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Archive for the ‘Environmental Health’ Category

NLM Launches New Twitter Stream For K-12 Science Educators

Friday, February 6th, 2015

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Specialized Information Services division works with teachers and scientific experts to provide FREE reliable resources to help introduce, reinforce, and supplement education programs.

The K-12 Science and Health Education Directory contains resources on topics including biology, environmental health science, chemistry, forensics and medical technology, genetics, HIV/AIDS, and more!

Additionally, a new NLM Twitter stream with resources for K-12 science educators can be found at: @NLM_K12.

K-12 Science and Health Education Directory: http://1.usa.gov/1Iifk3x
@NLM_K12 Twitter: http://bit.ly/1DIboTg

New Search Engine for Published USDA Research

Monday, January 19th, 2015

The National Agricultural Library (NAL) has unveiled PubAg, a user-friendly search engine that gives the public enhanced access to research published by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists. NAL is part of USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS).

PubAg, which can be found at http://1.usa.gov/1Ej2f4u is a new portal for literature searches and full-text access of more than 40,000 scientific journal articles by USDA researchers, mostly from 1997 to 2014. New articles by USDA researchers will be added almost daily, and older articles may be added if possible. There is no access fee for PubAg.

Phase I of PubAg provides access for searches of 340,000 peer-reviewed agriculturally related scientific literature, mostly from 2002 to 2012, each entry offering a citation, abstract and a link to the article if available from the publisher. This initial group of highly relevant, high-quality literature was taken from the 4 million bibliographic citations in NAL’s database.

Phase II of PubAg, planned for later in 2015, will include the remainder of NAL’s significant bibliographic records.

PubAg has been specifically designed to be easy to use and to serve a number of diverse users including the public, farmers, scientists, academicians and students. There is no requirement for a username, password or any other form of registration to use PubAg.

NAL has one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive compilations of agricultural information available.

National Radon Action Month

Monday, January 12th, 2015

January is National Radon Action Month. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. The Environmental Protection Agency has resources for the public on radon testing and other ways to protect homes and workplaces. There is an outreach toolkit for public health organizations and others who want to educate the public about the dangers of this tasteless, colorless and odorless gas.

National Radon Action Month (EPA): http://1.usa.gov/1y55Iof

Article: Indoor Environmental Exposures and Exacerbation of Asthma

Monday, January 5th, 2015

Researchers funded by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency have published a review article summarizing known evidence on the link between indoor environmental exposures and exacerbation of asthma. The article is available free full-text from Environmental Health Perspectives.

Citation: Kanchongkittiphon W, Mendell MJ, Gaffin JM, Wang G, Phipatanakul W. 2015. Indoor environmental exposures and exacerbation of asthma: an update to the 2000 review by the Institute of Medicine. Environ Health Perspect 123:6–20; http://dx.doi.org/10.1289/ehp.1307922

Read the article: http://1.usa.gov/1rXBAs8

TOXMAP Now Includes EPA Coal Plant Emissions Data

Friday, December 19th, 2014

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) TOXMAP new Flash-based beta now includes 2013 coal emissions data published by the US EPA Clean Air Markets program.
Data was obtained from the Air Markets Program Data (AMPD) tool, a publicly-available data system for searching and downloading data collected as part of EPA emissions trading programs. In 2013, about 2.1 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions were attributable to electricity generated from coal.

For additional information, visit the NLM Technical Bulletin: http://1.usa.gov/1AlClwz

Webinar: Climate Change and Health

Monday, December 15th, 2014

The Centers for Disease Control will offer a Public Health Grand Rounds entitled Climate Change and Health-From Science to Practice.

From the CDC:

“This session of Grand Rounds will explore the wide-ranging health impact of our changing climate and discuss some of the strategies, programs and partnerships currently being used to confront the challenges associated with global climate change.”

December 16, 2015 1PM ET

More information and webcast links: http://1.usa.gov/1BJxjc4

Infographic on Climate Change and Health from the American Public Health Association: http://bit.ly/1uIDuHH

Lead in Toys

Monday, December 8th, 2014

The Centers for Disease Control has a fact page on lead for parents and others buying toys for children. The page includes a link to the Consumer Products Safety Commission list of recalled toys.

Lead Hazards in Some Holiday Toys (CDC): http://1.usa.gov/1ziIcSI

Mercury and Our Health

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

The National Library of Medicine Environmental Health Student Portal has added “Mercury and Our Health,” an animation about the uses of mercury and how exposure can impact human health.

The animation introduces children to mercury and its basic properties, discusses mercury exposure routes, outlines health impacts of mercury, describes mercury containing products, discusses mercury contamination in the environment, outlines the proper disposal of mercury containing products, discusses bioaccumulation and mercury contamination of fish, and describes additional sources that children could use to find credible health information on mercury.

The Environmental Health Student Portal connects middle school students and science teachers with free, reliable, and engaging environmental health education resources. The Student Portal offers a diverse array of engaging educational materials such as videos, games and activities, lesson plans, experiments and projects, fun challenges, as well as additional resources for further reading.

“Mercury and Our Health,” NLMNIH YouTube Channel: http://bit.ly/1r4OH6M

“Mercury and Our Health,” Environmental Health Student Portal: http://1.usa.gov/1pkLYlM

Environmental Health Student Portal: http://1.usa.gov/Zsh8CC

Lungtropolis: helping children manage their asthma

Monday, June 9th, 2014

Lungtropolis is an online game from the American Lung Association. The game helps children between the ages of five and ten learn how to control their asthma. While fighting the “mucus mob,” they watch videos and get valuable tips. Resources for parents are included.

Find Lungtropolis and other resources for parents and caregivers at the MedlinePlus Health Topic Page: Asthma in Children http://1.usa.gov/1n27hJh

MyEnvironment: local environmental health information

Monday, April 21st, 2014

MyEnvironment, from the Environmental Protection Agency, allows a user to view a cross-section of environmental information based on location. Users can search by city, county, state and even park or waterbody name. Pulling from a variety of sources, users can track releases of contaminants and hazardous substances, monitor air and water quality, view energy use and production statistics and read environmental reports. Users can also create maps and download data.

MyEnvironment: http://1.usa.gov/1k00jEL