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Applications of Environmental Epidemiology in Addressing Public Health Challenges in East Asia


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1Chi-Mei Medical Center, Tainan, Taiwan

2Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China

3United Nations University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Applications of Environmental Epidemiology in Addressing Public Health Challenges in East Asia

Description

The East Asia region is a vibrant and challenging part of the world when it comes to public health issues, with its diverse economies, ethnicity, cultures, and geographical and geological features. It covers about 12 million km 2 or about 28% of the Asian continent and is about 15% bigger than Europe. More than 1.5 billion people or about 38% of the Asian population live in East Asia. The region is one of the world's most populated places, with a population density of 133 inhabitants per km 2. While communicable diseases still plague the less developed nations of East Asia, noncommunicable diseases are predominant in the more developed nations and are also making their presence in the developing nations. Besides being threatened by environmental pollution from its rapid pace of urbanization and industrialization, it is also an area prone to natural disasters like volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tsunamis, droughts, and floods. Therefore, not only human lives are at stake, but also the ecosystems, natural resources, and properties are. These issues are multidisciplinary in nature and require a multipronged approach. Environmental epidemiology is such an approach that assesses and evaluates a public health problem from various angles and perspectives to derive a scientifically sound decision-making process. The outcomes of good environmental epidemiology should feed into sound risk management and risk communication practices for the protection of human health and safety.

This special issue focuses on addressing the public health challenges in the East Asia region and the application of sound environmental epidemiology as an assessment and decision-making tool. We invite authors to submit original research as well as review articles to this special issue.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Communicable disease associated with the environment
  • Air pollution from urban and industrial sources
  • Water quality
  • Occupational safety and health
  • Food safety and public health
  • Traffic health
  • Renewable energy
  • Climate change
  • Environmental factors related to mental health problems

Articles

  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2015
  • - Article ID 462426
  • - Editorial

Applications of Environmental Epidemiology in Addressing Public Health Challenges in East Asia

Shih-Bin Su | Jamal H. Hashim | Chong-huai Yan
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2015
  • - Article ID 892579
  • - Research Article

Association of Environmental Arsenic Exposure, Genetic Polymorphisms of Susceptible Genes, and Skin Cancers in Taiwan

Ling-I Hsu | Meei-Maan Wu | ... | Chien-Jen Chen
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2015
  • - Article ID 628586
  • - Research Article

A Comparison of Food Supply from 1984 to 2009 and Degree of Dietary Westernization in Taiwan with Asian Countries and World Continents

Cheau-Jane Peng | Cheng-Yao Lin | How-Ran Guo
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2015
  • - Article ID 745410
  • - Research Article

Neck Circumference as a Predictive Indicator of CKD for High Cardiovascular Risk Patients

Ya-Fang Liu | Shih-Tai Chang | ... | Chi-Ming Chu
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2015
  • - Article ID 684618
  • - Research Article

Spatial Variation of the Relationship between PM2.5 Concentrations and Meteorological Parameters in China

Gang Lin | Jingying Fu | ... | Donglin Dong
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2015
  • - Article ID 187819
  • - Research Article

Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms Are Associated with Increased Risk of Dementia among the Elderly: A Nationwide Study

Chi-Hsiang Chiang | Ming-Ping Wu | ... | Ping-Jen Chen
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2015
  • - Article ID 678598
  • - Research Article

Increased Standardised Incidence Ratio of Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma in Taiwanese Asbestos Workers: A 29-Year Retrospective Cohort Study

Cheng-Kuan Lin | Yu-Ying Chang | ... | Lukas Jyuhn-Hsiarn Lee
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2015
  • - Article ID 805039
  • - Research Article

Effect of Meteorological and Geographical Factors on the Epidemics of Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease in Island-Type Territory, East Asia

Chang-Chun David Lee | Jia-Hong Tang | ... | Ta-Chien Chan
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