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The NIEHS Kids' Pages are produced by the Office of Management, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, as an informational and educational resource for all ages. The intent of this website and its goals are described in greater detail at: Purpose, Character of Use, and Authorization. If you need assistance with any portion of the NIEHS Kids' Pages, please let us know at (919) 541-0395, PO Box 12233, RTP, NC 27709.

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The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences is one of the National Institutes of Health within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The National Toxicology Program is also headquartered on the NIEHS campus in Research Triangle Park, NC. Many people are helped each year by the medical and scientific research performed by the National Institutes of Health and the National Toxicology Program. NIEHS is the organization within NIH that studies the effects of the environment on human health. So...what is environmental health? Our "environment" includes the air we breathe; the water we drink and use for cooking and bathing; the land where we play on and where we grow our food; and our homes, buildings, and towns. "Environmental health" refers to healthy people who enjoy good health because of their healthy environment. To learn more about the environment, visit our storybook, Sharon Finds the Environment. And for more information about making your environment safe and healthy, visit our environmental health education website and our NIEHS homepage.

Here at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) we study environmentally caused health problems from A to Z -- like Asthma, Cancer, Lead, or even Zinc! Can you think of a health problem that might be related to our environment for every letter of the alphabet? Perhaps "B" could be for Breast Cancer. Did you know that when studying possible environmental links to breast cancer, NIEHS discovered one of the genes that causes it? There are other environmental health problems that start with B too. Which ones can you think of?

Give our A to Z Game a try.
You'll have some fun, and might learn something too.

And don't forget to visit
Environmental Health Science Education
and Getting Your Own Lab Coat,
to learn more about health sciences education and careers.
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Where does NIEHS do all this work for you?

NIEHS is located in North Carolina in a beautiful park called the Research Triangle Park. The Park is centered in the middle of a triangle (called the Research Triangle Park) formed by the cities of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill. Each of those cities is the home for a a major University, which attracts scientists and students from all over the world who come to the Research Triangle Park area to study many subjects, including medical research. By working with the Universities located all around us and with many other organizations all over the world, we are able to share our knowledge and efforts. After all, two (or more) heads are better than one! And by working together, we can produce better science for you.

The NIEHS Lake One of the things that NIEHS employees enjoy the most is our wonderful work "environment." We are located next to a beautiful lake that is surrounded by natural woods filled with all kinds of wildlife, including beaver, deer, and hundreds of Canada Geese.

Sometimes our Canada Geese like the NIEHS "manmade" environment more than their natural one. This "Mother Goose" decided to lay her eggs in one of our planters. Can you see the little goslings peeking out beneath her?

There are many other beautiful birds visiting the NIEHS campus and the lake; learn more about them, and then try our birds and their foods matching game to see how much you know about our bird friends here at NIEHS.

Canada Geese sitting on her babies in NIEHS planter
An NIEHS planter
makes a super nest!

Having such a nice place to work helps NIEHS scientists do their very best when studying the many health problems that may be caused by our environment.

NIEHS has produced some of the top scientific research efforts in the world. In fact, one of our scientists even won the Nobel Prize! And many others have made discoveries that are really important to you and your family's good health.


What else would you like to know?

If you have any questions, please let us know. But first please familiarize yourself with our Privacy Policies and other Disclaimers, which restrict our use of any information we receive from you. And don't forget to play our A to Z Game below, to learn all about some of the health problems we study.

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Play the NIEHS A to Z Game
Check out our "Environmental Diseases from A to Z" Pamphlet
to learn more about these health problems.

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to see all the other fun we have in store for you.

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