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Coming Out of the Toxic Clouds

May 31, 2014 is World No Tobacco Day. Read about how NCEH’s Tobacco Laboratory measures toxic and addictive substances in tobacco smoke. Work in NCEH’s Tobacco Laboratory helps reduce exposure to secondhand smoke If you saw a cloud of smoke that you knew contained more than 4,000 chemical components, of which at least 250 caused Read More >

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Celebrating 20 years of Executive Order 12898: How far have we come and how do we create an impact in the next 20 years?

Guest post by LaToria Whitehead, PhD, Environmental Justice Officer National Center for Environmental Health Division of Emergency and Environmental Health Services February 11, 2014, marked the 20-year anniversary of former President Bill Clinton signing Executive Order 12898, a charge to all federal agencies to address disparate environmental and human health conditions in minority and low-income Read More >

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National ALS Registry Aims to Find Answers

What do a Major League Baseball hall of fame player from the 1920s and 1930s, a former Baltimore Ravens football player, and about 5,600 persons annually in the United States have in common? All were diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). ALS claimed the life of former New York Yankees first baseman Lou Gehrig Read More >

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Preventing Exposure to Metals in Arizona Mining Country

You may find ATSDR regional representatives just about anywhere in the United States—in Alaska or Puerto Rico, in the mountains of Montana, or even in the Arizona high desert. That’s where Region 9 representatives Ben Gerhardstein and Jamie Rayman have been working with residents of Dewey-Humboldt, a small town created out of two former mining Read More >

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Staggering Numbers: Do You Know the Disease?

It’s been reported that an estimated 18.7 million adults and 6.8 million children in the United States have it. And about 14.2 million of those people visit a doctor’s office each year due to symptoms associated with it. In fact, in 2010, almost 2 million emergency room visits were due to complications from it, in Read More >

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