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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.

Select Month: April 2012

Meet the Scientist Interview: Cory Kokko

Categories: Meet the Scientist Blog Series, National Center for Environmental Health

Dr. Portier meets with Lt. Cory Kokko

Dr. Portier meets with Lt. Cory Kokko

My “Meet the Scientist” series brings you conversations with NCEH/ATSDR scientists that aim to give you a sense of the talented people who are working to keep you safe and secure from those things in the environment that threaten our nation’s health.

What does someone who enjoys singing, has a biopsychology background, and is a former zookeeper become? An Environmental Health Specialist! Well, at least that’s the path taken by my most recent “Meet the Scientist” interviewee, Lt. Cory Kokko, with the United States Public Health Service (USPHS).

Earth Day: What is Environmental Public Health?

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

Earth

April 22 marks the 42nd anniversary of Earth Day, begun in 1970 and celebrated around the world. Earth Day reminds us of our personal and collective responsibility to preserve and protect our environment. 

Scientists and public health professionals at CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) focus on the ways to improve our environment and save lives. Every year, we initiate our celebration by observing National Environmental Education Week during the week leading up to Earth Day.

Meet the Scientist Interview: Christine Pfeiffer

Categories: Division of Laboratory Sciences, Meet the Scientist Blog Series, National Center for Environmental Health

Dr. Portier meets with Dr. Pfeiffer

My “Meet the Scientist” series brings you conversations with NCEH/ATSDR scientists that aim to give you a sense of the talented people who are working to keep you safe and secure from those things in the environment that threaten our nation’s health.

By now, most of us have heard about the importance of folate in our diets. Folate belongs to the group of water-soluble B vitamins that occur naturally in food. Leafy green vegetables (such as spinach and turnip greens), fruits (such as citrus fruits and juices), and dried beans and peas are all natural sources of folate. Folate is also important for the neural tube development of the fetus during pregnancy. I sat down to talk with Dr. Christine Pfeiffer, the lead nutritionist who continues to conduct folate research in the Division of Laboratory Sciences.

 
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