitate the transfer of information and research results exist and can provide insight into building such an international network, allowing better prediction of disease risk and provide ways to reduce exposure to environmental contaminants. A global network would bring together scientists from multiple disciplines and countries to work toward a better understanding of the double burden of disease, especially in low and middle income countries, and promote ways to improve public health.

Keywords: children’s health; disease burden; global network; infectious disease; noncommunicable disease


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Corresponding author: William A. Suk, Hazardous Substances Research Branch/Superfund Research Program, National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), Research Triangle Park, NC, USA, E-mail:

Erhalten: 14.10.2015

Angenommen: 20.11.2015

Online erschienen: 17.02.2016

Erschienen im Druck: 01.03.2016

Quellenangabe: Reviews on Environmental Health, Band 31, Heft 1, Seiten 93–96, ISSN (Online) 2191-0308, ISSN (Print) 0048-7554, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/reveh-2015-0049.

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