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Archive for the ‘Environmental Health’ Category

Keep up to date with Zika

Monday, April 4th, 2016

Information available about Zika Virus transmission, prevention and treatment is changing rapidly. To keep up to date, go to the Centers for Disease Control’s Zika site. On the bottom of the main page, you can sign up for email updates.

Zika Virus (CDC): http://www.cdc.gov/zika/

National Library of Medicine Resource Guides on Recent Public Health Incidents

Friday, February 5th, 2016

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) recently developed resource lists for three public health emergencies affecting both local and global communities. An incident Web page was created to gather resources on the emerging health issues arising from the Zika Virus. Two PDF documents on recent chemical incidents have been updated. Please share these resources freely. These resource lists link to a variety of sources such as: Local, state, federal and international agencies and organizations; Database searches for the health information issues around the incidents; and Social media resources for situational awareness.

Zika Virus Health Information Resources: http://1.usa.gov/1K2ORc4
Aliso Canyon/Porter Ranch Gas Leak: http://1.usa.gov/1L3f19B (PDF)
Lead in Flint, Michigan Water System: http://1.usa.gov/1PZcYLd (PDF)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Adds Zika Travel Advisory to Four Countries

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

Adapted from CDC:

The CDC, in collaboration with public health officials, has added a Zika virus travel alert to the following countries: American Samoa, Costa Rica, Curacao, and Nicaragua. In addition, the CDC has provided a list of affected countries and regions combating the virus. 1.usa.gov/1PRWRsG  The Zika virus infection is most often spread by mosquitoes. For more information, please visit: 1.usa.gov/1QG7SAp

New Science iOS Games for Grades 5 to 12

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

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There are three new interactive, educational apps from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) Division of Specialized Information Services for students studying genetics, chemistry and environmental health science.

Bohr Thru: Use a 3-match game style to collect protons, neutrons, and electrons to create the first 18 elements on the periodic table. With the help of the main character, Atom, players become familiar with a variety of chemical elements and their structures.

Base Chase: Learn the bases of DNA with this fast-paced, educational app. Players grab bases of DNA in order to complete unique DNA strands for a variety of animals. DeeNA, the game’s cartoon mascot, assists players in completing each of the required tasks.

Run4Green: The importance of environmental conservation is reinforced through this interactive game. Topics, such as greenhouse gas reduction, renewable energy and green product purchases are emphasized and rewarded throughout game play. The game is appropriate for students in grades 5-8.

Download these games on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch by visiting the NLM app page at: http://apple.co/1nqG891

Information and News: Lead in Flint, Michigan Water System

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

Several Michigan, local, and federal agencies are responding to the presence of lead in the drinking water in Flint, Michigan.  The National Library of Medicine Specialized Information Services Division (NLM SIS) provides information on the medical and public health aspects of chemical incidents for health professionals, policy makers, and volunteers who may be responding to an incident and for people living in or concerned about the affected region. They have compiled a list of information resources. Please visit: bit.ly/1Qj8xaK to learn more.

New Issue of The Nation’s Health

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

The October 2015 of The Nation’s Health from the American Public Health Association has several articles of interest to BHIC readers, including:

  • Public health messaging helps public understand environmental health
    A new toolkit is available to make environmental health accessible for nonprofessionals.
  • Study: Not enough gay, bisexual teen boys get tested for HIV
    At-risk kids do not have the knowledge, access they need.
  • Exiting military for misconduct linked to homelessness risk
    A study shows homelessness is more likely for veterans with marks on their record.
  • Healthy You: Yoga: A complementary health approach

Access full issue: http://bit.ly/1FUQUwp

New Tox Town City Neighborhood Released

Monday, August 24th, 2015

From the National Library of Medicine:

The  City  neighborhood is the newest neighborhood in Tox Town to update its graphics. The City neighborhood, joined previously by  the Town and Southwest scenes,  is now in HTML 5 and has a new photorealistic look.  All of the location and chemical information is the same, but the new graphics allow users to better identify with real-life city locations.  Tox Town can be accessed on a variety of personal electronic devices, including Ipads, Ipad minis, and tablets.

Regardless of where you live,  you will definitely want to visit the updated City neighborhood and learn about possible environmental health risks in a typical city.

Tox Town City: http://1.usa.gov/1U2eEVY

Wildfires: Protect Yourself

Monday, August 17th, 2015

Wildfires are affecting residents in the Western United States. The Centers for Disease Control has resources for protecting your home and family before, during and after a wildfire, including a reproducible infographic.

Wildfires (CDC): http://1.usa.gov/1hI4VCS

Preventing heat-related illnesses

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

According to the Centers for Disease Control, extreme heat caused over 7400 deaths in the United States between 1999-2010.

Check out these resources to prevent heat-related illness.

Keep your cool in hot weather (CDC): http://1.usa.gov/1GBccMt

Heat Illness (MedlinePlus): http://1.usa.gov/1dY6f2g

A Story of Health: Multimedia eBook

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

Using the setting of a family reunion as a backdrop, A Story of Health multimedia eBook explores how our environments interact with our genes to influence health across the lifespan: http://bit.ly/1KWKmeN. Described as “brilliant,” “innovative,” and “fun to use” by physicians, researchers and advocates, the peer-reviewed, 150-page eBook tells its story through the lives of fictional characters with asthma, developmental disabilities and leukemia (the first three case studies released to date). The eBook features the latest scientific research about disease origin and helpful facts about disease prevention. Free continuing education credits are offered through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)/the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). A Story of Health was developed by ATSDR, the Collaborative on Health and the Environment, the University of California, San Francisco, Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit, the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, California EPA, and the Science and Environmental Health Network. Download the book free of charge here: A story of Health ebook