Health

December 4, 2015 to December 5, 2015

The Camp Lejeune Community Assistance Panel (CAP) and Public Meetings

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry invites the public to two meetings: The CAP Meeting (Dec 4) and to hear from the authors of a group of health studies that have been conducted to better understand the impact of exposure to contaminated drinking water at U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, NC (Dec 5).

Groups' Efforts for Disclosure of Pesticide "Inerts" Grinds On

Whether pesticides harm the birds and bees — or human health — matters a lot. One of the public's protections is the requirement for disclosure in the nation's pesticide laws. Three groups, represented by Earthjustice, argue that EPA has authority under current federal pesticide law to require disclosure of inert ingredients.

Alternative Vaccination Schedule Presents More Risks Than Benefits

Donald Trump's statement, during the September 16, 2015, debate, that vaccinations cause autism contradicted science and endangered human lives, doctors say. Moreover, the idea (expressed by several candidates) that scheduling childhood vaccinations less frequently than pediatricians recommend also endangers the health of children.

Source: NPR, 09/18/2015

"Greening Health Care"

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"Greening Health Care: How Hospitals Can Heal the Planet"

By Kathy Gerwig
Oxford University Press, $27.95

Reviewed by JIM MOTAVALLI

“Greening Health Care: How Hospitals Can Heal the Planet” is an important book that could have far-reaching implications for the American health-care industry.

People concerned about the escalating costs of going to the doctor — that includes just about all of us — should read it.

"Ebola Vaccine Works, Offering 100% Protection in African Trial"

"A highly unusual clinical trial in Guinea has shown for the first time that an Ebola vaccine protects people from the deadly virus. The study, published online today by The Lancet, shows that the injection offered contacts of Ebola cases 100% protection starting 10 days after they received a single shot of the vaccine, which is produced by Merck. Scientists say the vaccine could help to finally bring an end to the epidemic in West Africa, now more than 18 months old."

Source: Science, 08/03/2015

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