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Nationally-Recognized Family Care Program Approved for Five More Years

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced today that the nationally-recognized Family Care program has been approved to continue for five more years. Family Care allows frail elders and adults with physical, developmental, or intellectual disabilities to remain in their homes or communities whenever possible. The approval comes from the Centers for Medicare...
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Wisconsin Health Officials Find E. coli O157 in Bagged Romaine Salad from Salinas Valley, California

As part of the ongoing investigation into the multistate outbreak of Escherichia coli O157:H7 ( E. coli O157) infections, Wisconsin health and food safety officials have found E. coli O157:H7 bacteria in an unopened bag of pre-washed chopped romaine collected from an ill person’s home. Additional laboratory testing is pending to determine if the...
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Health Agency Reminds State Residents That Cold Can be Deadly

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DHS Investigates Outbreak of Adenovirus Infections on College Campuses

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DHS Urges Residents to Set a Healthy Table this Thanksgiving

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Pistoia Alliance Report 2030

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AI CoE 2020 Drug repurposing datathon announced

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US Conference Report 2019

Winners of the 2019 President’s Startup Challenge Announced, as The Pistoia Alliance Looks to the Future     Boston, 30 October, 2019 – The Pistoia Alliance, a global, not-for-profit alliance that works to lower barriers to innovation in life sciences R&D, has announced the winners of the 2019 President’s Startup Challenge at its annual member...
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Annual General Meeting 2019

All members invited to attend the Pistoia Alliance AGM.   Wednesday 4th December 2019 at 16:00 to 17.00 GMT via Webinar   All individuals involved in the activities of the Pistoia Alliance within its member companies are cordially invited to attend the Pistoia Alliance Annual General Meeting.   Please reserve the time and register for...
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President’s Challenge 2019 – Finalists Announced

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Agile UX: Designing Together

When you hear the word “agile” is it just a trendy buzzword to you? Do you find it flexible but risky? Too short sighted and an excuse not to think ahead? Does it conjure up images of sticky notes, cult like devotion, and taking itself too seriously?    Or are you just bored hearing...
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From Theory to PoC in Three Months: A Blockchain Implementation story

For 12 weeks during the summer in 2018, Sebastian Coates (a then-colleague, now co-founder) and I had the rare opportunity to take a step into the world of enterprise blockchain at an industry leading pharmaceutical company.   With blockchain being a nascent, cutting-edge technology, the opportunity to research and experiment with it presented a...
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FAIR Implementation

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OSHA Enforcement and Compliance Increases in 2019 To Keep America’s Workforce Safe

OSHA Enforcement and Compliance Increases in 2019 To Keep America’s Workforce Safe

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) fiscal year (FY) 2019 final statistics show a significant increase in the number of inspections and a record amount of compliance assistance to further the mission of ensuring that employers provide workplaces free of hazards. OSHA’s enforcement activities reflect the...
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Clearing the Air on Respiratory Hazards

CCOHS – For many workers, their jobs can take an unexpected toll on their physical health. An occupational disease can be disruptive, disabling, and even fatal. However, workplaces can take preventive action on respiratory hazards that can lead to mesothelioma, lung cancer, silicosis, asbestosis, and other serious occupational diseases. Recognizing and preventing these work-related...
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Highly Radioactive Particles From Fukushima Mapped

Highly Radioactive Particles From Fukushima Mapped

A recent study published in the scientific journal “Chemosphere,” involving scientists from Japan, Finland, France, and the United States, addresses these issues. The team, led by Dr. Satoshi Utsunomiya, Ryohei Ikehara, and Kazuya Morooka of Kyushu University, a prestigious research school in Fukuoka, Japan, developed a method in 2018 that allows scientists to quantify...
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This humidity digester breathes in atmospheric water and exhales energy

This humidity digester breathes in atmospheric water and exhales energy

(ScienceDaily) Integrating a super moisture-absorbent gel with light-active materials, researchers in Singapore have developed a humidity digester to dry the ambient air while generating energy. The method, presented November 20 in the journal Joule, is a green alternative to air conditioners with a trick — pulling water out of thin air. Like plants, artificial...
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A secretive startup backed by Bill Gates has achieved a solar breakthrough aimed at saving the planet.

A secretive startup backed by Bill Gates has achieved a solar breakthrough aimed at saving the planet.

CNN –  Heliogen, a clean energy company that emerged from stealth mode on Tuesday, said it has discovered a way to use artificial intelligence and a field of mirrors to reflect so much sunlight that it generates extreme heat above 1,000 degrees Celsius. Essentially, Heliogen created a solar oven — one capable of reaching...
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Iowa wind farm sending many giant blades to landfills, will create over one million tons of fiberglass

Iowa wind farm sending many giant blades to landfills, will create over one million tons of fiberglass

“Landfills are really struggling to manage them, and they just decide they can’t accept them….” Bill Rowland, president of the Iowa Society of Solid Waste Operations, said he’s unsure “we as a society” considered what would happen to the blades as older turbines are repowered. “There wasn’t a plan in place to say, ‘How...
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Wisconsin Announces Multi-Agency Coordinating Council for PFAS, Begins Process for Additional PFAS Rulemaking

Wisconsin Announces Multi-Agency Coordinating Council for PFAS, Begins Process for Additional PFAS Rulemaking

(Michael Best & Friedrich LLP) Today, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) began the process of implementing another priority in Governor Evers’ Executive Order #40 by creating the Wisconsin Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Action Council or “WisPAC.” The Council will be led by DNR and will coordinate PFAS-related activities among state agencies...
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NASA finds that Californians’ TRASH emits far more methane into the atmosphere than cattle ranches… should we ban trash services to solve the global warming problem?

NASA finds that Californians’ TRASH emits far more methane into the atmosphere than cattle ranches… should we ban trash services to solve the global warming problem?

NASA scientists are helping California create a detailed, statewide inventory of methane point sources — highly concentrated methane releases from single sources — using a specialized airborne sensor. The new data, published this week in the journal Nature, can be used to target actions to reduce emissions of this potent greenhouse gas. Like carbon...
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22 million gallons of nuclear waste under a concrete dome on a Pacific Island sinking into the land and the ocean.

22 million gallons of nuclear waste under a concrete dome on a Pacific Island sinking into the land and the ocean.

The Los Angeles Times has a harrowing new story about Enewetak Atoll in the Marshall Islands. Japanese forces invaded the small Pacific nation and its residents during World War I, and the United States did the same during World War II under that classic guise of “liberation.” But the US was hardly acting altruistically,...
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“We Have No Reason to Believe 5G Is Safe” – Scientific American

The telecommunications industry and their experts have accused many scientists who have researched the effects of cell phone radiation of “fear mongering” over the advent of wireless technology’s 5G. Since much of our research is publicly-funded, we believe it is our ethical responsibility to inform the public about what the peer-reviewed scientific literature tells...
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Previously healthy male never smokers, ages 27 to 50, developed chest symptoms from 1995 to 2012 while working in the facility’s production areas. Patients had an insidious onset of cough, wheeze, and exertional dyspnea; airflow obstruction (mean FEV1 = 44% predicted) and reduced diffusing capacity (mean = 53% predicted); and radiologic centrilobular emphysema. Lung tissue demonstrated a unique...
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Artificial intelligence (AI) is a broad transdisciplinary field with roots in logic, statistics, cognitive psychology, decision theory, neuroscience, linguistics, cybernetics, and computer engineering. The modern field of AI began at a small summer workshop at Dartmouth College in 1956. Since then, AI applications made possible by machine learning (ML), an AI subdiscipline, include Internet...
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In the October 2019 draft risk evaluation for methylene chloride (MC), EPA reviewed a suite of potential MC exposures and made initial determinations on risk. These preliminary determinations may change as EPA’s evaluation becomes more refined through the public comment and peer review processes. Below are the draft risk evaluation and supporting documents for MC. ...
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DOE Announces $24.9 Million Funding Selections to Advance Hydropower and Water Technologies

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced selections for up to $24.9 million in funding to drive innovative, industry-led technology solutions to advance the marine and hydrokinetics industry and increase hydropower’s ability to serve as a flexible grid resource. Innovative water power technologies have the potential to increase the affordability of hydropower and...
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EPA Press Office (press@epa.gov) — Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler and Region 5 Administrator and Great Lakes National Program Manager Cathy Stepp unveiled an updated and aggressive action plan under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI). The GLRI Action Plan III will guide the actions of federal agencies and their many partners...
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National Safety Council Position paper on marijuana and safety sensitive positions.

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The National Safety Council,  published a Position/Policy Statement on October 21, 2019 addressing cannabis (marijuana) impairment in safety-sensitive positions. NSC stated that “it is clear that cannabis impacts psychomotor skills and cognitive ability,” and concluded that “there is no level of cannabis use that is safe or acceptable for employees who work in safety-sensitive positions.” (“Safety-sensitive”...
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NFPA 470: The “New” Old Hazardous Materials Response Standards

NFPA 470: The “New” Old Hazardous Materials Response Standards

From Rick Edinger: In April 2019 I published an article entitled “What Ever Happened to NFPA 472?” In that piece I examined the addition of two new National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) documents related to hazardous materials response, their relationship to each other and the existing hazmat standards, and the effects on the hazmat response community....
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Supporting Farmers’ Mental Health

Supporting Farmers’ Mental Health

Farming is more than just work for many; it’s a way of life that is rewarding despite the tough physical work. But now it’s becoming increasingly apparent that the unique challenges faced daily by farmers – from the long hours to the isolation to the many uncertainties beyond their control – can also greatly...
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New Data Analysis Shows Impact of Suicide in Wisconsin

Today, Suicide Prevention Day , the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) released findings from its most recent analysis of state suicide deaths and suicide-related injury. This analysis is part of an effort to update Wisconsin’s suicide prevention plan and reduce the number of suicide attempts and deaths. This analysis found: The state’s suicide...
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New England States Ammonia Safety Day, Friday October 25, 2019 (Free Tickets)

New England States Ammonia Safety Day, Friday October 25, 2019 (Free Tickets)

Keene State College will host the first New England States Ammonia Safety Day on Friday October 25, 2019. The event is being organized by Ammonia Safety & Training Institute (https://ammonia-safety.com/) and will cover topics such as ·  Strengthen the Tripod: Industry, Government, and Public Safety ·  Value of prevention, protection, and preparedness ·  Understand...
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First Human Case of West Nile Virus Reported in Wisconsin This Year

First Human Case of West Nile Virus Reported in Wisconsin This Year

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is advising residents to continue to protect themselves against mosquito bites as it announces this year’s first confirmed human case of West Nile virus (WNV) in a resident of Northeastern Wisconsin. West Nile virus is spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito and is...
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Free 4 hour Machinery and Machine Guarding

Free 4 hour Machinery and Machine Guarding

Susan Harwood Training Grants provide training and education for workers and employers on workplace safety and health hazards, responsibilities and rights. Target audiences include underserved, low-literacy, and high-hazard industry workers and employers. NIU is proud to be a recipient of the Susan Harwood Training Grant. This grant provides training and education for workers and...
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New Funding Will Help Rural Health Care Providers

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced today new funding for grant programs which will help fill critical health care positions by expanding education and training opportunities for Wisconsin health care professionals in rural areas. “Access to quality health care in rural communities is critical to providing care in the underserved areas in...
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Wisconsin Department of Health Services Receives $1.8 million Grant to Expand Maternal Mortality Review Team Efforts

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced today it will receive a 5-year, $1.8 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to decrease pregnancy complications, reduce maternal deaths, and reduce disparities in Wisconsin through an increased investment in the Wisconsin Maternal Mortality Review Team (MMRT). “Looking closely at maternal...
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Majority of Wisconsin Lung Disease Patients Who Reported Vaping Cite THC Products

In the Wisconsin investigation of people with lung disease who reported vaping, 89% of the 27 cases interviewed so far reported using e-cigarettes or other vaping devices to inhale THC products, such as waxes and oils, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services announced today. THC is the active ingredient in marijuana. While most cases...
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Statewide Effort Aims to Enroll More Families in the WIC Program

The Department of Health Services (DHS) today announced the Wisconsin Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program will celebrate National Breastfeeding Awareness Month by launching “#WICsconsin Enrollment Week” from August 19-23. During the week, local WIC agencies will talk about the available breastfeeding and nutrition support services throughout the state for families. The purpose of...
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State Health Agency’s New Data Tool Shows a Decline in the Number of Opioid Deaths in Wisconsin

Opioid deaths are at their lowest level since 2015 according to the most recent data collected by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) and reported through a new online tool featuring interactive charts, graphs, and maps, Data Direct: Opioids . “The most recent data on Wisconsin’s opioid epidemic is encouraging,” said DHS Deputy...
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President’s Challenge 2019

The Pistoia Alliance has announced that entries for its 2019 President’s Startup Challenge are now open, and will close on Sunday, 15th September 2019. The annual competition is open to informatics and technology startups who are aiming to overcome obstacles to advancing life science R&D.   Two of the winners will win $20,000, along with a...
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The NIOSH Occupational Exposure Banding Process for Chemical Risk Management

Occupational exposure limits (OELs) play a critical role in protecting workers and emergency response personnel from exposure to dangerous concentrations of hazardous materials . In the absence of an OEL, determining the appropriate controls needed...
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Managed Care Organizations Selected for State Family Care Programs

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced today that based on results from a recent procurement, Inclusa and Lakeland Care managed care organizations (MCO) have been selected to provide the Family Care program in Brown, Door, Kewaunee, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, and Shawano counties beginning January 1, 2020. Incumbent managed care organization Care Wisconsin...
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Older Age Groups Now Included in Investigation of Lung Disease Among People Who Reported Vaping

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) continues to investigate cases of people with severe lung disease who all reported recent vaping or dabbing (which is vaping marijuana oils, extracts, or concentrates). While cases in the investigation initially included only teens and young adults, we now have confirmed cases in older age groups. In...
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New Cases Identified in Investigation of Lung Disease Among Teens and Young Adults Who Reported Vaping

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has received 11 cases of teenagers and young adults hospitalized with severe lung disease that has been linked to recent vaping. Seven other cases are under further investigation. Counties with confirmed cases include Door, Racine, Walworth, Dodge, Waukesha, and Winnebago. “We are currently interviewing patients, all of...
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Department of Health Services Shares Coping Tips for People Affected by Recent Storms

Storms don’t only damage property, they can affect your state of mind, and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has tips to help people cope with the stress and unexpected changes natural disasters can create. Talk with others who understand how you feel. Don’t isolate yourself. Exercise. Even something simple like stretching or...
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Severe Weather Recovery: Replacement FoodShare Benefits Available Until August 19, 2019 for Many Wisconsin Counties

The Department of Health Services (DHS) announced today that replacement FoodShare benefits are available for an extended period of time for most of western, northern, and central Wisconsin. DHS requested and received approval from the federal Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) to extend the time in which persons affected by the severe weather and...
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The Pistoia Alliance to Develop a Toolkit to Support Implementation of the FAIR Guiding Principles

Boston, 17 July, 2019 – The Pistoia Alliance, a global non-profit that works to lower barriers to innovation in life sciences R&D, today announced the launch of its FAIR Implementation project, backed by pharmaceutical companies including Roche, Astra Zeneca, and Bayer. The first project milestone by the end of 2019 will be the release...
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Russian Titanic released 100 times more radiation in Europe than 2011’s Fukushima disaster.

Russian Titanic released 100 times more radiation in Europe than 2011’s Fukushima disaster.

Mysterious radioactive leak that swept Europe came from Russia, study confirms despite Kremlin denial The source of a mysterious radioactive leak that swept Europe in 2017 has been traced to a nuclear processing plant in the southern Ural mountains in Russia, a new study confirms.  Scientists analysed more than 1,300 data points all over...
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Evidence ‘unfounded’ against NGO volunteers accused of setting Amazon fires

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Time is running out for Southeast Asia

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Do birds try to shout down airplanes? The evidence suggests they do

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