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We’re not a “casualty catastrophe modeler” anymore

We’re not a “casualty catastrophe modeler” anymore 150 150 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 150 150 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? 150 150 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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Childhood obesity is not trending downward as previously thought

Childhood obesity is not trending downward as previously thought 150 150 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 150 150 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? 150 150 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 150 150 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? 150 150 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 150 150 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 150 150 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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