1. Elemental Mercury Poisoning in a Family of Seven
Debra Cherry, MD, Larry Lowry, PhD; Larissa Velez, MD, Cindy Cotrell, RN; and D.
Christopher Keys, MD
The Southwest Center for Pediatric Environmental Health, Tyler, TX
Published in Community Health 24:1-8, 2002.
This case study describes how the poison center, health department, physicians
and others worked together to diagnose and treat a family with long-term exposure to
elemental mercury vapor in the home.
2. Exposure to Benzene-Contaminated
The Southwest Center for
Pediatric Environmental Health, Tyler, TX
involving a family using well water contaminated with benzene and other
pollutants, was developed by the SWCPEH. It is based on an actual call from
a concerned parent and follow-up visits at the clinic.
3. Case Study in Environmental
Medicine: Lead Toxicity
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)
case study discusses the major exposure routes for lead, sources of lead
exposure, reasons for why lead is a health hazards, factors contributing to
lead toxicity, and evaluation and treatment protocols for lead toxicity. See
ATSDR's Environmental Medicine Case Study
website for case studies on other topics (including
environmental triggers of asthma and
clusters) and substances (including
PCBs, and others).
4. Mercury Poisoning Associated
with Beauty Cream
Published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report 45(19):400-403,
study summarizes three cases of mercury poisoning among persons who had
used a beauty cream produced in Mexico. The investigation was conducted by
the Texas Department of Health, New Mexico Department of Health, and San
Diego County Health Department
5. Ozone and Your Patient's Health
EPA has a short, evidence-based
course for family practice doctors, pediatricians, and other primary
At soccer practice a 12-year-old girl experienced chest
tightness and shortness of breath, and she woke up during the night wheezing.
The previous day was a Code Red air quality day for ozone. The mother asks, "Do
you think ozone caused her wheezing? Should I make her skip practice on Code
Red ozone days?"