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09/30/2014 11:45 AM
NEW: COCA Email Updates: September 8 ? September 22, 2014
Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Email Updates for September 22, 2014
09/30/2014 11:45 AM
NEW: COCA Email Updates: August 25 ? September 8, 2014
Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Email Updates for September 8, 2014
09/26/2014 05:00 PM
Health Alert Network (HAN) No. 370 - Acute Neurologic Illness with Focal Limb Weakness of Unknown Etiology in Children
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working closely with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and Children?s Hospital Colorado to investigate a cluster of nine pediatric patients hospitalized with acute neurologic illness of undetermined etiology. The illness is characterized by focal limb weakness and abnormalities of the spinal cord gray matter on MRI. These illnesses have occurred since August 1, 2014 coincident with an increase of respiratory illnesses among children in Colorado. The purpose of this HAN Advisory is to provide awareness of this neurologic syndrome under investigation with the aim of determining if children with similar clinical and radiographic findings are being cared for in other geographic areas. Guidance about reporting cases to state and local health departments and CDC is provided. Please disseminate this information to infectious disease specialists, intensive care physicians, pediatricians, neurologists, radiologists/neuroradiologists, infection preventionists, and primary care providers, as well as to emergency departments and microbiology laboratories.
09/25/2014 04:15 PM
New: Public Health Matters Blog - Pet Preparedness
Countless disasters have shown that pet owners can quickly become a vulnerable population in the face of a natural disaster or emergency. With pets, the best way to protect your furry, scaly, or slimy family member is to plan ahead. Read our latest Public Health Matters Blog and use our tips as a guide to protect yourself, your family, and your pets.
09/24/2014 01:15 PM
NEW: Hurricane Health & Safety Tip - September 24, 2014 - When in Doubt, Throw it Out!
Throw away food that may have come in contact with flood or hurricane water. Learn about signs to look for to know whether food is safe.

Environmental Hazard News


05/01/2009 05:00 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 04:00 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 05:00 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 05:00 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 05:00 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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