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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

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!

Community Design: We Track That! Posted on Jul 12

Community design refers to all the elements of a community that are human-made and form the physical characteristics of that community.  This includes buildings (schools, workplaces, and homes), roads, parks, recreation areas and transportation systems. The National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network (EPHT) contains data   …Continue Reading Community Design: We Track That!

Outdoor Air Pollution: We Track That! Posted on Jul 11

Check out the National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network!  The Tracking Network is helping us better understand the relationship between health and air pollution.  For example, asthma is a disease that can affect your lungs and make breathing difficult.  In the United States, about 25   …Continue Reading Outdoor Air Pollution: We Track That!

Massachusetts Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) & Climate Change Posted on Jun 23

The Environmental Toxicology Program in the Bureau of Environmental Health has developed a climate assessment approach that leverages the combined resources of the Massachusetts Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) tool and the CDC Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (BRACE) framework. The approach actively engages stakeholders   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) & Climate Change