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Biomarkers and pediatric environmental health.
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PMID:  8549501     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
It is now possible to identify biochemical and/or cellular changes in humans due to exposure to an environmental toxin. These changes are called biomarkers and are currently used in research studies to identify individuals exposed to specific toxic substances. Advances in the field of biomarker technology may have important implications for the detection, prevention, and treatment of certain diseases in children. This technology may enable physicians to screen children who have no clinically detectable illness for evidence of exposure to specific toxins. Such information could lead to implementation of preventive measures and development of new therapeutic strategies. However, several important issues, including potential adverse consequences resulting from the widespread use of this technology, must be considered prior to its utilization within a clinical setting. Leaders of the pediatric and public health communities should recognize the paucity of scientific data in the pediatric environmental health area, and new approaches to this important aspect of child health should be developed. This article will address several of the issues involved in pediatric environmental health and consider questions that should be answered as the potential for technology transfer becomes a reality.
B Lubin; R Lewis
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Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Environmental health perspectives     Volume:  103 Suppl 6     ISSN:  0091-6765     ISO Abbreviation:  Environ. Health Perspect.     Publication Date:  1995 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1996-02-20     Completed Date:  1996-02-20     Revised Date:  2009-11-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0330411     Medline TA:  Environ Health Perspect     Country:  UNITED STATES    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  99-104     Citation Subset:  IM    
Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute, CA 94609, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Biological Markers / analysis*
Education, Medical, Continuing
Environmental Health / legislation & jurisprudence
Environmental Pollutants / poisoning*
Fetus / drug effects
Prenatal Diagnosis
Technology Transfer
Grant Support
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Biological Markers; 0/Environmental Pollutants

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Journal ID (nlm-ta): Environ Health Perspect
ISSN: 0091-6765
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Print publication date: Month: 9 Year: 1995
Volume: 103 Issue: Suppl 6
First Page: 99 Last Page: 104
ID: 1518927
PubMed Id: 8549501

Biomarkers and pediatric environmental health.
B Lubin
R Lewis
Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute, CA 94609, USA.

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