Lead Free Kids: National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week 2017

CDC Your Environment and Your Health - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 15:27
Jessica and Ben had their first child one month ago, and just bought a 1959 Midcentury-modern ranch style house. They want to do some renovation before moving in, but they know that homes built before 1978 often contain lead paint. They also know that even though exposures to lead in tap water have been greatly reduced during the last two decades, lead still can be found in some metal water taps, interior water pipes, pipes connected with lead solder, and pipes connecting a house to the main water pipe in the street. Although the sellers made no disclosures about lead

CDC’s Tracking Network in Action

CDC Your Environment and Your Health - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 12:07
Take a look at the new Faces of Tracking series to see how tracking programs across the country are making a difference in the lives of individuals. CDC’s Environmental Public Health Tracking Network (Tracking Network) connects people with vital public health information. It has data and information that can be used for a wide variety of environmental and public health efforts. But the Tracking Network is more than just data. Beyond Data: Faces of Tracking The Tracking Network is also a network of people and resources that transform data into public health action. Tracking programs provide essential environmental health infrastructure

Protecting Kids from Environmental Exposure

CDC Your Environment and Your Health - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 11:31
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. What do these situations have in common? You’re renovating an older home. While you’re sanding window frames, some paint chips fall on the floor. Your toddler puts them in his mouth. You live near a former industrial site. Your child loves playing in the dirt—and you’ve caught her eating mud pies. You enjoy gardening and use pesticides to protect

ALS Registry 6th Anniversary

CDC Features - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 12:00
Be counted. Help scientists learn more about ALS.

Does firefighter gross decon work? - Thu, 09/28/2017 - 09:18
Researchers measured carcinogen exposure on turnout gear and firefighters' skin to compare decon methods

Tips for Preventing Heat-Related Illness

CDC Your Environment and Your Health - Mon, 09/25/2017 - 11:35
    Stay Cool Wear Appropriate Clothing: Choose lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing. Stay Cool Indoors: Stay in an air-conditioned place as much as possible. If your home does not have air conditioning, go to the shopping mall or public library—even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat. Call your local health department to see if there are any heat-relief shelters in your area. Keep in mind: Electric fans may provide comfort, but when the temperature is in the high 90s, they will not prevent heat-related illness. Taking
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