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Emergency Response News

04/24/2015 03:00 PM
NEW: Health Alert Network (HAN) No. 377 - Outbreak of Recent HIV and HCV Infections among Persons Who Inject Drugs
The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are investigating a large outbreak of recent human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infections among persons who inject drugs (PWID). Many of the HIV-infected individuals in this outbreak are co-infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV). The purpose of this HAN Advisory is to alert public health departments and healthcare providers of the possibility of HIV outbreaks among PWID and to provide guidance to assist in the identification and prevention of such outbreaks.
04/17/2015 06:00 PM
New: Public Health Matters Blog - Clarity on Cholesterol Management and Why We Need It
Dr. Jennifer Robinson, a public health MD and Chair for the National Forum Cholesterol Initiative, shares her expert insight on new guidelines for treating blood cholesterol. Read more about how Dr. Robinson wants everyone to be armed with the information needed to live a long and healthy life, in the latest Public Health Matters blog.
04/08/2015 07:15 PM
New: Public Health Matters Blog - Take the Pledge to Improve your Community?s Preparedness
Have you considered your neighbors? or community?s disaster preparedness in your emergency planning? Something as small as meeting your neighbors or joining an emergency response group in your community could greatly improve your own preparedness as well as the resilience of your community. Learn more about ways you can get involved in our latest blog post.
04/02/2015 03:30 PM
New: Public Health Matters Blog - The Great Thaw: looking back on Boston?s record-breaking winter
The city of Boston experienced one of the most severe winters to date this year?with 4 winter storms and over 108 inches of snow. Take a look into the city?s response and community resilience in our newest blog post, featuring Boston?s Public Health Commission.
03/24/2015 04:10 PM
New: Public Health Matters Blog - An Unsuspected Treat Contaminated with Listeria. How about them Caramel Apples?
When the first ever outbreak of listeria in caramel apples occurred in the U.S. last year, CDC?s Listeria Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) Project set out to crack the case. With the help of local and state health departments and the FDA, CDC?s public health investigators conducted laboratory, epidemiological, and trace back investigations to identify the source of the outbreak and prevent future cases. Take an inside look into this investigation in our latest blog.

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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