How can we better monitor the spaces we live in for potential health risks?

At the TEDMED conference held in October 2009, geographic researcher Bill Davenhall delivered a talk titled Your Health Depends On Where You Live, noting the critical importance of simple demographic data when it comes to identifying and diagnosing potential health conditions. Davenhall identified a number of ways that environmental factors can serve as key indicators of future health, calling to attention the lack of consideration paid to these potentially telling signals:

I ended up in Louisville Kentucky. Well, I decided to be neighbors to a place called Rubbertown. They manufacture plastics. They use large quantities chloroprene and benzene. Okay, I spent 25 years, in my middle-age lungs now, breathing various concentrations of that.

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