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A blog to increase public knowledge about environmental health by sharing our concerns and our work as well as information you can use in your daily life.

Prepare for Spring Weather

Categories: National Center for Environmental Health

spring weather

 

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. Sometimes extreme weather changes can occur even within the same day. Mark Twain once said, “In the spring I have counted one hundred and thirty-six kinds of weather inside of four and twenty hours.”

Learn how you can prepare for Spring weather.

Voices from the Field: Susan McBreairty

Categories: National Center for Environmental Health, Voices from the Field

NCEH/ATSDR Health Communicator Susan McBreairty and, Ivan Tumbey, co-lead Ebola 101 refresh training. Photo courtesy of Susan McBreairty.

NCEH/ATSDR Health Communicator Susan McBreairty and, Ivan Tumbey, co-lead Ebola 101 refresh training. Photo courtesy of Susan McBreairty.

NCEH/ATSDR’s blog series titled “Voices from the Field” gives readers first-hand accounts of NCEH/ATSDR staff experiences working in communities to protect public health.

This post features NCEH/ATSDR Health Communication Specialist, Susan McBreairty. Read on to learn how Susan helped facilitate communication technical support for the CDC/Liberia Ebola response.

Off to Liberia!

When people ask me about my deployment to Liberia last fall, I answer without hesitation, “It was awesome.” Nevertheless, I’ve caught myself thinking, almost simultaneously, ‘That must sound awful, given the dire circumstances in which Liberians and other West Africans find themselves.’ Truly, there is much sorrow and heartbreak occurring in the countries where Ebola is not yet controlled and far from eliminated. However, this was not my first time deploying to another country. From 2005-06, I served in the US Peace Corps in Eastern Europe.

Learn More about Toxic Substances

Categories: Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), Toxic Substances

ATSDR’s Toxic Substances Web Portal makes it easy for researchers and citizens to find information about toxic chemicals and related health effects. Learn how toxic substances can affect health and how to prevent exposure.

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The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry’s (ATSDR) Toxic Substances Web Portal provides comprehensive access to the best science, the latest research, and important information about how toxic substances can affect health.

ATSDR makes it easy to find the information you want to know about toxic substances and related health effects and exposure risks.

You can search for information alphabetically or by

  • Key terms
  • Organ systems
  • Audiences

Where Do You Get Your Water?

Categories: Emergency and Environmental Health Services, National Center for Environmental Health

water

You turn on the tap and there it is—water. At least that is the case in most of the United States. But do you know where your water comes from? As essential as water is in everyone’s life, many are not aware that much of their water comes from the ground.

March 8-14 is 2015 National Groundwater Awareness Week in the United States. The purpose of this observance is to stress how important ground water is to the health of all people and the environment.1

African American History Month: Environmental Justice and Quality of Life

Categories: Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), National Center for Environmental Health, Toxic Substances

African American History and Achievements

African American History Month

To commemorate the contributions to our nation made by people of African descent, American historian Carter G. Woodson established Black History Week. The first celebration occurred on February 12, 1926. It was later expanded to Black History Month in 1976 as part of the nation’s bicentennial celebration and has continued as a commemoration of African American accomplishments.

Find the Latest News on Toxic Exposure

Categories: Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), Health Investigations, Toxic Substances

MMWR

Have you read the latest MMWR? Unless you are a scientist or health professional, you probably don’t recognize those initials!

MMWR stands for Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, a publication of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It is CDC’s primary vehicle for publishing timely and useful public health information.

Searching for E. coli

Categories: Emergency and Environmental Health Services, National Center for Environmental Health

Field of spinach

Field of spinach

It is 2006 and a woman lies in a hospital room suffering from severe cramps and vomiting. Her doctor has just told her that she has an Escherichia coli O157:H7 (commonly called E. coli) infection, a bacterial infection that causes serious stomach and intestinal distress and is sometimes fatal, especially in children and the elderly. She learns that contaminated spinach has been linked to an E. coli outbreak. “How could I have E. coli?” she asks. “I shop so carefully for my vegetables.”

Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units

Categories: Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)

Children playing in dir outdoors

How do you bridge the gap between the growing concern over environmentally related pediatric health problems and the fact that many physicians feel inadequately educated to address such concerns? Between what parents would like to know about environmental effects on their children’s health and the need for a trusted source of objective, science-based information?

With a pediatric environmental health specialty unit (PEHSU).

Carbon Monoxide (CO) Poisoning Prevention

Categories: Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), Environmental Hazards and Health Effects, National Center for Environmental Health, Toxic Substances

co poisoning

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

Learn more about carbon monoxide

Help Prevent Foodborne Outbreaks with CDC’s Fun E-Learning (And See Our New Promo Video!)

Categories: Emergency and Environmental Health Services, National Center for Environmental Health

The skills needed to participate in an outbreak investigation are different from those needed to inspect restaurants, and the role of environmental health staff is critical.

Check out our short video promoting CDC’s fun, free, and interactive training on Environmental Assessment of Foodborne Illness Outbreaks.

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