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Enjoy Wild Game Safely This Season

State health officials are reminding hunters, their families, and anyone who serves or eats wild game to make sure the meat is cooked thoroughly before eating. Last year, an outbreak of trichinellosis (trichinosis), a disease people can get by eating raw or undercooked meat from animals infected with the microscopic parasite, Trichinella, sickened three...
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ChemDraw adopts HELM notation for biomolecules

ChemDraw adopts HELM notation for biomolecules

In an exciting development, the HELM standard has now been adopted by Perkin-Elmer’s ChemDraw 17, launched at the ACS Fall … The post ChemDraw adopts HELM notation for biomolecules appeared first on Pistoia Alliance.
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Chemical Safety Board Releases Final Report into 2016 Refinery Fire that Seriously Injured Four Workers

Chemical Safety Board Releases Final Report into 2016 Refinery Fire that Seriously Injured Four Workers

Report Issues Key Lessons to Prevent Future Incidents September 18, 2017, Washington, D.C. -the U.S. Chemical Safety Board released a safety bulletin on the November 22, 2016 fire that severely burned four workers at the ExxonMobil refinery in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Link to Safety Bulletin: http://www.idevmail.net/link.aspx?l=4&d=86&mid=414620&m=1889 The fire occurred during maintenance activities when operators...
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Excellent new paper on health effects from Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

Excellent new paper on health effects from Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

Dr. Jennifer Rusiecki and her co-workers have just published a very strong study of nearly 9000 Coast Guard responders to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in Occupational & Environmental Medicine. http://oem.bmj.com/content/early/2017/09/12/oemed-2017-104343 They found positive associations between crude oil exposure and various acute physical health symptoms among responders, as well as medium term health...
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Dr. Mercola: With plastics now entering the farthest reaches of the globe, what does that mean for the environments where these pollutants are known to accumulate? Mismanaged waste is particularly problematic in China, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand and the Philippines, which together make up the top five countries for plastic pollution.3 In the U.S., one of the...
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National Preparedness Month — September 2017

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Every September, CDC, private and public health institutions, and approximately 3,000 government organizations support preparedness efforts and encourage Americans to take action before, during, and after an emergency. Every community in the United States should be ready to respond to an infectious disease outbreak, chemical or radiological release, or natural disaster (1). Public health...
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The Hidden Health Hazards After Flooding

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CHEMOPHOBIA…the ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety Discussion

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Lead in Flint water increased fetal deaths, lowered fertility, study says.

After Flint switched its water source from Detroit to Flint River water in 2014, the city’s fertility rates decreased by 12 percent among Flint women, while fetal death rates rose by 58 percent.
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How Monsanto manufactured outrage at chemical cancer classification it expected.

Three years ago this month Monsanto Co. executives realized they had a big problem on their hands.
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Nashville’s water wars.

The growing metro area is full of rivers and creeks that keep spilling over. In order to design a solution, officials will have to bridge the urban-rural divide.
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California lags in testing toddlers for lead exposure.

A third of young California children at risk for lead poisoning are not being tested despite state and federal laws that require it, according to a new study – a problem at least partly addressed by legislation now on the governor’s desk.
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As the Trump administration moves forward on a waste site at Nevada’s Yucca Mountain, local tribes are ready for the fight.
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EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt signaled a renewed effort to challenge an air pollution permitting program, known as New Source Review, through a task force that is looking to provide “certainty” to industry.
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Climate change is a central issue at this year’s United Nations General Assembly, with multiple high-level meetings on the issue happening amid several devastating natural disasters.
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Environmental groups say they will sue Duke Energy for not telling the public what would happen if any of its dozens of coal ash dams fail.
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Soil contaminated with a wood preservative used for decades at a defunct wood treatment plant here still appears to be confined mainly within the boundaries of the former facility.
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In a remote, rugged valley overlooking the Pacific Ocean, researchers closely monitor an endangered icon: the California condor.
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Sea turtles appear to be bouncing back around the world.

Researchers analyzed all existing public data of sea turtle nesting sites around the world and found a tale of “cautionary optimism.”
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Hurricane Harvey pummeled the country’s energy infrastructure, and there are few incentives in place to promote renewables.
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Members of the Trump administration are quietly unraveling a slew of policies, precedents, and regulations in ways that could make it much more difficult to plan for a low-carbon future after they’re gone.
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San Francisco, Oakland sue oil giants over climate change.

The lawsuits argue that Exxon, Chevron and the other companies knew the global warming risks their products were creating.
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Trump administration nominee wants to open pristine Alaskan refuge to drilling.

Over the course of his career, former Alaska official Joe Balash has been strongly in favor of developing Alaska’s natural gas and oil resources and in favor of transferring public lands to Alaska control so the state could offer oil and gas leases.
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Unprecedented levels of nitrogen could pose risks to Earth’s environment

Source: Phys.org, 9/6/17. Human production of fixed nitrogen, used mostly to fertilize crops, now accounts for about half of the total fixed nitrogen added to the Earth both on land and in the oceans, according to a new study by researchers at North Carolina State University and Duke University.
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Wisconsin Works for Everyone: Thousands of Wisconsin Residents Gain Employment Through the FoodShare Employment and Training (FSET) Program

According to a new report issued by the Department of Health Services (DHS), the FoodShare Employment and Training program (FSET), which helps people remove the barriers that prevent them from gaining employment, continues to successfully assist thousands of participants in securing good jobs. As part of Governor Scott Walker’s Wisconsin Works for Everyone reform,...
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Waiting for the final startups to enter this years President’s Challenge

“Burning the midnight oil” So as part of my role for Pistoia Alliance I run the President’s Challenge. Tonight is … The post Waiting for the final startups to enter this years President’s Challenge appeared first on Pistoia Alliance.
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Elsevier donate prizes to our 2017 President’s Challenge

Elsevier donate prizes to our 2017 President’s Challenge

As the entries deadline draws near, we’re excited to say that Elsevier are kindly providing access to their complete R&D … The post Elsevier donate prizes to our 2017 President’s Challenge appeared first on Pistoia Alliance.
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We are delighted to thank all our sponsors for their support. For more information on their services, please see below. … The post Pistoia Alliance Conference – Meet the Sponsors appeared first on Pistoia Alliance.
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NEW Fact Sheet—EMS Workers: How Employers Can Prevent Injuries and Exposures

NEW Fact Sheet—EMS Workers: How Employers Can Prevent Injuries and Exposures

NEW Fact Sheet—EMS Workers: How Employers Can Prevent Injuries and Exposures ​More than 22,000 EMS workers visited emergency departments each year for work-related injuries, according to a four-year study. This new NIOSH fact sheet, co-branded with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, provides EMS employers with recommendations for preventing injuries and exposures among workers.
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Free Webinars Will Promote Agriculture Safety Sept. 18-22

Free Webinars Will Promote Agriculture Safety Sept. 18-22

AgriSafe Network, a Susan Harwood Training Grant awardee, is sponsoring several free daily webinars in recognition of National Farm Safety and Health Week, Sept. 17-23. Topics include reducing heat illness; respiratory protection, strategies to reduce respiratory exposures, and illnesses; and ATV safety. Visit the AgriSafe Network website to register.
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