Category: Division of Environmental Hazards and Health Effects

Get the Picture? NCEH Wins Awards for Clear Communication

Have you ever tried to follow written instructions for putting together a piece of furniture or setting up new equipment? If you have, you probably know how frustrating those instructions can be. Without diagrams, following them can be nearly impossible. What about following instructions on a government website? How has that worked out for you? 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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Keep Your Cool in Hot Weather


  Getting too hot can make you sick. You can become ill from the heat if your body can’t compensate for it and properly cool you off. Heat exposure can even kill you: it caused 7,233 heat-related deaths in the United States from 1999 to 2009. Learn more about the steps you can take to Read More >

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You Can Control Your Asthma

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May is Asthma Awareness Month: Learn how to control your asthma. Asthma is one of the most common lifelong chronic diseases. One in 14 Americans lives with asthma, a disease affecting the lungs, causing repeated episodes of wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and coughing. Learn more about asthma. Read More >

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Air Quality Awareness Week/Twitter Chat

What can you do to protect your health during Air Quality Awareness Week? 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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Where Do You Get Your Water?

You turn on the tap and there it is—water. At least that is the case in most of the United States. But do you know where your water comes from? As essential as water is in everyone’s life, many are not aware that much of their water comes from the ground. March 8-14 is 2015 Read More >

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Carbon Monoxide (CO) Poisoning Prevention

When power outages occur after severe weather (such as ice storms), using alternative sources of power can cause carbon monoxide (CO) to build up in a home and poison the people and animals inside. Learn more about carbon monoxide Read More >

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Tracking Program Maps Radon Exposure in Washington State

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), radon causes about 20,000 cases of lung cancer each year, making it the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. Radon can seep up from the ground and become trapped in buildings. The EPA recommends taking action to reduce radon in buildings that have a radon Read More >

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Top 10 NCEH/ATSDR “Your Health, Your Environment” Blog Posts of 2014

As this year draws to a close, perhaps you’ve realized you didn’t get a chance to read all of the “Your Health, Your Environment” blog posts. To help get you into full catch-up mode, here are the ten most popular posts of 2014: Staggering Numbers: Do You Know the Disease? Are We Getting Enough Vitamins Read More >

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CDC’s Tracking Network in Action

CDC’s Tracking Network continues to develop new and innovative tools to make environmental and health connections easier to understand. Earlier this year, CDC’s Environmental Public Health Tracking Program’s “Tracking in Action” video series won the NCEH “Excellence in Communications” award for setting itself apart from other communications products with its high-caliber production quality Read More >

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