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Asbestos has long been recognized as a health threat to humans, because the fibers can be inhaled and are difficult to remove from the lungs. To learn more about asbestos, please visit the asbestos case study.
Lead poisoning can cause learning disabilities, behavioral problems and at very high levels, seizures, coma, and even death. To learn more about lead poisoning, please visit the lead community web
The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATDSR) offers environmental health and medicine education products for health professionals, community members, and interested members of the public. These materials are designed to increase awareness and knowledge of how the environment impacts human health. Tools are provided to promote positive health aspects and prevent and/or minimize adverse health impacts of the environment. These materials are developed to meet specific audience needs, are free of charge, and are based on the latest evidence based science and medicine.
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ATSDR provides community members, health educators, health care providers, and other health professionals with community environmental health education products to increase environmental health literacy. These products include information about specific types of exposures to hazardous substances, exposure routes and pathways, health effects, treatment options, and how to prevent or minimize exposures to hazardous substances in the environment.