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Toxic agent and radiation control: meeting the 1990 objectives for the nation.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  6444199     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Toxic agent and radiation control is 1 of the 15 health priority areas addressed through the Public Health Service's Objectives for the Nation. Several gains in moving toward the 1990 goals for toxic agent and radiation control have been recorded. Research and technical assistance, combined with legislation to reduce the amount of lead in gasoline, have contributed to a decrease in the mean blood lead level of the general population. New testing procedures have been developed to evaluate both reproductive and developmental toxicities of chemicals. Educational implementation of pelvimetry referral criteria in a multiyear study involving approximately 200 U.S. hospitals has resulted in a 50 percent reduction in the number of pelvimetries performed. Health-related responses have been given to environmental problems such as exposures to polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in Massachusetts and Florida and exposures to dioxin in Missouri and New Jersey. Chemical records for some 1,000 compounds likely to occur in chemical dumps or in bulk transit are being either created or updated to enhance online data retrieval services. For the foreseeable future, however, improvement of knowledge of the potential health risk posed by toxic chemicals and radiation must remain one of the most important priorities. To control toxic agents, development of surveillance systems and data bases are equally important.
D P Rall
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Public health reports (Washington, D.C. : 1974)     Volume:  99     ISSN:  0033-3549     ISO Abbreviation:  Public Health Rep     Publication Date:    1984 Nov-Dec
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1985-01-31     Completed Date:  1985-01-31     Revised Date:  2009-11-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9716844     Medline TA:  Public Health Rep     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  532-8     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Child, Preschool
Congenital Abnormalities / prevention & control
Environmental Pollutants*
Health Education / methods
Health Planning*
Health Priorities*
Infant, Newborn
Information Systems
Lead Poisoning / prevention & control
National Health Programs*
National Library of Medicine (U.S.)
Radiography / trends*
United States
United States Public Health Service
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Environmental Pollutants

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