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March 9, 2000
CONTACT: Deborah Pankey Stewart

Home Sweet Home or Toxic Waste Dump?
A Lecture at Hopkins

Timothy J. Buckley, assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences of Johns Hopkins University's School of Hygiene and Public Health, will give a lecture "Home Sweet Home or Toxic Waste Dump?" at noon on Wednesday, April 12, in Shriver Hall on the Hopkins Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St. in Baltimore.

For most families, the home is the single most important site of environmental health. It is where they eat, sleep and spend most of their time. Unfortunately, it is also where pollutants and contaminants can concentrate in all the environmental media to which they are exposed: air, food, drinking water and surface dust. This accumulation of pollutants is due in large measure to the family's personal activities and the products they buy.

Buckley's talk will look at the realities of home environmental health issues and the combined efforts of a team of researchers who analyzed the indoor concentration of toxic fumes, which are a chemical group known as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH). PAH compounds can affect people with respiratory diseases and have been linked to lung cancer.

This lecture is part of the Wednesday Noon Series presented by the Johns Hopkins University Office of Special Events. Admission is free. For information, call the Office of Special Events at 410-516-7157.

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