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Archive for the ‘Environmental Health’ Category

Birth Defects: A Tool Kit

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

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.

Tips to Reduce Flame Retardants at Home

Monday, January 14th, 2013

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.

Beware of Lead Hazards in Some Holiday Toys

Monday, December 10th, 2012

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]

Free Webinar: Leading Health Indicators

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

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

60 Percent of America’s Biggest Cities now Smoke-Free

Monday, November 26th, 2012

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]

National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

Wednesday, October 24th, 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

NIH Videos Demonstrate Behavior’s Role In Personal Health

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

The National Institutes of Health’s Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) released four videos highlighting outstanding behavioral and social science research on mindless eating, risk-taking, diabetes management, and the evolution of skin pigmentation.  The videos, called Research Highlights, are available on both the OBSSR web site - http://1.usa.gov/UxN7fL - and the NIH YouTube channel - http://bit.ly/RiFkhQ and feature prominent researchers describing their work and its implication for society.

“Understanding our behavior,” said OBSSR Director Dr. Robert Kaplan, “and making better decision puts us in charge of our own health.  These short films highlight some of the benefits of behavioral and social science research – both for us an individuals and for society as a whole.

The full NIH press release about the videos can be accessed here:  http://1.usa.gov/Sgd298

Webinar – When Every Drop Counts: Adapting to Drought, Part 3

Monday, October 8th, 2012

Date and Time: Wednesday, Oct. 10, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. EDT

This year, the United States is facing the most extensive drought in more than 50 years, which is challenging many jurisdictions with drought-related health impacts. During this webinar, experts will discuss long-term strategies related to drought, including access to adequate supplies of safe water and the importance of green infrastructure for health.

This is the third in a four-part series, “Drought: When Every Drop Counts,” co-sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry and the American Public Health Association. To register: http://bit.ly/Oib87z  [APHA]

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Monday, September 24th, 2012

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has scheduled another National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day which will take place on Saturday, September 29, 2012, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This is a great opportunity for those who missed the previous events, or who have subsequently accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of those medications.

More information at: http://1.usa.gov/PfBAMe  including a 1-800 number for general public inquiries and a link to searching for a local collection site.

Disaster Apps

Friday, September 14th, 2012

The National Library of Medicine has compiled a list of mobile applications and mobile-optimized web sites for disaster preparedness and response.

Apps listed include:

  • WISER: information for first responders in HAZMAT situations
  • First Aid from the American Red Cross: life-saving first aid information, including how-to videos
  • Apps from NLM, CDC, EPA, FEMA, and the National Weather Service

The full list: http://1.usa.gov/RMP4DD