Unpredictable Spring Weather

Spring is the time of year when many things change—including the weather. Sunny days may be followed by a week of stormy weather. Sometimes extreme weather changes can occur within the same day. Thunderstorms cause most of the severe spring weather. Whenever warm, moist air collides with cool, dry air, thunderstorms can occur, bringing with Read More >

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Environmental Health Water Programs

In 1993, the UN General Assembly declared March 22 as World Water Day. This post recognizes NCEH/ATSDR work to assure clean water. Can you remember a time when you were so thirsty you would have done almost anything for a glass of cool, refreshing water? Now imagine that the only water available to you is Read More >

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NCEH Works With Poison Control Centers

March is National Poison Prevention Month. Read about how NCEH and Poison Control Centers work together to protect health. In May 2012, the Carolinas Poison Control Center in Charlotte received calls concerning two critically ill children. A 20-month-old boy and a 15-month-old boy had bitten into laundry detergent pods, those liquid laundry soap-filled capsules that Read More >

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Are We Getting Enough Vitamins and Nutrients?

March is National Nutrition Month. To find out if Americans are getting enough nutrients, NCEH’s Division of Laboratory Sciences tested blood and urine samples collected by CDC’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. The results may surprise you. CDC’S Second Nutrition Report on Biochemical Indicators of Diet and Nutrition found 9 out of 10 people Read More >

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Protect Yourself from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

In many parts of the country, this winter has brought heavy snow and ice—even to areas where winter storms are usually uncommon. Next up is spring, which brings its own turbulence. When electrical outages occur during severe weather, many people use alternative sources of power for heating, cooling, or cooking. Portable generators, stoves, lanterns, gas Read More >

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