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Exposure assessment for epidemiology

Ariana Zeka

in Essentials of Environmental Epidemiology for Health Protection

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199663415
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191759116 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199663415.003.0008
Exposure assessment for epidemiology

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Exposure is the quantity of a substance in the environment that may adversely or beneficially affect human health, usually by direct contact with the human body through mediums such as water, air, soil, or food. The uptake of external exposure into the body is referred as dose (Nieuwenhuijsen, 2003). For example, air pollution is an environmental exposure that has consistently shown adverse health effects; conversely, certain medications and nutrients in our diets produce beneficial effects on individual health. This chapter focuses on adverse environmental exposure and the methodological issues associated with its evaluation.

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Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology ; Epidemiology

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