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Location, Location, Health

Location, Location, Health

Geography and well-being merge at this year’s APHA meeting.

Story by Salma Warshanna-Sparklin • Illustration by Vektorista/Thinkstock

Healthography—how where you live affects your health—is the latest public health buzzword. It also serves as the theme for the 142nd annual American Public Health Association conference NOVEMBER 15–19 in New Orleans.

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GOING TO NOLA?
Be sure to visit the Bloomberg School team at APHA booth 2024. And then scoot over to booth 1615 and meet Global Health NOW e-newsletter editors.

Occupational Hazards

Hazardous Views. Dotter’s 1986 photo “Window washer on 83rd floor of Empire State Building with view toward midtown Manhattan” is part of his series documenting occupational hazards.

Occupational Hazards

Twelve workers die every day in the U.S. As workplace risks constantly change, health and safety experts seek new protections.

Story by Jackie Powder • Photography by Earl Dotter

Mad Hatter disease, lead poisoning and other workplace maladies have largely disappeared thanks to 20th-century job safety and health standards that reduced work-related injuries.

But new technology inevitably creates new risks. Think exposure to nanoparticles, job-related stress or chemotherapy-related chromosomal abnormalities specific to oncology workers, says occupational health expert Jacqueline Agnew, PhD.

To learn the latest science, nurses, physicians, safety professionals and others will gather OCTOBER 18 at a conference co-sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Education and Research Center for Occupational Safety and Health.

“It’s interdisciplinary education and outreach,” says Agnew, “the idea being that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”

The conference begins with a presentation by photojournalist Earl Dotter, who for 45 years has documented U.S. workplace dangers through affecting—and sometimes shocking—images.

Fish Farming

Eat More Fish. Carefully.

USDA’s new dietary guidelines serve up environmental risk.

Story by Brennen Jensen • Infographic by Don Foley • Sources: UNFAO, World Bank 

The USDA wants Americans to double their consumption of seafood for a healthy diet. But as the agency develops new dietary guidelines for 2015, it’s time to broaden what “healthy” means.

“Any recommendations for increasing seafood consumption for health reasons should be balanced by the risks to further damaging our fisheries from overfishing and risks to the public and the environment from some types of aquaculture,” says David Love, PhD, an assistant scientist with the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future

Many wild fish populations are near collapse, and some fish farms spread pollution and disease. Love and CLF colleagues have submitted these concerns to the USDA. The next Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee is tentatively scheduled for NOVEMBER 5–7.

Fish Farming

Some forms of aquaculture use antibiotics, algaecides and other chemicals to treat and prevent diseases. These chemicals can contaminate farmed seafood, other fauna and the environment.

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million tons produced by world fisheries (capture and aquaculture) in 2011

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increase in global aquaculture production 1980-2010; it now accounts for more than 40% of global fish production

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pounds of wild fish required to produce 1 pound of some types of carnivorous farmed fish

Open Water Fishing

Open Water Fishing
Global marine fisheries production has increased from 16.8 million tons in 1950 to about 80 million tons per year today—raising concerns of overstressing and even collapse of fish stocks.

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