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Protect Yourself from Wildfire Smoke

Dry conditions in parts of the United States increase the potential for wildfires in or near wilderness areas. Stay alert for wildfire warnings and take action to protect yourself and your family from wildfire smoke. Read More >

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CDC’s Research on Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

Dr. Yulia Carroll, left, senior medical officer, and Mr. John Eichwald, audiologist, at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Environmental Health in Atlanta, GA. These opinions are the authors’ and do not necessarily represent the official position of CDC or the Department of Health and Human Services.

For nearly 50 years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has researched noise-induced hearing loss in the workplace, providing guidelines to help reduce risk. In 2015, CDC received inquiries from both the public and medical community about noise-induced hearing loss in non-workplace settings. Read More >

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Lead Hazards in Some Holiday Toys and Toy Jewelry

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Protect children from exposure to lead in metal and plastic toys, especially imported toys, antique toys, and toy jewelry. Many children get toys and toy jewelry as gifts during the holiday season but some toys may contain lead hazards. Lead is invisible to the naked eye and has no smell. Read More >

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Go Green for the Holidays!

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Are you one of those organized people who are already prepared for the coming winter holidays? Or do you still have plans to make and gifts to buy? Either way, why not take a second look at some of your usual holiday activities to see if you can make them more “sustainable?” Read More >

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Stressful Environments: Coping with Contamination in Your Community

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Imagine scanning your Facebook feed and learning that toxic chemicals have been discovered in your neighborhood air, water, or soil. You might feel worried and have questions: Is my health at risk? What about my children’s health? Who’s going to fix the problem, and when? Despite your best efforts, you might not find satisfying answers—or Read More >

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The Knowns and Unknowns about Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

Paul Mehta

“It is the ‘knowns’ that keep me humble, and the ‘unknowns’ that keep me challenged,” says Paul Mehta, M.D. Paul is a medical epidemiologist and the principal investigator who provides oversight for the congressionally mandated National Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Registry at the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) in Atlanta. Read More >

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Lead Free Kids: National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week 2017

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Jessica and Ben had their first child one month ago, and just bought a 1959 Midcentury-modern ranch style house. They want to do some renovation before moving in, but they know that homes built before 1978 often contain lead paint. They also know that even though exposures to lead in tap water have been greatly Read More >

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CDC’s Tracking Network in Action

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Take a look at the new Faces of Tracking series to see how tracking programs across the country are making a difference in the lives of individuals. CDC’s Environmental Public Health Tracking Network (Tracking Network) connects people with vital public health information. It has data and information that can be used for a wide variety Read More >

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Protecting Kids from Environmental Exposure

Protecting Kids from Environmental Exposure

Children’s rapid development from before they are born through early childhood makes them more vulnerable to environmental exposures. Contact the nearest Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (PEHSU)to learn how to protect your child from exposure to health hazards in the environment. Read More >

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Tips for Preventing Heat-Related Illness

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    Stay Cool Wear Appropriate Clothing: Choose lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing. Stay Cool Indoors: Stay in an air-conditioned place as much as possible. If your home does not have air conditioning, go to the shopping mall or public library—even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you Read More >

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