Health Matters


Hand Washing vs. Triclosan

  Triclosan, a phenyl ether derivative, was introduced in the 1970s as an antibacterial and antifungal agent. It has been linked to liver and inhalation toxicity, cancer, and thyroid or endocrine disruption. Initially used in hospitals, the toxic chemical ingredient is now pervasive in over-the-counter products found in schools, businesses, Read the full article…

Triclosan

NIOSH Report: Coffee Workers at Risk for Lung Disease 2

Obliterative bronchiolitis, an irreversible form of lung disease in which the smallest airways in the lung (the bronchioles) become scarred and constricted, blocking the movement of air, was previously identified in flavoring manufacturing workers and microwave popcorn workers who were occupationally exposed to diacetyl (2,3-butanedione) or butter flavorings containing diacetyl. Read the full article…


HHS Launches Resources System to Improve Disaster Preparedness

Health and emergency preparedness professionals now have access to the nation’s first and most comprehensive system of resources designed specifically to help communities better prepare for and manage the health impacts of disasters. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness Read the full article…


NIOSH Research Program on Chemical Exposures to Help Prevent Birth Defects

To learn whether exposure to potentially hazardous chemicals in the workplace increases the risk of birth defects, NIOSH researchers are partnering with the Centers for Birth Defects Research and Prevention (CBDRP) on one of the largest birth defects prevention research efforts in the nation. NIOSH researchers hope to address some Read the full article…

Birth Defects

New CDC Recommendations to Improve Hospital Antibiotic Use 1

New recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advise all nursing homes to improve antibiotic prescribing practices and reduce their inappropriate use to protect residents from the consequences of antibiotic-resistant infections, such as C. difficile. To guide these improvements, CDC released a new resource: Core Elements of Read the full article…

Antibiotic Use