Category: Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)

Meet the Scientist: Chinaro Kennedy

CDC/ATSDR’s Dr. Chinaro Kennedy, photo by Rosland B. Martin

The NCEH/ATSDR “Meet the Scientist” series provides insight into the work of NCEH/ATSDR scientists. The series also aims to give you a sense of the talented people who are working to keep you safe and secure from things in the environment that threaten our nation’s health. Read on to learn more about NCEH/ATSDR’s Chinaro Kennedy, Read More >

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ATSDR at Work: Camp Lejeune, NC, Part 3

ATSDR holds public information session

Third in a Series of Three Posts Working with the Community: Camp Lejeune Community Assistance Panel What are Community Assistance Panels? If you don’t know much about the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), you may not realize that it is one of the federal agencies that recognize the importance of community and Read More >

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ATSDR at Work: Camp Lejeune, NC, Part 2

ATSDR Public Health Activities at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina

Second in a Series of Three Posts ATSDR Gathers Information about Health When they learned that drinking water at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune had been contaminated from the 1940s to the 1980s, many people who lived or worked there in those years became concerned about their health. ATSDR has completed four studies to learn Read More >

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ATSDR at Work: Camp Lejeune, NC, Part 1

This is the First in a Series of Three Posts What’s in the Water? You’re out working in your yard on a steamy summer day when you realize you need a break. You run inside to pour yourself a tall glass of ice water. But do you stop to test it before you drink it? Read More >

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Meet the Scientist: ATSDR’s Greg Zarus

Greg Zarus

What do Actor Clint Eastwood and Environmental Scientist Greg Zarus have in common? Both made successful forays into local government, each serving as mayor (Eastwood in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California [1986] and Zarus in Pine Lake, Georgia [2002]), both advocate environmental protection, and both have enjoyed diversity in their respective careers. In addition to having been a Read More >

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Meet the Scientist – Dr. Lourdes (Luly) Rosales-Guevara

ATSDR scientist Lourdes (Luly) Rosales-Guevara. Photo courtesy of Dr. Rosales-Guevara.

What do scientists and mystery buffs have in common? The challenge of a good investigation. The journey to public health. Originally from Cuba, Dr. Lourdes (Luly) Rosales-Guevara’s family was granted political asylum in the United States after they left Cuba on April 6, 1968. She was 16 years old. Dr. Rosales-Guevara was educated in Zaragoza, Read More >

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Carbon Monoxide (CO) Poisoning Prevention


CO is found in fumes produced by portable generators, stoves, lanterns, and gas ranges, or by burning charcoal and wood. CO from these sources can build up in enclosed or partially enclosed spaces. People and animals in these spaces can be poisoned and can die from breathing CO. 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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