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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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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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