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Joseph S. Alpert, MD

Are You Planning to Sign Up for a Trip to Mars? Extreme Environmental Health Consequences of Space Travel

In this issue of The American Journal of Medicine, Lipman et al report on therapy for a serious environmental medical condition.1 My commentary below describes an even more serious environmental condition with multiple dangerous and even life-threatening consequences. Recently, one of my colleagues and I at the University of Arizona heard a lecture by one of the retired […]

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Disposing of Unused Medications: Have We Been Doing It All Wrong?

Most physicians probably give little thought to the estimated 10%-30% of medications that patients don’t end up consuming.1, 2 On the rare occasion when patients do ask their doctors where to dispose of unused medications, a physician could hardly be criticized for recommending disposal in the household garbage. Indeed, until recently, trash disposal was assumed by most […]

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Air Pollution

The Health and Economic Burden of Air Pollution

Many epidemiologic data support the association between ambient air pollution and all-cause mortality and morbidity, mainly from respiratory and cardiovascular diseases, particularly in the elderly, infants, pregnant women, and people with comorbidities. In addition, air pollution has been related to higher risks for lung cancer and allergic diseases. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that […]

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