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5G: Will this time be different?

5G: Will this time be different? 500 433 David Loughran

Fifth generation (5G) wireless networking technology promises to greatly improve wireless communication, significantly increasing data transmission speeds and reducing latency. The anticipated quantum leap in wireless networking performance is made…

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Night shift work and cancer: Could it be blue light?

Night shift work and cancer: Could it be blue light? 5184 3456 Sheryll Mangahas

In 2007 the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified shift work with circadian disruption as probably carcinogenic to humans on the basis of sufficient evidence in animals and…

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CBD-infused food and beverage products in regulatory limbo

CBD-infused food and beverage products in regulatory limbo 1024 683 David Loughran

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is all the rage. The non-psychoactive cannabinoid derived from marijuana plants can be found in myriad food, beverage, dietary supplement, and cosmetic products on the shelves of…

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Promising new autism treatment lends credence to the microbiome hypothesis

Promising new autism treatment lends credence to the microbiome hypothesis 800 400 Adam Grossman

Autism rates have risen dramatically in the United States over the last 30-40 years.  While some of this increase in autism is likely due to greater awareness and broader diagnostic…

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Endocrine disruptors: The signature public health threat of our time

Endocrine disruptors: The signature public health threat of our time 2000 1200 Erica Freeman

The increase in the incidence of various cancers in the 20th century led scientists to investigate potential environmental causes such as asbestos, silica, particulate matter, benzene, and formaldehyde.  The signature health…

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Correlational evidence accumulating on the human health impacts of fracking

Correlational evidence accumulating on the human health impacts of fracking 1600 1072 David Loughran

Hydraulic fracturing — the process of injecting millions of gallons of water and chemicals into shale formations to release oil and gas — has transformed energy production in the United…

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Propylene glycol earns dubious honor as 2018 “Allergen of the Year”

Propylene glycol earns dubious honor as 2018 “Allergen of the Year” 379 379 David Loughran

Each year, the American Contact Dermatitis Society designates an “Allergen of the Year.”  In 2018, that dubious honor was given to propylene glycol.  Propylene glycol, widely used to absorb water…

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Will chlorpyrifos survive the 9th Circuit?

Will chlorpyrifos survive the 9th Circuit? 379 379 Erica Freeman

The Trump Administration was back in front of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals earlier this week seeking to keep the insecticide chlorpyrifos on the U.S. market.  Chlorpyrifos, a suspected…

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Who will pay for the opioid epidemic?

Who will pay for the opioid epidemic? 379 379 David Loughran

Who will pay for the opioid epidemic?  The millions of individuals addicted to opioids and the hundreds of thousands of individuals who have died from opioid overdose, along with their…

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PFOA & PFOS replacements under fire

PFOA & PFOS replacements under fire 379 379 David Loughran

DuPont and 3M introduced the commercial world to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the 1950s.  Decades later, the first generation of these water-, grease-, and stain-resistant chemicals – perfluorooctanoic…

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Locating 39,000 companies on the casualty catastrophe map

Locating 39,000 companies on the casualty catastrophe map 700 445 David Loughran

One of the many reasons casualty catastrophe is a challenge to model is that the insured’s exposure is driven by its past and present business activities: the industrial processes it…

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What’s the risk in learning about risks?

What’s the risk in learning about risks? 1920 1501 Stephen Jones

In talking with product stewardship and risk management professionals, we occasionally see a fear of too much knowledge.  You may believe that knowing about a specific risk means being held…

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