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Call for Abstracts Has Been Extended for the 4th World Congress of Clinical Safety, which will be held September 28–30, 2015, at Schlos Schönbrunn Apothekertraket in Vienna, Austria, and is hosted by the International Association of Risk Management in Medicine (IARMM). The abstract submission deadline for those not requiring an Austria visa is June 30, 2015.  Read more. (posted 2/24/15, updated 6/1/15)

Esri Map Provides Geographic Context for Flooding in Central U.S. Esri’s U.S. Flooding Information Map provides continuously updated information from the National Weather Service showing:

• Observed flooding locations and statistics
• Current and forecasted precipitation
• Flood warning areas

Stream gauges and weather watch layers allow users to identify features to get specific information such as flooding height, weather related issue, and severity. To embed or share this map, use the following code: <iframe width=”100%” height=”600px” src=”http://www.arcgis.com/apps/PublicInformation/index.html?appid=542e7fa7eadd49deb780648daf487e76” frameborder=”0″ scrolling=”no”></iframe>. (posted 5/26/15)

Esri Maps Provide Geographic Context on Nepal Earthquakes. Esri has published a pair of interactive maps about the 7.8 magnitude earthquake and aftershocks that struck Nepal over the weekend. The following maps are available for the media to embed or share as part of ongoing coverage.

Earthquake Public Information Map
Explore the locations and intensities of the various quakes that struck Nepal, along with a shakemap from the USGS. This map also includes geotagged social media from Twitter and YouTube with local content related to the quakes. You can embed this map with the following code:
<iframe width=”100%” height=”640px” src=”http://www.arcgis.com/apps/PublicInformation/index.html?appid=de7c7b077c0144149fe5f9dd7857361d” frameborder=”0″ scrolling=”no”></iframe>

Mapping the 2015 Nepal Earthquake
Take a closer look at Nepal’s history of seismic activity and learn more about the people impacted by the earthquakes. This story map also includes information about relief operations and key points of interest in the region, as well as a 3D web scene of the area affected by the avalanche on Mt. Everest. You can embed this map with the following code:
<iframe width=”100%” height=”800px” src=”http://story.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/?appid=34934c03445649cd9fcb422a2a7279c7” frameborder=”0″ scrolling=”no”></iframe>

(posted 4/27/15)

Views

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.

Releases

U.S. Cardiac Arrest Survival Rates Around 6 Percent for Those Occurring Outside of a Hospital; New IOM Report Recommends Strategies to Improve Survival Rates (6/30/15, National Academies) Read Strategies to Improve Cardiac Arrest Survival:
A Time to Act.

Study Shows Increase in Problem Drinking (6/29/15, National Institutes of Health) A nationwide survey revealed that alcohol use disorder is becoming more common, but few people seek treatment. The study highlights the need for renewed efforts to educate the public about problem drinking and its treatment.

Urgently Needed Aid Shipment Arrives in Yemen (6/24/15, International Committee of the Red Cross)

New Online Captive Insurance Courses Offer CE and CPE Credit (6/22/15, International Risk Management Institute, Inc.) Courses include Captives as Risk Retention Mechanisms, Property and Casualty Reinsurance Fundamentals (available in July), and Captives as Risk Transfer Mechanisms (added in August).

White House Summit Underscores Health Impacts of Climate Change (6/23/15, American Lung Association) Read A Declaration on Climate Change and Health by a coalition of public health, disease advocacy, and medical organizations.

Submit an Abstract for the WEAI Conference (due July 8) (6/23/15, Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis)  Western Economic Association International’s 12th International Conference will be held January 7–10, 2016, in Singapore.

Registration Is Now Open for the 2015 IRMI Emmett J Vaughan Agribusiness Conference in Des Moines, Iowa (6/22/15, International Risk Management Institute, Inc.)

Smoking Around Your Toddler Could Be Just as Bad as Smoking While Pregnant (6/22/15, Université de Montréal)

New Report Examines Options for Tying Insurance Rates to Flood Risk for Low-lying Structures (6/19/15, National Academies) Read Tying Flood Insurance to Flood Risk for Low-Lying Structures in the Floodplains (2015)

Prevention and Early Treatment of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever in Arizona May Save Millions by Preventing Premature Death and Disability – Several Arizona American Indian Communities Are Severely Impacted by Outbreak, CDC/IHS Study Finds (6/18/15, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Analysis Used by Federal Agencies to Set Fuel Economy and Greenhouse Gas Standards for U.S. Cars Was Generally of High Quality; Some Technologies and Issues Should Be Re-examined (6/18/15, National Academies) Read Cost, Effectiveness and Deployment of Fuel Economy Technologies for Light-Duty Vehicles (2015).

South Sudan: Starvation Threatens Unless Urgent Action Is Taken (6/10/15, International Committee of the Red Cross)

Iraq: Thousands Face Difficult Conditions After Fleeing Ramadi (6/9/15, International Committee of the Red Cross)

South Sudan: Preventing Hunger and Reducing Malnutrition (6/4/15, International Committee of the Red Cross) See a video and an article titled ICRC Calls for Urgent Action to Avert Disaster (6/8/15).

Western Diet May Increase Risk of Death After Prostate Cancer Diagnosis (6/1/15, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health)

USDA Announces Restart of Biomass Crop Assistance Program for Renewable Energy (6/1/15, United States Department of Agriculture)

NHTSA Safety Advisory: Reducing Crashes Caused by Pedal Error (5/29/15, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)

Hurricane Preparedness Week: May 24–30, 2015 (5/28/15, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

Hydraulic Fracturing (Frac) Sand Sources and Production in the United States (5/27/15, U.S. Geological Survey)

NOAA: Below-Normal Atlantic Hurricane Season Is Likely This Year (5/27/15, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Hurricane forecasting is evolving with new storm surge products and upgraded modeling.

Hurricane Season Begins June 1—Are You Ready? (5/22/15, Federal Emergency Management Agency) Visit FEMA’s www.ready.gov/hurricanes for step-by-step information and resources for what to do before, during, and after a hurricane.

First Scientific Results from the TARA Oceans Expedition—Plantonic World: The New Frontier (5/21/15, Tara Expeditions)

Nigeria: Massive Long-term Effort Needed to Tackle Humanitarian Crisis in North (5/21/15, International Committee of the Red Cross)

National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Medicine Announce Major Initiative to Guide Decision Making  on Research Involving Human Gene Editing (5/18/15, National Academies)

More Isn’t Always Better (5/13/15, University of California Santa Barbara) A study by UCSB anthropologists connects increased diabetes risk and higher levels of testosterone to prostate enlargement.

Defense Security Information Exchange Formalized as Named Information Sharing and Analysis Organization (5/13/15, PR Newswire) See Executive Order 13961.

Iraq: ICRC Launches 36 Million Swiss Francs Appeal to Significantly Increase Aid (5/11/15, International Committee of the Red Cross)

Mass Murder, Mental Illness, and Men (5/11/15, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. publishers) The mental health problems most common in mass murderers and why men at risk are so difficult to identify before they can carry out mass killings are discussed in the compelling article “Mass Murder, Mental Illness, and Men” in the peer-reviewed journal Violence and Gender, from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. The article is available free on the Violence and Gender website until June 11, 2015.

South Sudan: Tens of Thousands Flee Fighting, Face Critical Food Shortages (5/9/15, International Committee of the Red Cross)

Preliminary Economic Impact of Nepal Earthquake May Reach $5 Billion (5/7/15, Aon plc) Losses from the disaster could equal as much as 25% of Nepal’s GDP.

Syria: More Access Needed as Situation Deteriorates (5/7/15, International Committee of the Red Cross)

People Smuggling in the Mediterranean Could Be the Tip of the Iceberg (5/7/15,  Mast—Maritime Asset Security and Training)

The Interplay Between Risk Management and Social Responsibility for Oil and Gas Pipelines in the Middle East (5/7/15, PRWeb) International Research Networks (IRN) interviewed three experts in the industry—the Business Development Director of LPD Risk Management, the Cyber-Security Expert of ILF Consulting Engineers, and the Chief Executive Officer of Send Word Now—to take some insights on the physical security challenges security managers currently face in the region.

NOAA Announces New Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Searchable Database Web Tool (5/4/15, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Called DIVER for “Data Integration, Visualization, Exploration, and Reporting,” the new online tool brings together multiple scientific data and analysis sets for the public and researchers in one location.

FAA Should “Reset Expectations” for Next Generation Air Transportation System (5/1/15, National Academies) Read A Review of the Next Generation Air Transportation System:
Implications and Importance of System Architecture (2015).

Aquifer Storage and Recovery Not Ready for Large-Scale Implementation in Everglades, but Could Be Phased In to Help Resolve Uncertainties, Offer Some Benefits (4/29/15, National Academies) Read Review of the Everglades Aquifer Storage and Recovery Regional Study (2015), and register to attend a free webinar about the report on Wednesday, May 13, at 11 a.m. EDT, featuring a presentation and Q&A session with committee chair James Saiers of Yale University and committee members William Hopkins of Virginia Tech, R. David G. Pyne of ASR Systems, and Elizabeth Screaton of the University of Florida.

Institute of Medicine to Become National Academy of Medicine (4/28/15, National Academies)

International Committee of the Red Cross Says Nuclear Weapons Are “Unacceptable Risk” and Must Be Scrapped (4/27/15, International Committee of the Red Cross)

Horn of Africa: New Effort to Reunite Families Caught Up in South Sudan Violence (4/27/15, International Committee of the Red Cross)

Laundry Packets Voluntary Standard Moves to Next Stage (4/27/15, Consumer Federation of America) Consumer groups urge additional provisions to protect consumers.

Nearly One Million Children Require Urgent Humanitarian Assistance After Nepal Earthquake (4/26/15, UNICEF) Also read UNICEF Mobilized to Assist Children in Nepal Affected by Powerful Earthquake (4/25/15).

Migration: ICRC Calls for Expanded Search and Rescue, Monitoring of Humanitarian Impact (4/24/15, International Committee of the Red Cross)

The Future of the Insurance Industry Is a Present Concern (4/24/15, The National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research)

NLM Launches Two New Traveling Exhibitions: “Pick Your Poison: Intoxicating Pleasures & Medical Prescriptions” and “Pictures of Nursing: The Zwerdling Collection” (4/23/15, National Library of Medicine)

Reducing Costs, Improving Batteries, and Enhancing Consumer Information Will Improve Consumer Adoption of Plug-in Electric Vehicles (4/22/15, National Academies) Read Overcoming Barriers to Deployment of Plug-in Electric Vehicles (2015).

Electronic Cigarettes Are Not a “Safe Alternative” for Young People (4/21/15, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. publishers) The article “Electronic Cigarettes: Vulnerability of Youth,” published in Pediatric Allergy, Immunology, and Pulmonology, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers, is available free on the journal’s website until May 21, 2015.

The Revision of ISO 22000 on Food Safety Management Is Underway (4/20/15, International Organization for Standardization)

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.

CPSC Joins Global Effort to Prevent Child Poisonings (3/17/15, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission)

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)