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ATSDR’s ALS Registry Launches the ALS Biorepository


Learn how ALS researchers from around the world can access a new resource in their fight to identify the causes of ALS. ATSDR’s National ALS Registry launched the new National ALS Biorepository in January 2017. Read More >

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Carbon Monoxide (CO) Poisoning Prevention

CO Poisoning

When power outages occur after severe weather (such as winter 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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Protect Yourself and Your Family from Radon


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 your risk of developing lung cancer. Having your home tested is the only effective way to determine whether you and your family are at risk of high radon exposure. Read More >

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From Ophthalmology to Environmental Public Health – a Life Well Traveled

Getting a little advice on nature photography from a local while traveling in Madagascar

Unlike many others who embark on a career in public health upon graduating from college, Bruce Tierney, M.D.,  Captain, United States Public Health Service, and Senior Medical Officer, Division of Community Health Investigations, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) came into public health by a most unusual route. Read More >

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Be Prepared to Stay Safe and Healthy in Winter

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Winter storms and cold temperatures can be hazardous. Stay safe and healthy by planning ahead. Prepare your home and cars. Prepare for power outages and outdoor activity. Check on older adults. Read More >

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NCEH/ATSDR – Top 10 “Your Health, Your Environment” Blog Posts of 2016

Tap water

As this year draws to a close, perhaps you’ve realized that you didn’t get a chance to read all of the “Your Health, Your Environment” blog posts. To help you get caught up, here are the ten most popular posts of 2016: Read More >

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Lead Hazards in Some Holiday Toys and Toy Jewelry

Baby chewing on toy

Protect children from potential lead hazards in some holiday toys and toy jewelry. Many children get toys and toy jewelry as gifts during the holiday season but some toys may contain lead hazards. Lead is invisible to the naked eye and has no smell. Read More >

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When Every Drop Counts: Protecting Public Health during Drought Conditions—A Guide for Public Health Professionals


Drought is a natural occurrence. During a drought, rainfall levels or other precipitation types are lower than average for an extended period, resulting in an inadequate water supply. Although the literature contains many well-researched articles on the aspects and implications of drought itself, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recognizes much is yet Read More >

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CASPER helps community identify environmental health needs in South Gate, CA

The California Department of Public Health’s Site Assessment Section (CDPH) – left to right Gabriele Windgasse, Principal Investigator; Armando Chevez, Health Assessor; Nancy Villasenor, Health Educator; Danny Kwon, Health Assessor; Russ Bartlett, Health Assessor.

Are you concerned about how your neighborhood environment may affect your family’s health and safety? In the City of South Gate, California, residents had a chance to express those concerns through a process that brought state health department and City staff directly to their doors. Facing environmental health challenges The City of South Gate is Read More >

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Food Workers Working While Sick

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that each year, sick food workers cause hundreds of foodborne illness outbreaks. Sick food workers have been implicated in foodborne illness outbreaks caused by at least 14 different germs. Many of these outbreaks could be prevented simply by making sure that food workers don’t work while Read More >

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