Health effects associated with measured levels of contaminants in the Arctic

Pál Weihe, Fróði Debes, Jónrit Halling, Maria Skaalum Petersen, Gina Muckle, Jon Øyvind Odland, Alexey Dudarev, Pierre Ayotte, Éric Dewailly, Philippe Grandjean, Eva Bonefeld-Jørgensen

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Abstract

The Human Health Assessment Group has over the past decade recommended that effect studies be conducted in the circumpolar area. Such studies examine the association between contaminant exposure in the Arctic populations and health effects. Because foetuses and young children are the most vulnerable, effect studies are often prospective child cohort studies. The emphasis in this article is on a description of the effects associated with contaminant exposure in the Arctic. The main topics addressed are neurobehavioural, immunological, reproductive, cardiovascular, endocrine and carcinogenic effect. For each topic, the association between exposure and effects is described, and some results are reported for similar studies outside the Arctic.

Original languageEnglish
Article number33805
JournalInternational Journal of Circumpolar Health
Volume75
Issue number1
Number of pages20
ISSN1239-9736
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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    Weihe, P., Debes, F., Halling, J., Petersen, M. S., Muckle, G., Odland, J. Ø., Dudarev, A., Ayotte, P., Dewailly, É., Grandjean, P., & Bonefeld-Jørgensen, E. (2016). Health effects associated with measured levels of contaminants in the Arctic. International Journal of Circumpolar Health, 75(1), [33805]. https://doi.org/10.3402/ijch.v75.33805