User: flenvcenter Topic: Environmental Health-Regional
Category: Toxics
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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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Major finding in human anatomy has implications for many brain diseases, including Alzheimer’s 22.5.2017 Headlines: All Headlines
Kari Alitalo had studied lymphatic vessels for more than two decades. So he knew that this network, which carries immune cells throughout the body and removes waste and toxins, didn't extend into the brain: This had been accepted wisdom for more than 300 years.
9 months after toxic spill, American Fork deemed no longer dangerous 12.5.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
The Utah County Health Department has lifted an advisory warning residents away from recreating in the American Fork River, which was polluted by lead-laden sediment from an incident last summer on Tibble Fork. Aislynn Tolman-Hill, a spokeswoman for the Health Department, said Wednesday that the advisory was put in place in August after the spill, out of concern that elevated levels of lead could be present in the river’s sediment, posing a potential threat to residents — especially children — ...
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Lead advisory lifted for American Fork River 12.5.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
The Utah County Health Department has lifted an advisory warning residents away from recreating in the American Fork River, which was polluted by lead-laden sediment from an incident last summer on Tibble Fork. Aislynn Tolman-Hill, a spokeswoman for the Health Department, said Wednesday that the advisory was put in place in August after the spill, out of concern that elevated levels of lead could be present in the river’s sediment, posing a potential threat to residents — especially children — ... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Lawmakers approve bill to test Colorado schools for lead 11.5.2017 Denver Post: Local
A measure providing funds for Colorado schools to voluntarily test for lead in their drinking water will soon become state law. House Bill 1306 provides funding for schools that opt to test for the substance
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At Denver’s Civic Center, 4/20 vs. Earth Day 26.4.2017 Denver Post: Opinion
Interesting juxtaposition of your story on Earth Day next to the mess created by the marijuana rally. One group intent on saving the planet and the other on destroying it.
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Utah Jazz: Joe Johnson's late heroics lead Jazz to 105-98 win, 2-2 tie with Clippers 24.4.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Gordon Hayward spent most of Sunday hooked to an intravenous drip, team doctors trying desperately to prepare the Utah Jazz’s ailing All-Star forward for a pivotal postseason game. By halftime, however, Hayward would be making his way out of Vivint Smart Home Arena, too sick from an apparent bout of food poisoning to return to the court, and Jazz fans everywhere had to be feeling sick, too. The remedy? Take one Joe Johnson and get out of his way. The veteran forward scored a game-high 28 points...
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Pass legislation to protect Colorado children from lead poisoning 24.4.2017 Denver Post: Opinion
House Bill 1306 is a common-sense bill that will help protect Colorado children from lead poisoning. It introduces an opportunity to catch sources of lead contamination before children are harmed.
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Embattled EPA pitches 40 “quick fixes” to slow poisoning of water at inactive Colorado mines 23.4.2017 Denver Post: News: Local
"Funding is a question. We certainly will be requesting money this year. We will start the work as soon as the funding is available - no earlier than probably the fourth quarter this year." - EPA remedial project manager Rebecca Thomas
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Every drinking fountain and sink in every Colorado school would be tested for lead under public health bill 19.4.2017 Denver Post: Local
Colorado lawmakers want every source of drinking water in Colorado schools to be tested for lead. But some worry that the cost of cleaning up the contamination will hurt cash-strapped schools.
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Wasatch Plateau meadows to be harvested for new cancer drugs 15.4.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Cow cabbage, which flourishes in mountain meadows of the U.S. Southwest, was once seen as a worthless invasive weed targeted for eradication by ranchers. But the toxic roots of the native plant holds compounds that could help combat cancer and a Utah entrepreneur hopes to harvest it in the Manti-La Sal National Forest to supply researchers testing new therapies. The Wasatch Plateau is the best place to harvest cow cabbage, known by the scientific name Veratrum californicum, because plants growin...
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Republicans set their sights on the EPA’s science 14.4.2017 High Country News Most Recent
The federal agency that regulates our environment may soon have less data to work with.
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Active lives, few providers push up medical costs in Colorado mountains 2.4.2017 Steamboat Pilot
No, Colorado mountain resident, it’s not just your imagination. You still are paying some of the highest health care costs in the nation. Despite — or perhaps because of — the region’s love of hiking, skiing, bicycling and all things physical, Zone Nine in the Colorado mountains is stuck stubbornly at about 145 percent of average health care costs. People in Colorado mountain communities talk of paying more for their family’s health care than they do for their mortgage — and their mortgages are steep enough, thank you very much. This story is part one in a six part series on the high costs of healthcare in the Colorado mountain region. Health costs are driven by two main factors: price per unit — say, a doctor’s visit or a heart bypass — times the frequency of those visits. And in mountain areas such as Routt County, as well as Pitkin, Eagle, Garfield and Summit, score poorly on the former and not so great on the latter. Getting a hip and knee replaced costs about $69,000 in hospitals in the Colorado ...
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California’s backcountry drug war 30.3.2017 High Country News Most Recent
Dangerous drug cartels are growing pot on public lands—putting wildlife, water supplies, and outdoor enthusiasts at grave risk.
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Study: Lead exposure alters children's lives decades later 28.3.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Children with elevated blood-lead levels at age 11 ended up as adults with lower cognitive function and lower-status occupations than their parents, according to research that offers one of the clearest looks yet at the potential long-term health impact of the potent neurotoxin. The findings, published Tuesday in JAMA, were based on a study that followed about 1,000 children born in the early 1970s in the coastal city of Dunedin, New Zealand. More than half were tested for lead in 1983, and near...
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The Freedom Caucus blew its chance to govern 27.3.2017 Denver Post: Opinion
Freedom Caucus members had a chance to repeal the individual and employer mandates, transform Medicaid, and end $1 trillion in Obamacare taxes. Instead, they chose to keep Obamacare intact.
Banks lead stocks higher; health care debate goes on 23.3.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
New York • U.S. stocks are mostly higher Thursday as bank stocks recover some ground thanks to an upturn in bond yields, which will make lending money more profitable. Google’s parent company, Alphabet, leads technology stocks lower as a number of companies say they will stop advertising on YouTube. KEEPING SCORE: The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 5 points, or 0.2 percent, to 2,354 as of 9 a.m. Mountain time. The Dow Jones industrial average added 41 points, or 0.2 percent, to 20,702. The Nas...
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Suncor oil refinery spewed hundreds of pounds of toxic gases over Denver — again — after Xcel power outage 17.3.2017 Denver Post: News: Local
Malfunctions at the Suncor oil refinery just north of Denver triggered toxic belches spewing more than 100 pounds of hydrogen sulfide and more than 500 pounds of sulfur dioxide gas into the air this week, exceeding state air quality limits.
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Suspected paint dump spreads fumes in Steamboat townhomes 14.3.2017 Steamboat Pilot
The apparent chemical dump that affected residents at Mountain Vista Townhomes in Steamboat Springs earlier this month serves as a reminder that grated storm drains lead directly to the environment and, ultimately, the Yampa River. City of Steamboat Springs Water Resource Manager Kelly Romero Heaney said she and Steamboat Fire Rescue, as well as personnel from the city street and water departments, responded March 2 to the townhouse complex in the Hilltop/Tamarack neighborhood after the fire department received a report of strong odors in the buildings. “It appears somebody had dumped what was likely stain or lacquer or something into the storm drain … and even though it appears to have been less than five gallons ... the vapors were so strong they were able to move back into the building through the foundation drain pipe and were seeping into (the) crawl space.” Routt County residents can take advantage of a paint-recycling program authorized by the Colorado Legislature in 2014 that partners retailers ...
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Holi 2017: How harmful are artificial colours for the skin 11.3.2017 Life-style – The Indian Express
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