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Category: Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)

Renovation 101

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Three environmental health hazards to consider when you “do it yourself” You have probably seen this familiar home improvement storyline on TV: Homeowners are excited about knocking down walls and transforming their property into the home of their dreams when (wait for it), they run into an environmental complication that requires expert remediation. Although many Read More >

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Plain Language Past and Present, Part I: The Legacy of “Gobbledygook”

Ever been confused—or annoyed—by stuffy, stiff, hard-to-understand writing in a government document or statement? You’re not alone. For this reason, the Plain Writing Act of 2010 was passed, ordering U.S. government agencies to write in plain English. To support the law, the government created a website, https://www.plainlanguage.gov/law/, featuring guidelines, resources, and before-and-after examples. There’s also Read More >

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ATSDR’s Toxic Substances Portal

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ATSDR’s Toxic Substances Web Portal makes it easy for researchers and individuals to find information about toxic chemicals, understand how these chemicals can affect health, and learn how to prevent exposure. Read More >

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Martin Luther King Jr. and Environmental Justice: A Leader Ahead of His Time

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Every year we celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his work toward social justice, civil liberties, and equal rights for all. His actions, including civil disobedience and passive resistance, led to widely known legal achievements such as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Might Read More >

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The National ALS Registry is more than counting cases

CDC/ATSDR recently released a new Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (Mehta, et al., 2018) presenting National ALS Registry findings on ALS prevalence. Read More >

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Children’s Environmental Health Day – Choose Safe Places for Early Care and Education

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For thirty years, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) has traveled to communities throughout the country to conduct investigations at hazardous waste sites to keep communities safe from harmful environmental exposures and related diseases. We’ve learned that in most states, licensing requirements for early care and education (ECE) facilities, such as nurseries, Read More >

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Carbon Monoxide (CO) Poisoning Prevention

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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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Be Safe After a Hurricane

The storm might be over, but that doesn’t mean the danger is. Keep your loved ones safe after the storm by following our safety tips. Read More >

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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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ATSDR launches new Don’t Mess with Mercury Training Videos for Teachers, School Administrators, and Staff

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A top priority for the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) is protecting people from harmful chemical exposures. ATSDR is joining the effort to increase mercury safety. Read More >

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