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Archive for the ‘Environmental Health’ Category

Bed Bugs In the News

Monday, August 13th, 2012

Bed bugs have continued to be in the news over the past several months. The tiny critters can hide in furniture, luggage and clothing, causing itchy, painful bites. MedlinePlus offers some health tips for keeping them “at bay”: .

More information on bed bugs on the MedlinePlus topic page at: .

New Topic Page: Droughts and Health

Friday, August 10th, 2012

The National Library of Medicine’s Disaster Information Management Research Center has created a new topic page on Droughts and Health.  Resources include information on droughts in the United States and Internationally, as well as resources for the public health workforce and the public on dealing with the human health effects of droughts.

Droughts and Health Topic Page:

Wildfire season: resources

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

It’s wildfire season in the Western United States.  The National Library of Medicine’s Disaster Information Management Research Center has created a resource guide for health issues related to Fires and Wildfires:

The Forest Service has created a Smokey Bear mobile app to help you properly build and put out a campfire:

CDC Warns of Another Emerging Tick-Borne Threat

Monday, July 16th, 2012

Babesiosis — a parasitic illness spread by ticks — is posing a serious threat this summer, especially in certain parts of the country, a U.S. government report warns. Meanwhile, mosquitoes continue to spread the West Nile virus, according to another report in the July 13 issue of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Babesiosis, the lesser-known disease, is endemic in the Northeast and upper Midwest, where states reported more than 1,100 cases in 2011, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of those, 847 were confirmed cases and the rest were probable cases.

More information at: [Health Day News, July 12, 2012]

Healthy Living: Promoting Health and Safety in Immigrant Communities

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Learn about innovative health and safety initiatives in Auckland and Vancouver that promote healthy living through community education and accessible programming that ensures new immigrants and their families are safe, sound, and empowered to seek solutions for their personal well-being.

Free webinar from the Cities of Migration Integration Learning Exchange:

Find out how these good practices could be replicated or adapted by your organization or in your own ‘city of migration.’

How The Environment Impacts Healthy Aging

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

It is little surprise that where and how we live, eat, work, play and socialize influence our physical and mental health throughout life.  The National Council on Aging recently co-sponsored Health Environments Across Generations, an event organize by the Collaborative on Health and the Environment to explore scientific evidence confirming that certain early life experiences can influence health later in life.  Medical research reveals that environmental factors play a major role in the majority of cases of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. Diet, exercise, exposure to toxic chemicals and other environmental pollutants, and socioeconomic stress can alter biochemical pathways influencing the risk of these diseases and other chronic illnesses such as diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, and metabolic syndrome.

To read more, and get resources, click here:

WISER for iOS 3.0 – Now Available

Monday, July 9th, 2012

WISER for iOS 3.0, a universal app for Apple iOS devices, is now available. This new release adds native support for the iPad. Search WISER’s full set of known substances, employ WISER’s popular Help Identify Chemical capability, and leverage WISER’s protective distance mapping feature with an interface customized for your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch.

 WISER for iOS 3.0 can be downloaded and installed directly from the Apple App Store:


Where You Live and Your Health

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

“Designing, planning and developing healthy, affordable homes in neighborhoods of opportunity can dramatically improve health outcomes and promote health equity — all while boosting the local economy”, says the Health Justice CT blog:

Cooperation between urban planners, local and state governments, and public health departments is needed to provide a healthy environment. A recently released policy brief by the Connecticut Association of Directors of Health,, makes the case for formalizing such partnerships and outlines specific steps.

Drinking Water Week May 6-12, 2012

Monday, May 7th, 2012

Water is the foundation for life.  May 6–12, 2012 is Drinking Water Week. This observance is sponsored each year by the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and a number of other organizations and agencies. Following the theme “Water: Celebrate the Essential,” Drinking Water Week provides an opportunity for the public to recognize the vital role that safe water plays in our daily lives.

Learn more about the vital role safe water plays in our lives and what CDC is doing to address challenges to our water supply: [CDC Current Features]


National Healthy Schools Day April 24

Monday, April 16th, 2012

National Healthy Schools Day celebrates and promotes healthy, green indoor school environments for all children and staff. For more than 10 years, parents, school personnel, advocates and agencies have held National Healthy Schools Day activities nationwide to highlight the importance of clean indoor air in schools.

Visit the National Healthy Schools Day website to find activity suggestions, tools, and more: