The following resources may provide additional background information for you and your students about chemicals in the environment and human health.
This site provides current and authoritative information about the work of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and about the Institute's latest research projects. The site includes links to NIEHS curricula, resources for science teachers, and fact sheets about environmental health topics.
This address takes you directly to the home page of the National Institutes of Health's Office of Science Education. This site provides access to a variety of resources for teachers and students, including NIH publications.
Headquartered at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, the National Toxicology Program coordinates toxicology research and testing activities within the Department of Health and Human Services. This site includes fact sheets on chemicals, reports on carcinogens, and links to other sites, such as the Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Validation of Alternative Methods (ICCVAM) regarding toxicology testing.
The U.S. National Library of Medicine is the world's largest medical library. This site includes the Toxicology and Environmental Health Information Program, which provides information on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, and toxicological effects of drugs, among other topics.
Students can explore ways to protect their health. The site includes downloadable software that explains how chemical pollutants can accumulate in fish and what people who catch and eat fish should know.
This site includes ToxFAQsTM , summaries about hazardous substances with easy-to-understand information about exposure to hazardous substances and effects on human health. The site also includes a kids' page (atsdr.cdc.gov/child/ heykids.html) with facts about toxic chemicals and the environment.
This site, provided by the Children's Environmental Health Network, includes a keyword index so students can search specific toxicants.
Read the article titled "Everything you need to know about . . . caffeine." The site includes information for educators on food and food risks.
This page includes information about Minamata disease, pictures of the restoration of Minamata Bay, and tourist guide to the city of Minamata.