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Carbon Monoxide (CO) Poisoning Prevention

CO Poison

When power outages occur after severe weather (such as winter storms, hurricanes or tornadoes), using alternative sources of power can cause carbon monoxide (CO) to build up in a home and poison the people and animals inside. Read More >

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Science Begets Curiosity

Photo courtesy of Susan Ingber

Susan Ingber came to CDC not exactly knowing where she fit in. She started out premed, worked in a lab before becoming a science writer, and then went on to study public policy in graduate school. But even with a degree in biology, she felt she had drifted away from science. Read More >

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Be Prepared to Stay Safe and Healthy in Winter

street covered with snow

Winter storms and cold temperatures can be hazardous. Stay safe and healthy by planning ahead. Prepare your home and cars. Prepare for power outages and outdoor activity. Check on older adults. Read More >

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Tracking Program Maps Radon Exposure in Washington State

Radon Test Results in Washington State

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), radon causes about 20,000 cases of lung cancer each year, making it the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. Radon can seep up from the ground and become trapped in buildings. The EPA recommends taking action to reduce radon in buildings that have a radon Read More >

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Martin Luther King Jr. and Environmental Justice: A Leader Ahead of His Time


Every year we celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his work toward social justice, civil liberties, and equal rights for all. His actions, including civil disobedience and passive resistance, led to widely known legal achievements such as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Might Read More >

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Folic Acid


January 3-9, 2016, is National Folic Acid Awareness Week. This blog post explains the importance of folic acid in the diet of women who may become pregnant and the significance of folic acid research and biomonitoring by NCEH’s Environmental Health Laboratory. A couple of decades ago, about 4,000 babies were born each year with neural Read More >

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Newborn Screening: Lives Saved and Dances Danced


“It’s ok to have MCADD! You can do whatever you want!” says five-year-old Karina Martinez, happily. Background People with medium chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase deficiency (MCADD) cannot burn fat for energy. Our bodies rely on fat for energy when we don’t eat for a while, such as when we miss a meal, or when we sleep. Read More >

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NCEH/ATSDR – Top 10 “Your Health, Your Environment” Blog Posts of 2015

Top 10

As this year draws to a close, perhaps you’ve realized you didn’t get a chance to read all of the “Your Health, Your Environment” blog posts. To help you get caught up, here are the ten most popular posts of 2015: Some of the Biggest Problems Sometimes Have the Simplest Solutions Some of the Biggest Read More >

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Environmental Information for Everyone

Tracking Program staff come from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds. Preston Burt is a health communications specialist and Shannon DeWitt is an information technology specialist.

Our coworkers at CDC’s Environmental Public Health Tracking Program (Tracking Program) come from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds. They include epidemiologists, statisticians, database developers, contract specialists, health communicators, and more. If you look closer at the people within those specialties, you will find an even wider array of skills. Read More >

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Keeping Kids Safe from Chemical Exposures in School

Chemical Exposures come in many shapes and sizes

Approximately 50 million U.S. students attended 100,811 public and private elementary and secondary schools during the 2013–2014 school year. Children spend about a third of their day in school, where they should be provided with a healthy environment. Read More >

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