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

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

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his work toward social justice.

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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NCEH/ATSDR – Top 10 “Your Health, Your Environment” Blog Posts of 2017

As another year draws to a close, perhaps you’ve realized that you didn’t get a chance to read all of the “Your Health, Your Environment” blog posts. To help you get caught up, here are the ten most popular posts of 2017: Read More >

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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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Lead Hazards in Some Holiday Toys and Toy Jewelry

Baby chewing on toy

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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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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Wildfire Smoke

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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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