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The social and genetic factors that drive susceptibility

The social and genetic factors that drive susceptibility 500 261 David Loughran

As a labor economist I’ve long been interested in the question of what makes some individuals more susceptible to adverse outcomes than others. Everyone has “bad luck” from time to…

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Are we poisoning our children with plastics?

Are we poisoning our children with plastics? 500 263 Charles Clarke

In modern life, the human body interacts with innumerable man-made substances. They are in the clothes we wear, the cosmetics we use, the food we eat, the packaging which carries…

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The job of underwriting and the next asbestos

The job of underwriting and the next asbestos 500 244 Bob Reville

We recently did a survey of some of our customers and out of all the answers to the survey, the one that has stuck with me the most was that…

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Three definitions of emerging risk

Three definitions of emerging risk 500 245 Charles Clarke

The International Risk Governance Council usefully defines an emerging risk as belonging to any one of three categories: 1. Risks with uncertain impacts, with uncertainty resulting from new products, services, behaviours or…

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Neurological tumours get new classification methodology

Neurological tumours get new classification methodology 500 352 Adam Grossman

One of the most important factors in assessing disease, especially cancer, is accurately distinguishing among the possible variants. This can be a difficult task, however, especially when the best tool…

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Is it the flu or is it Legionnaires’ Disease?

Is it the flu or is it Legionnaires’ Disease? 500 334 Sheryll Mangahas

This year’s flu season has been the worst in 10 years. However, the symptoms of the flu are similar to Legionnaires’ disease. Earlier this month, a woman in Texas was…

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Perfluorinated substances linked to type II diabetes

Perfluorinated substances linked to type II diabetes 500 333 Adam Grossman

Perfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) have been in the news lately with, among other things, 3M’s $850 million settlement with the state of Minnesota to clean up water contaminated with perfluorooctane…

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Heart disease deaths may be due to low levels of lead

Heart disease deaths may be due to low levels of lead 500 333 Sheryll Mangahas

An article published in The Lancet this week examined low levels of lead and heart disease deaths. By using the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES-III) they found…

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What might smartphones, gambling, sex, and exercise have in common? Behavioral addiction

What might smartphones, gambling, sex, and exercise have in common? Behavioral addiction 500 262 David Loughran

In early January, two major Apple stockholders, JANA Partners, LLC and the California State Teacher’s Retirement System, sent a letter to Apple urging the company to address the possibility that overuse of…

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We’re not a “casualty catastrophe modeler” anymore

We’re not a “casualty catastrophe modeler” anymore 500 333 Bob Reville

Yesterday, Praedicat released a new version of its risk model. It is a breakthrough in many ways and we are excited to make it available to our clients in our…

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When scientific controversy grants free speech protection

When scientific controversy grants free speech protection 222 140 David Loughran

Monsanto scored a victory in a California federal court on Tuesday in its years-long battle over the State of California’s decision to list glyphosate—the main ingredient in the company’s widely-applied…

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BPA is “probably safe.” Time to revise your underwriting strategy?

BPA is “probably safe.” Time to revise your underwriting strategy? 500 333 Bob Reville

The National Toxicology Program (NTP) published a draft report suggesting that bisphenol A (BPA) is probably safe, according to this Newsweek article. The results are based on animal studies with…

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