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  • Asthma  -- Asthma is a chronic inflammatory lung disease characterized by recurrent episodes of breathlessness, wheezing, coughing, and chest tightness, called exacerbations....
  • Autism  -- Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) are complex disorders of development that first become noticeable in early childhood....
  • Backyard Chicken Eggs  -- Backyard chickens can become exposed to toxic chemicals, like dioxins and DDT, if they are allowed to feed or forage on the ground....
  • Biological Terrorism  -- This webpage contains fact sheets and web links providing information on selected biologically derived toxins....
  • Biomarkers  -- A cellular or molecular indicator of environmental exposure, health effect, or susceptibility....
  • Biomonitoring  -- Biomonitoring is the assessment of exposure to toxic substances in people by laboratory measurement of these substances (or their metabolites) in human specimens such as blood, urine, or saliva....
  • Blue-green Algae  -- Blue-green algae (also known as cyanobacteria) are actually bacteria that grow in fresh, brackish or marine water....
  • Border Region  -- Finalized in 1853 and totaling 1,969 miles (3,169 Kilometers) the U.S./Mexico border runs from San Diego, California and Tijuana, Baja California in the west, to Brownsville, Texas and Matamoros, Tamaulipas...
  • Breast Cancer  --  Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among women in both California and the US (other than skin cancer)....
  • Cancer  -- Cancer is a group of many related diseases characterized by the uncontrolled growth and spread of abnormal cells within the body....
  • Cancer Clusters  -- A cancer cluster is the occurrence of more than the expected number of cancers within a group of people, a geographical area, or a period of time....
  • Chemical Terrorism  --  During 2003 and 2004 a work group of state and federal toxicologists developed a table of contents for chemical terrorism fact sheets suitable for first responders, local health departments, medical...
  • Childhood Cancer  -- Cancer is the disease that causes most deaths in children....
  • Developmental Outcomes  -- Developmental outcomes refer to endpoints having to do with the development of a healthy fetus or child....
  • Dioxins  -- What are they? Dioxins are a group of highly toxic chemicals....
  • Disease Clusters  --  A disease cluster is the occurrence of more than the expected number of people diagnosed with a certain disease within a specific group, a geographic area or a period of time....
  • Disinfection By-products  -- Public drinking water supplies must be disinfected to control microorganisms and infectious disease, but the disinfectants used (commonly chlorine based) may react with natural organic and inorganic matter...
  • Drinking Water  -- Generally speaking, California?s drinking water supply is one of the safest in the world....
  • Ecological Study  -- "Ecological" is a term describing a type of epidemiological study in which specific individuals are not studied, but rather groups of people are compared, e.g., examining differences in disease rates between...
  • Electric and Magnetic Fields  -- The California Electric and Magnetic Fields (EMF) Program was a research, education, and technical assistance program concerned with the possible health effects of electric and magnetic fields from powerlines,...
  • Endocrine Disruptors  -- Endocrine disruptors (EDs) are chemicals that may act on the endocrine, or hormone, system....
  • Environmental Hazards  -- Chemicals or other natural and man-made factors in the environment, like pesticides or asbestos, that can harm our health.
  • Environmental Health Concepts  -- There are a variety of concepts and principles in the field of environmental health....
  • Environmental Health Indicators  -- An environmental health indicator is a measure of health, environmental quality, or sociodemographics used to help monitor the overall health of the population....
  • Environmental Health Tracking  -- Environmental health tracking is the ongoing systematic collection, integration, analysis, interpretation, and dissemination of data about environmental hazards, exposure to environmental hazards, and...
  • Environmental Justice  -- There are many definitions of Environmental Justice....
  • Epidemiologic Methods  -- The scientific techniques used in epidemiologic research....
  • Epidemiology  -- The study of the distribution and determinants of disease or events in specific populations, and the application of this study to disease control....
  • Ethical Principles  -- The primary duty of the Staff of the California Department of Public Health and the Division of Environmental and Occupational Disease Control (DEODC) is to protect the public's health....
  • Exposure Sources  -- How and where we come into contact with environmental hazards, such as through food or pollution.
  • Fish  -- Fish and shellfish are an important part of a nutritious and healthy diet....
  • Geographic Information System (GIS)  -- A Geographic Information System (GIS) is the high-tech equivalent of a map....
  • Health Problems  -- Specific health issues that might have a relationship with the environment, like asthma, autism, and cancer.
  • Heat-Related Illness  -- Copied from the California Environmental Health Tracking Program "Heat and How it Affects our Health" page:
  • Human Subjects Protections  -- The Environmental Health Investigations Branch (EHIB) carries out environmental epidemiological and exposure investigations, and health hazard assessments....
  • Indoor Mold  -- Spores and microscopic fragments of mold growth are a natural component of both outdoor and indoor air....
  • Lago Nacimiento  -- Mercurio en el Pescado del Lago Nacimiento See this page in English here En Marzo del 2009, la Oficina de Evaluacion de Riesgos Ambientales en la Salud (parte de la Agencia de Proteccion Ambiental de...
  • Lake Nacimiento  -- Mercury in Fish at Lake Nacimiento Vea esta página en Español aquí In March 2009, the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (part of the California Environmental Protection Agency) released...
  • Lung Cancer  --  Lung cancer is possibly one of the most preventable types of cancer....
  • Mercury  -- Mercury is a type of metal found in soil, rock, air, and water....
  • Nitrate  -- Form of nitrogen commonly found in the soil and used by plants for building amino acids DNA and proteins....
  • Nitrite  -- Form of nitrogen commonly found in the soil....
  • Pesticides  -- A pesticide is any substance used to kill or repel insects, weeds, bacteria, mold, or viruses....
  • Private Wells  -- According to the U.S....
  • Reproductive Outcomes  -- Broadly interpreted, reproductive outcomes usually include pregnancy outcomes, effects on fetal development, and damage to the reproductive system of the adult....
  • San Francisco Bay Fish  -- sfei.org/sites/default/files/users/antonytran/SFBayAdvisory.Chinese_Shark.Web__0.pdf Advice for Women Ages 18 - 45 and Children 1 - 17 Advice for Men Ages 18+ and Women Over 45 Safe...
  • Site Assessment  -- The Site Assessment Section (SAS) assists communities and agencies in addressing health concerns related to hazardous waste sites and active industrial facilities....
  • Testicular Cancer  -- Testicular cancer accounts for only 1% of all cancers in men but, other than melanoma (malignant skin cancer), it is the cancer that most often strikes young men....
  • Tobacco  -- Tobacco smoke is known to contain thousands of chemicals including nicotine, carbon monoxide, heavy metals, poly-aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and others....
  • Tools  -- We use and create various tools to conduct studies and perform surveillance, like biomonitoring, geographic information systems, or environmental health tracking.
  • Traffic Exhaust Pollutants  -- Traffic exhaust pollutants include compounds such as carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, particulates (fine dust and soot), and toxic air pollutants such as benzene....