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Archive for the ‘Environmental Health’ Category

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 for a free webinar on environmental quality: “Who’s Leading the Leading Health Indicators?” Register here:

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: [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:

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 – – and the NIH YouTube channel – 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:

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:  [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:  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:

Concern Grows Regarding Hantavirus

Monday, September 10th, 2012

Yosemite National Park broadened the scope of its health alert on the deadly mouse-borne hantavirus on Thursday as the death toll rose to three, warning roughly 12,000 additional visitors to a more remote area of the park about exposure risks. The World Health Organization also issued a global alert this week over the cases of hantavirus linked to Yosemite, and advised travelers to avoid exposure to rodents. Officials are concerned that more Yosemite visitors could develop the lung disease in the next month or so. [Reuters Health Information, Sept. 6, 2012]

More information:

Drought-Ready Communities: A Guide to Community Drought Preparedness

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

The University of Nebraska, Lincoln, National Drought Mitigation Center

This document is intended for communities throughout the U.S. that can use it to understand and reduce their drought risk.  The process outlined in the Guide is broad-based, recognizing that drought created problems that go beyond the scope of what whiter supplier alone can address. Worksheets and other exercises can help communities see how drought has affected water supplies and overall community well-being in the past. The Guide can also help communities identify their drought monitoring resources, so they can spot emerging drought. A planning section helps communities determine steps they can take to reduce their drought risk ahead of time. It also recommends planning responses to drought before the next one happens. The Guide includes case studies and an extensive resource collection on how other municipalities have planned for drought, including both processes and solutions.

See the full Guide here:

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: .