Updated Course with Reduced Fee! Animal Agriculture and Food Safety Risk Analysis and Disease Modeling, September 5-9, 2016. EpiX Analytics and the VEEPH Group of the Royal Veterinary College announce that their ever-popular Animal Agriculture and Food Safety Risk Analysis and Disease Modeling course has been shortened to one week (5 days) to better accommodate the busy schedules of course participants. The fee is now reduced to US$2,995.
The key features of the course have been maintained, including the coverage of the most current risk modeling methods and of disease spread modeling. The hands-on course focuses on the solving of real-world risk analysis problems. See the updated course program, and register for the course at http://www.epixanalytics.com/Forms/EpiXCourses_Registration.pdf. For more information, contact Barbara O’Neill at email@example.com.
~ RiskWorld editorial staff (posted 4/5/2016)
Findings of the Commission on a Global Health Risk Framework. The commission’s report The Neglected Dimension of Global Security: A Framework to Counter Infectious Disease Crises was released on January 13. The GHRF webpage provides links to the report and related resources. Go to http://nam.edu/initiatives/global-health-risk-framework/.
~ RiskWorld editorial staff (posted 1/13/2016)
Small Modular Reactors: Nuclear Power Fad or Future? by Daniel T. Ingersoll of NuScale Power USA, a highly respected expert in the nuclear industry, was released December 8, 2015. This unique guide to small modular reactors presents policymakers in government, business, and research with the background they need in small nuclear power to create a balanced discussion of the many advantages of SMRs and the criticisms they face.
~ RiskWorld editorial staff (updated 12/17/2015, posted 9/4/2015)
How Do You Balance the Benefits of Social Media with Its Underlying Risks?
Available now, Social Media Risk and Governance: Managing Enterprise Risk is a practical guide to the components and considerations which make up a good social media governance strategy, from external communications channels such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to enterprise social networks within an organization. Written by social media risk and governance expert Phil Mennie of PwC, the book addresses the concepts professionals in information security, marketing, compliance, and risk management all need to take into account, guiding readers through policy evaluation, planning on social media, information security and fraud risks, how to respond to a crisis, archiving data, and more and features examples from companies such as BP, MasterCard, Netflix, PwC, Silk Road, UBS, and Yelp.
~ RiskWorld editorial staff (posted 11/6/2015)
Is Your Job, Home, or Hobby Affecting Your Health?
The average consumer may ask how the United States National Library of Medicine could possibly relate to them and why they should access databases of health journals and chemical information. The answer is that unlike typical websites dispensing information, http://www.nlm.nih.gov/ provides unbiased findings—with no commercial bias and no advertising. Consumers can search symptoms, diseases and treatments, or find out about medications that they are taking. They can also find out what’s in their favorite household products, such as glue, cleaners, and weed killers … read more
~ RiskWorld contributor Carolyn Evans (posted 11/3/2015)
RiskWorld Asks the National Library of Medicine:
What’s New, What’s the Most Popular, and What’s the Most Overlooked in Its Online Databases for Risk Professionals
For decades, the National Library of Medicine of the U.S. National Institutes of Health has been compiling one of the world’s most detailed collections of online databases and other resources of human health and environmental data. More than 10 million viewers accessed the library’s TOXNET (TOXicology Data NETwork) web site last year, as risk analysts, medical doctors, and other health and environmental professionals referenced the site’s vast resources at no cost. Yet even experienced users don’t realize how the depth and breadth of these online resources has expanded in recent years, says Stephanie Publicker, a technical information specialist … read more
~ RiskWorld contributor Carolyn Evans (posted 9/8/2015)
What’s New at One of the World’s Most Popular Collections of Risk Databases
RiskWorld has delved into a national treasure trove of human health and environmental data that once was the domain of risk analysts and other professionals but is increasingly used by nursing moms, hobbyists, and other consumers. In a two-part series, RiskWorld examines the recent expansion of topics and accessibility of these resources, offering readers an overview of what’s new, what’s often overlooked, and what’s the most popular of the online databases at the National Library of Medicine’s TOXNET (TOXicology Data NETwork) web site, which is available at no charge to the public and professionals alike. “Many people don’t realize that our resources are not just for professionals,” says Stephanie Publicker, a technical information specialist in the National Library of Medicine’s Office of Clinical Toxicology. “For instance, our LactMed database is a database of drugs and chemicals to which breast-feeding mothers might be exposed. The mothers themselves can directly access this data to find out … read more
~ Former RiskWorld senior editor, Amy Charlene Reed (updated 8/27/2015 and 1/12/2016)
Esri Maps Provide Geographic Context on Earthquakes Around the World. Esri publishes interactive maps about earthquakes and aftershocks around the world, such as the earthquake that struck Nepal earlier this year. The maps are available for readers to embed or share as part of ongoing coverage. The Earthquake Public Information Map shows continuously updated information about earthquake locations and intensities and can be embedded in web sites and blog postings 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>
Esri also publishes story maps that explain the history of seismic activity in earthquake epicenters. In response to the earthquake this spring in Nepal, for example, Esri published the 2015 Nepal earthquake story map. 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>
~ RiskWorld editorial staff (posted 4/27/2015)
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.
Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Accident Is “Wake-Up Call” for U.S. to Improve Real-Time Monitoring of Spent Fuel Pools (5/20/16, National Academies) Read Lessons Learned from the Fukushima Nuclear Accident for Improving Safety and Security of U.S. Nuclear Plants: Phase 2 (2016).
Distinction Between Genetic Engineering and Conventional Plant Breeding Becoming Less Clear, Says New Report on GE Crops (5/17/16, National Academies) Read Genetically Engineered Crops:
Experiences and Prospects (2016).
Bullying Is a “Serious Public Health Problem,” Says New Report; Evidence-Based Approaches to Prevent Bullying and Its Harm Could Have a Dramatic Effect on Children’s Well-Being and Development (5/10/16, National Academies) Read Preventing Bullying Through Science, Policy, and Practice (2016).
Remote Real-Time Monitoring of Offshore Oil and Gas Operations – New Report (5/2/16, National Academies) The report Application of Remote Real-Time Monitoring to Offshore Oil and Gas Operations (2016) from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine recommends how the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement of the U.S. Department of the Interior could apply remote real-time monitoring (RRTM) to improve the safety and reduce the environmental risks of offshore oil and gas operations.
Hepatitis B and C Could Be Eliminated as Public Health Problems in U.S., But Reducing Number of New Cases Is More Manageable in Short Term, Says New Report (4/11/16, National Academies) Read Eliminating the Public Health Problem of Hepatitis B and C in the United States: Phase One Report (2016)
Gorilla Safety Introduces First and Only Fully Integrated Mobile Application for Fleet and Safety Management (4/11/16, Gorilla Safety Fleet Management) This newly formed company brings its patented cloud-based fleet and safety solution to market.
New Grant Opportunity: Emerging Food Risks, Mycotoxin Mixtures, Animal Diseases (4/1/16, European Food Safety Authority) EFSA has launched its second thematic grant call for proposals on methodology development in risk assessment. The thematic grant scheme aims to facilitate scientific cooperation in the EU, boost innovation and support the exchange of expertise and best practice in areas relating to EFSA’s work.
National Zika Summit Focused on Coordinated U.S. Response (4/1/16, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Officials from most-at-risk states in Atlanta will develop action plans for implementation following the Summit.
California Drought Patterns Becoming More Common (4/1/16, National Science Foundation) Atmospheric patterns linked with drought occurred more frequently in recent decades. (This is part 15 in a series on NSF’s geosciences risk and resilience interest area. Links to parts one through 14 are provided at the beginning of the article.)
Lloyd’s Register Named Inspection Agency for Wylfa Newydd Nuclear Plant Project (3/31/16, Lloyd’s Register) Horizon Nuclear Power has chosen the UK-based international inspection body for supply chain oversight.
Longer-Term Weather and Environmental Forecasts Will Provide Enormous Benefit with More Research and Sustained Investment, New Report Says (3/29/16, National Academies) Read Next Generation Earth System Prediction: Strategies for Subseasonal to Seasonal Forecasts (2016).
Children with Cushing Syndrome May Have Higher Suicide Risk (3/29/16, National Institutes of Health) NIH study finds that depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts increase after treatment.
Lloyd’s Register Releases Guidance Notes for Inspection with Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) (3/22/16, Lloyd’s Register Group Limited) New guidance approach supports industry in the safe and effective deployment of next generation drone and UAS technology that can significantly improve productivity gains through reducing risk exposure, survey times and in-service inspection costs of offshore, marine and onshore infrastructure. “Eyes in the sky” technology opens the way to rapid, safe and repeatable inspections that will lead to long-term benefits for energy and marine operators seeking high levels of integrity, compliance and commercial advantage.
Scientific Colloquium: Epigenetics and Risk Assessment (3/17/16, European Food Safety Authority) The issue of epigenetic changes and their impact on human health and life span was prominently discussed at EFSA’s second scientific conference “Shaping the future of food safety, together” in Milan. In response to the interest in this issue, EFSA has selected epigenetics as the subject of its next scientific symposium, which will be held on 14 and 15 June 2016 in Valencia, Spain.
New Report Says Science Can Estimate Influence of Climate Change on Some Types of Extreme Events (3/11/16, National Academies) Read Attribution of Extreme Weather Events in the Context of Climate Change (2016).
Superbugs: MEPs Want to Curb Use of Antibiotics in Farming (3/10/16, European Parliament) To fight the growing resistance of bacteria to today’s antibiotics, the use of existing antimicrobial drugs should be restricted, and new ones should be developed, said the European Parliament.
Latest Biennial Review of Health Problems That May Be Linked to Agent Orange Exposure During Vietnam War Upgrades Bladder Cancer and Hypothyroidism, Downgrades Spina Bifida (3/10/16, National Academies) Read Veterans and Agent Orange:
Update 2014 (2016).
New Report Recommends Research to Improve Understanding of Relationship Between Fatigue and Crash Risk for Truck and Bus Drivers (3/10/16, National Academies) Read Commercial Motor Vehicle Driver Fatigue, Long-Term Health, and Highway Safety:
Research Needs (2016).
New Report Provides Recommendations for Improving Social Security Administration’s Process for Determining Whether Adult Beneficiaries Are Capable of Managing Their Financial Benefits (3/9/16, National Academies) Read Informing Social Security’s Process for Financial Capability Determination (2016).
Better Evidence, Oversight Needed to Improve Effectiveness and Availability of Biomarker Tests for Molecularly Targeted Therapies, Says New Report (3/4/16, National Academies) Read Biomarker Tests for Molecularly Targeted Therapies: Key to Unlocking Precision Medicine (2016).
New Report Finds “Surprising Gaps” in Knowledge of Ovarian Cancers; Better Understanding Needed to Make Progress in Prevention, Early Detection, Treatment, and Management of Disease (3/2/16, National Academies) Read Ovarian Cancers: Evolving Paradigms in Research and Care (2016).
EPA Proposes Revisions to Its Risk Management Program to Improve Chemical Process Safety and Further Protect Communities and First Responders (2/25/16, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) For more information about the proposed rule, go to http://www.epa.gov/rmp/proposed-changes-risk-management-program-rmp-rule.
UA’s Kittles Breaks New Ground in Genetics (2/22/16, University of Arizona) A lifelong quest for self-discovery led nationally prominent researcher Rick Kittles toward a number of significant findings for African-Americans.
Register for SBCA Conference and Workshops, March 16–18, 2016 (2/17/16, Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis) See list of workshop offerings.
New Report Finds Gulf War Illness Continues to Be Major Health Effect Linked to Persian Gulf War Military Service (2/11/16, National Academies) Read Gulf War and Health:
Volume 10: Update of Health Effects of Serving in the Gulf War, 2016.
NOAA Launches Unprecedented Effort to Discover How El Niño Affects Weather (2/5/16, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) The Pacific research goal is to improve accuracy of weather forecasts and models.
Environmental Risk: Harmonising Assessment, Protecting Biodiversity (2/3/16, European Food Safety Authority) EFSA has published two Scientific Opinions on environmental risk assessment (ERA), with a third to follow shortly. Reinhilde Schoonjans explains the issues at the heart of this major project. Links to the opinions are provided at the end of the news release.
Clinical Investigations of Mitochondrial Replacement Techniques Are “Ethically Permissible” If Significant Conditions Are Met, Says New Report (2/3/16, National Academies) Read Mitochondrial Replacement Techniques: Ethical, Social, and Policy Considerations (2016).
Participants in Personal Genome Project Weigh Risks and Benefits of Data Sharing (2/3/16, Silent Spring Institute) Findings could inform revisions to the Common Rule.
ATVs Are Dangerous to Children (2/3/16, Consumer Federation of America) No significant change in injuries and estimated number of all-terrain vehicle deaths is down slightly for children, but data is incomplete.
A Minefield of Risks for Taxpayers (2/3/16, Consumer Federation of America) CFA releases its new analysis on the perils taxpayers face from unregulated preparers, lack of fee disclosure, and tax-time financial products.
More than 3 Million U.S. Women at Risk for Alcohol-exposed Pregnancy (2/2/16, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Sexually active women who stop using birth control should stop drinking alcohol, but most keep drinking. Also read FAQ about alcohol and alcohol consumption.
WHO Statement on the First Meeting of the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR 2005) Emergency Committee on Zika Virus and Observed Increase in Neurological Disorders and Neonatal Malformations (2/1/16, World Health Organization) Also read “WHO Director-General Summarizes the Outcome of the Emergency Committee Regarding Clusters of Microcephaly and Guillain-Barré Syndrome.”
Report Affirms the Goal of Elimination of Civilian Use of Highly Enriched Uranium and Calls for Step-wise Conversion of Research Reactors Still Using Weapon-grade Uranium Fuel; 50-year Federal Roadmap for Neutron-based Research Recommended (1/28/16, National Academies) Read Reducing the Use of Highly Enriched Uranium in Civilian Research Reactors (2016).
2016 Risk Predictions for Business: Institute of Risk Management (1/27/16, Institute of Risk Management) IRM experts look to the year ahead and make 2016 risk predictions.
New Report Finds Near-Term Update to Social Cost of Carbon Unwarranted (1/26/16, National Academies) Read Assessment of Approaches to Updating the Social Cost of Carbon: Phase 1 Report on a Near-Term Update (2016).
Future Pandemics Pose Massive Risks to Human Lives, Global Economic Security, Says New Report; Need For Action Against This “Neglected Dimension of Global Security” to Prepare and Respond to Infectious Disease Crises More Effectively (1/13/16, National Academies) Read The Neglected Dimension of Global Security – A Framework to Counter Infectious Disease Crises, or click and scroll down to “Resources.”
Trying to Conceive Soon After a Pregnancy Loss May Increase Chances of Live Birth (1/11/16, National Institutes of Health) NIH study finds no reason for delaying pregnancy attempts after a loss without complications.
New Report Finds No Significant Increase in Health Risks for 1960s Project SHAD Veterans (1/8/16, National Academies) Read Assessing Health Outcomes Among Veterans of Project SHAD (Shipboard Hazard and Defense) (2016).
Dunbar Introduces 360° Managed Security Service for Both Cyber and Physical Threats, Opens Advanced Security Operations Center (PDF) (11/17/15, Dunbar) Dunbar’s Cybersecurity, Security Systems, and Protective Services business lines are integrated under the new Dunbar Security Solutions division.
Improving Public Alerts in Emergency Situations (11/13/15, International Organization for Standardization) Two recently published ISO standards will help organizations responsible for public warning at the local, national or international level to put in place a structured emergency response informing a targeted risk population.
Feeding At-Risk Infants Gluten Increases Risk of Developing Celiac Disease (11/12/15, American Gastroenterological Association) CGH research finds that gluten ingested at an early age plays a role in disease course.
Lead Exposure Impacts Children’s Sleep (11/12/15, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing) Novel finding from Penn Nursing research shows that lead exposure in early childhood increases risk for sleep problems and excessive daytime sleepiness.
Assessing Approaches to Updating the Social Cost of Carbon – Public Meeting and Webcast, Nov. 13, 2015 (11/6/15, National Academies) See the agenda.
Schulz in Lesbos: “People Are Really Running for Their Lives” (11/5/15, European Parliament) EP President Martin Schulz traveled to the Greek island of Lesbos in order to visit a refugee registration and identification centre where almost 2,500 people are recorded on a daily basis.
New Report Finds Human-Caused Climate Change Increased the Severity of Many Extreme Events in 2014 (11/5/15, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Read the report Explaining Extreme Events of 2014 from a Climate Perspective, published by the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.
Multistate Foodborne Disease Outbreaks Sicken Thousands, Highlight Need for Action (11/3/15, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Government and food industries can work together to make food safer, according to the CDC Vital Signs monthly report Safer Food Saves Lives.
New Tool Rates Stream Vulnerability to Unconventional Oil and Gas Development (11/3/15, U.S. Geological Survey) USGS coauthored study looks at natural and man-made factors.
The USA Pavilion at The World’s Fair in Milan Launches Time Capsule Project (10/27/15, PR Newswire) The virtual Time Capsule, hosted by Amazon, will store recipes, literature, and artwork from the American public on topics including food sustainability, security, and deliciousness. Go to pavilion website.
ISA Releases Advance Program for Its 2015 Process Control & Safety Symposium (10/13/15, International Society of Automation) The program places emphasis on improving safety and security in chemical, petrochemical, and oil and gas processing.
Use of E-cigarettes and Alternative Tobacco Products May Lead to Increased Tobacco Use (10/13/15, EurekAlert!) Researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center sound the alarm in the Journal of the American Medical Association on a burgeoning public health crisis.
UH Research Sheds New Light on the Great Recession (10/13/15, University of Houston) Corporate bond “fire sales” rippled through the economy and lasted for years.
IBHS Urges Americans to Participate in Great Shakeout Oct. 15 (10/12/15, Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety) IBHS Consumer Guide recommends six inexpensive projects to reduce earthquake damage.
Federal Truck Size and Weight Study Falls Short of Congressional Requirements, Says New Report (10/8/15, National Academies) Read Review of U.S. Department of Transportation Truck Size and Weight Study – Second Report: Review of USDOT Technical Reports.
ISA’s 62nd International Instrumentation Symposium Issues Call for Papers (10/8/15, International Society of Automation) The deadline for abstract submission is January 15, 2016. The conference will be held jointly with the Society for Machinery Failure Prevention Technology.
Airport X-ray Screening Systems Comply with Health and Safety Standards for Radiation Exposure (9/29/15, National Academies) Read Airport Passenger Screening Using Backscatter X-Ray Machines: Compliance with Standards (2015).
New Report Examines Implications of Growing Gap in Life Span by Income for Entitlement Programs (9/17/15, National Academies) Read The Growing Gap in Life Expectancy by Income: Implications for Federal Programs and Policy Responses (2015).
New Guidance Notes for Risk Based Analysis: Cryogenic Spill (9/10/15, Lloyd’s Register Energy) Accidental release of cryogenic liquids such as LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) poses a significant risk to personnel and assets on oil & gas installations.
FAO Food Price Index Registers Sharpest Fall Since December 2008 (9/10/15, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) Global cereal production for 2015 is up.
Implementing the EU Offshore Safety Directive in the UK North Sea (9/8/15, Lloyd’s Register Energy) On 19 July 2015, the Offshore Installations (Offshore Safety Directive) (Safety Case, etc.) Regulations 2015 (SCR) came into force in the UK, implementing the requirements of EU Directive 2013/30/EU.
Call for Submissions – 2016 SBCA Conference and Workshops (posted in RiskWorld 9/3/15, Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis) See listing in RiskWorld Events.
This First Week of National Preparedness Month, Make a Plan for Floods (9/2/15, Federal Emergency Management Agency) Also see National Preparedness Month overview.
2015 ISA Process Control & Safety Symposium Features Three Acclaimed Keynote Speakers, Extensive Technical Program, Valuable Training Courses (8/25/15, International Society of Automation) The 2015 ISA Process Control & Safety Symposium will be held November 9–12 in Houston, Texas.
Melting Ice Sheets, Genomic Studies, and Deep-Space Observations Are Top Priorities for Next Decade of Antarctic and Southern Ocean Research (8/11/15, National Academies) Read A Strategic Vision for NSF Investments in Antarctic and Southern Ocean Research (2015).
New Guidance Notes Released on Risk Based Inspection of Hull Structures (8/10/15, Lloyd’s Register Energy) A well-structured risk based inspection scheme will help operators reduce downtime and facilitate continuous operation by focusing inspection and resource on critical risk elements.
Bank of Tanzania and MetricStream Awarded “Best Governance, Risk, and Compliance Project in Africa” at the Asian Banker Middle East and Africa Technology Implementation Awards 2015 (8/6/15, MetricStream, Inc.) The two companies were recognized for building a robust and integrated program for governance, risk management, and regulatory compliance, supported by MetricStream GRC Apps.
Massive Dead Zone Announced, EPA Sidesteps Goal (8/4/15, Mississippi River Collaborative) See Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium press release “Summary.” [RiskWorld editor’s note: See also The Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone, by Monica Bruckner, Montana State University.]
Obama Administration Takes Historic Action on Climate Change—Clean Power Plan to Protect Public Health, Spur Clean Energy Investments and Strengthen U.S. Leadership (8/3/15, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) Also see The Final Clean Power Plan: More Ambitious, More Achievable for States and Six Things Every American Should Know About the Clean Power Plan
Fact Sheet: President Obama to Announce Historic Carbon Pollution Standards for Power Plants (8/3/15, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) The Clean Power Plan is a landmark action to protect public health, reduce energy bills for households and businesses, create American jobs, and bring clean power to communities across the country.
Improving Accountability, Transparency and Professional Practice in Procurement – A Joint Statement from The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) (7/29/15, CIPS)
Yemen: The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement Condemns the Shooting at an Ambulance in Taiz (7/28/15, International Committee of the Red Cross) Also see Yemen: Intensified Ground Fighting Heightens Civilian Suffering (7/24/15)
New Report Presents Framework to Establish Standards for Psychosocial Interventions Used to Treat Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders (7/14/15, National Academies) Read Psychosocial Interventions for Mental and Substance Use Disorders: A Framework for Establishing Evidence-Based Standards (2015).
CDC versus Ebola: The Road to Zero (7/9/15, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) CDC responders describe the battle against Ebola in the multimedia report The Road to Zero: CDC’s Response to the West African Ebola Epidemic, 2014–2015.
“Safer” Replacements for Harmful Chemical in Plastics May Be as Risky to Human Health, Studies Suggest (7/8/15, New York University Langone Medical Center) NYU Langone Medical Center researchers call for stronger regulations and more testing.
Three Out of 4 American Adults Favor Making 21 the Minimum age of Sale for Tobacco Products (7/7/15, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Seven in 10 cigarette smokers favor raising the age of sale.
New Research Reveals the Trends and Risk Factors Behind America’s Growing Heroin Epidemic (7/7/15, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Heroin use is seen increasingly in most demographic groups.
Food Contact Materials: Updating the Science for Safety Assessments – Public Consultation (7/7/15, European Food Safety Authority) Also see Public Consultation on Draft Scientific Opinion on “Recent Developments in the Risk Assessment of Chemicals in Food and Their Potential Impact on the Safety Assessment of Substances Used in Food Contact Materials”
Translate Your World Launches Groundbreaking Software for Across-Language Conversation in 25 Languages (7/1/15, Translate Your World International) Language barriers are shattered by the first complete software for real-time conversation between people of different languages. Just go to a webpage and talk.
OCC Report Discusses Risks Facing National Banks and Federal Savings Associations (6/30/15, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, U.S. Department of the Treasury) Read OCC Semiannual Risk Perspective for Spring 2015 (PDF)
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.
PM’s Remarks After Laying the Foundation Stone of Indian Agricultural Research Institute in Jharkhand (6/28/15, Web Site of Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi) Also see PM Calls for Second Green Revolution (6/29/15, The Times of India)
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.
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).
Expertise in Risk and Emergency Preparation to the World’s First Floating Wind Farm (6/10/15, Lloyd’s Register Energy) Statoil has awarded Lloyd’s Register Energy’s consulting business a contract to perform a risk and emergency preparedness analysis for the Hywind Scotland pilot park project.
2015 ISA Water/Wastewater Symposium Offers Attendees 2.0 CEUs for Attending (ISA, FSAWWA and FDEP-approved) (6/9/15, International Society of Automation) Also see Training Courses at WWAC2015 Now Offer DEP-approved CEUs for State-licensed Water & Wastewater Operators
EPA Releases Draft Assessment on the Potential Impacts to Drinking Water Resources from Hydraulic Fracturing Activities (6/4/15, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) Assessment shows hydraulic fracturing activities have not led to widespread, systemic impacts to drinking water resources and identifies important vulnerabilities to drinking water resources
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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).
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.
PEI Publishes Recommended Practices for CNG Vehicle Fueling Facilities (3/4/2015, Petroleum Equipment Institute) Preview Recommended Practices for the Design, Installation, Operation and Maintenance of Compressed Natural Gas Vehicle Fueling Facilities, or purchase the report
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.”
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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).
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.