Toxic Chemicals and Other Environmental Threats

Mount Sinai’s Department of Preventive Medicine continues its ground-breaking efforts to study and prevent disease of toxic environmental origin in countries around the world. This work focuses on diseases of workers and also on chronic disease of environmental origin in children. Children are highly vulnerable to disease of toxic environmental origin because they have proportionately heavier exposures to chemicals in the environment compared to adults1. Also children are highly sensitive to the toxic chemicals they encounter in the environment. The World Health Organization states that many chronic diseases are on the rise in children around the world. These include asthma, cancer, learning disabilities, birth defects, obesity and diabetes. Environmental exposures have been linked to many of these trends.


1 National Academy of Sciences. Pesticides in the Diets of Infants and Children. Washington: National Academy Pres, 1993.