Aflatoxin in Kenya: Finding Our Way Through the Maize

In April 2004, illness and death plagued rural Kenya. No one knew what the source could be. At the core of this mystery, however, was an outbreak— jaundice with a high rate of fatality in the districts of Makueni and Kitui, Eastern Province. Officials were at a loss for answers. Stumped, they were catapulted into Read More >

Posted on by 1 CommentTags

With Health and Justice for All

NCEH and ATSDR post this blog in honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, January 21, 2013. An industrial plant, a truck depot, a hazardous waste site, a garbage dump—would you mind having one of these in your neighborhood? Of course you would! No one wants to live with dirty air or Read More >

Posted on by Leave a comment

Folic Acid

January 6-12, 2013 is National Folic Acid Awareness Week. The following blog post explains the importance of folic acid in the diet of a pregnant woman and her unborn child and the significance of folic acid research and biomonitoring by NCEH’s Environmental Health Laboratory. A couple of decades ago, about 4,000 babies were born each Read More >

Posted on by Dr. Christopher J. Portier1 CommentTags

If These Brownfields Could Talk

For more than 100 years, the American Brass Company operated a brass and copper foundry in the center of Kenosha, Wisconsin. When the factory closed in 2000, a wasteland of contaminants was left behind. Kenosha city officials knew about the closing and had their eyes on the land—a sprawling 29 acres—for redevelopment even before the Read More >

Posted on by Leave a comment