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Call for Abstracts Is Open for 4th World Congress of Clinical Safety, which will be held September 28–30, 2015, at Schlos Schonbrunn Apothekertraket in Vienna, Austria. The congress is hosted by the International Association of Risk Management in Medicine (IARMM). Read more. (posted 2/24/15)


Tales from a Risk Blogger Who Tries to Avoid Fanning the Flames, January 26, 2015, by RiskWorld contributor Carolyn Evans. When RiskWorld went looking for risk blogs to feature, one of the first to be recommended was Michael Jayjock’s Human Health Risk Assessment to Chemicals, which one long-time reader called a “thoughtful” look at today’s risk assessment issues. RiskWorld contributor Carolyn Evans interviewed Dr. Jayjock and reports here on his experience as a blogger.


Age-Related Changes in the Brain Can Have Significant Impact on Individuals, Society; Report Identifies Three Top Actions to Help Promote Cognitive Health (4/14/15, National Academies) Read Cognitive Aging: Progress in Understanding and Opportunities for Action (2015).

Landmines: A Legacy of War (4/2/15, International Committee of the Red Cross) The International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action is observed throughout the world on April 4 every year.

BPA Exposure During Pregnancy Linked to Mothers’ Future Diabetes Risk (4/1/15,  Endocrine Society) A new animal study published in the Endocrine Society’s journal Endocrinology finds bisphenol A (BPA) associated with reduced glucose tolerance and beta cell dysfunction.

Night Owls Face Greater Risk of Developing Diabetes than Early Risers (4/1/15,  Endocrine Society) Natural sleep preferences are also linked to fat mass and muscle mass, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

Report Offers Blueprint to Improve Professional Care and Education of Children from Birth to Age 8 (4/1/15, National Academies) Read Transforming the Workforce for Children Birth Through Age 8: A Unifying Foundation (2015).

EU Restricts the Use of Plastic Bags to Protect the Environment (3/31/15, European Parliament)

New Report Describes Options for Providing Affordable Flood Insurance Premiums (3/26/15, National Academies) Read Affordability of National Flood Insurance Program Premiums: Report 1 (2015).

War Pushing Water Shortages to Breaking Point in the Middle East, Says ICRC Report (3/25/15, International  Committee of the Red Cross) With heavy fighting continuing to tear apart Syria and Iraq, and many communities still recovering from conflicts in Lebanon, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory, the region’s water resources and aging delivery systems are reaching their breaking point, according to a new report by the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Raising Minimum Age to Buy Cigarettes to at Least 21 Will Reduce Smoking Prevalence and Save Lives, Says IOM (3/12/15, National Academies) Read Public Health Implications of Raising the Minimum Age of Legal Access to Tobacco Products (2015) and the report brief.

NRGene and International Researchers Team to Map Key Wheat Genome (PDF) (3/10/2015, NRGene) Hardier varieties are key to securing the world food supply.

Are Current Water Treatment Methods Sufficient to Remove Potentially Harmful Engineered Nanoparticles? (3/10/2015, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. publishers)

Spring Has Sprung! Get Ready for Some of America’s Wildest Weather (3/1/2015, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Weather-Ready Nation) “Don’t let this dangerous season catch you unaware. Get ready for spring with just a few simple steps: Know Your Risk, Take Action, and Be a Force of Nature.”

Stronger Construction Standards Can Reduce Tornado Destruction, Says IBHS (2/25/2015, Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety)

More Than 2 Hours of TV a Day Increases High Blood Pressure Risk in Children by 30 Percent (2/25/2015, EurekAlert!) This new research was led by the Universities of Zaragoza (Unizar) and São Paulo (Brazil).

CDC, Federal Partners Develop Improved Method for Attributing Foodborne Illness (2/24/15,  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Read the report (PDF) by the Interagency Food Safety Analytics Collaboration (IFSAC) Project.

IPCC Agrees on Acting Chair After R.K. Pachauri Steps Down (PDF) (2/24/2015, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) Read a letter from R.K. Pachauri (PDF) and Reuters news coverage.

Study Finds Peanut Consumption in Infancy Prevents Peanut Allergy (2/23/2015, National Institutes of Health) The NIH-funded trial compares the consumption and the avoidance of peanuts.

Study: Formula Poses Greater Arsenic Risk Than Breast Milk (2/23/15, Dartmouth College)

NOAA’s Growing Weather Observations Database Goes into Full Operations (2/19/2015, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

Available Evidence Suggests That Possible Regulation of Cigarettes Not Likely to Significantly Change U.S. Illicit Tobacco Market (2/19/15, National Academies) Read Understanding the U.S. Illicit Tobacco Market: Characteristics, Policy Context, and Lessons from International Experiences (2015).

Deadline Extended for Lithium Battery Ground Shippers (2/17/15, Lion Technology Inc.) Also read Countdown to New, Tougher Lithium Battery Shipping Rules (12/19/14).

Industry Recognizes Whitebox Security as the Driving Force in Data Access Governance (2/17/15, Whitebox Security)

RiskBusiness Launches Risk Intelli Set Report Writer (2/13/15, RiskBusiness International Limited)

CSRM: 10 Years of Excellence in School Risk Management Education (2/11/15, National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research)

Exposure to Mercury, Seafood Associated with Risk Factor for Autoimmune Disease (2/10/15, University of Michigan Health System) Among women of reproductive age, exposure to mercury at levels generally considered safe may be associated with markers of immune system disorders.

A Business-as-Unusual Outlook for Oil in the Medium Term (2/10/15, International Energy Agency) IEA report sees a transformed market, with supply more responsive to prices than in the past – and demand less so.

Climate Intervention Is Not a Replacement for Reducing Carbon Emissions; Proposed Intervention Techniques Not Ready for Wide-Scale Deployment (2/10/15, National Academies) Read Climate Intervention: Carbon Dioxide Removal and Reliable Sequestration (2015) and Climate Intervention: Reflecting Sunlight to Cool Earth (2015).

Immune Biomarkers Help Predict Early Death, Complications in HIV Patients with TB, Penn Study Finds (2/9/15, Penn Medicine) Measuring biomarkers with currently available blood test may help better stratify patients, guide future research and treatments before HIV treatment begins.

New Guidance Notes for Calculating Explosion Loads (2/9/15, Lloyd’s Register Energy) Guidance Notes for the Calculation of Probabilistic Explosion Loads provides recommended practices to help engineers, operators and designers to define blast and explosion loads to control and mitigate risk measures in offshore operations.

World Cancer Day: How Thousands of Lives Could Be Saved (2/4/15, European Parliament) Also read European Code Against Cancer—12 Ways to Reduce Your Cancer Risk.

58 Million Nonsmokers in U.S. Are Still Exposed to Secondhand Smoke (2/3/15,  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Two of every five children—including seven in 10 black children—are exposed to secondhand smoke.

Value of U.S. Mineral Production Increases Despite Lower Metal Prices (1/30/15, U.S. Geological Survey)

Sugar Key to Lowering Osteoarthritis Risk (1/28/15, The University of Edinburgh) People at risk of osteoarthritis following orthopaedic surgery could be helped by a new way to protect cartilage from damage.

Farmers in Malawi Need Urgent Help After Heavy Flooding (1/28/15, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) Prompt access to seeds and livestock will help reboot local food production.

Historical Hydraulic Fracturing Trends and Data Unveiled in New USGS Publications (1/27/15, U.S. Geological Survey)

Data Protection Starts with Everyone (1/26/15, Infosecurity Magazine) Opinion written by Roy Peretz of Whitebox Security.

First of Its Kind Guide Launched to Enable True Valuation of Ecosystems in Some of the World’s Smallest and Most Vulnerable Economies (1/26/15, United Nations Environment Programme)

Better, Smarter, Healthier: In Historic Announcement, HHS Sets Clear Goals and Timeline for Shifting Medicare Reimbursements from Volume to Value (1/26/15, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

Natural Breakdown of Petroleum Underground Can Lace Arsenic into Groundwater (1/26/15, U.S. Geological Survey)

Got Bees? Got Vitamin A? Got Malaria? Research Shows Loss of Pollinators Increases Risk of Malnutrition and Disease (1/26/15, The University of Vermont)

Study of Former NFL Players Reveals Specifics of Concussive Brain Damage (1/26/15, Johns Hopkins Medicine) Research results support calls for better player protections.

Bridging the Knowledge Gap on Non-plastic Food Contact Materials (1/23/15, European Food Safety Authority)

Sea-Level Rise, Climate Change Impacts on Marine Ecosystems, and Geohazards Are Among Priorities for Ocean Science Over Next Decade (1/23/15, National Academies) Read Sea Change: 2015-2025 Decadal Survey of Ocean Sciences (2015).

Opioid Painkillers Widely Prescribed Among Reproductive Age Women (1/22/15, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Opioid exposure during pregnancy increases risk of some birth defects.

Academy Honors Four for Major Contributions in Neuroscience, Psychological and Cognitive Sciences (1/22/15, National Academies) Note: The recipients include Scott D. Sagan, Caroline S. G. Munro Professor of Political Science at Stanford University, who has received the 2015 William and Katherine Estes Award, which recognizes basic research in any field of cognitive or behavioral science that uses rigorous formal and empirical methods to advance our understanding of issues relating to the risk of nuclear war.

NIH Researchers Tackle Thorny Side of Gene Therapy (1/20/2015, National Institutes of Health) Pre-clinical studies in mice reveal ways to reduce cancer risk with modified treatment.

Joint Industry Project (JIP) Launched to Facilitate Diagnosis and Decision-making for Nuclear Emergency Management (1/20/15, Lloyd’s Register Energy)

Review of Human Health Risk Assessments at California’s Department of Pesticide Regulation (1/20/15, National Academies)  Read Review of California’s Risk-Assessment Process for Pesticides (2015).

Soil Science Society of America Wants You to Know That “Soils Support Urban Life” (1/20/15, Soil Science Society of America)

Dutch Rally Support for a Europe Wide Microplastic Ban (1/16/15, United Nations Environment Programme)

IOM Report Proposes Professional Standards for Responsible Sharing of Clinical Trial Data; Recommends Data That Support Results Should Be Shared No Later Than Six Months After Publication (1/14/15, National Academies) Read Sharing Clinical Trial Data: Maximizing Benefits, Minimizing Risk (2015).

Up to 5,000 Europeans Joined jihad, Europol Chief Says (1/14/15, EU Observer)

Improving Rail Tank Car Safety, Commercial Trucking, Among the NTSB’s Most Wanted List for 2015 (1/13/15, National Transportation Safety Board)

Report Offers a Framework to Help Policymakers, Researchers, and Other Stakeholders Analyze the Effects of Potential Changes to the U.S. Food System (1/13/15, National Academies) Read A Framework for Assessing Effects of the Food System.

Transboundary Animal Diseases: What Are the Risks in the EU and What Does EFSA Do? (1/13/15, European Food Safety Authority)

Panel Cites Need for Individualized, Patient-centered Approach to Treat and Monitor Chronic Pain (1/12/15, National Institutes of Health)

A New Toolbox to Rank Risks (1/9/15, European Food Safety Authority)