Category: Division of Environmental Hazards and Health Effects

Native American Heritage Month

Tracking Environmental Health Data about Native Americans “Data” is a buzzword in public health, but what does the word mean for the rest of us? Gathering data may sound like a snooze to non-scientists, but it is actually the beginning of scientific investigation. Whenever scientists and doctors are searching for the cause of a disease Read More >

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Early Winter Weather

While some sections of the United States have not yet seen their first snow, some areas have already felt winter’s icy blast. Winter weather presents challenges, but you can remain safe and healthy if you are prepared to meet them. Indoor Safety You may prefer to remain indoors in the winter as much as possible, Read More >

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Tracking Developmental Disabilities and the Environment

October 6 is Child Health Day. NCEH’s Environmental Health Tracking Branch provides valuable data on children’s health by tracking developmental disabilities and other children’s environmental health issues. Developmental Disabilities Did you know that environmental factors can affect and contribute to developmental disabilities? The most commonly known causes of developmental disabilities are genetic and social, but Read More >

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When the Lights Go Out

Protect yourself from CO poisoning during summer storms Summer weather brings with it the threat of thunderstorms, tornadoes, and hurricanes. Heavy rain, lightning and high winds can knock out electric power for a few minutes to several days. When power outages occur after severe weather (such as hurricanes or tornadoes), using alternative sources of power Read More >

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Keep Your Cool in Hot Weather

Although summer officially began less than two weeks ago, many parts of our nation already have experienced very hot weather. And in some areas, those temperatures will continue into October. Most of us can’t spend three or four months in air-conditioned comfort, nor would we want to. If you want to work and play outdoors Read More >

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Staggering Numbers: Do You Know the Disease?

It’s been reported that an estimated 18.7 million adults and 6.8 million children in the United States have it. And about 14.2 million of those people visit a doctor’s office each year due to symptoms associated with it. In fact, in 2010, almost 2 million emergency room visits were due to complications from it, in Read More >

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International Environmental Health

April 7 is World Health Day. Read about the ways the National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) helps public health programs around the world. Lead poisoning in Nigeria, mercury poisoning in Peru, liver disease in Ethiopia, pesticide poisoning in Bangladesh—around the world CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) helps investigate widespread health problems like Read More >

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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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