Geology and Health

Author: H. Catherine W. Skinner
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0195162048
Format: PDF, ePub
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Geology and Health is an integrated collection of papers from earth scientists, biologists, and medical specialists on health issues of concern to people worldwide, demonstrating how human health and well-being now and in the future can benefit through coordinated scientific efforts. The book demonstrates the virtues of cooperation between the earth, life and health sciences, as a practical and effective approach to better publichealth worldwide.

Essentials of Medical Geology

Publisher: Elsevier
ISBN: 0080454194
Format: PDF, Kindle
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This authoritative reference volume emphasizes the importance and interrelationships of geological processes to the health and diseases of humans and animals. Its accessible format fosters better communication between the health and geoscience communities by elucidating the geologic origins and flow of toxic elements in the environment that lead to human exposure through the consumption of food and water. For example, problems of excess intake from drinking water have been encountered for several inorganic compounds, including fluoride in Africa and India; arsenic in certain areas of Argentina, Chile, and Taiwan; selenium in seleniferous areas in the U.S., Venezuela, and China; and nitrate in agricultural areas with heavy use of fertilizers. Environmental influences on vector borne diseases and stormflow water quality influences are also featured. Numerous examples of the environmental influences on human health from across the globe are also presented and discussed in this volume. * Covers recent advances and future research topics at the intersection of environmental science and public health * Developed by 60 experts from 20 countries and edited by professionals from the International Working Group on Medical Geology * Includes 200+ color photographs and illustrations * Organizes information in a highly structured format for easy reference * Written for a broad audience, ranging from students, researchers, and medical professionals to policymakers and the general public

Earth Materials and Health

Author: National Research Council
Publisher: National Academies Press
ISBN: 9780309164498
Format: PDF, Mobi
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A range of natural earth materials, like arsenic or fluoride, have long been linked to significant human health effects. Improved understanding of the pervasive and complex interactions between earth materials and human health will require creative collaborations between earth scientists and public health professionals. At the request of the National Science Foundation, U.S. Geological Survey, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration, this National Research Council book assesses the current state of knowledge at the interface between the earth sciences and public health disciplines. The book identifies high-priority areas for collaborative research, including understanding the transport and bioavailability of potentially hazardous earth materials, using risk-based scenarios to mitigate the public health effects of natural hazards under current and future climate regimes, and understanding the health risks that result from disturbance of earth systems. Geospatial information - geological maps for earth scientists and epidemiological data for public health professionals - is identified as one of the essential integrative tools that is fundamental to the activities of both communities. The book also calls for increased data sharing between agencies to promote interdisciplinary research without compromising privacy.

Moving Health Sovereignty in Africa

Author: Dr Hany Besada
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
ISBN: 1409450481
Format: PDF, ePub
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Today’s era of intense globalization has unleashed dynamic movements of people, pathogens, and pests that overwhelm the static territorial jurisdictions on which the governance provided by sovereign states and their formal intergovernmental institutions is based. This book insightfully explores the challenges this creates in ways that put the perspectives of Africans themselves at centre stage.