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Category: Division of Laboratory Sciences

Meet Dr. Amy Watson, full-time senior service fellow and self-proclaimed “helicopter mom.”

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Dr. Amy Watson works in the Emergency Response Branch of the Division of Laboratory Sciences, National Center for Environmental Health at CDC. Read More >

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Lab Quality Program Important to Newborn Screening

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Learn about one of the nation’s most successful public health programs for newborn screening – CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health Lab Quality Program. CDC’s Division of Laboratory Sciences in the National Center for Environmental Health plays an important role in newborn screening by offering the Newborn Screening Quality Assurance Program (NSQAP) to local, state, Read More >

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Are We Getting Enough Vitamins and Nutrients?

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March is National Nutrition Month. To find out if Americans are getting enough nutrients, NCEH’s Division of Laboratory Sciences tested blood and urine samples collected by CDC’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. The results may surprise you. CDC’S Second Nutrition Report on Biochemical Indicators of Diet and Nutrition found 9 out of 10 people Read More >

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Folic Acid

January 3-9, 2016, is National Folic Acid Awareness Week. This blog post explains the importance of folic acid in the diet of women who may become pregnant and the significance of folic acid research and biomonitoring by NCEH’s Environmental Health Laboratory. A couple of decades ago, about 4,000 babies were born each year with neural Read More >

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Newborn Screening: Lives Saved and Dances Danced

“It’s ok to have MCADD! You can do whatever you want!” says five-year-old Karina Martinez, happily. Background People with medium chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase deficiency (MCADD) cannot burn fat for energy. Our bodies rely on fat for energy when we don’t eat for a while, such as when we miss a meal, or when we sleep. Read More >

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All Scientists are Artists at Heart

Photo courtesy of Dr. Kuklenyik.

Meet Dr. Zsuzsanna (Susan) Kuklenyik, Senior Research Scientist and Analytical Chemist, Clinical Chemistry Branch, Division of Laboratory Sciences, National Center for Environmental Health, CDC. Read More >

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Meet the Scientist: Dr. Suzanne (Suzy) Kalb

Meet Research Chemist Dr. Suzanne (Suzy) Kalb, who works in CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health, Division of Laboratory Sciences, Clinical Chemistry Branch. The downside of organic chemistry for most students was the interesting upside for Dr. Kalb. Organic chemistry is a tough pre-requisite course for medical school. “It’s less memorization, and it’s more about Read More >

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How much do you know about Environmental Public Health?

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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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Meet the Scientist Featuring Dr. Andreas Sjodin

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. For three decades, scientists at CDC’s National Center for Read More >

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A Year in Review: 2014

Arizona, BPA, arsenic, Haiti, American Indian/Alaskan Native Tribes, mercury, foodborne illness, Palau, epidemiology, contaminated water. What do these seemingly random items have in common? They all appeared in “Your Health, Your Environment” blog posts about NCEH/ATSDR staff in 2014. Our “Meet the Scientist” and “Voices from the Field” series aim to put a face on Read More >

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