Contaminants and Hazards


Identifying hazards posed by infectious diseases, chemicals, radiation, and noise, in homes and personal service establishments.

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Shale gas extraction and public health: What we know, what we can infer, and how we can move forward

Canadian Public Health Association 2014 ConferencePresentations:Hydraulic Fracturing & Public Health: What we know, what we can infer and how we can move forward Merry Turtiak, Alberta…
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Sicker, Fatter, Poorer

Dr. Leonardo Trasande a pediatrician, professor, and world-renowned researcher, will tell us a story of how our everyday surroundings are making us sicker, fatter, and poorer.  He uncovers evidence…
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Simon Fraser University (SFU) - Mycotoxins in Food Insecure Countries

Presenter: Dr. J. David Miller, Department of Chemistry, Carleton University, OttawaAbstract: There are five agriculturally important mycotoxins in food and feed, aflatoxin (1961), ochratoxin (1965…
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Simon Fraser University (SFU) - Epigenetic Embedding of Early Life Experiences: How Environments Get “Under the Skin”

This presentation will highlight the emerging role of epigenetic modifications at the interface between environments and the genome.  Drawing on a large interdisciplinary research network of human…
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Specified Risk Material: Public Health Implications

Strategies to Combat Legionnaires’ Disease – Outbreak Investigation and Preventive Policy

The NCCEH Environmental Health Seminar Series provides an opportunity for learning and knowledge exchange on a variety of environmental health topics. The seminars can be attended in-person or online…
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Summary: Animals as Sentinels for Public Health Risks from Oil and Gas Development

This document was based on a contracted review: Animals as Sentinels for Public Health Risks Associated with Oil and Gas Development by Craig Stephen and Tyler Stitt, March 2014.
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Summer is coming: Wildfire Smoke + COVID-19

It is meant as an ominous threat when characters in the popular Game of Thrones series utter “winter is coming”, and I feel the same way about the summer of 2020. The catastrophic wildfire seasons of…
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Surveillance for Emerging Infectious Diseases: A Canadian Perspective

Surveillance approaches for emerging zoonotic infectious diseases is less well developed than for traditional clearly-defined diseases. Zoonotic diseases with recent implications in Canada include:…
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Systematic Review of Human Biomonitoring Studies of Environmental Contaminants

This review synthesizes information on biological markers of exposure to environmental contaminants in Canada through a systematic search of the published and grey literature from January 1990 to…
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Systematic Review of Surveillance Systems for Emerging Zoonotic Diseases

The purpose of this review is to synthesize available evidence for public health practitioners, making decisions in the event of emerging zoonosis, by finding public health surveillance initiatives…
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Tanning and Skin Cancer: A Brief Review

The prevalence of intentional solar tanning in Canada ranges from 4 to 49% depending on age and sex. The prevalence of tanning using artificial tanning devices in Canada ranges from 4 to 27%…
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The 2013 Lac-Mégantic tragedy: The public health response then and now

The BCCDC/NCCEH Environmental Health Seminar Series provides an opportunity for learning and knowledge exchange on a variety of environmental health topics. The seminars can be attended in-person or…
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The Canadian Urban Environmental Health Research Consortium (CANUE) - Noise Exposure and Cardiovascular Onset

Environmental noise has been linked to a number of health effects including annoyance, sleep disturbance and cardiovascular diseases (CVD). In this seminar, we will present the current evidence on…
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The Detection of Oxycodone in Mussels Collected in Washington State and its Potential Impact on Human Health

The Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife in collaboration with The Centre for Urban Waters, University of Washington/Tacoma reported detecting “contaminants of emerging concern” (CECs) in…
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Threats to Drinking Water and Public Health in Alaska: The Scope of the PFAS Problem, Consequences of Regulatory Inaction, and Recommendations

On this call, Alaska Community Action on Toxics (ACAT) will discuss their new report, Threats to Drinking Water and Public Health in Alaska: The Scope of the PFAS Problem, Consequences of Regulatory…
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UBC School of Population and Public Health - Characterizing the Impacts of Residential Woodsmoke in BC Communities

The best of current research in the Occupational and Environmental Hygiene (OEH) field is presented at these seminars, which run weekly during the academic year.Presenter: Matthew Wagstaff
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UBC School of Population and Public Health - Rats! Purveyors of pestilence or public health helpers?

Presenters:Kaylee Byers, Interdisciplinary doctoral student, Vancouver Rat Project researcher, and Friedman ScholarMichael Lee, SPPH doctoral student, and Vancouver Rat Project researcher
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