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News spotlight: CDC tracking network to find environmental causes of disease

Nurse Leader Insider, July 13, 2009

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently set an environmental public health tracking network in motion to uncover links between environmental contaminants and chronic diseases.

The network, which has been in the works since 2002, allows researchers and the public to examine nationally-collected environmental and health data. Comparing information such as air and drinking water quality alongside disease-related data will enable the CDC to learn more about the health effects of pollutants.

The network does not currently have data for all U.S. cities and states. However, The Wall Street Journal reports the CDC is working to enhance surveillance and include more information that will cover additional regions, dangers, and health conditions.

According to Michael McGeehin, an official with the CDC's National Center for Environmental Health, about 70% of the dollars spent on healthcare is on chronic disease.

Source: The Wall Street Journal



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