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The effects of environmental factors on health are more complex than thought, seminar is told

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 10 May 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2919
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. 1Washington, DC

Researchers and policy makers need to get beyond the one chemical or one gene effect when considering the impact of environmental factors on health. The field must become more sophisticated, taking into account interactions between environmental factors, episodic exposure, and the timing of exposures.

Those were central themes in the first focus issue on environmental challenges for health in the journal Health Affairs, which was released at a forum on 4 May in Washington, DC.

Children and young adults undergo “windows of development,” from their time in the womb until they are in their early 20s, …

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