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Archive for the ‘Environmental Health’ Category

ATSDR – Safeguarding Communities from Harmful Chemicals: A Five-Part Webinar Series

Monday, April 6th, 2015

From the American Public Health Association:

“The American Public Health Association and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are proud to co-sponsor a five-part webinar series highlighting the vital work of the ATSDR. The series explores the Agency’s role as an integral partner in: determining chemical threats; supporting communities with their environmental health concerns; protecting children and vulnerable populations; and supporting the specific needs of Native Tribes.

Part I – Introducing ATSDR 
Tuesday, Apr. 14, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. EST
Don’t miss the start of the series! Introducing ATSDR provides a broad overview of the invaluable contributions ATSDR has made over the past years – from who they are to how they work to protect our communities from harmful chemical exposures.”

Register: http://bit.ly/1c14kte

New Food Safety App: Foodkeeper

Monday, April 6th, 2015

The U. S. Department of Agriculture has released a new app called Foodkeeper.

From the USDA:

“Developed by the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, with Cornell University and the Food Marketing Institute, this new application informs users on how to store food and beverages to maximize their freshness and quality. By helping users understand food storage, the application empowers consumers to choose storage methods that extend the shelf life of their items. Users will be able to keep items fresh longer than if they were not stored properly.

The FoodKeeper application offers users valuable storage advice about more than 400 food and beverage items, including various types of baby food, dairy products and eggs, meat, poultry, produce, seafood, and more. Every year, billions of pounds of food go to waste in the U.S. because consumers are not sure of its quality or safety. USDA estimates that 21 percent of the available food in the U.S. goes uneaten at the consumer level. USDA also estimates that at the retail and consumer level, 36 pounds of food per person is wasted each month.”

For more information and to download the app: http://1.usa.gov/1CLb1bn

World Health Day 2015: Food Safety

Monday, April 6th, 2015

According to the World Health Organization, 2 million people die each year from unsafe food or drinking water. April 7 is World Health Day, and the theme is “From Farm to Plate, Make Food Safe.” The WHO web site has campaign materials, including social media messaging and infographics, as well as food safety case studies from around the world.

World Health Day (WHO): http://bit.ly/1C6JXAX

Community Health Status Indicators Tool

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

Community Health Status Indicators show how social factors and the physical environment are especially important because they represent the conditions in which people are born, work, and play. Neighborhoods with affordable healthy food, safe and accessible housing, and quality employment opportunities can positively influence behaviors and help to create healthy lifestyles. See the Centers for Disease Control Community Health Status Indicators (CHSI), http://1.usa.gov/1CQ9679, an interactive online tool that provides public health profiles for all 3,143 counties in the United States.

Flood Safety: Resources

Monday, March 16th, 2015

March 15-21 is Flood Safety Month. As spring approaches and snow melts, flooding may occur. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has flood safety resources: http://1.usa.gov/1ANBPnq

Building Understanding of Environmental Health (webinar series)

Monday, March 2nd, 2015
The American Public Health Association and the Centers for Disease Control are sponsoring a webinar series about communicating with the public about environmental health issues.
Navigating the Swamp of Environmental Health: Using Evidence to Craft More Effective Communications
March 5, 2015, 1:30–2:45 p.m. EST

Framing with Values: Cuing Up Productive Conversations about Environmental Health Work
April 7, 2015, 1:30–2:45 p.m. EDT

The Power of How: Using Tested Metaphors to Build Public Understanding about Environmental Health
May 5, 2015, 1:30–2:45 p.m. EDT

For more information and to register: http://bit.ly/1wEuLhP

NLM Launches New Twitter Stream For K-12 Science Educators

Friday, February 6th, 2015

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Specialized Information Services division works with teachers and scientific experts to provide FREE reliable resources to help introduce, reinforce, and supplement education programs.

The K-12 Science and Health Education Directory contains resources on topics including biology, environmental health science, chemistry, forensics and medical technology, genetics, HIV/AIDS, and more!

Additionally, a new NLM Twitter stream with resources for K-12 science educators can be found at: @NLM_K12.

K-12 Science and Health Education Directory: http://1.usa.gov/1Iifk3x
@NLM_K12 Twitter: http://bit.ly/1DIboTg

New Search Engine for Published USDA Research

Monday, January 19th, 2015

The National Agricultural Library (NAL) has unveiled PubAg, a user-friendly search engine that gives the public enhanced access to research published by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists. NAL is part of USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS).

PubAg, which can be found at http://1.usa.gov/1Ej2f4u is a new portal for literature searches and full-text access of more than 40,000 scientific journal articles by USDA researchers, mostly from 1997 to 2014. New articles by USDA researchers will be added almost daily, and older articles may be added if possible. There is no access fee for PubAg.

Phase I of PubAg provides access for searches of 340,000 peer-reviewed agriculturally related scientific literature, mostly from 2002 to 2012, each entry offering a citation, abstract and a link to the article if available from the publisher. This initial group of highly relevant, high-quality literature was taken from the 4 million bibliographic citations in NAL’s database.

Phase II of PubAg, planned for later in 2015, will include the remainder of NAL’s significant bibliographic records.

PubAg has been specifically designed to be easy to use and to serve a number of diverse users including the public, farmers, scientists, academicians and students. There is no requirement for a username, password or any other form of registration to use PubAg.

NAL has one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive compilations of agricultural information available.

National Radon Action Month

Monday, January 12th, 2015

January is National Radon Action Month. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. The Environmental Protection Agency has resources for the public on radon testing and other ways to protect homes and workplaces. There is an outreach toolkit for public health organizations and others who want to educate the public about the dangers of this tasteless, colorless and odorless gas.

National Radon Action Month (EPA): http://1.usa.gov/1y55Iof

Article: Indoor Environmental Exposures and Exacerbation of Asthma

Monday, January 5th, 2015

Researchers funded by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency have published a review article summarizing known evidence on the link between indoor environmental exposures and exacerbation of asthma. The article is available free full-text from Environmental Health Perspectives.

Citation: Kanchongkittiphon W, Mendell MJ, Gaffin JM, Wang G, Phipatanakul W. 2015. Indoor environmental exposures and exacerbation of asthma: an update to the 2000 review by the Institute of Medicine. Environ Health Perspect 123:6–20; http://dx.doi.org/10.1289/ehp.1307922

Read the article: http://1.usa.gov/1rXBAs8