Health

"Register Investigation: Egg Farms Rack Up Violations"

"One year after 1,900 people were sickened and a half-billion Iowa eggs were recalled, government inspectors continue to find unsanitary conditions and inadequate protections against salmonella on Iowa’s egg farms. None of the violations have resulted in fines or penalties from state or federal agencies, and Iowa’s egg producers still aren’t required to tell state officials when they find salmonella on their farms."

Source: Des Moines Register, 08/30/2011
December 15, 2017

DEADLINE: California Health Journalism Fellowship

Based at USC's Annenberg School of Journalism, the one-week California Health Journalism Fellowship, March 18-22, 2018, is open to print, broadcast, and online journalists from California, or those based elsewhere who contribute to California media outlets. Includes stipends. Apply by Dec 15, 2017.

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GAO: US Water Drinkers in Dark on Violations, Contaminants

While EPA oversees the Safe Drinking Water Act programs, much of the daily responsibility is delegated to state agencies. The non-partisan Government Accountability Office says the states are under-reporting violations and contamination to EPA. Moreover, EPA has fallen behind in setting standards for known contaminants that may cause health problems.

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Most Plastic Products Found Toxic, But Alternatives May Exist

Nearly 500 combined-plastic products tested induced estrogenic activity. Other plastic products did not, and would cost about the same to use in lieu of the EA-inducing products. But, there are other modes of toxicity besides EA, so product testing should include carcinogenicity, immune disruption, neurological damage, etc.

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Fallout: CIA Faked Vaccination Drive To Get Bin Laden's Family DNA

"The CIA organised a fake vaccination programme in the town where it believed Osama bin Laden was hiding in an elaborate attempt to obtain DNA from the fugitive al-Qaida leader's family, a Guardian investigation has found." The ploy may have damaged the confidence of the Pakistani public in vaccine programs -- at a time when vaccinations against diseases like polio are needed.

Source: Guardian, 07/22/2011

EPA May Finally Release Final Ozone Standards

The standards were initially scheduled to be released in August 2010, then October 2010, after EPA determined that the ones approved during the George W. Bush administration weren't grounded in science, didn't protect public health with an adequate margin of safety, and didn't protect the environment.

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