Combining environmental and medical datasets to explore potential associations between environmental factors and health: Policy implications for human health risk assessments

Jennifer McKinley, Ulrich Ofterdinger, Sherry Palmer, Chloe Jackson, Damian Fogarty, Anna Gavin

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This review paper discusses the use of Tellus and Tellus Border soil and stream geochemistry data to investigate the relationship between medical data and naturally occurring background levels of potentially toxic elements (PTEs) such as heavy metals in soils and water. The research hypothesis is that long-term low level oral exposure of PTEs via soil and water may result in cumulative exposures that may act as risk factors for progressive diseases including cancer and chronic kidney disease. A number of public policy implications for regional human health risk assessments, public health policy and education are also explored alongside the argument for better integration of multiple data sets to enhance ongoing medical and social research. This work presents a partnership between the School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology, Northern Ireland Cancer Registry, Queen’s University Belfast, and the nephrology (kidney medicine) research group.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnearthed: impacts of the Tellus surveys of the north of Ireland
EditorsMike Young
Place of PublicationDublin
PublisherRoyal Irish Academy
Pages337-345
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9781908996879
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2016

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NameRoyal Irish Academy Science Series
PublisherRoyal Irish Academy

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Environmental Health
Health Policy
Soil
Poisons
Public Policy
Health
Archaeology
Northern Ireland
Geography
Nephrology
Water
Kidney Neoplasms
Heavy Metals
Chronic Renal Insufficiency
Health Education
Research
Registries
Biomedical Research
Public Health
Medicine

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McKinley, J., Ofterdinger, U., Palmer, S., Jackson, C., Fogarty, D., & Gavin, A. (2016). Combining environmental and medical datasets to explore potential associations between environmental factors and health: Policy implications for human health risk assessments. In M. Young (Ed.), Unearthed: impacts of the Tellus surveys of the north of Ireland (pp. 337-345). (Royal Irish Academy Science Series). Dublin: Royal Irish Academy.
McKinley, Jennifer ; Ofterdinger, Ulrich ; Palmer, Sherry ; Jackson, Chloe ; Fogarty, Damian ; Gavin, Anna. / Combining environmental and medical datasets to explore potential associations between environmental factors and health: Policy implications for human health risk assessments. Unearthed: impacts of the Tellus surveys of the north of Ireland. editor / Mike Young. Dublin : Royal Irish Academy, 2016. pp. 337-345 (Royal Irish Academy Science Series).
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Combining environmental and medical datasets to explore potential associations between environmental factors and health: Policy implications for human health risk assessments. / McKinley, Jennifer; Ofterdinger, Ulrich; Palmer, Sherry; Jackson, Chloe; Fogarty, Damian; Gavin, Anna.

Unearthed: impacts of the Tellus surveys of the north of Ireland. ed. / Mike Young. Dublin : Royal Irish Academy, 2016. p. 337-345 (Royal Irish Academy Science Series).

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McKinley J, Ofterdinger U, Palmer S, Jackson C, Fogarty D, Gavin A. Combining environmental and medical datasets to explore potential associations between environmental factors and health: Policy implications for human health risk assessments. In Young M, editor, Unearthed: impacts of the Tellus surveys of the north of Ireland. Dublin: Royal Irish Academy. 2016. p. 337-345. (Royal Irish Academy Science Series).