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National ALS Biorepository – A Component of the National ALS Registry

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 13:00
Learn how ALS researchers from around the world can access and use ALS Biorepository samples as a valuable resource in their fight to identify the causes of ALS. The National ALS Biorepository is a component of the National ALS Registry that will increase the number of biological samples from persons with ALS available for research.  These samples, along with the extensive epidemiologic data collected by the National ALS Registry, are a valuable resource in the fight to identify the causes of ALS. The National ALS Biorepository collects, processes, stores, and distributes a variety of biological specimens such as blood, urine,

Carbon Monoxide (CO) Poisoning Prevention

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 13:10
When power outages occur after severe weather, using alternative sources of power can cause carbon monoxide (CO) to build up in a home and poison the people and animals inside. Every year, at least 430 people die in the U. S. from accidental CO poisoning. Approximately 50,000 people in the U.S. visit the emergency department each year due to accidental CO poisoning. There are steps you can take to help protect yourself and your household from CO poisoning. CO is found in fumes produced by portable generators, stoves, lanterns, and gas ranges, or by burning charcoal and wood. CO from

Radon: We Track That!

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 16:21
CDC’s Tracking Network connects people with vital information on a variety of health and environmental topics. You can use data and information collected about radon to help determine individual and community risk for radon and inform community interventions. Reduce Your Risk for Radon Exposure In the United States, radon is the #2 cause of lung cancer after smoking and is estimated to cause over 20,000 deaths each year, according the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Radon is a naturally occurring gas in rocks, soil, and groundwater that you cannot see, smell, or taste. You can be exposed to radon primarily from