The global warming potentials for anesthetic gas sevoflurane need significant corrections

As the healthcare sector addresses its impact on climate through technology and clinical practice choices, interest in the climate impact of halogenated inhaled anesthetic gases has expanded significantly over the past decade.

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Does heated erythrocyte suspension transfusion with medical devices containing phthalates increase DEHP and MEHP levels?

DEHP-containing products lead to toxicity. Therefore, using DEHP-free medical devices may prevent toxicity in patients undergoing erythrocyte suspension transfusion.

Health Care

Phthalate exposures in the neonatal intensive care unit

The DEHP exposure in our neonatal unit can be reduced markedly by avoiding or modifying bubble CPAP equipment and avoiding IV tubing containing DEHP.
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Life cycle greenhouse gas emissions of gastrointestinal biopsies in a surgical pathology laboratory

We applied life cycle assessment to quantify GHGs associated with processing a gastrointestinal biopsy in order to identify emissions hotspots and guide mitigation strategies.

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Toxics

Phthalates and autistic traits: Exploring the association between prenatal exposures and child behavior

In a recent paper published in Environmental Health Perspectives, investigators reported associations between specific phthalate metabolites and autistic traits in a group of Canadian preschoolers, with additional evidence that folic acid supplementation during pregnancy may mitigate potential effects.

Health Care

Dumpster diving in the emergency department

The ED generates significant amounts of waste. Current ED waste disposal practices reveal several opportunities to reduce total waste generated, increase adherence to waste policy, and reduce environmental impact.

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Bisphenol A and puberty onset in female mice: Developmental effects of low-dose exposure

Girls have been entering puberty at increasingly younger average ages since the 1800s, in no small part because health and nutrition have improved over time. A new experimental study of mice exposed to low doses of BPA indicates EDCs may also contribute.

Climate

Hot temperatures during pregnancy: Evidence for an impact on fetal growth

A large study reports associations between prenatal exposure to hot ambient temperatures and evidence of lower fetal growth among nearly 30 million births across the United States.

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