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- Shift work: Marketing medication for symptoms instead of addressing the hazard September 22, 2014That people who work nights have their sleep cycles thrown out of balance has serious consequences but urging a potentially habit-forming, psychoactive drug on an economically stressed, overworked workforce, would seem to be a symptom, at the minimum, of a pharmaceutical industry gone awry. Shouldn’t we instead be figuring out how to reduce the occupational […]
- New study: Ubiquitous chemicals known as phthalates linked to childhood asthma risk September 19, 2014About one in every 10 U.S. children is living with asthma — that’s closing in on 7 million kids. And while we have a good handle on what triggers asthma attacks and exacerbates respiratory symptoms, exactly what causes asthma in the first place is still somewhat of a mystery. However, new research points to some possible new culprits that are difficult, if n […]
- Not an “accident”: Ernesto Rodriguez, 41, suffers fatal work-related injuries at southern Oklahoma oil rig site September 18, 2014This week’s snapshot of just one work-related fatality in the U.S. This one occurred on September 10 at a fracking site near Mannsville, Oklahoma.
- U.S. Census: 2013 poverty rates lower than previous year, but not significantly different September 17, 2014New data from the U.S. Census Bureau finds that the U.S. poverty rate declined slightly between 2012 and 2013, however the numbers of people living at or below the poverty level in 2013 didn’t represent a real statistical change.
- US uninsured rate sinks to new low September 17, 2014New findings from CDC's National Health Interview Survey show the uninsured rate at its lowest level since the agency started tracking this statistic 17 years ago.
- Amputations, hospitalizations the subject of new OSHA reporting rule September 15, 2014Beginning January 1, 2015, employers in the 29 states covered by federal OSHA will have new requirements for reporting work-related hospitalizations and amputations.
- Temp workers organize for change in an industry rife with reported abuses: ‘They would treat people as disposable’ September 12, 2014For eight years, Dora worked at a frozen pizza factory in Romeoville, Illinois, called Great Kitchens. For eight hours a day — sometimes seven days a week — she assembled pizza boxes or arranged cheese and other toppings on pizzas. The consequences of years of such repetitive work surfaced in October 2012, when her hands would go numb and a painful cyst form […]
- Perdue announces reductions in antibiotics for poultry September 11, 2014Perdue Farms announces that it has slashed its use of antibiotics in poultry.
- Andrea Kidd-Taylor: Public health leader, worker safety advocate, justice seeker September 10, 2014The public health community is mourning the loss of Andrea Kidd-Taylor, DrPH, MSPH, 59, who died on September 1 from cancer.
- Occupational Health News Roundup September 9, 2014In-depth series investigates worker misclassification; NIOSH observes N95 Day; fast food workers take to the streets; and California moves toward paid sick leave law.
- Amid Drought, New California Law Will Limit Groundwater Pumping for First Time on.natgeo.com/1qY7GB8 via @NatGeo 5 hours ago
- RT @HarvardHealth: RT @HarvardAskDrK: Has antibiotic use in meat and poultry contributed to #antibiotic #resistance? hvrd.me/BB5fO… 3 days ago
- #Patents , who benefits? Book examines cases worldwide, from #agriculture to #industry. Book author @Sunder4Schools ow.ly/BtvuW 1 week ago
- @PoppyDavis, @boxall Is 2040 soon enough for regulations to guard #CA #groundwater and curtail #subsidence? Any better bills on the table? 1 week ago
- RT @PoppyDavis: Bills regulating state's groundwater not an instant fix for aquifers fw.to/8Y9ngka 1 week ago