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Who helps to protect us in the event of an environmental emergency?

Photo courtesy of Dr. Joshua Schier.

Medical toxicologists. This not widely known medical subspecialty, comprised of physicians, focuses on the diagnosis, management, and prevention of poisoning and other adverse health effects resulting from medications, occupational and environmental poisons, and biological agents (bacteria, virus, parasite, or fungus, for example) that can be used as bioterrorism or biological weapons. Read More >

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Keep Your Cool in Hot Weather

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Learn about heat-related illness and how to stay cool and safe in hot weather. Now is the time to prepare for the high temperatures that kill hundreds of people every year. Extreme heat caused 7,415 heat-related deaths in the United States from 1999 to 2010 . Read More >

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Protect Yourself from UV Radiation: in the summer months and beyond

Keeping you and others protected from UV Radiation is an important, year-round responsibility.

Fun in the sun will be on everyone’s list of things to do during the spring and summer months, but these are not the only times you should practice protective measures. Read More >

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New interactive CASPER map makes it easier to tap into the experience of others

Amy Schnall, MPH, is an epidemiologist and CDC’s lead CASPER trainer.

To Tap into the Experience of Others Are you a public health practitioner who focuses on environmental disaster preparedness, or health assessment after an event? If so, take advantage of a new Web-based Interactive Map of CASPERs. Read More >

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A, T, S, D, What?

Dr Breysse

My first task as Director of the National Center for Environmental Health and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (NCEH/ATSDR) was to master the use of an awkward acronym. Read More >

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Your Parks Are Protecting You—Are You Protecting Your Parks?

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In an increasingly urban world, parks, trails, and community green spaces offer benefits for health and wellbeing. As you enjoy these areas, remember that parks cannot protect themselves. CDC’s Healthy Community Design Initiative (www.cdc.gov/healthyplaces) and the National Park Service Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program (www.nps.gov/rtca) created the Parks, Trails, and Health Workbook. Planners, parks Read More >

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Hurricane Readiness

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You can’t stop a tropical storm or hurricane, but you can take steps now to protect yourself and your family. If you live in coastal areas at risk, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages you to begin preparing yourself for hurricane season. The Atlantic hurricane season is June 1 through November 30 Read More >

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Take these important steps during a flood watch or warning.

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During a Flood Watch or Warning Gather emergency supplies. Listen to your local radio or television station for updates. Have immunization records handy (or know the year of your last tetanus shot). Store immunization records in a waterproof container. Fill bathtubs, sinks, gallon jars, and plastic soda bottles so that you will have a supply Read More >

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Spring weather can be unpredictable. Reduce injury risk and plan ahead.

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Spring is the time of year when many things change—including the weather. Temperatures can swing back and forth between balmy and frigid. Sunny days may be followed by a week of stormy weather. Read More >

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ALS Awareness Month 2016

Kathryn Voit lives with ALS.

May is ALS Awareness Month, and the National ALS Registry is working to ensure people with ALS get counted. The Registry helps researchers to better understand the risk factors, such as environmental and occupational, that affect the disease. Find out how. Read More >

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