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Behind the Clipboard: Adventures of a Lab Inspector

Lab inspectors

You might think being a laboratory inspector is a boring job – the kind of work that’s suited to glasses-wearing, clipboard-carrying types who hate adventure and love enforcing rules. However, during a recent sit-down with a small group of CDC inspectors, I discovered their jobs are anything but dull. The inspectors I spoke with are Read More >

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Don’t Skip A Beat: Prepare for Heart Attacks

Healthy heart

Preparing for a potential heart attack now could save a life later. A crisis often strikes without warning, whether it’s a tornado, an earthquake, or a heart attack. Although heart attacks can happen suddenly, you can take steps now to prepare in case one should ever happen to you or a loved one. February is Read More >

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How Much Radon is In Your Home?

Focus on Radon Chemical Element from the Mendeleev Periodic Table

January is National Radon Action Month. Protect your home and your family from this invisible health risk. Knowing how much radon is in your home could save your life. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after cigarette smoking. If you smoke and live in a home with high radon levels, you increase Read More >

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Looking Back: 5 Big Lessons from 2016

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CDC is always there – before, during, and after emergencies – and 2016 was no exception. Through it all, we’ve brought you the best and latest science-based information on being prepared and staying safe. Here’s a look back at 5 big lessons from a very eventful year. Follow the links to discover the full stories! Read More >

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My Daughter Died From a Vaccine Preventable Disease

Scarlet Anne Taylor was only 5 when she became sick with the flu and was sent home from school in December 2014. Two days later, Scarlet was admitted to the hospital because she was having trouble breathing.  Once admitted, her condition only seemed to worsen. Four hours after bringing her daughter to the hospital, her Read More >

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5 Holiday Tips for a Home Safe Home

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As the season of togetherness rolls in, regular routines roll out. You do things you don’t normally do: decorating, cooking, hosting guests (and their germs), or playing a pick-up game of football in the backyard. As you channel your inner Julia Child, Aaron Rodgers, or Martha Stewart in preparation for your holiday gatherings, here are Read More >

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