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Category: Toxic Substances

Wildfire Smoke

wildfire smoke

Wildfire smoke can harm you in multiple ways. Smoke can hurt your eyes, irritate your respiratory system, and worsen chronic heart and lung diseases. This fact sheet tells you how you can protect your health and be safe if you are exposed to wildfire smoke. Read More >

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Carbon Monoxide (CO) Poisoning Prevention

CO Poisoning

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

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A Perfect Partnership: Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units

Tap water

How do you bridge the gap between the growing concern over environmentally related pediatric health problems and the fact that many physicians feel inadequately educated to address such concerns? Between what parents would like to know about environmental effects on their children’s health and the need for a trusted source of objective, science-based information? With 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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Keeping Kids Safe from Chemical Exposures in School

Chemical Exposures come in many shapes and sizes

Approximately 50 million U.S. students attended 100,811 public and private elementary and secondary schools during the 2013–2014 school year. Children spend about a third of their day in school, where they should be provided with a healthy environment. Read More >

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ATSDR at Work: Camp Lejeune, NC, Part 3

ATSDR holds public information session

Third in a Series of Three Posts Working with the Community: Camp Lejeune Community Assistance Panel What are Community Assistance Panels? If you don’t know much about the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), you may not realize that it is one of the federal agencies that recognize the importance of community and Read More >

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ATSDR at Work: Camp Lejeune, NC, Part 2

ATSDR Public Health Activities at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina

Second in a Series of Three Posts ATSDR Gathers Information about Health When they learned that drinking water at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune had been contaminated from the 1940s to the 1980s, many people who lived or worked there in those years became concerned about their health. ATSDR has completed four studies to learn Read More >

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ATSDR at Work: Camp Lejeune, NC, Part 1

This is the First in a Series of Three Posts What’s in the Water? You’re out working in your yard on a steamy summer day when you realize you need a break. You run inside to pour yourself a tall glass of ice water. But do you stop to test it before you drink it? 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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A Model Aquatic Health Code for Healthy Pools

Child on slide. Photo from Creatas Images.

Since 1978, the number of illness outbreaks associated with recreational water has increased significantly. Many of these illnesses can be prevented by proper maintenance, water treatment, and updated disease prevention practices. At the request of local and state health departments, and the aquatics industry, CDC led a national effort to develop the Model Aquatic Health Read More >

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