Keep Your Cool in Hot Weather


Now is the time to prepare for the high temperatures that kill hundreds of people every year. Extreme heat caused 7,415 heat-related deaths in the United States from 1999 to 2010. Heat-related deaths and illness are preventable, yet annually many people succumb to extreme heat. Read More >

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Stay Safe During Lightning


The consequences of lightning strikes are serious. Lightning is one of the leading causes of weather-related fatalities. During 2003–2012, lightning caused an average of 35 deaths per year in the United States. Read more about Lightning strikes and how to stay safe.   Read More >

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A Model Aquatic Health Code for Healthy Pools

Child on slide. Photo from Creatas Images.

Since 1978, the number of illness outbreaks associated with recreational water has increased significantly. Many of these illnesses can be prevented by proper maintenance, water treatment, and updated disease prevention practices. At the request of local and state health departments, and the aquatics industry, CDC led a national effort to develop the Model Aquatic Health Read More >

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Voices from the Field featuring Candis Hunter

In this NCEH/ATSDR blog series titled “Voices from the Field,” readers gain first-hand accounts of NCEH/ATSDR staff experiences working in communities to protect public health. This post features LCDR Candis M. Hunter, a project officer and environmental epidemiologist in the Division of Toxicology and Human Health Sciences, Environmental Epidemiology Branch. Read on to learn more Read More >

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How much do you know about Environmental Public Health?


Can your environment make you sick? What about extreme heat or cold, polluted water, truck exhaust, pesticides, tobacco, or Salmonella? When you think about it, harmful substances anywhere in your environment might affect your health. So what exactly is your environment? Your environment is everything around you — the air you breathe, the water you Read More >

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Voices from the Field: Uranium in the Navajo Nation

Paul Charp

Paul Charp is a senior health physicist with ATSDR’s Division of Community Health Investigations (DCHI). DCHI works to reduce person’s exposures to toxic substances. A health physicist is an individual who has specific training in radiation safety protecting people and their environment from potential radiation hazards. The typical health physicist has an understanding of many Read More >

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