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11/18/2015 08:00 PM
New: Public Health Matters Blog - Holiday Food Safety Tips
Holiday meals can be memorable, but it takes more than a great recipe to make those memories happy. Learn how to prepare your meal safely so that your holiday isn?t spent dealing with food poisoning. Check out our new Public Health Matters post for a list of common food safety mistakes and tips for preventing them.
11/06/2015 04:00 PM
New: Public Health Matters Blog - CDC?s Emergency Management Specialists
Meet Mark Hall, an emergency management specialist in CDC?s Division of Emergency Operations. Part of the Plans, Training, Exercise, and Evaluation Team ? Mark and his team make sure CDC is prepared to respond to any public health emergency the agency may face.
10/26/2015 01:15 PM
NEW: Health Alert Network (HAN) No. 384 - Increases in Fentanyl Drug Confiscations and Fentanyl-related Overdose Fatalities
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) are investigating recent increases in fentanyl-related unintentional overdose fatalities in multiple states across the U.S. The purpose of this HAN advisory is to: (1) alert public health departments, health care providers, first responders, and medical examiners and coroners to the possibility of additional increases in other jurisdictions, (2) provide recommendations for improving detection of fentanyl-related overdose outbreaks and (3) encourage states to expand access to naloxone and training for administering naloxone to reduce opioid overdose deaths.
10/15/2015 07:00 PM
New: Public Health Matters Blog - Looking Back: A Local Emergency Response to the 2010 Haiti Earthquake
Today people around the country participated in the national Shakeout earthquake drill. Public Health Matters looks back at the impact earthquakes can on people across the world by reflecting on the U.S. role in responding to the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
10/07/2015 08:30 PM
New: Public Health Matters Blog - Keeping Cool Under Pressure: NYC Legionnaires? Disease Outbreak, Summer 2015
In July 2015, after noticing a spike in reported cases of Legionnaires? disease from clinics and hospitals in the Bronx, a team of city, state, and CDC epidemiologists (disease detectives), laboratory scientists, and environmental health experts sprang into action to identify the source and contain the outbreak. Read more about the largest outbreak in Legionnaires? disease ever recorded in New York City history in the latest Public Health Matters post.

Environmental Hazard News

05/01/2009 10:00 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 10:00 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 10:00 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 10:00 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 10:00 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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