Health

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

Food Safety Group Sues Ag Department for FOIA'd Records on GMO Crops

The Center for Food Safety has sued the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service under the Freedom of Information Act for withholding information on genetically modified crops (GMOs), after unsuccessfully seeking information over a period of 13 years.

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Ten Years After Katrina: Lessons, Warnings, Rebuilding

As the 10th anniversary of the Hurricane Katrina catastrophe approaches, many news media are doing stories that try to make sense of it. For journalists, it's an inexhaustible subject because it's about people's lives and the moral perils of the governments we choose. It's about the looming catastrophes we deny.

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"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

Are Health Warnings on Soda Unconstitutional? Industry Says Yes

The American Beverage Association, California State Outdoor Advertising Association and California Retailers Association sued San Francisco for requiring health warnings on advertisements for certain sugary beverages when posted on city property, saying it violates their First Amendment rights.

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Secret Congressional Background Reports Leak Again; Debate Continues

Here are some recently leaked CRS reports of relevance to environmental journalists, as well as the latest on the debate following the NYT editorial calling for the reports to be made public.

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August 7, 2015

DEADLINE: IRP Reporting Trip to Ecuador

The International Reporting Project (IRP) invites applications for an expenses-paid group reporting trip on health and development issues in Ecuador on October 18-29, 2015. Apply by Aug 7.

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July 21, 2015

CDC's Climate Change and Health – From Science to Practice

The Centers for Disease Control's Public Health Grand Rounds offers an encore presentation of this event, online July 21, 2015 from 1-2pm EDT. This session will explore the wide-ranging health impact of our changing climate and discuss some of the strategies, programs and partnerships currently being used to confront the challenges associated with global climate change.

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