Archive for the ‘Environmental Health’ Category
From the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences:
“Women live longer in areas with more green vegetation, according to new research funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), part of the National Institutes of Health. Women with the highest levels of vegetation, or greenness, near their homes had a 12 percent lower death rate compared to women with the lowest levels of vegetation near their homes. The results were published Apr. 14 in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.”
Read more about the study: http://1.usa.gov/1WaZSes
Interested in adding more vegetation to your area? Cooperative Extension can offer advice. Find your local office: http://1.usa.gov/1SUN06Y
EPA’s Safer Choice program encourages consumers to choose healthier and safer spring cleaning productsTuesday, April 12th, 2016
The snow is gone and temperatures are rising. That means it is time for spring cleaning, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through its Safer Choice program this spring is encouraging consumers to look for cleaning products that will protect public health and the environment. EPA developed Safer Choice labels so it would be easy for consumers and businesses to choose products that meet EPA’s safer product standards. Although the Safer Choice label applies to products that are used year round, EPA is making a special emphasis just in time for spring cleaning. For more information Safer Choice, visit: http://1.usa.gov/1qk6uLt
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/
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)
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
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
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.
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
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