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A Guide to the UV Index
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A Guide to the UV Index
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UV radiation exposure is a risk factor for skin cancer, cataracts, and other illnesses. The UV Index is a useful tool to help the general public take steps to reduce their exposure to solar UV radiation.
Available: as pdf
Language: English
Cost: Free
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Age Healthier Breathe Easier
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Age Healthier Breathe Easier
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Exposure to indoor and outdoor environmental hazards can worsen the health of persons living with lung disease. This guide offers information on steps you can take to reduce your exposure to these environmental hazards.
Available: as pdf
Languages: English and Spanish
Cost: Free
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Age Healthier Breathe Easier (Poster)
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Age Healthier Breathe Easier (Poster)
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Simple steps to reduce the frequency of your symptoms and help you breathe easier.
Available: as pdf
Language: English
Cost: Free
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Asthma at Home
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Asthma at Home
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Asthma may be triggered by allergens and irritants that are common in homes. Help your child breathe easier: consult a doctor and reduce asthma triggers in your home.
Available: as pdf
Language: English
Cost: Free
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Bed Bug Prevention, Detection and Control
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Bed Bug Prevention, Detection and Control
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Learn day-to-day prevention tips, what to do when traveling and hiring a pest control operator.
Available: as pdf
Language: English
Cost: Free
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Beware of Bug Bites and Stings
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Beware of Bug Bites and Stings
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Warm weather makes it easier to spend more time outdoors, but it also brings out the bugs. Learn what you can do to keep the insects away.
Available: online, as pdf
Language: English
Cost: Free
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Beware of Ticks...& Lyme Disease
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Beware of Ticks...& Lyme Disease
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While everyone is susceptible to tick bites, campers, hikers, and people who work on gardens and in other leafy outdoor venues are at the greatest risk of being bitten by them. Learn about the symptoms of lyme disease and precautions you can take.
Available: online, as pdf
Language: English
Cost: Free
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Burns
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Burns
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Heat, chemicals, electricity, sunlight or nuclear radiation can cause tissue-damaging burns. Get answers to questions about burns and related treatments and research.
Available: online
Language: English
Cost: Free
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Consumer Products Treated with Pesticides
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Consumer Products Treated with Pesticides
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Antimicrobial pesticides are substances or mixtures of substances used to destroy or limit the growth of microorganisms, whether bacteria, viruses, or fungi--many of which are harmful-on inanimate objects and surfaces.
Available: online, as pdf
Language: English
Cost: Free
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DrugFacts: Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products
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DrugFacts: Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products
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Details what tobacco is, what is does your your health, and what treatments exist for tobacco addiction.
Available: online, as pdf
Languages: English and Spanish
Cost: Free
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Give Your Child the Chance of a Lifetime: Keep Your Child Lead-Safe
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Give Your Child the Chance of a Lifetime: Keep Your Child Lead-Safe
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Some chances are just plain luck. But when it comes to getting your child off to a safe and healthy start, you can beat the odds, especially the odds for lead poisoning.
Available: as pdf
Language: English
Cost: Free
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Head Lice: A Lousy Problem
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Head Lice: A Lousy Problem
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Head lice can infest all people. It is probable that head lice will never be eliminated completely. However, knowing the facts about head lice transmission, treatment and management will help to ensure the best control of infestations.
Available: as pdf
Language: English
Cost: Free
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Health Effects of Overexposure to the Sun
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Health Effects of Overexposure to the Sun
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Ozone layer depletion decreases our atmosphere's natural protection from the sun's harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. This is a quick overview of the major health problems linked to overexposure to UV radiation.
Available: as pdf
Language: English
Cost: Free
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Healthy Swimming
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Healthy Swimming
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Learn how to protect yourself and your family against recreational water illnesses.
Available: as pdf
Language: English
Cost: Free
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Know the Risks of Indoor Tanning
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Know the Risks of Indoor Tanning
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Using ultraviolet (UV) tanning lamps, like those used in indoor tanning beds, increases the risk of skin damage, skin cancer and eye injury. Learn more about the risks of indoor tanning.
Available: online, as pdf
Languages: English and Spanish
Cost: Free
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Older Adults and Pesticides
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Older Adults and Pesticides
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Fact sheet provides a summary of factors that could increase the pesticide risk for older adults.
Available: online, as pdf
Language: English
Cost: Free
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Outsmarting Poison Ivy and Other Poisonous Plants
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Outsmarting Poison Ivy and Other Poisonous Plants
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First comes the itching, then a red rash, and then blisters. These symptoms of poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac can start from a few hours to several days after exposure to the plant oil found in the sap of these poisonous plants.
Available: online, as pdf
Language: English
Cost: Free
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Pesticides - Minimizing Exposure
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Pesticides - Minimizing Exposure
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Fact sheet provides tips for minimizing exposure when using pesticides.
Available: online, as pdf
Languages: English and Spanish
Cost: Free
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Pesticides - What's My Risk?
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Pesticides - What's My Risk?
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Many times, non-chemical controls can be used to deal with pests. If you decide to use a pesticide, it is important to understand the risks associated with a specific product or treatment.
Available: online, as pdf
Languages: English and Spanish
Cost: Free
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Pesticides - What's my Risk?
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Pesticides - What's my Risk?
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Fact sheet to help you understand the risk from specific pesticides, which can help you decide whether or not you want to use them, or help you choose between two different products.
Available: online, as pdf
Languages: English and Spanish
Cost: Free
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Pesticides in Your Home - Some Tips About Pesticides and Their Alternatives
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Pesticides in Your Home - Some Tips About Pesticides and Their Alternatives
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Many homeowners treat pest problems with pesticide products bought during weekly shopping. However, these products are a potential hazard to people and the environment. Your home, and homes you and your family visit, may hold more pesticides than you expect. Pesticides pose a potential hazard to people and the environment, particularly when applied, stored or disposed of improperly.
Available: as pdf
Language: English
Cost: Free
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Poison Help
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Poison Help
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This brochure discusses common poisoning risks, ways to prevent poisoning, as well as what to do if you think someone has been poisoned.
Available: as pdf
Language: English
Cost: Free
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Poison Help Seasonal Tips: Summer
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Poison Help Seasonal Tips: Summer
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As the weather warms and we spend more time outside, families face new risks. Here are some hints to avoid poisonings that occur most often in summer.
Available: online, as pdf
Language: English
Cost: Free
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Poison-proof Your Home: One Room at a Time Checklist
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Poison-proof Your Home: One Room at a Time Checklist
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Most poisonings happen in a child's home, but some take place outside of it, such as while visiting the home of a friend, family member, or babysitter. For this reason, it's critical that all caregivers of children make a room-by-room inspection of their homes for improperly stored pesticide products, things that are used to control or kill ants, cockroaches, mice, rats, or termites.
Available: as pdf
Languages: English and Spanish
Cost: Free
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Prevent Eye Damage: Protect Yourself from UV Radiation
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Prevent Eye Damage: Protect Yourself from UV Radiation
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Many people are not aware of the connection between UV radiation and eye damage. With increased levels of UV radiation reaching the Earth's surface, largely due to stratospheric ozone layer depletion, it is important to take the necessary precautions to protect your eyes.
Available: as pdf
Language: English
Cost: Free
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Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
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Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
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Older adults over 65 years of age are especially vulnerable to unintentional CO poisoning due to their high frequency of pre-existing medical conditions. Learn how to help protect them.
Available: as pdf
Languages: English and Spanish
Cost: Free
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Protecting The Public From Pesticide Residues In Food
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Protecting The Public From Pesticide Residues In Food
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This fact sheet provides a summary of EPA's process for protecting the public from pesticide residues in food, including the special efforts taken to protect infants and children.
Available: online, as pdf
Language: English
Cost: Free
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Seasonal Tips to Prevent Poisoning: Fall Issue
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Seasonal Tips to Prevent Poisoning: Fall Issue
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This fact sheet has tips on how to prevent poisonings related to medicines, mushrooms, berries, back to school time and carbon monoxide.
Available: as pdf
Language: English
Cost: Free
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Smokeless Tobacco: A Guide for Quitting
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Smokeless Tobacco: A Guide for Quitting
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This booklet is designed specifically for young men who have decided to quit using smokeless tobacco or who are thinking about quitting. It includes reasons to quit, addresses myths about smokeless tobacco, and helps the reader develop a plan for quitting.
Available: online, as pdf
Language: English
Cost: Free
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Sunscreen: The Burning Facts
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Sunscreen: The Burning Facts
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Too much sun exposure can lead to adverse health effects, including skin cancer. But, this is largely preventable through a broad sun protection program. Learn how to protect you and your family from the dangerous effects of exposure to the sun.
Available: as pdf
Language: English
Cost: Free
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Trauma
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Trauma
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Trauma is the leading cause of death for people 1 to 44 years old. Learn more about trauma in this fact sheet.
Available: online, as pdf
Language: English
Cost: Free
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