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Emergency Response News


04/26/2016 04:30 PM
New: Public Health Matters Blog - 10 Ways to be Prepared
To mark the National Day of Action, there are hundreds of little steps you can take to be better prepared at home, in your community, and on the go. Here are a few quick action steps you can take today!
04/12/2016 06:00 PM
New: Public Health Matters Blog - Reuniting With Your Child
Hurricane Katrina led to the largest incident of missing children in US history. Many of these missing children were too young to accurately identify themselves. Parents of missing children were among thousands of people displaced in emergency shelters, some in different states, with limited access to communication channels. Learn more. CDC?s crisis communicators are trained to speak to the public when the unthinkable happens to them, their families, and their communities. Crisis communicators use evidence-based communication strategies to deliver messages to help people stay safe and healthy during a disaster. Find out how crisis communication works and how it was used in the Ebola response. Learn more in our latest Public Health Matters blog post.
03/30/2016 03:30 PM
New: Public Health Matters Blog - CDC Crisis Communicators: Making Every Message Count
An unexpected public health emergency can happen anywhere and to anyone. The right health or safety message at the right time from the right person can save lives. However, poor communication can also make an emergency situation much worse. CDC?s crisis communicators are trained to speak to the public when the unthinkable happens to them, their families, and their communities. Crisis communicators use evidence-based communication strategies to deliver messages to help people stay safe and healthy during a disaster. Find out how crisis communication works and how it was used in the Ebola response. Learn more in our latest Public Health Matters blog post.
03/22/2016 06:30 PM
New: Public Health Matters Blog - Zika, Mosquitoes, and Standing Water
With spring weather and mosquito season coming soon in the Unites States, the Zika virus ? and the mosquitoes that carry the virus ? may be a major concern. People and communities can take steps to reduce the number of mosquitoes in their homes and communities to protect themselves from Zika - starting with removing standing water. Learn more in our latest Public Health Matters blog post.
03/15/2016 02:20 PM
New: Public Health Matters Blog - Preparing for Emergencies: A Legal Perspective
Whether it?s taking steps toward a healthier lifestyle, preventing diseases, or preparing for an emergency or natural disaster, public law is an important tool to promote and protect public health. Find out how CDC?s Public Health Law Program (PHLP) helps to keep communities safer and healthier.

Environmental Hazard News


05/01/2009 09:00 AM
Uranium (U) Toxicity | ATSDR - Environmental Medicine & Environmental Health Education - CSEM
  • Everyone is exposed to uranium in food, air, and water as part of the natural environment.
  • Most exposures do not warrant monitoring or treatment.
  • Populations most heavily exposed to uranium are those employed in mining and milling operations, or in uranium enrichment and processing activities.
  • Natural and depleted uranium are primarily chemical toxicants, with radiation playing a minor role or no role at all.
  • Outcomes that may occur with uranium overexposure, based on both observed human effects and animal studies, include non-malignant respiratory disease (fibrosis, emphysema) and nephrotoxicity.
  • Nephrotoxicity should reverse as overexposure ceases.
  • Alpha radiation (such as that from uranium) is classified as a human carcinogen. However, human studies have not found elevated rates of cancer from uranium exposure, and hi...
12/18/2008 09:00 AM
Chromium Toxicity | ATSDR - Environmental Medicine & Environmental Health Education - CSEM
  • The toxicity of chromium compounds depends on the oxidation state of the metal.
  • Occupational exposure to chromium(VI) compounds has been associated with increased incidence of lung cancer.
  • Chromium(III) is an essential nutrient that can be toxic in large doses.

05/23/2008 09:00 AM
Beryllium Toxicity | ATSDR - Environmental Medicine & Environmental Health Education - CSEM
  • Beryllium produces health effects ranging from sensitization without evidence of disease to clinically apparent pulmonary disease.
  • Chronic beryllium disease may be misdiagnosed as sarcoidosis.
  • Immunologic tests can detect beryllium sensitization and help clinicians differentiate between chronic beryllium disease and other interstitial lung diseases.

05/23/2008 09:00 AM
Tetrachloroethylene (PCE) Toxicity | ATSDR - Environmental Medicine & Environmental Health Education - CSEM
  • Tetrachloroethylene is used mainly as a solvent for dry cleaning and metal degreasing.
  • Like most chlorinated solvents, tetrachloroethylene can cause central nervous system depression.
  • Chronic exposure to tetrachloroethylene may adversely affect the neurological system, liver, and kidneys.
  • Tetrachloroethylene is reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen on the basis of limited evidence from studies in humans and sufficient evidence of carcinogenicity from studies in experimental animals.

05/12/2008 09:00 AM
Taking an Exposure History | ATSDR - Environmental Medicine & Environmental Health Education - CSEM
  • Because many environmental diseases either manifest as common medical problems or have nonspecific symptoms, an exposure history is vital for correct diagnosis.
  • By taking a thorough exposure history, the primary care clinician can play an important role in detecting, treating, and preventing disease due to toxic exposure.

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