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Environment & Your Health


"If you want to learn about the health of a population, look at the air they breath, the water they drink, and the places where they live."
– Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, in the Fifth Century B.C.

Environmental health science — it sounds complicated, but it’s just studying how our health is changed by things in the environment.

What do we mean by “environment”? The environment is what is all around you.  Environment is everything that you touch, eat, and breathe every day.

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) is one of the National Institutes of Health within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  

What NIEHS Does
It's dedicated to using environmental sciences to improve human health.

Meet the Scientist
Scientists at NIEHS; what they do and who they are

Gulf Oil Spill 
What NIEHS is doing in the aftermath of a huge oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico

Hurricane Katrina
A storm of environmental health challenges!

More about NIEHS 
Read about some projects at NIEHS

Environmental Justice
What Environmental Justice means, and what can be done about it

Quotations on the Environment
Quote from famous and not-so-famous people

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