May is Better Hearing and Speech Month. The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) has created a campaign to prevent noise-induced hearing loss. To get lists of warning signs, inforgraphics and resources for parents and educators, go to ASHA’s Listening to Your Buds site: http://goo.gl/IOlli.
Archive for the ‘Environmental Health’ Category
Memorial Day Weekend is the traditional start of the summer recreation season in the United States.
To help keep kids and others safe on the water, check out the MedlinePlus Water Safety (Recreational) page: http://goo.gl/k3CMg.
For information on enjoying the sun safely, go to the Sun Exposure page: http://goo.gl/Ma7n7.
Spring is finally here. And, that means spring cleaning time! View “It’s Spring Cleaning Season!” to get tips for heavy duty and earth friendly cleaning.
It’s Spring Cleaning Season! (HealthDay video, March 22, 2013 on MedlinePlus)
With the arrival of spring comes increased risk of flooding in many areas. The National Weather Service has declared this week to be Flood Safety Awareness Week. MedlinePlus has a health topic page for Floods, which includes resources on preparing and responding to flooding in your home and community: http://1.usa.gov/SBFWS8
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed a new Birth Defects Toolkit, http://1.usa.gov/13TC3xS, which features a variety of communication pieces including key messages and talking points, a fact sheet, and some sample social media posts. Also see the CDC’s tracking tool, Birth Defects and the Environment: http://1.usa.gov/Ya7D6H.
Silent Spring Institute, an organization staffed and led by researchers dedicated to science that serves the public interest, has released a new prevention factsheet for consumers.
Consumer products such as furniture, textiles, and electronics often contain chemical flame retardants. These chemicals can come out of products into house dust where people are exposed. Many of these chemicals have been linked to cancer or hormone disruption, or have not been adequately tested for safety.
Read “5 Tips to Reduce Toxic Flame Retardants at Home” to see how you can make a difference: http://bit.ly/V66XjC.
The holiday season is here, and that means many children will be given toys as gifts. While new toys are a holiday tradition, parents should be aware of potential lead hazards associated with toys, including toy jewelry. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offeres several important facts to keep your children safe this holiday season.
Lead is invisible to the naked eye and has no smell. Children may be exposed to it from consumer products through normal handling of the product. They often place toys and other objects, as well as their fingers that have touched these objects, in their mouth, which exposes them to lead paint or dust. Read more at: http://1.usa.gov/Us3SmL [CDC Current Features]
Approximately 127 million people in the United States live in counties that do not meet national air quality standards. Safe air, land, and water are vital to a healthy community environment. The environment directly affects health status and plays a major role in quality of life, years of healthy life, and health disparities. On Monday, December 17, 12:00 -12:45 PM EST, join HealthyPeople.gov for a free webinar on environmental quality: “Who’s Leading the Leading Health Indicators?” Register here: http://bit.ly/TJYTPX
According to a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, thirty of America’s 50 largest cities are now covered by laws that prohibit smoking in all indoor areas of private workplaces, restaurants. By late 2000, only one of the 50 largest U.S. cities—San Jose, Calif.—was covered by such a law. As of Oct. 5, 2012, 16 of the 50 largest cities were covered by local comprehensive smoke-free laws, and 14 more were covered by state comprehensive smoke-free laws.
Read more: http://1.usa.gov/V1VYS0 [CDC Press Release, Nov. 25, 2012]
Childhood lead poisoning is considered the most preventable environmental disease among young children, yet approximately half a million U.S. children have blood lead levels above 5 micrograms per deciliter, the reference level at which Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recommends public health actions be initiated. Learn more about preventing lead poisoning with posters, flyers, podcasts and more resources on the CDC’s Lead Information page: http://1.usa.gov/UDEVdL