In Afghanistan, Women Step Up to Fill Need for Frontline Health Workers
By Mare Elston, Technical services manager, USAID Promote: Women in the Economy programFebruary 22, 2019Female clients often want care from female health workers, but they're in short supply.Communities across Afghanistan —especially the dispersed populations in rural areas—have long endured a lack of basic health services due to low numbers of trained health workers and chronic security issues. But this situation is improving.Today, a program to bolster women ’s inclusion in Afghanistan’s mainstream economy is also serving to fill high-priority needs in maternal and infant care, vaccination, skil...
Source: IntraHealth International - February 22, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Tags: Maternal, Newborn, & Child Health Community Engagement Human Resources Management Gender Equality Health Workforce Systems Afghanistan Source Type: news

Do You Know What ’ s In Your Sunscreen? FDA Proposes New Regulations
By Dr. Edith Bracho-Sanchez, CNN (CNN) — The US Food and Drug Administration is proposing new regulations on over-the-counter sunscreens in an effort to keep up with the latest scientific and safety information. The proposal, announced Thursday, is available for public review and comment for the next 90 days and addresses the safety of common sunscreen ingredients, as well their dosage forms, sun protection factor (SPF) and broad-spectrum requirements. It also addresses labeling, aiming to make it easier for consumers to identify key product information. “Since the initial evaluation of these products, we know ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News CNN Sunscreen Source Type: news

2019 Healthiest Employers: Cerner Corp.
Description: Health IT company Top local executive: Chairman and CEO Brent Shafer Founded: 1979 Employees: 15,000 local; 28,000 total Address: 2800 Rockcreek Parkway, North Kansas Highlights: Our mission is “to contribute to the system improvement of health care delivery and the health of communities,” and we view our associates and their families as our first community of focus. Additionally, we view our internal environment as an incubator and lab to generate and test new ideas that activate… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - February 22, 2019 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Greater options for employers to control healthcare costs, expand coverage offerings
Navigating the complex healthcare benefits environment can be a confusing and expensive proposition for employers across industries. While mainstream packages are typically built with a one-size-fits-most philosophy, the majority of workforces have diverse and often divergent needs. From the 20-something singleton to the employee with a family of four or the empty nester couple with increasing specialized needs, a workforce’s needs run the gamut and often drive up the costs that companies are… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - February 22, 2019 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Lovitt & Touch é Source Type: news

Kids are striking over climate change because adults are too infantile | Richard Russell
As a teacher, how do I show my pupils the right values when they see so little of it from their adult ‘role models’?The children ’sclimate strike has become another lightning rod in the never-ending culture war. Those on the left applauded them for their brave moral stand. Jonathan Freedland – not without basis –pointed to the strike as evidence that children were acting more like adults than the adults. But on the right the focus seemed to be on chiding them and telling them to get back to school – from the prime minister’s spokesperson to Toby Young, whosaw the children ’s ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 22, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Richard Russell Tags: Children Climate change Environment Science Society Schools Education Young people Activism UK news Environmental activism Protest Politics Source Type: news

Older biologic age linked to elevated breast cancer risk
(NIH/National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences) Biologic age, a DNA-based estimate of a person's age, is associated with future development of breast cancer, according to scientists at the National Institutes of Health. Biologic age was determined by measuring DNA methylation, a chemical modification to DNA that is part of the normal aging process. For every five years a woman's biologic age was older than her chronologic or actual age, she had a 15 percent increased risk of developing breast cancer. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 22, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Virtual reality a promising tool for reducing fears and phobia in autism
(Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News) In a new pilot study, autistic adults showed real-life, functional improvement after a combination treatment approach that included graded exposure to fear and anxiety-producing experiences in a virtual reality environment. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 22, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Toxins in Home Furnishings Can Be Passed to Kids
Semi-volatile organic compounds (or SVOCs) are widely used in electronics, furniture and building materials, and can be detected in nearly all indoor environment. Human exposure to them is widespread. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - February 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: How to reduce your risk of asthma
Asthma risk factors include smoking, dust mites, and environmental pollutants, as well as many others. Steering clear of these risk factors can help people avoid developing the condition. Learn more about how to prevent asthma here. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - February 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Asthma Source Type: news

A just state of affairs: philosophical reflections on justice, inclusion and the education of disabled children - McMenamin T.
In the current education policy environment, inclusion - that is the situation in which all disabled children and young people attend their local school and there is no alternative form of provision - is widely accepted as best representing a just state of... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 21, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Dr. Tang discusses ADHD
Julian Tang, MDAttention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most commonly diagnosed mental health challenges in the United States. Approximately 8% of children between the ages of 6 to 17 yrs. old have been diagnosed with ADHD with boys being twice as likely as girls to have ADHD.Does my kid have ADHD?This is one of the most common questions we get from parents and caregivers and the answer is not that straightforward. Children already have a wide presentation of temperaments, levels of physical activity, and focus levels. The brain also continuously develops and matures over time which affects a child &rs...
Source: Pediatric Health Associates - February 21, 2019 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

World's largest bee, missing for 38 years, found in Indonesia
Biologists discover single female Wallace ’s giant bee inside a termites’ nest in a treeAs long as an adult thumb, with jaws like a stag beetle and four times larger than a honeybee, Wallace ’s giant bee is not exactly inconspicuous.But after going missing, feared extinct, for 38 years, the world ’s largest bee has been rediscovered on the Indonesian islands of the North Moluccas.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 21, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Patrick Barkham Tags: Insects Wildlife Conservation Deforestation IUCN red list of endangered species Indonesia Global development Exploration Science Environment Asia Pacific World news Source Type: news

Greta Thunberg tells EU: your climate targets need doubling
Swede, 16, says EU cannot just ‘wait for us to grow up and become the ones in charge’The EU should double its climate change reduction targets to do its fair share in keeping the planet below a dangerous level of global warming, the Swedish activist Greta Thunberg has told political and business leaders in Brussels.Flanked by students from the Belgian and Germanschool strike movements, the Swedish teenager said it was not enough to hope that young people were going to save the world.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 21, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Jennifer Rankin in Brussels Tags: Climate change Greta Thunberg Jean-Claude Juncker European Union Environment Science World news Paris climate agreement Greenhouse gas emissions COP 21: UN climate change conference Paris Global climate talks Source Type: news

Climate change 'cause of most under-reported humanitarian crises'
Report says few headlines sparked by food crises that ravaged Madagascar, Ethiopia and HaitiClimate change was responsible for the majority of under-reported humanitarian disasters last year, according to analysis of more than a million online news stories.Whole populations were affected byfood crises in countries ravaged by by drought and hurricanes such as Ethiopia and Haiti, yet neither crisis generated more than 1,000 global news stories each.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 21, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Arthur Neslen Tags: Climate change Media Natural disasters and extreme weather Environment Famine Ethiopia Africa Haiti Americas Madagascar Science Society World news Source Type: news

Assessing safety of gas, petrol and electric vehicles - Kapustin A, Rakov V.
In many countries, vehicle electrification represents the main method to reduce environmental pollution. Various types of environmentally-friendly fuels are not taken into account. Among those, natural gas (methane) can be distinguished. It has a higher co... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 21, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Burns, Electricity, Explosions, Fire, Scalds Source Type: news

Aggression, social environment, and internet gaming addiction among Korean adolescents - Yuh J.
I investigated whether or not aggression and social factors (i.e., family relationships and commitment to school) predict Internet gaming addiction in Korean adolescents, and I examined the mediating role of aggression in the relationship between these var... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 21, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

A method of designing an efficient individual style of activity for the student driver - Lobanova Y.
The paper analyzes the history of studying styles in psychology in Russia and in the West. A special emphasis is placed on the methodology of studying styles that prevailed in Russian psychology since the 1950s, in which the environment was considered isot... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 21, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

A World Party
Roberto Savio is founder of IPS Inter Press Service and President EmeritusBy Roberto SavioROME, Feb 21 2019 (IPS)I have been a member of the first international party: the Transnational Radical Party, founded in 1956 by Marco Pannella and Emma Bonino. Then in 1988, I was a wetness of the large protest, in Berlin West, against the meeting of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, a precursor of the “Battle of Seattle” in 1988, where 40.000 protesters disrupted the annual meeting of the two world’s financial institutions. I was even detained for a day by the police, even if was just a witness: ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 21, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Roberto Savio Tags: Civil Society Crime & Justice Development & Aid Economy & Trade Environment Featured Global Global Governance Globalisation Headlines Health Human Rights Inequity South-South TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

CLEAR at UTA continues collaboration with the Apache Corporation
(University of Texas at Arlington) The Collaborative Laboratories for Environmental Analysis and Remediation at the University of Texas at Arlington has extended its collaboration with the Apache Corporation to study surface and groundwater quality in the company's Alpine High play in West Texas. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - February 21, 2019 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Dermal disruption: Amphibian skin bacteria is more diverse in cold, variable environments
(Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute) Researchers swabbed more than 2300 animals representing 205 amphibian species to better understand the ecology of their skin bacteria. They asked which environmental factors influence the makeup of their microbiomes and how might the makeup of their microbiomes be important to amphibian health and survival? (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 21, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

New mechanisms regulating neural stem cells
(Helmholtz Zentrum M ü nchen - German Research Center for Environmental Health) The use of stem cells to repair organs is one of the foremost goals of modern regenerative medicine. Scientists at Helmholtz Zentrum M ü nchen and Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU) have discovered that the protein Akna plays a key role in this process. It controls, for example, the behavior of neural stem cells via a mechanism that may also be involved in the formation of metastases. The study was published in the renowned journal 'Nature'. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - February 21, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

How genes affect tobacco and alcohol use
(Norwegian University of Science and Technology) A new study gives insight into the complexity of genetic and environmental factors that compel some of us to drink and smoke more than others. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 21, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

A Tortoise Species That Was Feared Extinct Was Found in the Galapagos
(LIMA) — A living member of species of tortoise not seen in more than 110 years and feared to be extinct has been found in a remote part of the Galapagos island of Fernandina. An adult female Chelonoidis phantasticus, also known as the Fernandina Giant Tortoise, was spotted Sunday by a joint expedition of the Galapagos National Park and the U.S.-based Galapagos Conservancy, Ecuador’s Environment Ministry said in a statement. Investigators think there may be more members of the species on the island because of tracks and scat they found. The team took the tortoise, likely more than 100 years old, to a breeding c...
Source: TIME: Science - February 21, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Associated Press Tags: Uncategorized Ecuador onetime overnight Source Type: news

Erratum for the Research Article "Reducing foods environmental impacts through producers and consumers" by J. Poore and T. Nemecek
(Source: ScienceNOW)
Source: ScienceNOW - February 21, 2019 Category: Science Tags: Errata Source Type: news

The eruptive tempo of Deccan volcanism in relation to the Cretaceous-Paleogene boundary
Late Cretaceous records of environmental change suggest that Deccan Traps (DT) volcanism contributed to the Cretaceous-Paleogene boundary (KPB) ecosystem crisis. However, testing this hypothesis requires identification of the KPB in the DT. We constrain the location of the KPB with high-precision argon-40/argon-39 data to be coincident with changes in the magmatic plumbing system. We also found that the DT did not erupt in three discrete large pulses and that>90% of DT volume erupted in
Source: ScienceNOW - February 21, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Sprain, C. J., Renne, P. R., Vanderkluysen, L., Pande, K., Self, S., Mittal, T. Tags: Geochemistry, Geophysics reports Source Type: news

U-Pb constraints on pulsed eruption of the Deccan Traps across the end-Cretaceous mass extinction
Temporal correlation between some continental flood basalt eruptions and mass extinctions has been proposed to indicate causality, with eruptive volatile release driving environmental degradation and extinction. We tested this model for the Deccan Traps flood basalt province, which, along with the Chicxulub bolide impact, is implicated in the Cretaceous-Paleogene (K-Pg) extinction approximately 66 million years ago. We estimated Deccan eruption rates with uranium-lead (U-Pb) zircon geochronology and resolved four high-volume eruptive periods. According to this model, maximum eruption rates occurred before and after the K-P...
Source: ScienceNOW - February 21, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Schoene, B., Eddy, M. P., Samperton, K. M., Keller, C. B., Keller, G., Adatte, T., Khadri, S. F. R. Tags: Geochemistry, Geophysics reports Source Type: news

White House climate change panel to include man who touted emissions
William Happer, a physicist who has suggested higher levels of carbon dioxide are beneficial, would be on committeeFollow the latest in US politicsThe White House is planning to assess how climate change impacts national security and will involve a prominent doubter of the scientific consensus that manmade warming is putting the US at risk.Related:US coastal businesses hit by everyday impact of climate change, study showsContinue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 20, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Emily Holden in Washington Tags: Climate change Trump administration Greenhouse gas emissions Environment US politics Science US news Source Type: news

Reverse Engineering for SDGs
Dr. Kakoli Ghosh, Strategic Program on Sustainable Agriculture Management Team, FAO Ms. Loreta Zdanovaite, Partnerships Officer, Division of Partnerships, FAOBy Kakoli Ghosh and Loreta ZdanovaiteROME, Feb 20 2019 (IPS)When young people from small towns and villages seek higher education they have to usually migrate to big cities leaving their local communities behind. On completion of their degree from the Universities, they generally prefer staying in cities, in search of a good job and a successful career. Though this is a standard practice, it is also a case of lost opportunities, especially for students who pursue high...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 20, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Kakoli Ghosh and Loreta Zdanovaite Tags: Africa Development & Aid Economy & Trade Education Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Global Green Economy Headlines Health Labour Natural Resources Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Trade & Investment Water & Sa Source Type: news

Why the zebra got its stripes: to deter flies from landing on it
Pattern seems to confuse flies, researchers who dressed horses up as zebras findThe mystery of how the zebra got its stripes might have been solved: researchers say the pattern appears to confuse flies, discouraging them from touching down for a quick bite.The study, published in the journalPlos One, involved horses, zebras, and horses dressed as zebras. The team said the research not only supported previous work suggesting stripes might act as an insect deterrent, but helped unpick why, revealing the patterns only produced an effect when the flies got close.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 20, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Nicola Davis Tags: Evolution Science Animals World news UK news Zoology Biology Wildlife Environment Conservation Africa Source Type: news

Is it Bad to Sleep with Wet Hair?
If you shower before bed, you’ve probably wondered whether sleeping with damp hair is a problem. Maybe you’ve heard it could make you sick, or that it can damage your hair or skin. What’s the truth? Let’s address the “it can make you sick” myth first. “This idea seems to fit into the old bit of folklore that getting yourself chilled and wet will cause you to come down with a cold,” says Dr. William Schaffner, a professor of medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. While this idea persists, Schaffner says it was long ago disprove...
Source: TIME: Health - February 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Markham Heid Tags: Uncategorized Research Source Type: news

Improving EPA's Permitting Program for Industrial Stormwater Pollution
A new report from the National Academies offers guidance to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to inform the next revision of a permit program that requires industries to manage stormwater to minimize discharges of pollutants to the environment. The report recommends several ways that EPA can strengthen the Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP) program to provide its intended environmental protection while balancing the overall burden of monitoring on industry. Read More (Source: News from the National Academies)
Source: News from the National Academies - February 20, 2019 Category: Science Source Type: news

Duke study shows some common household items expose children to toxins
A new study out of Duke University finds that children living in homes with all vinyl flooring or flame-retardant chemicals in their couches have a higher concentration of harmful toxins in their body. The Duke-led study was presented at the American Association for the Advancement of Science last week in Washington, D.C., showing children in these environments have "significantly higher concentrations" of potentially harmful semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs) in their blood and urine. “ SVOCs… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - February 20, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Seth Thomas Gulledge Source Type: news

South Africa: Produce 50% More Food by 2050 or Face Crisis - WWF Report
[News24Wire] South Africa faces an impending food security crisis if there isn't urgent action to correct unsustainable practices, says an environmental organisation. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 20, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gene Drive-Equipped Mosquitoes Released into Lab Environment
The large-scale experiments aim to test how the technology would fare in the wild, if deployed to knock down populations of the pests. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - February 20, 2019 Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news

Senior Digital Designer
Location: Beirut, Lebanon and/or Vienna, Austria Job Type: Full-Time Employer: Medicus Love working on innovative digital products within an international environment? Have outstanding design skills and a highly hands-on attitude? Want to help bringing a fast-growing company to the next level with your creativity and solution-oriented mindset ? Then you’re exactly who we’re looking for in our offices in Beirut and/ or Vienna. (Source: eHealth News EU)
Source: eHealth News EU - February 20, 2019 Category: Information Technology Tags: Featured Jobs Source Type: news

Russian researchers made gold nano-stars for intracellular delivery
(AKSON Russian Science Communication Association) Researchers from Russian Academy of Sciences developed a new method for star-shaped nanoparticles synthesis based on laser irradiation. A wide range of customizable conditions provides an opportunity to create comfortable environment for various substances delivery to different types of cells. The results are published in Journal of Biophotonics. The research was supported by the Russian Science Foundation. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 20, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Extinguishing fear memories relies on an unusual change to DNA
(University of Queensland) Researchers at The University of Queensland have discovered a DNA modification that enhances our ability to extinguish fear. The findings, published in the journal Nature Neuroscience, could help guide the development of new treatments for fear-related anxiety disorders.Professor Timothy Bredy of UQ's Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) said while fear is an important survival mechanism which uses cues in the environment to prompt certain responses, so too is the ability to inhibit fear when it's no longer needed. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 20, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

At CDS 2019: DNTLworks and MouthWatch Join Forces To “Roll-Out” a Fully-Equipped Mobile Teledentistry Cart
TeleDent MobilOp ™ Makes Teledentistry More Portable and FlexibleCentennial CO and Metuchen, NJ – February 8th, 2019 – DNTLworks Equipment Corporation, the world's leading manufacturer of portable, mobile, and self-contained dental systems and MouthWatch LLC,a leader in intraoral imaging, digital case presentation and teledentistry solutions, will be introducing a fully-equipped mobile teledentistry cart during the 2019 Chicago Midwinter Meeting at MouthWatch Booth #4243.According DNTLworks Owner Steve Knight, “TeleDent MobileOp™ is the perfect addition to our line of self-contained denta...
Source: Dental Technology Blog - February 20, 2019 Category: Dentistry Source Type: news

Circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 1 – Papua New Guinea
On 26 June 2018, an outbreak of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 1 (cVDPV1) was declared in Papua New Guinea following laboratory confirmation of cVDPV1 isolation in two healthy community contacts of the index case. Since the declaration, a total of 26 confirmed cVDPV1 cases have been reported in the following nine provinces: Eastern Highlands (six), Enga (five), East Sepik (four), Madang (three), Morobe (three), Jiwaka (two), Gulf (one), Southern Highlands (one), and National Capital District (NCD) (one). The last laboratory-confirmed case reported having experienced the onset of paralysis in late October 2018....
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - February 20, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Short Takes
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers have published a proposed rule to revise the definition of the "Waters of the United States" (WOTUS) in the Federal Register and are requesting public comments. The new definition would limit the number of wetlands and waterways that would receive federal protections under the Clean Water Act. The deadline to submit comments is April 15, 2019. Submission instructions are available at: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/02/14/2019-00791/revised-definition-of-waters-of-the-united-states The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has a...
Source: Public Policy Reports - February 19, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Congress Completes FY 2019 Appropriations, President Declares Emergency
Congress has passed a bipartisan spending and border security package that includes fiscal year (FY) 2019 funding for the federal agencies that were shuttered during the 35-day partial government shutdown in December 2018 and January 2019. Included in the spending package was $1.375 billion for barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border. President Trump agreed to sign the legislation, but declared a national emergency to transfer funds from other government programs to fund wall construction. Congress completed its work on FY 2019 appropriations by passing the spending package, which includes seven funding bills for Interior, ...
Source: Public Policy Reports - February 19, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Science, Climate Change Return to Spotlight in New Congress
The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology held a hearing on climate change on February 13, 2019 during which experts on sea-level rise and other global warming impacts briefed the panel on the latest climate research. There was a discernible shift from a tone of climate skepticism, which was dominant in the panel’s proceedings over the past 8 years under the leadership of former Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX), a climate skeptic. Climate change has been highlighted as a top priority for the 116th Congress by Democratic lawmakers. House Science Committee Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) decided t...
Source: Public Policy Reports - February 19, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

UCLA faculty voice: Adolescents have a fundamental need to contribute
Andrew Fuligni is a professor of psychiatry and psychology at UCLA. Thisarticle appeared in The Conversation.No longer children but not yet adults, adolescents need opportunities to learn and prepare for their entrance into the broader society. But, as schooling increasingly extends the adolescent period and teenagers get dismissed as supposedly selfish and irresponsible, has society forgotten an important developmental need of our youth?As a developmental scientist who focuses on adolescence, I reviewed dozens of studies and found that this age group has a fundamental need to contribute to others – to provide suppor...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - February 19, 2019 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

EPA Plan Will Begin To Propose Naming Perfluoroalkyl Chemicals As 'Hazardous'
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Feb. 14 released an action plan in which it said it would begin the steps to propose designating perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) as "hazardous substances" as it develops groundwater cleanup recommendations for those chemicals at contaminated sites. (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - February 19, 2019 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Judge: EPA Directive Barring Grant Recipients From Committees Is Not A Violation
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Feb. 12 ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency directive that bars recipients of EPA grants from serving on that agency's federal advisory committees does not violate federal law pertaining to conflicts of interest (Physicians for Social Responsibility, et al. v. Scott Pruitt, No. 17-2742, D. D.C., 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 22276). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - February 19, 2019 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

9th Circuit Orders Rehearing En Banc For Case About Chlorpyrifos Tolerance Level
SAN FRANCISCO - A panel of the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Feb. 6 issued two orders calling for a rehearing of oral arguments en banc regarding a split decision that found that there was no justification for the Environmental Protection Agency's decision to maintain a tolerance for the chemical chlorpyrifos in the face of scientific evidence that its residue on food causes neurodevelopmental damage to children (League of United Latin American Citizens, et al. v. Andrew Wheeler, acting administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, et al., No. 17-71636, 9th Cir., 2019 U.S. App. LEXIS 3715). (Source: ...
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - February 19, 2019 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Plaintiffs: Monsanto's 'Fraud' About Glyphosate Liable for Causing Their Cancers
ST. LOUIS - A Colorado cancer victim on Feb. 11 sued Monsanto Co. in Missouri federal court, alleging that it committed "scientific fraud" and "colluded" with the Environmental Protection Agency in promoting as safe the herbicide Roundup, which contains that active ingredient glyphosate. The attorneys representing the man have filed identical complaints on behalf of multiple plaintiffs (Steven Burchfield v. Monsanto Co., No. 19-205, E.D. Mo.). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - February 19, 2019 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Kaiser Permanente ’s New Medical School Will Be Free for Its First 5 Graduating Classes
Kaiser Permanente’s new medical school will be free to attend for its first five graduating classes, the school announced Tuesday. The newly formed Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine will begin accepting applications from prospective students in June 2019, following the receipt of primary accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, Kaiser announced in a release. The school, which will be located in Pasadena, Calif., will welcome its first class of students in the summer of 2020. Those students, as well as the four following classes, will attend the school for free for all four years of their medi...
Source: TIME: Health - February 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized healthytime medicine onetime Source Type: news

iHRIS Software Powers New Registry of Clinical Volunteers for Medical Missions
February 19, 2019TheG4 Alliance and the US Section of theInternational College of Surgeons (ICS) have launched a new registry to connect medical volunteers to international medical missions. IntraHealth International developed theSOTA Registry (which stands for surgical, obstetric, trauma, and anesthesia) using our open sourceiHRIS software.The SOTA Registry will serve as a hub for information on clinical volunteers from the surgical, obstetric, trauma, and anesthesia communities who are interested in short-term assignments in low- and middle-income countries. IntraHealth maintains the registry in a cloud-based environment...
Source: IntraHealth International - February 19, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbishopp Tags: Digital Health HRIS Source Type: news

New Immunotherapy Clinical Trial Targets Common Mesothelioma Protein
A biotechnology company specializing in innovative cancer therapeutics has opened a clinical trial examining an immunotherapy drug targeting a protein found in 90 percent of malignant mesothelioma tumors. It is the first clinical trial to specifically study a patient population characterized by this protein expression. The target is known as VISTA, a surface protein which inhibits the immune system from working properly and allows the mesothelioma to grow. The drug is CA-170, an orally available molecule and the only anti-VISTA drug being studied today in a cancer clinical trial. And the potential could be huge. “The...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - February 19, 2019 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Matt Mauney Source Type: news