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Ed’s Story—Everyone with ALS Counts

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Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a fatal neurological disease that attacks the nerve cells. It first gained national attention as Lou Gehrig’s disease, named after the famous baseball player who was diagnosed with ALS in 1939. To date, the cause of ALS is unknown, and there is still no known cure. The disease strikes quickly, Read More >

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May is ALS Awareness Month; the ALS Registry Offers Hope

ALS Resgistry

Because learning more about ALS is an important step in the battle to defeat it, the National ALS Registry gathers confidential health information from people who are living with the disease to learn more about what causes ALS and possibly lead to better treatments. Read More >

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Have it Your Way: Exploring Data on the National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network

Tracking’s Application Programming Interface (API) information page-the starting point for application developers who want to create unique and innovative uses for Tracking data.

“Have it your way.” Remember that old marketing promise from a fast food chain? In this case, rather than a hamburger, the phrase is in reference to the treasure trove of environmental and health data on CDC’s Environmental Public Health Tracking Network (Tracking Network). Read More >

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Success Stories in Environmental Health

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Learn more about how CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) protect and promote environmental health across the United States. Your environment is everything around you—the air you breathe, the water you drink, the places where your food is grown or prepared, your workplace, and Read More >

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CASPER helps community identify environmental health needs in South Gate, CA

The California Department of Public Health’s Site Assessment Section (CDPH) – left to right Gabriele Windgasse, Principal Investigator; Armando Chevez, Health Assessor; Nancy Villasenor, Health Educator; Danny Kwon, Health Assessor; Russ Bartlett, Health Assessor.

Are you concerned about how your neighborhood environment may affect your family’s health and safety? In the City of South Gate, California, residents had a chance to express those concerns through a process that brought state health department and City staff directly to their doors. Facing environmental health challenges The City of South Gate is Read More >

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Success Stories in Environmental Health

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Did you know that your environment and your health are connected? The National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) protect and promote environmental health across the United States. Read More >

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Tracking Program Maps Radon Exposure in Washington State

Radon Test Results 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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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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Environmental Information for Everyone

Tracking Program staff come from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds. Preston Burt is a health communications specialist and Shannon DeWitt is an information technology specialist.

Our coworkers at CDC’s Environmental Public Health Tracking Program (Tracking Program) come from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds. They include epidemiologists, statisticians, database developers, contract specialists, health communicators, and more. If you look closer at the people within those specialties, you will find an even wider array of skills. 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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