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Irreversible Proportional Diseases Processes: Neurobehavioral Effects of Mercury, Popcorn Workers’ Lung

Thomas J. Smith and David Kriebel

in A Biologic Approach to Environmental Assessment and Epidemiology

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780195141566
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199872145 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195141566.003.0012
Irreversible Proportional Diseases Processes: Neurobehavioral Effects of Mercury, Popcorn Workers’ Lung

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This chapter presents two examples of irreversible proportional disease processes. The first example, the neurobehavioral effects of mercury, is relatively well studied, with a long and tragic history. The second example is much more recent, and there remain many uncertainties about the causal mechanisms by which a recently identified lung toxin — the artificial butter flavoring in microwave popcorn — leads to severe lung disease.

Keywords: exposure assessment; epidemiologic study; mercury; lung toxin; lung disease; artificial butter flavoring

Chapter.  7307 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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