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Childhood obesity is not trending downward as previously thought

Childhood obesity is not trending downward as previously thought 500 323 David Loughran

Public health researchers reported discouraging findings on Monday: The rate of obesity among U.S. children remains stubbornly high and has actually increased among the youngest children ages 2-5. According to…

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Nanotechnology in food: helpful or harmful?

Nanotechnology in food: helpful or harmful? 500 317 Sheryll Mangahas

Researchers announced recently that they have developed a new screening technique for detecting pyrethroid pesticides in food. This screening technique uses magnetic nanoparticles and, one day, could be incorporated directly in food…

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Research on transgenerational effects targets PCBs

Research on transgenerational effects targets PCBs 500 666 Adam Grossman

Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) were phased out of use decades ago, but they remain environmentally persistent and can still be found in people’s blood. PCBs have also been shown to disrupt…

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Is Praedicat’s insurtech solution “friend or foe” to insurers?

Is Praedicat’s insurtech solution “friend or foe” to insurers? 500 499 Bob Reville

The IBM Insurtech report “Friend or Foe? Insurtechs and the global insurance industry” describes how insurers are engaging with insurtechs today. Some are displacing the incumbents, but many are collaborating…

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California joins three other states in proposing age restrictions on tackle football

California joins three other states in proposing age restrictions on tackle football 500 324 David Loughran

All states have youth sports concussion safety laws that require schools, interscholastic athletic associations, and often youth sporting organizations to follow “concussion protocols” in an effort to protect children from…

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Could mercury release be another unintended consequence of global warming?

Could mercury release be another unintended consequence of global warming? 500 333 Adam Grossman

Much has been made of the carbon dioxide stored in arctic ice and permafrost. The hypothesis at this time suggests that global warming will become self-reinforcing due to the increasing…

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Perfluorinated chemicals linked to weight gain

Perfluorinated chemicals linked to weight gain 500 175 Adam Grossman

Praedicat has been tracking perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) since our inception. They are used in a wide range of applications, including fire retardant foams, food-contact materials, water repellents like Scotchgard, and…

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Could warning labels reduce sugar consumption (and the threat of sugar litigation)?

Could warning labels reduce sugar consumption (and the threat of sugar litigation)? 500 250 David Loughran

Scientists are generally convinced that over-consumption of sugar increases the risk of a variety of adverse health outcomes such as obesity and diabetes, and it is also generally accepted that…

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Evidence for a cell phone-cancer link is more tenuous than ever

Evidence for a cell phone-cancer link is more tenuous than ever 500 262 Adam Grossman

In May 2016, the U.S. National Toxicology Program (NTP) released partial and preliminary findings from a series of 2-year studies designed to test whether cell phones can cause cancer. As we…

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Personal exposure monitoring could be the next driver of litigation

Personal exposure monitoring could be the next driver of litigation 500 333 Adam Grossman

One of the main impediments to understanding environmental drivers of disease is having an accurate assessment of exposure.  This article shows why this barrier is beginning to vanish by detailing…

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Research on Dads’ environmental exposures and the implications for liability insurance

Research on Dads’ environmental exposures and the implications for liability insurance 500 335 Bob Reville

The Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) today has a fascinating review piece about the growing research on fathers’ environmental exposures and children’s developmental injuries. The article mentions that the earliest study…

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Praedicat and AIG publish white paper on additive manufacturing

Praedicat and AIG publish white paper on additive manufacturing 500 333 Adam Grossman

Additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, has the potential to revolutionize many industries.  But like any new innovation, it creates new risks. The Praedicat approach to risk identification is…

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