Tracing the health outcomes associated with environmental exposures is very complicated. Though there are some substances and behaviors that we know result in negative health outcomes, there are many others which take years or decades to develop. Sometimes health outcomes can be related to a great many different factors and it is hard to determine which factor was most important and how much more this factor might effect one's health. Because of how slowly some conditions develop, as well as how intricate and microscopic many bodily functions are, it can be difficult to say that any one exposure or action caused a specific health outcome. It is often more accurate to say that an exposure or action increased the likelihood that a health outcome occurs.
Female Reproductive Health
The female reproductive system consists of body parts contributing to reproduction, such as ovulation and pregnancy, including ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus, cervix and vagina.
This system plays an important role in maintaining balance in the body through hormone production and interaction and is important to the overall health of the woman, as well as her potential child.
What are some female reproductive health issues?
Infertility/ Increased Time to Pregnancy-
Neurodevelopment and IQ
Neurodevelopment refers to the growth of the nervous system, especially the brain. The term refers to the healthy establishment of brain structures that in turn support movement and thinking abilities (ex. reflexes, and intelligence). The process of neurodevelopment can be disrupted by chemical changes in the body, through environmental exposures, or other factors.
What is neurodevelopment?
What does Intelligence Quotient (IQ) mean?
Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome
Obese/Overweight means that one weights more than is considered healthy for a given height. Metabolic Syndrome is a group of conditions, including high blood pressure, high blood sugar, abnormal cholesterol levels, and excess body fat/obesity. Obesity and metabolic syndrome can greatly increase your risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.
What are the causes of obesity and metabolic syndrome?
How common are obesity and metabolic syndrome?
What is childhood obesity?
What can you do?
Attention and Behavioral Challenges
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a particularly well known challenge which involves inattentiveness, over-activity (hyperactivity), and/or impulsive behavior (impulsivity).
What is ADHD?
Asthma and Respiratory Health
Respiratory health refers to the health of the organs that we use for breathing. Asthma is one of the most common breathing disorders.
What is asthma?
What do we know about children with asthma?