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Fourth Quarter 2002

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Announces Arsenic Standard for Drinking Water of 10 Parts per Billion (10/31/01, U.S. EPA)

Government of Canada Introduces Improved Public Safety Act 2002 (10/31/02, Transport Canada)

Food Scientists Face Farmer Anger, Water Warnings (10/31/02, Environment News Service)

New Provisions for the Control of Classical Swine Fever Boost Economic Viability of Pig Farming and Improve Animal Health (10/31/02, European Union)

Scientists Tackle the Question: "What Will It Really Take To Stop Global Warming?" (10/31/02, EurekAlert)

International Researchers Propose Advanced Energy Technologies To Help Quell Global Warming (10/31/02, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory)

Inflammation May Increase Stroke Risk in Men with Hypertension (10/31/02, EurekAlert)

BRAT May Assess Risks of Terrorism, Natural Disasters to Dairies, Feedlots, Ranches, Food Packaging (10/30/02, Sandia National Laboratories)

Russia Finally Names Mystery Gas (10/30/02, New Scientist)

Years of Healthy Life Can Be Increased 5-10 Years, World Health Organization Says (10/30/02, WHO); see The World Health Report 2002 -- Preventing Risks, Promoting Healthy Life

Canada's Minister of Health Renews Funding for Breast Cancer Research and Launches Web Site To Increase Access to Information on Breast Cancer (10/30/02, Health Canada); see Canadian Breast Cancer Research Initiative and Reducing the Risk of Breast Cancer Web sites

Stronger Federal Leadership Needed To Reduce Medical Errors, Improve Care; Quality Initiatives in Government Programs Affect Entire Health Care Sector (10/30/02, The National Academies); read the full report or opening statement (by Gilbert Omenn), or listen to public briefing (requires free RealPlayer)

Surgery Patients Exposed to CJD Risk (10/30/02, New Scientist)

Zambia Bans Genetically Modified Food Aid (10/30/02, New Scientist)

Occupational Safety and Health Administration Requests Comments on Proposed Improvements to Twenty-three Health Standards -- Standards Improvement Project Will Clarify, Revise, and Eliminate Unnecessary Regulations (10/30/02, OSHA)

Increasing Nitrogen in Earth's Soils May Signal Global Changes, CU Researchers Say (10/30/02, University of Colorado at Boulder)

Slowing Insect Resistance to Genetically Modified Crops (10/30/02, EurekAlert)

Health Assessment of 1,30-Butadiene (10/29/02, U.S. EPA National Center for Environmental Assessment)

Amid Food Safety Concerns, Kansas State Professor Believes Consumers Ready for Irradiated Meat Products (10/29/02, Kansas State University)

2002: Natural Disasters Set To Cost Over $ 70 Billion (10/29/02, United Nations Environment Programme)

Fortified Orange Drink, a Success with Third World Children, Now Shown To Ease "Hidden Hunger" in Mothers and Babies (10/29/02, Cornell University)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy Announce Fuel Economy Leaders for 2003 Model Year Cars (10/29/02, U.S. EPA)

Russian Gas May Be Secret Crowd-Control Weapon (10/28/02, New Scientist)

U.S. Food and Drug Administration Issues Important Alert on Cantaloupes from Mexico (10/28/02, FDA)

Bush Administration Awards Nearly $95 Million To Protect Children and Families from Health and Safety Hazards in the Home (10/28/02, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development)

University of Pittsburgh Sports Concussion Study First To Show Cumulative Effects of Multiple Concussions in High School Athletes (10/28/02, University of Pittsburgh)

Too Much MSG Could Cause Blindness (10/28/02, New Scientist)

European Commissioner in Charge of Research Lectures on "Research in Europe" at Royal Society of Edinburgh (10/28/02, EU)

Tree Farms Won't Halt Climate Change (10/28/02, New Scientist)

E-mail Greeting Card Hides Spam Software (10/28/02, New Scientist)

State of Globe's Coral Reefs Chronicled on New, Reefbase, Net Site (10/28/02, United Nations Environment Programme)

Too Much MSG Could Cause Blindness (10/26/02, New Scientist)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Releases New Hand-hygiene Guidelines (10/25/02, CDC); see guidelines fact sheet

Wells Creek Alaska Earthquake (10/25/02, U.S. Geological Survey); also see earlier news release

Scientists To Conduct Seismic Experiments Near Memphis (10/25/02, USGS)

European Commission Proposes More Modern and Simple Rules To Ensure Clean Bathing Water Across the European Union (10/25/02, EU)

Smart Routing Could Stop Distributed Net Attacks (10/25/02, New Scientist)

Smog Over the Mediterranean (10/25/02, Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science)

Joint Programme Launches New Initiative Against Workplace Violence in the Health Sector (10/24/02, International Labour Organization)

Cancer Cell Study Revives Cellphone Safety Fears (10/24/02, New Scientist)

U.S. Department of Energy Completes Key Milestone in Cleaning Up Idaho Facility (10/24/02, Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory)

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Chairman Speaks to Florida Bankers Association: "South America and Emerging Risks in Banking" (10/24/02, FDIC)

Visceral Fat Loss After Dieting Is Not Necessarily Responsible for Disease Risk Improvements (10/24/02, EurekAlert)

USGS Study Shows That Anchorage Area Fault Is Capable of a Large Quake (10/23/02, U.S. Geological Survey)

Mountain Wildernesses: Increasingly Threatened by Farms, Roads, Fires and Wars - New UNEP Report To Be Key Contribution for Bishkek Mountain Summit (Montagnes: De Plus en Plus Menacées par Les Exploitations Agricoles, Les Routes, Les Incendies et Les Guerres) (10/23/02, United Nations Environment Programme)

One Man's Waste Water Could Be One Farmer's Treasure (10/23/02, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation)

Specific Types of Exercise and Intensity Level Can Significantly Reduce Risk of Heart Disease Among Men (10/22/02, Harvard School of Public Health)

Specific Types of Exercise and Intensity Level Can Significantly Reduce Risk of Heart Disease Among Men (10/22/02, Harvard School of Public Health)

Cleaner Air Linked to Better Health (10/22/02, Environment News Service)

More Surgical Patients Die When Nurses' Caseloads Increase (10/22/02, National Institutes of Health)

More Data Needed To Determine If Contaminated Polio Vaccine from 1955-1963 Causes Cancer in Adults Today (10/22/02, The National Academies); read opening statement and full report, Immunization Safety Review: SV40 Contamination of Polio Vaccine and Cancer

First Data from EPA's World Trade Center Cleaning and Testing Program Available on Web (10/22/02, EPA Region 2)

Medicines Control Agency Statement: New Advice on Aspirin and Under 16 (10/22/02, United Kingdom Department of Health)

Survey of Young People's Attitudes to Drugs (Eurobarometer 57.2) (10/22/02, European Union)

New Wheat Gives Bigger Yields - Even in Drought (10/22/02, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation)

Conference on Worker Terrorist-Response Training Will Highlight Lessons Learned from 9/11, Current Needs (10/21/02, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health)

Federal Register Notice Announces Voluntary Cancellation of all Product Registrations for Fenamiphos (10/21/02, U.S. EPA Office of Pesticide Programs)

A Practical Heat Stress Assessment Methodology for UK Industry (10/21/02, Health and Safety Executive); see link to full report (PDF version)

Sandia Pursues Biotechnology as New Technology Focus Area (10/21/02, Sandia National Laboratory); read more articles about Sandia's biotech initiative

New Fair, Isaac Business Science Suite Delivers Complete Set of Decision Management Software Tools (10/21/02, Fair, Isaac and Company Inc.)

A Comprehensive Platform for Fraud Detection: Fair, Isaac To Exhibit at ISOTech 2002 (10/21/02, Fair, Isaac and Company Inc.)

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Invites Public To Submit Nominations for Advisory Committee on Nuclear Waste (10/21/02, NRC)

U.S. Department of Agriculture Helps Launch Free, Portable Nutrient Database (10/21/02, USDA Agricultural Research Service)

Smoking Found To Be an Important Risk Factor for Colorectal Polyps (10/21/02, EurekAlert)

Energy Density Labels Do Not Encourage Overeating (10/21/02, Pennsylvania State University); see book The Volumetrics Weight-Control Plan

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Marks Implementation of USDA National Organic Standards (10/21/02, USDA)

Elderly Patients Denied Best Treatment [of Ovarian Cancer] for Fear of Side Effects (10/20/02, EurekAlert)

Tampa, Phoenix, St. Louis and Providence Initiate Recruitment of 50,000 Sisters and Women with Breast Cancer for Landmark Search for its Causes (10/19/02, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences)

First Results of OECD Nuclear Energy Agency-sponsored Experiment on the Mitigation of Severe Nuclear Accidents (10/18/02, NEA)

Prolonged Riding Linked to Decrease in Erectile Measure in Bicycle Patrol Officers (10/18/02, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health)

European Commission Approves EUR 132 Million Package to Fight Animal Diseases (10/18/02, European Union)

Is Dairy Protein Healthier Than Red Meat? (10/18/02, University of Adelaide)

Food for Thought: What Are the Likely Side Effects of Fertilizing Phytoplankton with Iron? (10/18/02, Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science)

Airport Noise Damages Children's Reading (10/18/02, New Scientist)

Fire Risk as African Grass Invades Top End [of Australia] (10/17/02, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation)

Cardiovascular Death and Disability Can Be Reduced More Than 50 Percent (10/17/02, World Health Organization)

Ban on Coal Burning in Dublin Cleans the Air and Reduces Death Rates (10/17/02, Harvard School of Public Health)

Listeria Outbreak Prompts Massive Poultry Recall (10/17/02, The National Academies); also see U.S. Department of Agriculture Provides Update on Listeria Recall

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Announce Issuance of Patent for Detecting the Presence of Lead (10/17/02, CDC)

International Atomic Energy Agency Concerned About Possible Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Uranium Enrichment Programme: Seeking Clarification from DPRK and USA (10/17/02, IAEA)

European Union To Permit New GM Crops (10/17/02, New Scientist)

International Energy Agency Shows Past, Present, and Future of Energy and Climate Change (10/17/02, IEA)

People Living or Working Near Major Freeways Are Exposed to 30 Times the Concentration of Dangerous Particles From Motor Vehicle Emissions (10/17/02, University of California, Los Angeles)

Federal Trade Commission Offers Guidance on How To Protect Customer Information (10/17/02, FTC)

The Government of Canada Announces Funding for a Diabetes Prevention Project in the Lanaudière Region (10/17/02, Health Canada)

Summer 2002 Smog Levels Exceed Critical Threshold Three Days in Four (10/16/02, European Environment Agency)

Teens Who Witness or Experience Violence at Home Take Risks with Sex (10/16/02, Brown University)

Children Exposed to Alcohol Before Birth Show Deficits (10/16/02, EurekAlert)

Is the Roller Coaster G Force Threat All Spin? (10/16/02, EurekAlert)

New Safety Guidance for Working with Metalworking Fluids (10/15/02, UK Health and Safety Executive)

Environmental Scientist Dr. KennetR Green Joins Fraser Institute as Director of Risk and Regulation Centre (10/15/02, Fraser Institute)

Seminar Planned on Agricultural Worker Risk Assessment (10/15/02, U.S. EPA Office of Pesticide Programs)

Availability of Interim Risk Management Decision Document for Organophosphate Methamidophos (10/15/02, U.S. EPA Office of Pesticide Programs)

Final Terror Insurance Legislation Takes Shape: Taxpayers on the Hook for Billions; Insurer Payback Is Miniscule (10/15/02, Consumer Federation of America)

The Role of Obesity and Calories in Cancer Prevention (10/15/02, American Association for Cancer Research)

Maternal Alcohol Use During Pregnancy May Increase Offspring's Breast Cancer Risk (10/15/02, AACR)

European Commission Member Responsible for Environment Addresses EURELECTRIC Workshop: "Implementing Kyoto: Managing Carbon Risk to Your Business" (10/15/02, European Union)

Are Children More Vulnerable to Environmental Chemicals? (10/15/02, American Council on Science and Health); read executive summary

UK Government Begins Consultation on Tackling the Problems Associated with Alcohol Misuse (10/15/02, UK DOH); see consultation document (PDF or Word version)

Short-term Use of Estrogen May Protect Against Breast Cancer (10/15/02, AACR)

UK Health and Safety Executive Publishes Pesticide Incidents Report 2001/02 (10/14/02, HSE)

International Experts Convene for First-ever Cancer Prevention Research Meeting (10/14/02, AACR)

More Global Commitment Needed To Monitor Safety and Quality of Medicines (10/14/02, World Health Organization)

Besieged Mountain Ecosystems Start To Turn Off the Tap (10/14/02, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization)

INEEL Reducing Risk to the Aquifer Through Reducing Liquid and Cleaning Underground Storage Tanks (10/11/02, Idaho National Engineering  and Environmental Laboratory)

Countries Meet in Geneva To Craft Tobacco Treaty (10/11/02, World Health Organization)

Weathering the High Cost of Heating Your Home (10/11/02, Federal Trade Commission)

Cancer Survival Times "Too Pessimistic" (10/11/02, New Scientist)

Lemon Juice "Is HIV-Killing Spermicide" (10/10/02, New Scientist)

World Sight Day: 10 October 2002 - Eighty Percent of All Cases of Blindness Can Be Prevented or Treated (10/10/02, World Health Organization)

Centre for Life Sciences Is Born [in Australia] (10/10/02, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation)

Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory Demonstrates Commitment to Risk Reduction (10/9/02, INEEL)

Kahneman Gets Warm Reception After Winning Nobel (10/9/02, Princeton University); also see Nobel Foundation news release, which includes the following: "Daniel Kahneman has integrated insights from psychology into economics, thereby laying the foundation for a new field of research. Kahneman’s main findings concern decision-making under uncertainty, where he has demonstrated how human decisions may systematically depart from those predicted by standard economic theory. Together with Amos Tversky (deceased in 1996), he has formulated prospect theory as an alternative...."

Beauty for Oil: Utah Land Swap Clears House (10/9/02, Environment News Service)

Mojave Desert Water Project Rejected (10/9/02, ENS)

Health Canada Launches Second-hand Smoke in the Workplace Campaign (10/9/02, Health Canada)

Management Reform To Tackle the Toughest Healthcare Project in the World - Managing for Excellence in the NHS Published Alongside Final Code of Conduct for NHS Managers (10/9/02, UK Department of Health)

Control of Methane Emissions Would Reduce Both Global Warming and Air Pollution, Researchers Find (10/9/02, American Geophysical Union)

A Red Flag for Lethal Prostate Cancer - EZH2 Genetic Biomarker Detects Most Aggressive Cells, Say University of Michigan Scientists (10/9/02, University of Michigan Health System)

Plan To Recover Nuclear Gas Rejected (10/9/02, New Scientist)

El Niño Likely To Bring Milder Winter to Canada (10/9/02, Environment Canada)

Innovative Process Will Reduce Energy Consumption and Improve Product Quality in the Food Industry (10/9/02, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada)

Are Children More Vulnerable to Environmental Chemicals? - Scientific and Regulatory Issues in Perspective (10/8/02, American Council on Science and Health)

Malicious Code Hidden in E-mail Software (10/8/02, New Scientist); also see CERT® Advisory CA-2002-28 Trojan Horse Sendmail Distribution

Handling Irradiated Mail (10/8/02, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health)

Channel Tunnel Safety Authority Publishes Annual Report 2001/2002 (10/8/02, UK Safety and Health Executive)

Species At Risk of Extinction Growing (10/8/02, New Scientist); also see Release of the Updated IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, the World's Most Authoritative Source of Information on the Status of Plants and Animals (Español) (Français) (10/8/02, International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources)

Polygraph Testing Too Flawed for Security Screening (10/8/02, The National Academies); read full report and opening statement, and listen to news conference

Update: Listeriosis Outbreak Investigation (10/8/02, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

UNICEF Praises Afghanistan for Accepting Treaty on Landmines (10/8/02, United Nations Children's Fund)

University of Hawaii Astronomers To Develop New Telescopes for "Killer Asteroid" Search (10/8/02, University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy)

Brain Shrinkage in ADHD Not Caused by Medications (10/8/02, National Institutes of Health)

Financial Sector, Governments and Business Must Act on Climate Change or Face the Consequences (10/8/02, United Nations Environment Programme); read report Industry As a Partner for Sustainable Development - Finance and Insurance (PDF version)

AIDS Epidemic in Asia May Become the Largest in the World, Says UNAIDS (10/7/02, Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS)

Small Asteroid Impacts Less Than Expected (10/7/02, NASA's Solar System Exploration)

American Medical Association: Answers Needed About Widespread Smallpox Vaccination (10/7/02, AMA)

Most Definitive Study of Its Kind Shows That Sleeping on the Stomach Increases Infant SIDS Risk (10/7/02, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development)

International Federation Joins Forces with United Nations Environment Programme in Africa (10/7/02, UNEP)

New Study in Environmental Health Perspectives Finds Exposure to PCBs, Dioxins Before Birth Changes Play Behaviors Years Later (10/7/02, E-Wire); read the abstract

SWAT Team Targets Water Pollution (10/7/02, Agricultural Research Service)

Public Health Services Need Urgent Help To Combat Humanitarian Crisis in Southern Africa, World Health Organization Tells Donors (10/7/02, World Health Organization)

Public Health Services Need Urgent Help To Combat Humanitarian Crisis in Southern Africa, World Health Organization Tells Donors (10/4/02, World Health Organization)

MTBE Remediation System Successful for South Tahoe Public Utility District (10/4/02, E-Wire)

Need To Boost Funding for TB Control in Worst Affected Countries (10/4/02, World Health Organization)

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Conducts Special Inspection of Radiation Exposures at Ann Arbor Medical Facility (10/4/02, NRC)

$600 Million in Federal Funding on Its Way to Canadian Farmers (10/4/02, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada)

Internet Creaks After Huge Network Crash (10/4/02, New Scientist)

West Nile Virus Transmitted in Breast Milk (10/4/02, New Scientist); see West Nile Virus Update (10/3/02, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

First Ever Global Report on Violence and Health Released (10/3/02, World Health Organization)

Seas in Asia, North West Pacific, and West Africa at Highest Risk from Land-Based Pollution (10/3/02, United Nations Environment Programme)

Workers in Some Industries Could Be Exposed to Dioxins, but Simple Precautions Can Cut Levels Considerably (10/3/02, UK Health and Safety Executive)

National Infrastructure Protection Center Alert: W32.Bugbear@mm or I-Worm.Tanatos ( 10/3/02, NIPC)

U.S. Department of Energy Issues Final Idaho High-Level Waste Environmental Impact Statement (10/3/02, Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory)

Financial Action Task Force Plenary To Meet 9-11 October 2002 (10/3/02, Office for Economic Co-operation and Development)

Broader Federal Protections, Other Reforms Needed To Ensure Safety of Human Research Participants (10/3/02, The National Academies); read report summary (PDF file) or full report, and listen to archived public briefing Webcast (requires free RealPlayer)

CANSTATS Media Project To Be Launched at Toronto Gathering (10/3/02, Fraser Institute)

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Promotes Information Exchange in Reinsurance Sector To Protect Market Integrity (L'OCDE promeut l'échange d'informations sur les réassureurs pour protéger l'intégrité du marché) (10/3/02, OECD); read Decision of the Council on the Exchange of Information on Reinsurers (Décision du Conseil Concernant l'Echange d'Informations sur les Réassureurs)

England's Gene Therapy Advisory Committee Issues Advice on X-SCID Gene Therapy Trials (10/3/02, UK Department of Health)

Summary Crown Victoria Investigation October 2002 (10/3/02, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)

Lindane Reregistration Decision Documents Available (10/3/02, EPA Office of Pesticide Programs)

Low-Dose Radiation Research Grants Awarded (10/3/02, U.S. Department of Energy)

BugBear Computer Virus Rolls On (10/3/02, New Scientist)

October Is Children's Health Month: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Chairman Safety-Checks His Own Home (10/3/02, CPSC)

Decoding of Malaria Genomes Opens New Era for Public Health - New Drugs, New Insecticides Expected To Revive Struggle Against a Major Killer (10/2/02, World Health Organization); also see Scientists Decode Genomes of Mosquito and Malaria Parasite, Opening New Perspectives on Ancient Epidemic (10/3/02, European Molecular Biology Laboratory)

Web Site Available on Bt Corn/Monarch Butterflies Case Study (10/2/02, USDA Agricultural Research Service)

Trade and Environment: Striking a Balance (10/2/02, OECD Observer)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Announces Homeland Security Strategic Plan One of Many Efforts To Ensure Agency's Ability To Protect, Respond and Recover (10/2/02, U.S. EPA)

Hurricane Lili Closes Shuttle Mission Control (10/2/02, New Scientist)

National Institutes of Health To Convene Workshop on Menopausal Hormone Therapy (10/2/02, NIH); the workshop will also be VideoCast

HIV Infection Rate and Risky Behavior Decline Among Injection Drug Users in Baltimore (10/1/02, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health)

Critics Detail Risks of Colombian Coca Spraying (10/1/02, Environment News Service)

Viruses That Also Hack Computers on the Rise (10/1/02, New Scientist)

European Commission Member Responsible for Enterprise and the Information Society Speaks on "Creating an Entrepreneurial Europe" at Opening of Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School's Academic Year (10/1/02, European Union); commission member says entrepreneurship "encompasses elusive notions such as intuition, creativity, and risk-taking."

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Promotes International Co-operation To Fight Infectious Diseases (10/1/02, OECD)

Landcover Changes May Rival Greenhouse Gases as Cause of Climate Change (10/1/02, Goddard Space Flight Center)

Japan's Nuclear Safety "Dangerously Weak" (10/1/02, New Scientist)

Food "Cancer Chemical" Reaction Identified (10/1/02, New Scientist)

Patients To Get Chemically "Sterilised" Blood (10/1/02, New Scientist)

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