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- Study: Fast food packaging contains chemicals harmful to human health, environment February 24, 2017Earlier this month, news broke of a study that found potentially health-harming chemicals in a variety of fast food packaging. Upon hearing such news, the natural inclination is to worry that you’re ingesting those chemicals along with your burger and fries. Study researcher Graham Peaslee says that’s certainly a risk. But perhaps the greater risk, he says, […]
- “Diseases of distress”: Can we estimate the component that is work-related? February 24, 2017Case and Deaton's analysis of increasing mortality rates among white middle-age Americans made a connection to economic phenomena, but their analysis didn’t discuss specific pathways that might lead from one to the other. A group of doctoral students at UMass Lowell's Work Environment Program set out to explore those causal pathways.
- Occupational Health News Roundup February 21, 2017Navy shipbuilders get lucrative contracts despite worker safety violations; Baltimore airport executive cited in worker retaliation case; thousands of California workers have potentially harmful blood lead levels; and immigrant workers lose their jobs after joining national protests.
- Andrew Schneider: “I rarely ignore whistle blowers, no matter how crazy they sound.” February 21, 2017From gaps in airline safety and railcars filled with toxics, to the respiratory hazard of food flavorings and an asbestos disaster in Libby, Montana, Andrew Schneider made his mark on public health. The investigative journalist and two time Pulitzer Prize winner died on February 17 at age 74.
- ‘Vaccines are safe. Vaccines are effective. Vaccines save lives.’ February 17, 2017The anti-vaxxers were out again this week, spreading misinformation and debunked science about an intervention that’s saved millions of lives and prevented immeasurable human suffering. It’s unconscionable.
- Worth reading: Polarizing public health and trauma in New Orleans schools February 17, 2017Recent pieces address why public-health issues get polarized, how New Orleans schools are tackling trauma, home-health workers defending the ACA, and more.
- Pruitt in, Puzder out, Acosta waiting in the wings February 16, 2017At the end of President Trump's fourth week in office, Scott Pruitt was narrowly confirmed as EPA administrator, a fast-food mogul withdrew as Labor Secretary nominee, and a labor and civil rights lawyer was named as Trump's second choice for the Labor Department position.
- Study: Disparities in occupational injury highlight need for greater focus on hiring practices February 14, 2017Fewer economic opportunities may be exposing black and Hispanic workers to an increased risk of workplace injury, according to a new study.
- “Fake Silk” unravels a sordid history involving a deadly chemical, suicides and even Nazi slave labor” February 12, 2017A recently published book– “Fake Silk: The Lethal History of Viscose Rayon” by occupational health physician Paul Blanc – is an historical investigation of the use of carbon disulfide throughout the world to make products. The book describes how the making of rayon led to suicides and caused neurologic deaths of workers exposed to the toxic chemical… and it […]
- Kleen Energy disaster anniversary, new worker safety bill introduced February 9, 2017Seven years ago this week, six workers were killed in a massive explosion at the site construction site for the Kleen Energy power plant in Middletown, CT. Congressman Joe Courtney (D-CT), along with Democratic colleagues from the House Education and the Workforce Committee, marked the occasion by introducing the Protecting America’s Workers Act.
- RT @CornellCALSIP: Barbara Schaal: we need a clear voice, a case for the role of science in policy. Science is a public good. #AAASmtg http… 1 week ago
- The #genome of Chenopodium #quinoa might lead to low altitude, salt tolerant, cheap production, (hurt Peru?) rdcu.be/pbUT 2 weeks ago
- Mexican scientists feel the Trump effect sciencemag.org/news/2017/01/m… 2 weeks ago
- Refugees are risking a freezing winter trek to escape the new U.S. - losing fingers to frostbite. wpo.st/L36a2 2 weeks ago
- Uncertainty in science shredded in nuclear and climate politics because end of world theories verifiable only once. newyorker.com/magazine/2017/… 2 weeks ago