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Category: National Center for Environmental Health

Plain Language Past and Present, Part II

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The Plain Writing Act, which requires government agencies to use plain writing in all documents, was passed in 2010—but the push to make writing clearer had been ongoing for decades. In this three-part blog series, Plain Language Past and Present, we highlight some of the interesting early efforts and events from the U.S. government website Read More >

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Meet Dr. Rudolph (Rudy) Johnson, Chief, Emergency Response Branch, Division of Laboratory Sciences at CDC

Photo courtesy of Dr. Rudy Johnson

“Everyone has something that I need to know.” Originally from Detroit, Rudy is a 4th generation public servant. He grew up moving with his family every 3 years, ending up in Atlanta where his father worked for and retired from the Internal Revenue Service, right next door to where Rudy now works. Read More >

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Protect Your Hearing This Summer and Year Round!

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The National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) at CDC encourages you to show off your noise cancelling earmuffs while participating in noisy activities this summer. Snap a photo of yourself, your family, and your friends, and share on social media. Be certain to tag your photo to #SafeHearingSelfie. Read More >

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May is Better Hearing and Speech Month

On Friday, May 17, 2019, Anne Schuchat, MD, BA, CDC’s Principal Deputy Director, Yulia Carroll, MD, PhD, Senior Medical Officer and John Eichwald, MA of CDC’s Noise-Induced Hearing Loss Program, participated in a photo session to commemorate Better Hearing and Speech Month. The occasion was also to acknowledge the accomplishments of Kelly Culhane, Miami Palmetto Read More >

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Going Out to Eat with Food Allergies

Dining out can be difficult for people with food allergies because they must rely on restaurant staff to properly prepare their allergen-free meals. Find out how restaurants can be ready for customers with food allergies. Read More >

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April 24th is International Noise Awareness Day

Loud Noises Damage Hearing

According to a map produced from a National Parks Service’s Natural Sounds project, the eastern half of the United States is louder than the west. This makes sense, when you consider how populated and congested the eastern states are compared to the west coast. Point in fact, New Yorkers cited noise as the leading complaint Read More >

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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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World Hearing Day: March 3rd. “Check your hearing.”

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There is no cure for hearing loss! Damaged inner ear cells do not grow back. Protect your hearing by avoiding loud noise such as concerts and sporting events. Use earplugs or noise-cancelling earmuffs to protect your ears. If you already have hearing loss, take steps to keep it from getting worse. Get your hearing checked. Read More >

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Explore Your Environment with the Updated Data Explorer

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Environmental public health tracking is the ongoing collection, integration, analysis, interpretation, and dissemination of data on environmental hazards, exposures to those hazards, and health effects that may be related to the exposures. Read More >

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