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Stressful Environments: Coping with Contamination in Your Community

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 14:32
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 not as quickly as you’d like. Environmental contamination in your community can disrupt life as usual and sometimes lead to stress. Feeling stress is a normal reaction to these unusual and complicated situations. While not all stress is bad, ongoing stress may lead to mental

The Knowns and Unknowns about Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 11:19
“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. ALS is also known as “Lou Gehrig’s disease,” named after renowned baseball player Lou Gehrig who was diagnosed with ALS in 1939 when he was just 36. Over 75 years have passed since, and ALS continues to perplex researchers and patients alike. Humbling and Challenging “As a