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Archive for the ‘Environmental Health’ Category

Community Health Status Indicators Tool

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

Community Health Status Indicators show how social factors and the physical environment are especially important because they represent the conditions in which people are born, work, and play. Neighborhoods with affordable healthy food, safe and accessible housing, and quality employment opportunities can positively influence behaviors and help to create healthy lifestyles. See the Centers for Disease Control Community Health Status Indicators (CHSI),, an interactive online tool that provides public health profiles for all 3,143 counties in the United States.

Flood Safety: Resources

Monday, March 16th, 2015

March 15-21 is Flood Safety Month. As spring approaches and snow melts, flooding may occur. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has flood safety resources:

Building Understanding of Environmental Health (webinar series)

Monday, March 2nd, 2015
The American Public Health Association and the Centers for Disease Control are sponsoring a webinar series about communicating with the public about environmental health issues.
Navigating the Swamp of Environmental Health: Using Evidence to Craft More Effective Communications
March 5, 2015, 1:30–2:45 p.m. EST

Framing with Values: Cuing Up Productive Conversations about Environmental Health Work
April 7, 2015, 1:30–2:45 p.m. EDT

The Power of How: Using Tested Metaphors to Build Public Understanding about Environmental Health
May 5, 2015, 1:30–2:45 p.m. EDT

For more information and to register:

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:
@NLM_K12 Twitter:

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 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):

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;

Read the article:

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:

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:

Infographic on Climate Change and Health from the American Public Health Association:

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):