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2013: This Year in Environmental Health

This year has gone so fast and here we are, publishing our last blog post for 2013. Maybe you’re reading this post because you have been following the blog regularly. If so, we hope you have enjoyed learning more about the National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Read More >

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Epidemic Intelligence Service: Disease Detectives at Work

The news is out. A potentially lethal disease is spreading rapidly. Doctors report the illness to public health departments, but no one knows whether it is contagious or has an environmental link. Health professionals turn to the CDC for help. Does this sound like the plot for a movie? Actually, it is—the 2010 movie Contagion Read More >

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Soil Kitchens: Reducing Lead Exposure among Urban Residents

My name is Ana Pomales, CDC/ATSDR environmental health scientist and health educator. Read on to learn more about how I helped teach urban residents to reduce their exposure to lead in city soil in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Protecting children from exposure to lead is important to lifelong good health. Even low levels of lead in blood Read More >

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New York City Tracking Program Helps Create Smarter Asthma Programs

Asthma rates in New York City are significantly higher than the rest of the country, especially among children Pedro has always been an outgoing student and athlete. As a fifth-grader in East Harlem, his schedule is non-stop with homework, housework, and soccer practice. “I am always running around, either from place to place or chasing Read More >

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Lead Hazards in Some Holiday Toys

The holiday season is here, and that means many children will be given toys as gifts. While new toys are a holiday tradition, parents should be aware of potential lead hazards associated with toys, including toy jewelry. Review these important facts to keep your children safe this holiday season. Lead is invisible to the naked Read More >

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Be Prepared to Stay Safe and Healthy in Winter

Cold weather has already hit many areas of the United States. Winter weather does present 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, but staying inside is no guarantee of safety. Take these Read More >

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