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TRAIN Act Colossal Waste of Money, Attempt to Delay Regulations 21.9.2100 Union of Concerned Scientists
The House is expected to take up a bill today, called the TRAIN Act, which would waste $2 million of taxpayer money by mandating redundant cost-benefit analyses of environmental and health regulations.
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National Guard to test residential wells near Mich. camp for toxic plume 23.5.2017 Seattle Times: Nation & World

GRAYLING, Mich. — The Michigan National Guard plans to test residential drinking wells near its main training facility after a plume of toxic chemicals was discovered in groundwater. MLive reports that a meeting about the testing was held Friday for residents living near Camp Grayling. The National Guard says about 100 homes with private wells […]
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Donald Trump's Latest Budget Still Takes An Ax To Environmental Protection Agency 23.5.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON ― The latest version of the Trump administration’s 2018 budget will still cut the budget for the Environmental Protection Agency by nearly a third. The Washington Post reported on an advance version of the budget on Monday night that would cut funding to the agency to $5.65 billion ― a 31 percent reduction.  As far as the EPA goes, the proposal doesn’t appear to have changed drastically from the so-called “skinny budget” released in March .  Science and health advocates decried the cuts. The proposal “takes a wrecking ball to agencies that protect our health, safety and environment,” said Ken Kimmell, president of the Union of Concerned Scientists and former Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner, in a statement. The lower budget would mean “taking our environmental cops off the beat and allowing those who would seek to pollute to get away with it.” This is a developing story and will be updated when there is more information on the budget proposal.  -- This feed and ...
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Man dies after being sickened by nacho cheese in apparent botulism outbreak 23.5.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Sacramento, Calif. • A botulism outbreak linked to contaminated nacho-cheese dip sold at a Northern California gas station has killed one man and left at least nine other people hospitalized, health officials said. The San Francisco County coroner’s office identified the dead man as Martin Galindo-Larios Jr., 37. On Monday, Matt Conens, a spokesman for the California Department of Public Health, declined to release further information on the death, the condition of the other victims, or the stat...
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Race for UN health agency chief down to 2 candidates 23.5.2017 Seattle Times: Nation & World

GENEVA (AP) — The race to lead the World Health Organization was down to two candidates Tuesday after Pakistan’s Dr. Sania Nishtar was eliminated in a first round of voting. The vote left Britain’s Dr. David Nabarro and Ethiopia’s Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, a former minister of health, competing to succeed Dr. Margaret Chan, who is […]
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Nacho cheese sauce tainted with botulism kills California man 23.5.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: Science
An outbreak of botulism caused by nacho cheese sauce from a gas station has hospitalized nine people and killed one man in northern California.
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Nacho Cheese Sauce Tainted With Botulism Kills California Man 23.5.2017 NPR News
An outbreak of botulism caused by nacho cheese sauce from a gas station has hospitalized nine people and killed one man in northern California.
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Gas station's nacho cheese sauce is now linked to patient's death 23.5.2017 LA Times: Commentary

A person has died after contracting botulism linked to a batch of nacho cheese sauce sold at a Sacramento County gas station, health officials said Monday.

The California Department of Public Health did not identify the patient or provide details about the death. According to the department, 10...

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Toxic secrets in our food? EDF joins in lawsuit aimed at protecting food safety 22.5.2017 Nanotechnology Notes
Today, Environmental Defense Fund joined other groups in challenging a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rule that allows chemical and food manufacturers to decide for themselves – in secret – what chemicals and food additives can be added to foods. The practice puts our health at risk and does not fulfill Congress’ requirement that FDA […]
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When scientists saw the mouse heads glowing, they knew the discovery was big 21.5.2017 Washington Post
Finding the brain’s lymphatic system overturned more than 300 years of accepted wisdom. The discovery has major implications for a wide variety of brain diseases, including Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, stroke and traumatic brain injury.
Eat more seafood for your health, right? Actually, it’s not that simple. 20.5.2017 Washington Post
Eat more seafood for your health, right? Actually, it’s not that simple.
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"Clean This Place, Don't Displace": Activists Battle for Environmental Justice in Washington, DC 19.5.2017 Truthout.com
April 25, 2016, protest of soccer stadium groundbreaking residents from Syphax Gardens, Q St. Corridor and Greenleaf. (Photo: Kari Fulton) Following the People's Climate March, Washington, DC residents have redoubled their fight for better air quality and to protect public housing in their gentrifying city. In particular, residents of Buzzard Point, a majority low-income African American community, are organizing to confront the proliferation of toxins from construction projects, such as the DC United Soccer Stadium. Buzzard Point in southwest DC is at risk of riverine and coastal flooding due to climate change. Of the ward's 84,000 residents, 93.3 percent are people of color. A series of development projects like the DC United Soccer Stadium, while at face value a boon for economic growth, unearth decades of toxicity in Buzzard Point, exposing community members to harmful substances while at the same time threatening to push out low- and middle-income residents. April 25, 2016, protest of soccer stadium ...
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Special counsel Mueller is bad news for Trump’s embattled White House 18.5.2017 Washington Post
How aggressive the Russia investigation will become is now up to Robert Mueller. This could last for years — potentially through the president’s 2020 reelection campaign.
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Pacific Marine Mammal Center still treating poisoned sea lions 18.5.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Staff at Laguna Beach’s Pacific Marine Mammal Center are still dealing with the effects of a domoic acid outbreak in the Pacific Ocean.

Since April 4, the center has rescued 40 adult female sea lions infected with domoic acid, 26 of which have died, Krysta Higuchi, the center’s public relations...

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FDA, CDC warn certain lead tests may produce too-low results 18.5.2017 AP Business
U.S. health agencies on Wednesday warned that certain blood tests for lead poisoning may give results lower than the actual level of lead....
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Blood tests significantly underestimated lead levels, FDA and CDC warn 17.5.2017 Washington Post
Federal officials are urging the retesting of some children, as well as pregnant and breast-feeding women. The lead tests in question drew blood from veins, rather than the more common heel- and finger-prick technique. The problem may go back to 2014.
Common Lead Test Can Give False Results, FDA Warns 17.5.2017 NPR News
Common blood tests for lead can give falsely-low results in certain cases, according to a new warning from the Food and Drug Administration.
FDA, CDC warn some lead poisoning tests may not be accurate 17.5.2017 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

U.S. health agencies are warning that certain tests for lead poisoning may not be accurate. Children under 6 and pregnant and nursing women may need to be retested. The Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday said all four tests made by Magellan Diagnostics may give results that are […]
Experts Press Feds To Eradicate Lead Poisoning By 2021 16.5.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
In just five years, the U.S. could end the problem of  lead poisoning , a group of health experts argues ― if federal overseers are given more ammunition to attack the problem despite an administration that wants to gut regulations. A coalition of scientists, doctors and children’s health advocates  published an opinion piece in the Journal of the American Medical Association Pediatrics on Monday that calls on the government to stamp out lead poisoning in American children by 2021 ― or ensure no child has a blood lead level greater than 5 micrograms per deciliter ― and eliminate lead exposure altogether by 2030. Project TENDR (Targeting Environmental Neurodevelopmental Risks) advocates for reducing exposure levels to chemicals and pollutants that contribute to neurodevelopmental problems, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Lead contamination of the drinking water in Flint , Michigan, which caused a rise in the number of the city’s children who had lead poisoning, drew public ...
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Gene genie 16.5.2017 BBC: Business
DNA-testing kits for health and fitness are growing in popularity, but is it all hype?
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