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Stressful Environments: Coping with Contamination in Your Community

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Imagine scanning your Facebook feed and learning that toxic chemicals have been discovered in your neighborhood air, water, or soil. You might feel worried and have questions: Is my health at risk? What about my children’s health? Who’s going to fix the problem, and when? Despite your best efforts, you might not find satisfying answers—or Read More >

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The Knowns and Unknowns about Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

Paul Mehta

“It is the ‘knowns’ that keep me humble, and the ‘unknowns’ that keep me challenged,” says Paul Mehta, M.D. Paul is a medical epidemiologist and the principal investigator who provides oversight for the congressionally mandated National Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Registry at the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) in Atlanta. Read More >

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Lead Free Kids: National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week 2017

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Jessica and Ben had their first child one month ago, and just bought a 1959 Midcentury-modern ranch style house. They want to do some renovation before moving in, but they know that homes built before 1978 often contain lead paint. They also know that even though exposures to lead in tap water have been greatly Read More >

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CDC’s Tracking Network in Action

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Take a look at the new Faces of Tracking series to see how tracking programs across the country are making a difference in the lives of individuals. CDC’s Environmental Public Health Tracking Network (Tracking Network) connects people with vital public health information. It has data and information that can be used for a wide variety Read More >

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Protecting Kids from Environmental Exposure

Protecting Kids from Environmental Exposure

Children’s rapid development from before they are born through early childhood makes them more vulnerable to environmental exposures. Contact the nearest Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (PEHSU)to learn how to protect your child from exposure to health hazards in the environment. Read More >

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Tips for Preventing Heat-Related Illness

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    Stay Cool Wear Appropriate Clothing: Choose lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing. Stay Cool Indoors: Stay in an air-conditioned place as much as possible. If your home does not have air conditioning, go to the shopping mall or public library—even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you Read More >

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Wildfire Smoke

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Wildfire smoke can harm you in multiple ways. Smoke can hurt your eyes, irritate your respiratory system, and worsen chronic heart and lung diseases. This fact sheet tells you how you can protect your health and be safe if you are exposed to wildfire smoke. Read More >

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Carbon Monoxide (CO) Poisoning Prevention

CO Poisoning

When power outages occur after severe weather (such as severe 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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Be Safe After a Hurricane

The storm might be over, but that doesn’t mean the danger is. Keep your loved ones safe after the storm by following our safety tips. Read More >

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Choose Safe Places for Early Care and Education

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For thirty years, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) has traveled to communities throughout the country to conduct investigations at hazardous waste sites to keep communities safe from harmful environmental exposures and related diseases. We’ve learned that in most states, licensing requirements for early care and education (ECE) facilities, such as nurseries, Read More >

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