Mey Akashah’s Harvard doctoral dissertation uploaded to SlideShare and WordPress

Mey Akashah’s Harvard thesis online at Slideshare and WordPress 

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Mey Akashah’s Harvard School of Public Health doctoral dissertation, Fish Consumption, Mercury Intake, and the Associated Risks to the Kuwaiti Population, can now be found online at Mey’s Slideshare page and the Publication page of her blog.

 

Topic and background

Mey’s dissertation addresses health risks factors associated with mercury intake as a consequence of fish consumption among the Kuwaiti population.  Mercury is neurotoxic, and some studies have shown that it may also contribute to cardiovascular disease (Harada 1995Grandjean 1998). As Kuwaitis eat more fish than many other nationalities, it is important to better understand how much fish Kuwaitis consume, how much mercury is in the fish being eaten, and the physiological factors affecting how much mercury is absorbed into the body. The three papers in the dissertation address each of these areas, individually.

Overview

The first paper, “Fish Consumption among Kuwaiti Nationals,” addresses the consumption patterns of the Kuwait population, including the types of fish eaten, how frequently they are consumed, and average consumption among various age, sex, and ethnic groups. “Human Health Risks from Mercury in Fish” investigates the potential health effects to the Kuwaiti population as a result of current fish consumption patterns. The third paper, “Fish Consumption as a Determinant of Hair Mercury Levels among Kuwaiti Nationals,” relates this consumption to overall body burden of mercury, allowing a better understanding of the relationship between intake of fish and mercury levels found in hair samples.

 

Purpose

It is hoped that the dissertation’s three studies will inform future work in the areas of risk reduction and risk management, so that more accurate risk assessments may be undertaken in the future. The research may also be used to create fish consumption advisories for the Kuwaiti population and other countries in the region.

 

Access, download, and share

To access or download a pdf copy of Mey Akashah’s Harvard School of Public Health doctoral thesis, please visit Mey at Slideshare or the Publication page of her blog – and please share and/or like the page if you believe it is important and useful!

 

– Mey Akashah

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About Mey Akashah
Mey Akashah is a Harvard-trained public health professional whose work centers on the nexus of human rights, humanitarian crises, and environmental health. Dr. Akashah has published on a range of topics including compensation for human rights abuses, the impact of climate change and environmental degradation on conflict and sustainable livelihoods, and the health impacts of mercury contamination in the Arabian Gulf. Mey has served in several academic and humanitarian positions, including Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Public Health Officer in Haiti following the January 2010 earthquake and as a consultant for the Harvard-Kuwait Risk Group. Dr. Mey Akashah holds a Doctorate of Science in environmental sciences and risk management, as well as a Masters of Science in global health and population from the Harvard School of Public Health.

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