Health Matters


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

NIOSH Identifies Take-home Lead Exposure as Concern in E-scrap Recycling

The recycling of used electronics (e-scrap) is an emerging area of concern as a source of both occupational exposures to workers and take-home exposures, according to a National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) investigation recently described in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). The investigation concerned a case of Read the full article…


The First-Ever China-U.S. Occupational Health Symposia

The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) has announced it will jointly hold the first-ever China-U.S. Occupational Health Symposia with the National Center for International Cooperation in Work Safety, SAWS, China (NCICS). The symposia will take place on Sept. 15-16, 2015 in Shanghai, China, and 400 OHS professionals are expected to Read the full article…

China Symposia

HHS Unveils First Compendium of Resources for Health Emergencies

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today launched the first online collection of the federal resources and capabilities available to mitigate the health impacts of emergencies. The HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) sponsored the HHS Response and Recovery Resources Compendium to aid Read the full article…

Compendium