General Environmental Health

Is Cleanliness Really a Reason for Consumers to Revisit a Hotel?


The importance of the sanitary conditions of a hotel has been recognized but its importance to travelers might be underestimated. The purpose of this study is to measure the effect of cleanliness on consumer risk perceptions and its influence on attitudes and behavioral intentions. This study used experimental scenario questionnaires (two sanitary conditions: clean versus unclean) and found that health risk perceptions of consumers were affected by cleanliness. The risk perceptions also affected consumer attitudes, which then influenced behavioral intentions.

Body Art PowerPoint

Chuck Lichon, R.S., M.P.H., Deputy Health Officer at District Health Department #2 in Michigan, developed a Children’s Environmental Health Power Point Program with the financial assistance of the Dow Chemical Company, Midland, MI.  The Power Points are approximately 25-35 minutes in length, allowing for a presentation to be made during one classroom setting, or to be used for a community presentation, allowing time for Q & A.  Some of the topics include: Sunwise, Body Art, Household Hazardous Waste, Meth, Recreational Water, and more.

E-Journal Bonus Article: Morbidity and Mortality of Residents Living Near a Municipal Solid Waste Landfill in Northwest Italy From 1980 to 2009

The ecological study described in this article assessed morbidity and mortality excesses in the eight municipalities surrounding the municipal solid waste landfill of Barengo (Novara, northwest Italy). The resident populations living in this area on December 31, 1991, and December 31, 2005, were assessed. Standardized incidence and mortality ratios were calculated using data from hospital discharge forms, death forms, and regional databases. For congenital malformations (2003–2009 period), incidence excesses were found in females.

An Expanding and Shifting Focus in Recent Environmental Health Literature: A Quantitative Bibliometric Study

This article characterizes the patterns of environmental health literature from 1993 to 2012 by using bibliometric techniques based on databases of the Science Citation Index and the Social Science Citation Index. “Research article” was the most widely used document type, accounting for 71.7% of the total records (5,053), and 94.9% of these articles were published in English. The number of environmental health publications is growing along with an increasing level of communication. The U.S.