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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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The science of glyphosate – the court’s view

The science of glyphosate – the court’s view 1920 1056 Adam Grossman

This summer saw two major developments in glyphosate litigation: a California jury finding in favor of a plaintiff claiming glyphosate caused his non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and a federal judge deciding that…

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Extracting value from product stewardship’s big data

Extracting value from product stewardship’s big data 5760 3840 Richard Fontaine

The term big data seems to be everywhere these days. A few examples of use cases for big data are fraud and crime detection, patient history in the healthcare industry, and…

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Jury sees scary risk in glyphosate where scientists see murky hazard

Jury sees scary risk in glyphosate where scientists see murky hazard 620 399 David Loughran

In the first decision of its kind, a California jury last Friday determined that the agricultural chemicals company Monsanto is liable for causing a man’s Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL). The jury…

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Is climate change another factor in bee deaths?

Is climate change another factor in bee deaths? 1200 798 Adam Grossman

“Changes in climate and weather affect food and forage for bees,” [said Geoffrey Williams, an assistant professor at Auburn in Alabama]. “It’s pretty obvious that if you have bees already…

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Looking around the corner with ChemMeta

Looking around the corner with ChemMeta 4856 3227 David Loughran

As many of you who follow us may know, Praedicat was incubated within the RAND Corporation prior to its launch in 2012. RAND is the world’s largest non-profit think tank…

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Diesel, opioids, and the conservation of regulatory and litigious energy

Diesel, opioids, and the conservation of regulatory and litigious energy 500 281 David Loughran

Regulatory and litigious energy is created when a large number of individuals are harmed or perceived to be harmed. Once created, that energy is typically conserved following a path of…

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Sunscreen is a summer necessity, so what exactly is in it?

Sunscreen is a summer necessity, so what exactly is in it? 500 350 Sheryll Mangahas

Summer is almost upon us with its long sunny days. As humans, we require sunlight to produce Vitamin D. However, excessive sun exposure results in sunburn and may instigate skin…

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Cannabis: coming to drinks and medicines near you

Cannabis: coming to drinks and medicines near you 424 283 Adam Grossman

Cannabis is turning out to be a huge new business opportunity.  Over the last several years its recreational use has been legalized in Colorado, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, California, Alaska, Maine, Masachussetts, and…

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Loud noise is not the only hazard to consider in hearing loss

Loud noise is not the only hazard to consider in hearing loss 500 414 Sheryll Mangahas

Ototoxic is a word not seen or read very often unless one works at Praedicat. The latter part is familiar-toxic, so what is “oto”? It is a medical term used…

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The GMO debate rages on as USDA publishes its proposed labeling rule

The GMO debate rages on as USDA publishes its proposed labeling rule 500 280 Adam Grossman

Few things today raise as much passion as anything having to do with genetically-modified organisms (GMO) used for food. In some ways the rhetoric has been heated since 1992 when…

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Minibrain technology is advancing rapidly and raising ethical concerns

Minibrain technology is advancing rapidly and raising ethical concerns 500 497 David Loughran

Scientists are growing increasingly sophisticated three-dimensional miniature brains and other organs (“organoids”) — stomachs, kidneys, livers, prostate glands, pancreases — in order to understand disease processes and formulate more effective…

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