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- Study engages residents in collecting air samples around fracking sites, finds high levels of dangerous chemicals October 31, 2014A recent study of air quality around unconventional oil and gas extraction sites — more commonly referred to as fracking — found high levels of benzene, hydrogen sulfide and formaldehyde, all of which pose risks to human health. But what makes this study particularly interesting is that the air samples were collected by the very people who live near the extr […]
- Wayne Farms slammed by OSHA for gaming system on poultry worker injuries October 30, 2014After more than a decade, OSHA used its "general duty clause" to issue citations to a poultry processing firm for ergonomic hazards.
- Analysis: Raising the minimum wage could save billions in public assistance October 29, 2014Raising the federal minimum wage isn’t only good for workers — it’s good for the federal budget as well, according to a new issue brief from the Economic Policy Institute.
- Paid sick days and working women: new (and disturbing) results from a Kaiser survey October 28, 2014A new Data Note on results from the Kaiser Family Foundation’s recent survey highlights how this country’s lack of nationwide paid sick leave places a disproportionate burden on women – and is particularly hard on low-income mothers.
- Lawsuits challenge EPA’s approval of new herbicide October 28, 2014Despite significant unanswered questions about human and environmental health impacts – and no exposure monitoring requirements – the EPA has approved a new herbicide called Enlist Duo for use on genetically engineered corn and soybeans in six Midwestern states. Environmental groups and farmers are suing to block approval, saying EPA failed to adequately ass […]
- A Q&A with public health leaders on the opioid epidemic: ‘Prescription opioid abuse is still raging out of control’ October 24, 2014While pharmaceutical companies are making billions in painkiller profits, it’s the public sector that ends up bearing the burden and cost of the fallout that accompanies skyrocketing sales of highly addictive prescription opioids. After the jump is a Pump Handle Q&A with two public health officials at the forefront of the opioid abuse epidemic within Ame […]
- Destructive trends in workers’ compensation October 23, 2014Decades of business-friendly "reforms" to workers' compensation make the bargain between employers and labor no longer a good deal for injured workers.
- Occupational Health News Roundup October 21, 2014Article series investigates lead poisoning at the nation's gun ranges; autopsy shows coal miner was wrongly denied black lung benefits; health care workers take part in mass protective gear training; and a Wells Fargo employee sends a big email about income inequality.
- Worth reading: Ebola, family planning and “the conversation that matters most” October 20, 2014Recent pieces address healthcare workers' safety and the research behind controlling Ebola's spread; end-of-life planning; contraception; and more.
- New research finds that drinking soda may lead to cell aging and disease, regardless of obesity October 17, 2014At this point, it’s pretty clear that soda is bad for your health. But a new study has found that it may be even worse than we thought.
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- Profile in Courage--Water District Member: “Why I Oppose Prop. 1—the ‘Water Bond’” capoliticalreview.com/capoliticalnew… 1 week ago
- @boxall, great article on how the Western San Joaquin valley came to subsidized subsided saltlick #stopthetunnels fw.to/0QjxKrg 1 week ago