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Category Archives: Environmental Health

Exposure to Radon Increases Your Risk for Lung Cancer Posted on Jul 13

Exposure to Radon Increases Your Risk for Lung Cancer

Radon is a colorless, odorless and tasteless radioactive gas. Radon is created when naturally occurring elements such as uranium and radium in rocks and soil break down during a process called radioactive decay. Once radon is emitted, it migrates upwards to the ground surface through   …Continue Reading Exposure to Radon Increases Your Risk for Lung Cancer

Keeping Cool and Staying Healthy During Extreme Heat Posted on Jul 12

Keeping Cool and Staying Healthy During Extreme Heat

Temperatures this week in Massachusetts have been relatively normal for this time of year. Even so, we know that most summers in New England will bring about at least some extremely hot days. In fact, extreme heat events are one of the most common causes   …Continue Reading Keeping Cool and Staying Healthy During Extreme Heat

Asthma Is On the Rise Posted on Jul 11

Asthma Is On the Rise

Asthma is a disease that affects your lungs and makes breathing difficult. In the United States, about 25 million people live with asthma; that’s about one out of every 12 people.    Asthma affects people of all genders, races and ages and can develop at any   …Continue Reading Asthma Is On the Rise

Children’s Environmental Health: Children Are Not Little Adults Posted on Jul 10

Children’s Environmental Health: Children Are Not Little Adults

Children are not little adults. When it comes to environmental contaminants, you can’t compare (little) apples to (big) apples. Compared to adults, children face greater health risks from environmental exposures. Here’s why: Children breathe more air, eat more food, and drink more water per pound   …Continue Reading Children’s Environmental Health: Children Are Not Little Adults

Making Strides to Better Understanding Environmental Exposure Posted on Mar 16

Making Strides to Better Understanding Environmental Exposure

  In partnership with the CDC, DPH is looking at the impact of certain environmental chemicals – such as lead and mercury – on Massachusetts residents. This technique, known as biomonitoring, measures environmental chemicals in the human body. Through a state-wide study, DPH is trying   …Continue Reading Making Strides to Better Understanding Environmental Exposure

Recognizing National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week Posted on Oct 26

Recognizing National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

This week the DPH Massachusetts Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP) is joining the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in recognizing National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week.   Substantial gains have been made in preventing exposure to lead through 45 years of public health interventions.  Despite   …Continue Reading Recognizing National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

Workshop for Local Health Officials to Learn More about the Biomonitoring Massachusetts Study Posted on Oct 12

Workshop for Local Health Officials to Learn More about the Biomonitoring Massachusetts Study

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health invites local health officials to attend an October 17th workshop at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  The workshop is focused on an important environmental health study evaluating how Massachusetts residents are exposed to toxic chemicals.  The workshop will describe   …Continue Reading Workshop for Local Health Officials to Learn More about the Biomonitoring Massachusetts Study

Climate and Health: We Track That! Posted on Jul 15

Climate and Health: We Track That!

Extreme heat events are one of the most common causes of weather-related deaths in the United States – and the number of heat-related deaths is rising. More frequent and severe heat waves are likely to occur as climate change continues to change weather patterns. These   …Continue Reading Climate and Health: We Track That!

Water: We Track That! Posted on Jul 14

Water: We Track That!

The National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network is helping us understand the relationship between our water and our health.  Improving our understanding of this relationship will help us protect our water and save lives.  We all need clean, safe water.  Drinking water from a private   …Continue Reading Water: We Track That!

Children’s Environmental Health: We Track That! Posted on Jul 13

Children’s Environmental Health: We Track That!

The National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network (EPHT) is helping us understand more about the relationship between children’s health and the environment.  The environment affects children differently than adults.  Because their bodies are still growing, children are at greater risk if they are exposed to   …Continue Reading Children’s Environmental Health: We Track That!