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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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Missing the forest for the trees? Are we addressing the biggest risks from exposure to phthalates? 23.9.2014 Nanotechnology Notes
Lindsay McCormick is a Research Analyst.  Richard Denison, Ph.D., is a Lead Senior Scientist.  A recent study published in Environmental Health Perspectives is the first to demonstrate a link between childhood asthma and prenatal exposure to certain phthalates.  Phthalates are a group of chemical plasticizers used in hundreds of everyday products, including home construction materials, […]
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Best To Not Sweat The Small Stuff, Because It Could Kill You 22.9.2014 NPR News
Chronic stress can lead to heart disease, cancer and other health problems. A study shows it doesn't matter if the stress comes from major life events or minor hassles. Time to take a deep breath?
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Land of Lincoln Health to shuffle leadership 22.9.2014 Chicago Tribune: Business
Land of Lincoln Health, the startup insurer funded in part by a $160 million federal loan, is shuffling its leadership team ahead of the start of open enrollment in the second year of the Affordable Care Act. Land of Lincoln Health, the startup insurer funded in part by a $160 million federal loan, is shuffling its leadership team ahead of the start of open enrollment in the second year of the Affordable Care ...
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Building an emergency health response 22.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Dr. Nicole Lurie is the assistant secretary for preparedness and response at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), where she leads federal efforts in preventing and responding to the adverse health effects of public health emergencies and disasters. She spoke about her experiences and management philosophy with Tom Fox, a guest writer for On Leadership and vice president for leadership and innovation at the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service. Fox also heads up their Center for Government Leadership. The interview has been lightly edited for length and clarity. Q. What role are you playing in supporting the international response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa? A. We're partnering with the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and other HHS agencies to ensure that U.S. healthcare providers, hospitals, health clinics, emergency medical services and healthcare coalitions have the information they need to be prepared to identify and treat Ebola infections, in case anyone ...
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Disability is a Cause and Consequence of Poverty 20.9.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Duchess Kate's pregnancy puts focus on ills of severe morning sickness 20.9.2014 LA Times: Health
Nausea and vomiting during pregnancy may protect the unborn baby — to a point.
Inside An Ebola Kit: A Little Chlorine And A Lot Of Hope 20.9.2014 NPR News
The Ebola epidemic is growing exponentially. And clinics don't have space for patients. So the U.S. government is giving families kits for treating people at home. Will this help slow the epidemic?
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Is Modern Technology Killing Us? 19.9.2014 Truthout - All Articles

An exploration of the social, cultural and environmental pitfalls of modern technology culminates in a proposed neo-Luddite framework for evaluating the risks and benefits of existing and emerging technologies.

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Hidden Source Of Industry Influence Threatens Toxic Chemical Regulations 19.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
SEATTLE -- Dr. Raymond Neutra adopted an alternate persona as he stepped up to the podium on a sunny, late-August afternoon. Sporting a hat and a fake British accent, the respected authority on environmental health transformed into the fictitious Reginald Charlston, LL.D., of the corporate law firm Dewy, Charlston and Howe. Speaking to a crowd at the University of Washington, Neutra's character proceeded to explain how he hired scientists to help his chemical industry clients "cast doubt" on "inconvenient truths" regarding the safety of their products. The goal: reinforce roadblocks to verdicts and regulations that could otherwise threaten those corporations' bottom lines. "I was originally going to represent Dewy, Cheatem and Howe," Neutra, former chief of California's Division of Environmental and Occupational Disease Control, told The Huffington Post after his address, given at the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology conference. "But my wife thought that was going too far." The ...
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1,300 bird species facing extinction from environmental causes worldwide 18.9.2014 MinnPost
As if loons weren't under enough pressure already in Minnesota and the upper Midwest, there's a new threat driving down their numbers — mass botulism poisonings in the Great Lakes. Driven by a complex interaction of invasive species and climate factors, not yet well understood, in which the deadly bacterium is carried through the food web by quagga mussels, round gobies and other non-native creatures, the toll has become significant. During a couple of months in late 2012, more than 1,400 dead birds — mostly loons — washed ashore at Sleeping Bear Dunes on the east side of Lake Michigan. Another 4,300 birds have been counted there since then — some of them piping plovers, whose numbers in the region may be down to 70 nesting pairs. And that's just a small piece of the picture: Nonnative creatures have been driving a deadly surge in avian botulism in the Great Lakes over the past 15 years, killing an estimated 80,000 birds, including loons, ducks, gulls, cormorants and endangered piping plovers. Now ...
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State, tribe and environmental groups fight over mercury in St. Louis River 18.9.2014 Star Tribune: Local
Critics say state is choosing industry over kids’ health by not going after sulfate discharged into the St. Louis River and North Shore.
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California Legislative Session Ends with Big Wins for Our Health and Environment 18.9.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Victoria Rome, California Legislative Director, San Francisco and Sacramento: As the gavel fell on the California state legislative session, NRDC and our partners celebrated breakthroughs on policies we’ve been advocating for years. Our state leaders finished strong for the environment sending numerous bills to Governor Brown that will clean...
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How leaders from Apple to ZDHC are opening up on chemicals 18.9.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

Corporate giants, government agencies and industry groups are creating smarter ways to secure every link in the supply chain.

How leaders from Apple to ZDHC are opening up on chemicals
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President Obama: Do No Harm 18.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
In medicine, the first principle is to do no harm. That's because in the course of treating disease, there are many things that can go wrong. Over-treating disease can lead to more harm than good, even killing the patient. The "do no harm" principle is enshrined in the practice of medicine because it's easy to overreact in the name of "trying" something that proves to worsen the situation. The principle acts as a curb on good intentions gone awry. President Obama, I urge you to adopt this first principle for your policy actions in the Middle East and to restrain our country from war. Like you, I have been dismayed and disgusted by the actions of ISIL. They are clearly some of the worst actors on the global stage. In the face of callous beheadings, our emotions scream at us to eradicate the "disease" with as much force as is required. But that will undoubtedly lead to further unintended consequences, just as previous military operations destabilized the region and drained our treasury. We risk polarizing ...
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Ban: UN 'taking lead' on global fight of Ebola, holding meeting at General Assembly 17.9.2014 Star Tribune: World
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Ban: UN 'taking lead' on global fight of Ebola 17.9.2014 Yahoo: US National
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The head of the United Nations said Tuesday that the world body is "taking the lead now" on international efforts to fight the Ebola outbreak in West Africa that has killed some 2,400 people and could spread further.
WorldViews: What the world is doing to stop Ebola 16.9.2014 Washington Post: World
On Tuesday, President Obama is due to announce that up to 3,000 U.S. troops will head to West Africa to lead the fight against Ebola. Officials say the effort may cost as much as $750 million in the next four months, which will be in addition to the $175 million already spent. One hundred officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have been ...
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On the News With Thom Hartmann: It May Take a Disaster for the US to Switch to Green Energy, and More 16.9.2014 Truthout - All Articles
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U.S. military to lead Ebola fight 16.9.2014 Washington Post

President Obama will announce Tuesday that the U.S. military will take the lead in overseeing what has been a chaotic and widely criticized response to the worst Ebola outbreak in history, dispatching up to 3,000 military personnel to West Africa in an effort that could cost up to $750 million over the next six months, according to senior administration officials.

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