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With Hospitalizations on the Rise, DHS Wants to Avoid a More Deadly Flu Season

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) today announced our state has seen 459 hospitalizations for influenza this season, more than three times as many than at this time last year. Admissions to intensive care units for respiratory illnesses are also on the rise. And already, 11 Wisconsinites have died due to complications from...
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Community Care, Inc. to Begin Certification Process to Deliver Family Care Services to Dane County

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) received notification from Care Wisconsin and My Choice Family Care managed care organizations (MCOs) of their intent to merge into one entity effective January 1, 2020. Both entities provide services within Wisconsin’s Family Care program in Dane county. Family Care is a Wisconsin long-term care program operating...
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Seasons Greetings

Dear members, friends and colleagues,   We’d like to take this opportunity to wish you a peaceful and happy holiday season and a prosperous 2020.   From all at the operations team:   Steve Arlington Martyn Wilkins Ashley George Beeta Balali-Mood Roger Frechette Nick Lynch David Proudlock Tanya Randall Zahid Tharia John Wise  ...
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SEED project gets started

The SEED (Semantic Enrichment of ELN Data) Project is pleased to announce its official “start-up” January 2020. Following the recent presentation at the Pistoia Alliance conference in Boston by Steve Penn ( Pfizer), there is a high level of interest in the project and this has been confirmed by offers of funding that enable...
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UDM V6 to be released in January

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China building more nuclear power facilities than any other country

China building more nuclear power facilities than any other country

BEIJING, China – There are currently eleven nuclear power units under construction in China, the largest number of nuclear power facilities under construction in the world. The country has 47 nuclear power units already in operation, the third highest across the globe, accoding to a report by The People’s Daily. The Chinese government made the decision...
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2020 PFAS Seminar on remediating PFAS contaminants

2020 PFAS Seminar on remediating PFAS contaminants

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Occupational Reproductive Hazards for Female Surgeons in the Operating Room

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JAMA: Importance  Higher rates of infertility and pregnancy complications have been found for female surgeons compared with the general population. Several reproductive hazards are present in the operating room and may be associated with these findings. Hazards should be identified and controlled to minimize risks. Observations:  Studies comparing surgeons with the general population show...
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Wanted: Water Department Manager in Milwaukee

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Despite everything, U.S. emissions dipped in 2019

From the GRIST Surging natural gas was the biggest reason for coal’s demise. Gas comes with its own problems for the climate– burning it releases carbon, and leaks release methane — but replacing coal with gas led to a decline in globe-warming gases, Houser said. Renewable energy from hydroelectricity, solar power, and wind turbines,...
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134 million Americans – more than 41% – lived in counties with unhealthy levels of either ozone or particulate pollution

134 million Americans – more than 41% – lived in counties with unhealthy levels of either ozone or particulate pollution

The American Lung Association’s 19th annual “state of the air” report found that 134 million Americans – more than 41% – lived in counties with unhealthy levels of either ozone or particulate pollution in 2014-2016. In a country with over 270 million vehicles, America’s air suffers from tailpipe pollution. Health impacts of air pollution...
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Can adoption of pollution prevention techniques reduce pollution substitution?

Can adoption of pollution prevention techniques reduce pollution substitution?

The open source journal PLOSOne had a recent article of potential interest to the P2 community. The researchers used TRI data to determine the extent to which adoption of P2 practices reduces pollution substitution. They found that adoption of P2 techniques reduces toxic air and water releases equally, but it is associated with increases...
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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

Having already seen record-breaking cold this year, and with frigid temperatures in the forecast for most of the state this week, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) wants to remind residents to take steps to be safe and stay warm as temperatures fall . Last winter, 75 people died from exposure to cold...
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DHS Investigates Outbreak of Adenovirus Infections on College Campuses

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is investigating multiple cases of adenovirus (add-e-no-virus) infection on college campuses around the state. Adenovirus infections most commonly cause respiratory illness, and while serious illness is rare, in some cases it can lead to pneumonia or death. “Adenovirus infection is easily spread, which is why we tend to...
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DHS Urges Residents to Set a Healthy Table this Thanksgiving

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is urging state residents to take extra care while preparing their Thanksgiving meals this week. While hygiene is always important in food preparation, recent outbreaks of E. coli O157:H7 and hepatitis A infections shines a bright light on how vital hygiene is. “The holidays are a time...
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Pistoia Alliance Report 2030

This report is intended for all members and friends of the Pistoia Alliance, and any others interested in its work supporting cross-industry collaboration and innovation.It sets out to consider what the life science, biopharma R&D and healthcare ecosystem might look like in 2030.   The objective is to ensure that the Pistoia Alliance, its...
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AI CoE 2020 Drug repurposing datathon announced

Our second drug repurposing datathon is dedicated to finding a cure to Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG). This is a rare (1000 cases a year worldwide) and deadly form of cancer in children. Over the last 50 years the understanding of DIPG as a heterogeneous group of tumors requiring a personalized medicine approach has...
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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

We are delighted to announce the 5 finalists for the Pistoia Alliance President’s Startup Challenge 2019.   This year we have solutions covering diagnostics, lab of the future, AI and machine learning, in turn providing benefit to patients and help accelerate innovation and collaboration in R&D. You can find out more about each finalist...
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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

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“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

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(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

“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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Severe lung disease characterized by lymphocytic bronchiolitis, alveolar ductitis, and emphysema (BADE) in industrial machine‐manufacturing workers

Severe lung disease characterized by lymphocytic bronchiolitis, alveolar ductitis, and emphysema (BADE) in industrial machine‐manufacturing workers

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: Implications for the future of work and cognitive decision support systems (DSSs).

Artificial intelligence: Implications for the future of work and cognitive decision support systems (DSSs).

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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Draft Risk Evaluation for Methylene Chloride for TSCA

Draft Risk Evaluation for Methylene Chloride for TSCA

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

DOE Announces $24.9 Million Funding Selections to Advance Hydropower and Water Technologies

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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Russian Scientists Reveal First Photos of Massive Arctic Methane Fountain

Russian Scientists Reveal First Photos of Massive Arctic Methane Fountain

A group of Russian scientists has revealed the first pictures of a massive fountain of methane gas bubbling from the sea floor in the eastern Siberian Sea. During the 35-day expedition that started Sept. 21, the scientific expedition organized by Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU)  noticed a spot of emerald-colored water which turned out to...
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BIG News! EPA Announces New 5-Year Plan to Accelerate Restoration of the Great Lakes

BIG News! EPA Announces New 5-Year Plan to Accelerate Restoration of the Great Lakes

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.

National Safety Council Position paper on marijuana and safety sensitive positions.

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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“When patients participate in health studies, their medical and genetic details are typically kept anonymous to protect them. A controversial Trump administration plan to limit the scientific studies used...
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