Category: Division of Environmental Hazards and Health Effects

CDC’s Tracking Network in Action

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Extremely hot weather can make you sick. Stay cool and hydrated to protect yourself. The Tracking Network provides data and tools that you can use to see how extreme heat may affect your health. Read More >

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Drought and Your Health


Drought is a natural phenomenon in which rainfall is lower than average for an extended period of time. Periods of drought can result in inadequate water supply and can lead to public health problems. Take action and learn how drought can impact your health and the health of your family. Read More >

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Beyond Data: Children’s Environmental Health, Asthma, Extreme Heat, Radon, and Chronic Disease

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CDC is sponsoring the second annual National Environmental Public Health Tracking Program Week (Tracking Week) during July 10-14, 2017. CDC, state and local health departments, and national partners are coming together to highlight environmental health issues important to improving the health of our nation and to recognize the work of the Tracking Program. Daily topics Read More >

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Summer Sun Safety: Protect Yourself from UV Radiation

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Fun in the sun will be on everyone’s list of things to do during the spring and summer months, but these are not the only times you should practice protective measures. Keeping yourself and others protected from UV radiation is an important, year-round responsibility. Ultraviolet (UV) radiation is a form of non-ionizing radiation that is Read More >

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Radiation in Medicine: Medical Imaging Procedures

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Medical imaging tests are non-invasive procedures that allow doctors to diagnose diseases and injuries without being intrusive. Some of these tests involve exposure to ionizing radiation, which can present risks to patients. However, if patients understand the benefits and risks, they can make the best decisions about choosing a particular medical imaging procedure. Read More >

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Wildland Fire Sensors Challenge

Innovation + Technology to Protect Public Health

In order to improve monitoring of air quality during fire events, CDC, in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Forest Service, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Park Service, and the non-profit organization Tall Timbers Research Station, is cosponsoring a Wildland Fire Sensors Challenge. Wildland fires are increasing Read More >

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When should you think about air quality?


Today’s the day to start thinking about air quality. What can you do? Pay attention to the Air Quality Index (AQI). The AQI is a tool that tells you when high levels of air pollution are predicted and tells you how air pollution affects your health. Finding the AQI is easy. It’s on the Web, Read More >

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Announcing CDC’s Tracking Network Enviro Health App Challenge!

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CDC’s Tracking Network Enviro Health App Challenge Launches! Create Apps that Explore Connections between the Environment and Health. CDC wants to increase public awareness that tracking data may help people understand the connections between environmental hazards and chronic illness. The goal of this Challenge is to receive innovative uses for the Tracking Network data from CDC’s Read More >

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Staying Safe in a Tornado


To stay safe during a tornado, prepare a plan and emergency kit, stay aware of weather conditions during thunderstorms, know the best places to shelter both indoors and outdoors, and always protect your head. Read More >

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Prepare for Spring Weather

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Spring weather can be unpredictable. Reduce injury risk and plan ahead. Spring is the time of year when many things change—including the weather. Temperatures can swing back and forth between balmy and frigid. Sunny days may be followed by a week of stormy weather. Sometimes extreme weather changes can occur even within the same day. Read More >

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