In the 1970s, the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) showed that gasoline lead was a major exposure for children and adults—a huge finding that would not have been known otherwise. Today NHANES provides a critical baseline for national background levels of exposure to other chemicals, but state efforts to test and document local, possibly elevated exposures to the new “alphabet soup” of PFOAs and PFOSs have been little funded and lagging. As our feature article shows, public health laboratories aim to change that through new technologies and the establishment of the new National Biomonitoring Network.
Here are just a few of this issue’s highlights:
- 15 Minutes with Patrick Breysse
- Iowa’s State Hygienic Laboratory Tackles Radioanalytical Challenges for Lead-210
- Curriculum Upgrade Comes to Laboratory Medicine at the University of Sierra Leone
- Building a Digital Bridge
- Nebraska Public Health Laboratory: A Horse of a Different Color
- Supporting Public Health in Growing King County