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March 2003

From Farm to Table: A Global Approach to Food Safety (3/31/03, U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization)

Sustainable Chemicals: EU Environment Commissioner Presents New EU Regulatory Framework at Brussels Conference (3/31/03, European Union)

European Union To Challenge Australia's Protectionist Food Import Regime at World Trade Organisation (3/31/03, European Union)

Air Pollution from Baghdad Fires Poses Risks for Human Health and the Environment, Says United Nations Environment Programme (3/30/03, UNEP)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Extends SARS Travel Advisory; Offers Interim Infection Control Guidance (3/29/03, CDC)

UNICEF Seeks $166 Million To Help Iraq's Children (3/28/03, UNICEF)

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation To Help Extinguish USA Coal Mine Fire (3/27/03, CSIRO)

U.S. Leaders Push Europe To Allow Biotech Crops (3/27/03, Environment News Service)

Center for Regulatory Effectiveness Comments to Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs on Its Draft Regulatory Report to Congress (3/27/03, CRE)

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission To Hold Public Meeting on April 2 in Rockville, Maryland, To Discuss Probabilistic Risk Assessment Handbook (3/27/03, NRC)

Forest Fragmentation May Increase Lyme Disease Risk (3/27/03, National Science Foundation)

Smoking Stokes Risk for Bleeding Strokes (3/27/03, EurekAlert)

Smallpox Vaccination Program Requires Evaluation, Coordination To Ensure Overall Safety and Preparedness (3/27/03, National Academies); read Review of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Smallpox Vaccination Program Implementation: Letter Report 2 and news conference opening statement

Gulf War Syndrome Research Reveals Present Danger (3/26/03, New Scientist)

Key GM Crop Experiment "Lacks Statistical Power" (3/26/03, New Scientist)

Temporary Deferral Recommended for Heart Patients Volunteering for Smallpox Vaccination (3/25/03, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Catastrophe Looms as Basra Remains Without Water (3/25/03, New Scientist)

Low-Level Depleted Uranium Contamination Found in Bosnia and Herzegovina, United Nations Environment Programme Calls for Precaution (3/25/03, United Nations)

UNICEF "Deeply Troubled" Over Deteriorating Conditions for Iraqi Children (3/25/03, UNICEF)

Foot and Mouth Infected Meat Still Entering UK (3/25/03, New Scientist)

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Issues National Plan To Reduce Impact of Diabetes on Women (3/25/03, HHS)

WHO Reports 10 Million TB Patients Successfully Treated Under "DOTS" 10 Years After Declaring TB a Global Emergency - But Urgent Effort and Funding Still Needed To Stem the Double Burden of TB and HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa (3/24/03, World Health Organization)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Lab Analysis Suggests New Coronavirus May Cause SARS (3/24/03, CDC)

Pakistani and Afghani Drug Users At High HIV Risk (3/24/03, EurekAlert)

CDS Business Mapping Announces Sinkhole Reports for Florida (3/24/03, CDS Business Mapping, LLC.)

Federal, Provincial, and Territorial Health Ministers Move Ahead with the Development of a Healthy Living Strategy and National Symposium (3/24/03, Health Canada)

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Releases Draft Final Version of Yucca Mountain Review Plan (3/24/03, NRC)

Troop Support Mail Policy Stressed (3/22/03, U.S. Department of Defense)

New Study Reveals That Only Men Are At Greater Risk of Developing Rheumatoid Arthritis by Smoking (3/21/03, BioMed Central Ltd.)

UNEP's Post Conflict Assessment Unit Initiates Study of the Environment in Iraq (3/21/03, United Nations Environment Programme)

Helicopter Crash Brings First Allied Casualties (3/21/03, New Scientist)

U.S. Food and Drug Administration Collaborates with Arkansas State Board of Pharmacy in Enforcement Action Against Storefront Obtaining Unapproved Drugs from Canada (3/21/03, FDA)

Government of Canada Invests in Hydrogen Infrastructure Projects by Hydrogenics (3/20/03, Natural Resources Canada)

European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid Addresses EU Humanitarian Response to War in Iraq (3/20/03, European Union); also see Bush Administration Authorizes Humanitarian Food Assistance for Citizens of Iraq (3/20/03, U.S. Department of Agriculture)

International Energy Agency's Executive Director: Oil Supply Is Assured (3/20/03, IEA); also see "World Energy Supplies Are More Than Adequate To Compensate for any Disruption" U.S. Energy Secretary Says (3/20/03, U.S. Department of Energy)

First Revised Guidelines Since 1994 on Tuberculosis (3/20/03, EurekAlert)

Transport Canada Minister Introduces Canada Airports Act (3/20/03, Transport Canada)

NASA Study Finds Increasing Solar Trend That Can Change Climate (3/20/03, Goddard Space Flight Center)

Survey: Obesity a Personal Matter, Not Public Concern (3/20/03, University of Michigan)

U.S. EPA Finalizes Voluntary Cancellation of Virtually All Residential Uses of CCA-Treated Wood (3/20/03, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

USGS Research Gives Health Officials a Tool for Predicting Water Safety. . . Forecasting Bacteria Levels at Ohio Beaches (3/20/03, U.S. Geological Survey)

Importance of Humanitarian Aid for Iraq Stressed, as Security Council Members Voice Different Views on Disarmament Process - Council Hears Report of Chief UN Weapons Inspector (3/19/03, United Nations)

UN Secretary-General Expresses Hope That Security Council Unity Can Be Rebuilt Around Task of Relieving Iraqi Suffering (3/19/03, United Nations)

Canadian Transport Minister Releases Statement Regarding Heightened Security of Canada's Transportation System (3/19/03, Transport Canada)

Congressional Auditor: Chemical Plants Vulnerable (3/19/03, Environment News Service); read report (PDF file) or report highlights (PDF file)

UK Industry Experts Needed for Musculoskeletal Disorder Research (3/19/03, UK Health and Safety Executive)

Native American Artifacts Pose Pesticide Exposure Risk (3/19/03, EurekAlert)

Veneman Presents Options To Modernize Meat Inspection Authorities (3/19/03, U.S. Department of Agriculture)

Outdoor Smoking May Be Next on Restricted List, Researchers Say (/19/03, University of Toronto)

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Budget Plan Includes $100 Million To Prepare for a Potential Worldwide Flu Outbreak (3/19/03, HHS)

World Health Organization Releases New Tool To Boost Access to Quality Medicines and Detect Counterfeits (3/19/03, WHO); see The International Pharmacopoeia - 3rd Edition, Vol. 5: Tests and General Requirements for Dosage Forms; Quality Specifications for Pharmaceutical Substances and Dosage Forms

Pneumonia/SARS: European Union's Communicable Disease Network Regularly Updates Health Authorities on Latest Developments (3/19/03, EU)

Virus Causing Deadly Pneumonia Revealed (3/19/03, New Scientist)

U.S. Food and Drug Administration Issues New Security Guidance as Part of Operation Liberty Shield To Protect the Food Supply (3/19/03, FDA)

Mayo Clinic Researchers Identify Differing Risk Factors Contributing to Parkinson’s Disease in Men and Women (3/19/03, Mayo Clinic)

Commonwealth of Independent States Meeting Addresses Access to HIV/AIDS Treatment and Care for First Time (3/19/03, UNAIDS)

A Glass Half Empty? An Editorial by UN Agencies and UN University for World Water Day, 22 March 2003 (3/19/03, United Nations Environment Programme)

Conflict or Cooperation: Pioneering Atlas on Freshwater Charts the Choices (3/19/03, UNEP); see Atlas of International Freshwater Agreements and Water for the Future: An Annotated Bibliography for World Water Day and the International Year of Freshwater

Trachoma Leaves Millions Blind, Costs $2.9 Billion to Global Economy (3/19/03, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health)

Canadian Aviation Security Must Respond to Growing Terrorist Threats (3/19/03, The Fraser Institute)

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Upgrades Banking Publications (3/19/03, FDIC); also see RiskWorld news brief

Boost for Biotech Research (3/19/03, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation)

Transport Canada Provides Update on Improvements to Small Passenger Vessel Safety (3/19/03, Transport Canada)

Does Radiation for Breast Cancer Affect Lung Cancer Risk? Study Compares Lumpectomy, Mastectomy (3/19/03, American Cancer Society)

Traffic Law Reform Fuels Debate Over Air Quality (3/18/03, Environment News Service)

Experiences with Improving Water Management – Office for Economic Co-operation and Development Input to the Third World Water Forum (Japan, 16-23 March 2003) (3/18/03, OECD); also read Office for Economic Co-operation and Development Recommendations To Improve Water Management

UN Food Agency Pleads for Funds to Feed Iraq (3/18/03, Environment News Service)

America Should Foster Systematic Effort To Combat Infectious Diseases Here, Abroad (3/18/03, National Academies); read report brief (PDF file), full report, and opening statement, and listen to public briefing (requires free RealPlayer)

Customs: European Commission Welcomes EU Council of Ministers Authorization To Negotiate with US on Transport Security Co-operation (3/18/03, European Union)

U.S. National Threat Level Raised (3/17/03, White House); read fact sheet on Operation Liberty Shield, a comprehensive national plan designed to increase protections for America’s citizens and infrastructure

News Update on Iraq Inspections (3/17/03, International Atomic Energy Agency); also read previous updates and the full text on Iraq from the IAEA Director General's Report to IAEA Board of Governors meeting in Vienna (full text on Iraq)

U.S. Social Security Not Sustainable for the Long Term (3/17/03, Social Security Administration); read U.S. president's statement, the 2003 Annual Report of the Board of Trustees of the Federal Old-Age and Survivors Insurance and Disability Insurance Trust Funds, and a summary of the Social Security and Medicare Boards of Trustees' 2003 annual reports

UN Weapons Inspectors Told To Leave Iraq (3/17/03, New Scientist); also see Annan To Withdraw UN Staff from Iraq (3/17/03, United Nations)

Tomorrow Hear 11:00 AM (EST) Webcast of Public Release of Report "Microbial Threats to Health: Emergence, Detection, and Response" (3/17/03, Institute of Medicine); read study description

CDC Issues Health Alert Notice for Travelers to USA from Hong Kong, Guangdong Province and Hanoi (3/17/03, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

U.S. Economy Should Get Back On Track After War (3/17/03, University of Michigan)

U.S. Department of Agriculture Gives Tips on Sending Food Gifts to U.S. Military (3/17/03, USDA)

News Update on Iraq Inspections (3/16/03, International Atomic Energy Agency); read previous updates

World Health Organization Issues Emergency Travel Advisory - Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) Spreads Worldwide (3/15/03, WHO)

Future Looks Bleak for Iraq's Fragile Environment (3/15/03, New Scientist)

Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome - CDC Issues Health Alert About Atypical Pneumonia (3/14/03, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention); see fact sheet on Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)

Pesticides: Consumer Protection To Be Boosted via Harmonisation of Maximum Residue Levels (3/14/03, European Union)

EU Scientific Steering Committee Adopts New Rapid BSE Tests and a Guidance Document on GMOs (3/14/03, European Union)

Lack of Information and Public Skepticism on Agricultural Biotechnology Contribute to Biotech Companies Leaving Europe (3/14/03, European Union)

Expert Group Stresses That Unsafe Sex Is Primary Mode of HIV Transmission in Africa (3/14/03, UNAIDS)

Cross-breeding Fear Over Dutch Bird Flu (3/14/03, New Scientist)

Designers To Demonstrate Risk Reduction of Falls from Height in Construction (3/14/03, UK Health and Safety Executive)

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Study Finds Life Expectancy in the U.S. Rose to 77.2 Years in 2001 - Annual Mortality Report Also Includes New Category for Terrorism Homicide (3/14/03, HHS)

Opportunities To Improve Your Odds Against Cancer (3/14/03, American Cancer Society); also see Lifestyle Changes Could Prevent Cancer

News Update on Iraq Inspections (3/13/03, International Atomic Energy Agency); read previous updates

Drought in Horn of Africa Prompts NOAA Concerns - Satellites Play Key Role in Detecting Dangerous Conditions (3/13/03, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

New Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Web-based Tool Offers Hospitals Quick Checkup on Patient Safety (3/13/03, AHRQ); see AHRQ Quality Indicators Web page

Ergonomics Guidelines Announced for the Nursing Home Industry - Occupational Safety and Health Administration Recommends Eliminating Manual Lifting of Residents When Feasible (3/13/03, OSHA)

Heart Disease Carries Highest Medical Price Tag (3/13/03, Center for the Advancement of Health)

Brookhaven Lab and Stony Brook University Open New Environmental Center (3/13/03, BNL)

Real World Tests Urged for Nuclear Transport Casks (3/13/03, Environment News Service)

Stronger Controls Needed To Prevent Terrorist "Dirty Bombs"; Vienna Conference Urges Better Security, Surveillance, and Regulation (3/13/03, International Atomic Energy Agency)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Study Finds Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates Remain Low (3/13/03, CDC); see colorectal cancer screening facts sheet

Los Angeles Summit Seeks To Reduce SIDS in Western U.S. African American Communities (3/13/03, National Institutes of Health)

Another Reason To Quit Smoking: Smokers Have More Advanced Cancers (3/12/03, American Cancer Society)

Nuclear Experts Meet To Secure Radioactive Sources (3/12/03, Environment News Service)

Battle Over Arctic Refuge Drilling Heats Up (3/12/03, Environment News Service)

Methane Extraction Methods Alarm Ranchers, Conservationists (3/12/03, Environment News Service)

News Update on Iraq Inspections (3/12/03, International Atomic Energy Agency); read previous updates

Sustained Reduced Sleep Can Have Serious Consequences (3/12/03, National Institutes of Health)

Hear Immunization Safety Review Committee Meeting Webcast on March 13 (3/12/03, Institute of Medicine); read agenda

World Health Organization Issues a Global Alert About Cases of Atypical Pneumonia (3/12/03, World Health Organization)

U.S. and Russia Agree To Plan To Shutdown Three Remaining Russian Plutonium Production Reactors (3/12/03, U.S. Department of Energy)

UCLA Researcher Discovers the Role of Common Painkillers in Protecting Against Alzheimer's Disease (3/12/03, University of California, Los Angeles)

News Update on Iraq Inspections (3/11/03, International Atomic Energy Agency); read previous updates

At Request of Non-aligned Countries, Security Council Hears Views of Larger UN Membership on Disarmament of Iraq (3/11/03, United Nations)

Iraq Weapons Questions May Set War Deadline (3/11/03, New Scientist)

Baboon Behavior Offers Clues in the All-Too-Human Battle of the Bulge (3/11/03, EurekAlert)

UK Food Standards Agency Issues Updated Health Warning Against Drinking Fake Brands of Vodka (3/11/03, FSA)

Even Behind an SUV Is Dangerous (3/10/03, University of Central Florida)

Significant Amounts of Potentially Harmful Chemical Found in Blood of Mothers and Babies - Studies Published in Environmental Health Perspectives Find PBDEs at Alarming Levels (3/10/03, EHP Online)

UK Health and Safety Executive Urges Schools Not To Be Deterred from Running School Trips (3/10/03, HSE)

Caffeine and Estrogen Affect Parkinson's Disease Risk in Postmenopausal Women (3/10/03, EurekAlert)

Iraq May Be Poised To Ignite Oil Fields (3/10/03, Environment News Network)

News Update on Iraq Inspections (3/10/03, International Atomic Energy Agency); read previous updates

Asbestos, 3 Deadly Pesticides and 2 Forms of Lead Targeted for International Action (3/10/03, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization)

European Commission Initiative Makes New Research Database on Acrylamide in Food Available Online (3/10/03, European Union); see Acrylamide in Food - Database of Activities in the EU and Web page titled Acrylamide in Food

Hydrogen Vehicle Won’t Be Viable Soon, Study Says (3/10/03, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Fast Food and the "Tube": A Combo for Heart Disease Risk (3/8/03, EurekAlert)

U.S. Food and Drug Administration Proposes Labeling and Manufacturing Standards for All Dietary Supplements (3/7/03, FDA)

Problems Arising from Lack of Health Insurance Ripple Through Whole Communities (3/6/03, National Academies); also see Web Extra, which includes links to full report and public briefing Webcast

Loss of Forest Cover Threatens Freshwater Supplies (3/6/03, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization)

Keep Your Data Safe - Put It on the 'Net (3/6/03, Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation)

CSIRO Leads Regional Foot-and-mouth Fight in Southeast Asia (3/6/03, CSIRO)

Argonne Environmental Assessment Division Fact Sheets Support Health Risk Analyses (3/6/03, EAD)

Political Inertia Exacerbates Water Crisis, Says World Water Development Report, First UN System-Wide Evaluation of Global Water Resources (3/5/03, International Year of Freshwater 2003); executive summary of World Water Development Report - Water for People, Water for Life is available in several languages

News Update on Iraq Inspections (3/5/03, International Atomic Energy Agency); read previous updates

UK Health and Safety Executive Research Quantifies Cancer Risk from Exposure to Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) (3/5/03, HSE)

GMOs: European Commission Addresses GM Crop Co-existence (3/5/03, European Union)

UN Secretary-General Tells G-8 Contact Group on Food Security in Aftrica That Continent Faces Deadly Burdens (3/5/03, United Nations)

An Aspirin a Day May Keep Colon Cancer Away, Dartmouth Researchers Find (3/5/03, EurekAlert); also see Major Study Shows Aspirin Can Cut Polyp Return in GI Cancer patients (3/5/03, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

Aspirin Slashes Risk of Mouth and Throat Cancers (3/5/03, New Scientist)

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Issues Annual Assessments for Nation's Nuclear Plants ( 3/5/03, NRC)

World Agriculture Towards 2030 - Final Study Published (3/4/03, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization); read final and summary report

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Launches New Comprehensive Information Resource about Exposure to Diethylstilbestrol (DES) (3/4/03, CDC)

Illegal Drug Residues Found in Portuguese Chickens (3/4/03, UK Food Standards Agency)

Effects of Oil and Gas Development Are Accumulating on Northern Alaska's Environment and Native Cultures (3/4/03, National Academies)

New Report on Diet and Chronic Diseases Released (3/3/03, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization); also see WHO/FAO Release Independent Expert Report on Diet and Chronic Disease and read full report (PDF file) or executive summary (.doc file)

U.S. EPA Seeks To Update Guidelines for Cancer Risk Assessment (3/3/03, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency); see Draft Final Guidelines for Carcinogen Risk Assessment (External Review Draft, February 2003) and Supplemental Guidance for Assessing Cancer Susceptibility from Early-Life Exposure to Carcinogens (External Review Draft)

Key Internet Routers "Too Trusting" (3/3/03, New Scientist)

Prospect for War and the Economy: Two Sources of Consumer Uncertainty (3/3/03, University of Michigan)

Lake Methane Could Power Entire Nation (3/3/03, New Scientist)

New U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Report Shows Problems in Health Care System Are Worsening as Medical Litigation Crisis Deepens (3/3/03, HHS)

News Update on Iraq Inspections (3/2/03, International Atomic Energy Agency); read previous updates

Agreement Reached on Global Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (3/1/03, World Health Organization)

People with Major Depression May Have Higher Suicide Risk -- Study (3/1/03, EurekAlert)

Composted Biosolids Bind Lead in Soil, Reducing Danger of Poisoning (3/1/03, University of Washington)

February 2003

UK Food Standards Agency Warns Against Drinking Contaminated Vodka (2/28/03, FSA)

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Acts To Reduce Potential Risks of Dietary Supplements Containing Ephedra (2/28/03, HHS)

Higher SIDS Risk Found in Infants Placed in Unaccustomed Sleeping Position (2/28/03, National Institutes of Health)

New Guidance on Using Computers and Preventing Repetitive Strain Injury (2/28/03, UK Health and Safety Executive)

Stakeholders To Present Views on Voluntary Children's Chemical Evaluation Program (VCCEP) (2/28/03, Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment)

Peer Consultation Meeting for Decabromodiphenyl Ether To Be Held April 2-3 (2/28/03, Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment)

Biopharming Could Reap Benefits but Must Be Carefully Regulated (2/28/03, Pew Initiative on Food and Biotechnology); read conference proceedings on "Pharming the Field: A Look at the Benefits and the Risks of Bioengineering Plants to Produce Pharmaceuticals" (PDF file)

News Update on Iraq Inspections (2/27/03, International Atomic Energy Agency); read previous updates

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development Launches World Investment Directory Online (2/27/03, United Nations)

Senators, Organic Industry, Resist New Biotech Corn (2/27/03, Environment News Service)

Joint Statement of U.S. Attorney General and Secretary of Homeland Security: Returns Threat Level to Elevated Risk of Terrorist Attack, or "Yellow" Level (2/27/03, U.S. Department of Justice)

Study Shows Sharp Rise in the Cost of Diabetes Nationwide (2/27/03, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator's Statement on Introduction of Clear Skies Legislation Today in U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate (2/27/03, U.S. EPA); for more information see Clear Skies website

U.S. EPA Acts on Atrazine Data Quality Petition (2/27/03, Center for Regulatory Effectiveness)

World Health Organization Report on Diet and Disease Praised (2/27/03, Center for Science in the Public Interest)

Update on U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Continuing Investigation of Particulate Matter in Blood Shows Normal Blood Components and No Evidence for an Increase in Adverse Events (2/27/03, FDA)

European Commission Adopts New Regulation Exempting Certain Agreements in Insurance Sector (2/27/03, European Union)

Getting a Grip on Foot-and-Mouth (2/27/03, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation)

Plan More Than a Wing or a Prayer for Endangered Butterflies (2/27/03, CSIRO)

US "Too Busy" To Spot a Smallpox Outbreak (2/27/03, New Scientist)

Conflict Looms Over India's Colossal River Plan (2/27/03, New Scientist)

News Update on Iraq Inspections (2/26/03, International Atomic Energy Agency); read previous updates

Below-Replacement Fertility Expected in 75 Per Cent of Developing Countries by Year 2050, According to UN Population Report (2/26/03, United Nations)

Schering-Plough Launches Interactive Cholesterol Information Web Site (2/26/03, Schering-Plough Corporation)

National Academy of Sciences Finds Bush Draft Climate Science Plan Inadequate (2/25/03, Union of Concerned Scientists)

News Update on Iraq Inspections (2/25/03, International Atomic Energy Agency); read previous updates

Government Climate-Change Research Plan Is Good Start, But Major Improvements Needed To Meet Nation's Needs (2/25/03, National Academies); read full report titled Planning Climate and Global Change Research: A Review of the Draft U.S. Climate Change Science Program Strategic Plan

Preliminary Safety Significance Determined for Reactor Head Damage (2/25/03, Nuclear Regulatory Commission)

U.S. Court Upholds EPA Drinking Water Standards (2/25/03, Department of Justice)

New Corn Pest Control Approved by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Can Lead to Reduced Pesticide Use (2/25/03, U.S. EPA)

Mercury Must Be Phased Out and Stored: Release onto World Market Represents Global Threat (2/25/03, European Environmental Bureau)

Bush Aims To Slow Mercury Reduction Efforts (2/25/03, Environment News Service)

Agencies Issue Advisory on Mortgage Banking Activities (2/25/03, Federal Reserve Board)

National Fire Protection Association Calls for Immediate Meeting of Code Writers To Address Concerns (2/25/03, NFPA)

Free Guide Available To Help Consumers Manage the Benefits and Risks of Medicines (2/25/03, U.S. Pharmacopeia)

U.S. Suffers Largest Earthquake of 2002 (2/25/03, U.S. Geological Survey)

Largest Biodiesel Plant in the U.S. Now Being Assembled in Bakersfield, California (2/24/03, Green Star Products Inc.)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Issues Second Report on Trends in Protecting Children's Health (2/24/03, U.S. EPA)

HIV Vaccine Trial Results Are an Important Step Forward in Developing an Effective Vaccine, Say WHO and UNAIDS (2/24/03, Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS)

United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization's Committee on Fisheries Opens Today - Half of World Marine Stocks Fully Exploited (2/24/03, UN); see more information at committee's Twenty-fifth Session Web site

UK Health and Safety Minister Encourages Early Action To Manage Asbestos (2/24/03, HSE)

Spinal Cord Found in British Sheep Carcass (2/24/03, UK Food Standards Agency)

UK Government Unveils Green Future for Energy (2/24/03, UK Department of Trade and Industry)

Melting Snow Could Trigger Earthquakes (2/24/03, New Scientist)

U.S. Doctors Stop Blood Clot Drug Study Early Because Better Results Seem Clear (2/24/03, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill); also see Low Dose Warfarin Prevents Recurrence of Blood Clots - National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Stops Study

News Update on Iraq Inspections (2/23/03, International Atomic Energy Agency); read previous updates

Launch of First Comprehensive Gender and HIV/AIDS Web Portal - New Communication Tool Advances UNIFEM and UNAIDS Commitment to Reversing Epidemic (2/21/03, Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS)

States To Sue EPA Over Air Pollution Standards (2/21/03, Environment News Service)

Public Access to U.S. Critical Energy Data Closed (2/21/03, ENS); also see Federal Energy Regulatory Commission news release (PDF version)

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Announces Safety Recall of Gorilla, Spelcast Child Restraints (2/21/03, NHTSA)

Money and Time Can Still Be Saved in Managing Nation's Largest Construction Project (2/21/03, National Academies)

Data Provide Details on Characteristics of Health Insurance of U.S. Workers (2/21/03, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality)

News Update on Iraq Inspections (2/20/03, International Atomic Energy Agency); read previous updates

U.S. Losing War on Cancer, Ignoring Prevention (2/20/03, Environment News Service); read Cancer Prevention Coalition's full report The Stop Cancer Before It Starts Campaign - How To Win the Losing War Against Cancer (PDF file)

Ski Resorts Get Creative To Battle Global Warming (2/20/03, ENS)

Summaries of Statements in United Nations Security Council Meeting on Terrorism (2/20/03, United Nations)

Members of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad Arrested, Charged with Racketeering and Conspiracy To Provide Support To Terrorists (2/20/03, U.S. Department of Justice)

U.S. Food and Drug Administration Completes First Steps of Its Broad Initiative To Improve Regulation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturing (2/20/03, FDA)

Consumers Wrestle with Mixed Seafood Messages (2/20/03, Environment News Service)

Independent Peer Review of a Reference Dose Document on Resorcinol (2/20/03, Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's FY 2003 Pesticide and Special Projects Grant Program for Tribes (2/20/03, U.S. EPA)

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Launches New Web-Based Quality Measures Resource (2/20/03, AHRQ)

Studies Show Bidis and Smoking Products Are No Safer Than Conventional Cigarettes (2/20/03, EurekAlert)

National Institutes of Health Study Will Test Best Ways To Lower Risk of Heart Disease in Adults with Type 2 Diabetes (2/20/03, EurekAlert)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Releases Atlas of Stroke Mortality (2/20/03, CDC)

News Update on Iraq Inspections (2/19/03, International Atomic Energy Agency); read previous updates

Surgeons Put Themselves At Risk, Despite Evidence (2/19/03, EurekAlert)

Researchers Will No Longer Be "Snowed" in Predicting Future Avalanches - Study of Variations in Snow Stability Over Geography and Time Are Key, Scientists Say (2/19/03, National Science Foundation)

Scientific Research on Graduated Driver Licensing Verifies Reduction to Teenage Drivers' Risk (2/19/03, National Safety Council)

International Labour Organization To Consider Future of Employment in the Tobacco Sector, Geneva, 24-28 February 2003 (2/18/03, ILO)

Ebola Confirmed as Cause of Outbreak in Republic of Congo; World Health Organization and Partners Send Expert Teams (2/19/03, WHO); also see One Case of "Bird Flu" Confirmed in Hong Kong - Investigation Ongoing

Travelling with Pets: Simplified European Union System Approved (2/19/03, EU)

News Update on Iraq Inspections (2/18/03, International Atomic Energy Agency); read previous updates

Tamoxifen Reduces the Risk of Benign Breast Disease (2/18/03, EurekAlert)

Report Confirms Earlier Findings on Links Between Health Effects and Insecticides and Solvents Used in Gulf War (2/18/03, National Academies); read full report titled Gulf War and Health: Volume 2. Insecticides and Solvents

Hackers Pilfer Millions of Credit Card Numbers (2/18/03, New Scientist)

United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization Warns of "Molecular Divide" Between North and South (2/18/03, FAO)

Pakistan's Victory Over Rinderpest - Deadly Cattle Plague Successfully Eradicated - Whole of Asia Believed To Be Free from the Virus (2/18/03, FAO)

Clean Power from Coal Mining Waste On Show in India (2/18/03, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation)

Women with Rheumatoid Arthritis Have Marked Risk for Heart Attack (2/18/03, EurekAlert)

Clopidogrel Reduces Death, Stroke, Heart Attack Now and Later (2/18/03, EurekAlert)

Buzzwords of History, Revealed by Computer Scans, Indicate New Ways of Searching the Web (2/18/03, Cornell University)

UK Food Standards Agency Updates Advice to Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women on Eating Certain Fish (2/17/03, FSA); also see UK Warns Women To Limit Canned Tuna Consumption Due to Mercury; US Fails To Act (2/19/03, E-Wire)

Questions Beset Bush CO2 Underground Storage Plans (2/17/03, Environment News Service)

Bayer Biological Products Uses Decision Analysis To Manage Drug Development - 6 Decision Points Determine Next Steps for Drug That Dissolves Blood Clots (2/17/03, INFORMS)

Misconceptions about Cancer Skew Public Demand for Regulatory Protections (2/17/03, Fraser Institute)

UK Health and Safety Executive Releases Discussion Paper on Safe Use of Climbing Frames on Tower Cranes (2/17/03, UK HSE)

Bioterrorist Fears Prompt Journal Paper Censorship (2/17/03, New Scientist)

"Supertasters" Diet Raises Cancer Risk (2/17/03, New Scientist)

Livermore Engineers Use Computer Simulations To Illustrate Impacts of Bomb Blasts on Infrastructure (2/16/03, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory)

Banned Iraqi Weapons Still Unaccounted For, Say Inspectors (2/14/03, New Scientist); see Iraq Cooperating with Disarmament Procedures, But Many Banned Weapons Remain Unaccounted For, Inspectors Tell Security Council (2/14/03, United Nations)

Outbreaks in Africa Underscore the Urgency for Increased Global Influenza Surveillance and Pandemic Planning (2/14/03, World Health Organization)

Breast Implants: European Commission Acts To Improve Safety and Issues Report on National Measures (2/14/03, European Union)

Baby and Coated Aspirin May Not Reduce Risk of Stroke (2/14/03, Northwestern Memorial Hospital)

UK Offshore Hydrocarbon Releases Down in 2001/2 (2/14/03, UK Health and Safety Executive)

Wild Coal Fires Are a "Global Catastrophe" (2/14/03, New Scientist)

Countries Meet To Finalize Landmark Agreement on International Tobacco Control (2/14/03, World Health Organization)

Researchers Plan To Connect Petrol Stations to Natural Gas Supply To Fuel Hydrogen Powered Cars (2/14/03, University of Warwick)

Residents of Disadvantaged Areas Have Higher Stroke Risk (2/14/03, EurekAlert)

Northwestern Memorial Tests Cancer "Vaccine" (2/14/03, Northwestern Memorial Hospital)

Is the Internet Becoming a "Tragedy of the Commons" Through Selfish Routing? Cornell Researchers Suggest Altruistic Way (2/14/03, Cornell University)

News Update on Iraq Inspections (2/13/03, International Atomic Energy Agency); read previous updates

Iraqi Missiles Breach UN Sanctions and North Korea "Has Missile To Strike United States" (2/13/03, New Scientist)

Shuttle Report Revealed "Blowtorch" Risk of Space Debris (2/13/03, New Scientist)

Britain May Force DNA "Barcodes" for GM Food (2/13/03, New Scientist)

Don't Eat Soya If You're Pregnant (2/13/03, EurekAlert)

Normal Weight Elderly Still May Be At Risk for Developing Diabetes, According to University of Pittsburgh Study (2/13/03, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center)

Social Policy Agenda Is On Track, Says European Commission (2/13/03, European Union)

Cedars of Lebanon Rescued from New Insect (2/13/03, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization)

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Adopts Final Security Standards, Transaction Modifications for Electronic Health Information Under Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (2/13/03, HHS)

News Update on Iraq Inspections (2/12/03, International Atomic Energy Agency); read previous updates

Children Face Cancer Risks from Wood Playsets (2/12/03, Environment News Service)

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Announces New Web-Based Medical Journal with Patient Safety Lessons Drawn from Actual Cases (2/12/03, AHRQ)

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Study Finds Possible New Indicator of Heart Disease Risk (2/12/03, NIH)

Live Webcast Tomorrow on Smallpox Vaccination Policy (2/12/03, National Academies); read RiskWorld news brief

International Atomic Energy Agency Board of Governors Adopts Resolution on Safeguards in North Korea (2/12/03, IAEA)

Food Insecurity Likely To Worsen in Northern Uganda (2/12/03, United Nations)

Bush Administration Launches Climate VISION - "Climate, Voluntary Innovative Sector Initiatives: Opportunities Now" Will Address Challenge of Climate Change (2/12/03, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

Interim Reregistration Decision for Dicrotophos Available (2/12/03, U.S. EPA)

College Students At Risk During Alcohol-Related Blackouts (2/12/03, Duke University Medical Center)

Global Energy Research Alliance Formed [in Australia] (2/12/03, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation)

UK Safety and Health Week To Focus on Dangerous Substances (2/12/03, UK Health and Safety Executive)

News Update on Iraq Inspections (2/11/03, International Atomic Energy Agency); read previous updates

NIPC "Encourages Heightened Cyber Security as Iraq - United States Tensions Increase" (2/11/03, National Infrastructure Protection Center)

Bush Administration Issues First Certification of a Fuel Cell Vehicle (2/11/03, U.S. EPA)

Pesticide Security Advisory (2/11/03, U.S. EPA)

Study Competently Estimates Cancer Risk from Radioactive Fallout;
Reanalysis of Iodine-131 Needed, but Larger Study Not Justified
(2/11/03, National Academies); read full report Exposure of the American Population to Radioactive Fallout from Nuclear Weapons Tests: A Review of the CDC-NCI Draft Report on a Feasibility Study of the Health Consequences to the American Population from Nuclear Weapons Tests Conducted by the United States and Other Nations

World Health Organization and Federation Internationale de l’Automobile Join Efforts for Road Safety (2/11/03, WHO)

"E-aware" Farmers Value Satellite Information (2/11/03, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation)

U.S. Secretary of Energy Names Veteran Environmental Policy Adviser To Head Climate Change Technology Program (2/11/03, DOE)

Fiscal Year 2004 Budget To Continue President's Initiatives for the Uninsured - Efforts Include Health Centers, Tax Credits, aAnd Investments To Expand Access To Care (2/11/03, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

Risk of Future Exxon Valdez Declines 92% Since Risk Assessment, Safety Measures, Says Operations Research Study (2/10/03, INFORMS); see abstract (PDF version) of The Prince William Sound Risk Assessment

Environment Ministers Call for Action on Mercury (2/10/03, Environment News Service)

Family History Doesn’t Predict Colon Cancer Genes, Behavior (2/10/03, EurekAlert)

UK Health and Safety Executive Re-launches Its Rail Safety Web Pages (2/10/03, HSE)

European Commission Proposes Creation of Network Security Agency To Boost Cyber Security in Europe (2/10/03, European Union); also see the remarks by European Commission Member Responsible for Enterprise and the Information Society at the press conference on the European Network and Information Security Agency and frequently asked questions about the creation of a European Network and Information Security Agency

Emerging Diseases and Sleeping Giants (2/10/03, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Funds Infant Brain Damage Prevention Initiatives (2/10/03, CDC)

European Commission Member Responsible for Environment Speaks on "Options to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions Due to Mobile Air Conditioning" at DG Environment Conference on Reduction of Greenhouse Gases (2/10/03, European Union)

Swedish Style Reforms, Not More Money, the Key to Solving Health Care Dilemma (2/10/03, Fraser Institute)

U.S. Geological Survey Releases New Software for Estimating Flood Flows (2/10/03, USGS)

News Update on Iraq Inspections (2/8/03, International Atomic Energy Agency); read previous updates

USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service To Hold Public Meeting To Discuss Listeria Risk Assessment (2/7/03, FSIS)

Action on Chemicals Pollution and Support for Africa Agreed at End of Global Environment Ministers Meeting (2/7/03, United Nations Environment Programme)

Partnership Moves in Record Time To Provide Vaccine Against Meningitis as Epidemic Emerges in Africa (2/6/03, World Health Organization)

Leprosy: Urgent Need To End Stigma and Isolation (2/6/03, WHO)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Opens New Environmental Emergency Response Center (2/6/03, U.S. EPA)

Shuttle Focus Shifts from Foam to "Missing Link" (2/6/03, New Scientist); also see NASA Mission Control Center Status Report

United Nations World Food Programme and UNAIDS Join Forces Against HIV/AIDS (2/6/03, UNAIDS)

The First Link in the Food Chain (2/6/03, Security Management)

Lead May Cause Mystery Male Infertility (2/6/03, New Scientist)

Nitrogen May Increase Bt Levels in Corn (2/6/03, EurekAlert)

World's Leading Anti-counterfeiting Technology for Europe (2/6/03, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation)

The Manual Almost Writes Itself! (2/6/03, CSIRO)

After Challenger, Shuttle Safety Became a Priority. Or Did It? (2/5/03, New Scientist)

United States Sets Out Weapons Case Against Iraq (2/5/03, New Scientist)

New September 11 Tower Collapse Theory (2/5/03, New Scientist)

News Update on Iraq Inspections (2/5/03, International Atomic Energy Agency); read previous updates

U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Announces $6.5 Million To Protect Children from Lead Hazards in the Home - New Initiative Expected To Generate Additional $17 Million from Private Sector (2/5/03, HUD)

Planning for Zero Greenhouse Emissions (2/5/03, CSIRO)

U.S. Food and Drug Administration Investigates Improper Disposal of Bioengineered Pigs (2/5/03, FDA)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Outlines President's Commitment of Nearly $70 Million To Address Children's Health Issues ( 2/4/03, U.S. EPA)

Federal Scientists Refocus on West Nile Virus Impacts on Wildlife (2/4/03, U.S. Geological Survey)

Keep Your Loved Ones "Egg-stra" Safe for Valentine's Day (2/4/03, USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service)

News Update on Iraq Inspections (2/4/03, International Atomic Energy Agency); read previous updates

Western Asia Preparatory Conference for Information Society World Summit Opens in Beirut (2/4/03, United Nations)

Immediate Action Needed To Prevent Further Spread of HIV/AIDS in South Asia (2/4/03, UNAIDS)

Federal Emergency Management Agency Updates Search, Find And Secure Activities For Columbia Emergency (2/4/03, FEMA)

NASA Should Lead More Focused Program To Reduce Threat from Hazardous Asteroids (2/4/03, National Optical Astronomy Observatory)

Federal Emergency Management Agency Updates Search, Find, and Secure Activities for Columbia Emergency (2/4/03, FEMA)

Shuttle's Long History of Launch Damage (2/4/03, New Scientist); also read New Leads in Shuttle Probe Support Tile Theory

Undersea Diving Found Safe for Older Divers (2/4/03, Duke University Medical Center

Sapphire/Slammer Worm Shatters Previous Speed Records for Spreading Through the Internet, California Computer Experts Report (2/4/03, University of California, San Diego)

Power Stations Threaten People and Wildlife with Mercury Poisoning (2/3/03, United Nations Environment Programme)

Drinking Water Can Help Your Diet (2/3/03, EurekAlert)

Depression Increases Risk of Death for Certain Breast Cancer Patients (2/3/03, Center for the Advancement of Health)

NASA Begins Shuttle Investigation (2/3/03, National Academies)

Safety Experts Warned of Shuttle Disaster (2/3/03, New Scientist); also see Shuttle Investigation Focuses on Heat Anomaly and Columbia's Loss Poses Grave Challenges for NASA

Federal Emergency Management Agency Continues To Coordinate Actions To Assist State and Local Authorities in Search, Find, and Secure Mission for Columbia Debris (2/3/03, FEMA)

U.S. Department of Transportation Awards $627,000 for Pipeline Safety Research (2/3/03, DOT)

Federal Emergency Management Agency Puts Federal Resources into Action To Assist State and Local Authorities in Search, Find and Secure Mission for Columbia Debris (2/2/03, FEMA); also see U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Continued Response to Columbia Shuttle Accident (2/2/03, EPA)

Federal Emergency Management Agency To Lead Search, Find, and Secure Mission Following Space Shuttle Tragedy (2/1/03, FEMA)

January 2003

Air Pollution and Climate Change -- Tackling Both Problems in Tandem (1/31/03, United Nations)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Adopts Aggressive Measures on Herbicide Atrazine - Approach Ensures Protection of Nation's Most Vulnerable Drinking Water Sources (1/31/03, U.S. EPA)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Releases Most Extensive Assessment Ever of Americans' Exposure to Environmental Chemicals (1/31/03, CDC); see Second National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals (full report and summary are available)

Computer Model Offers Noninvasive Evaluation for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Rupture Risk (1/31/03, EurekAlert)

Shake, Rattle, and Heal (1/31/03, University of Southern California)

World Health Organization To Meet Beverage Company Representatives To Discuss Health-related Alcohol Issues (1/31/03, World Health Organization)

Eight Questions Consumers Should Ask on the Threat of Mad Cow Disease (1/30/03, World Health Organization)

Summits Seek To Reduce SIDS Risk in African American Community (1/30/03, National Institutes of Health)

Canadian Federal Funding Supports Earth-friendly Farming in Northwest Territories (1/30/03, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada)

Ozone May Provide Environmentally Safe Protection for Grains (1/30/03, Purdue University)

News Update on Iraq Inspections (1/29/03, International Atomic Energy Agency); read previous updates

Vitamins C and E May Enhance Effectiveness of Insulin for Diabetes (1/29/03, University of California, Irvine)

Pesticide Safety Education Materials Available (1/29/03, U.S. EPA Office of Pesticide Programs)

A New Chemicals Policy in Europe, New Opportunities for Industry - World Wildlife Federation and European Environmental Bureau Respond to Industry Claims (1/29/03, EEB)

National Institutes of Health Study Shows MRI Provides Faster, More Accurate Way To Diagnose Heart Attacks (1/29/03, NIH)

Mobile Phone Exposure Causes Brain Damage in Rats (1/29/03, Environmental Health Perspectives)

United Nations Environment Programme Report Chronicles Environmental Damage of the Afghanistan Conflict (1/29/03, UNEP)

Bush Asks for $15 billion To Fight AIDS (1/29/03, New Scientist)

Case Studies Point Towards Solutions to Europe's Waste Problems (1/29/03, European Environment Agency); read full report

Computer User Suffers "eThrombosis" (1/29/03, New Scientist)

Slammer's Poor Design Lessened Damage (1/29/03, New Scientist)

Topical Oxygen Helps Hard-to-Heal Wounds Heal Faster and Better (1/29/03, Ohio State University)

Hydrogen Powers Bush State of the Union Address (1/28/03, Environment News Service)

United States Could Block International Action on Mercury (1/28/03, ENS)

Travel Woes, Economic Downturn Cost Millions of Jobs in World Tourism (1/28/03, International Labour Office)

Study Shows Acrylamide in Baked And Fried Foods Does Not Increase Risk Of Certain Cancers In Humans (1/28/03, Harvard School of Public Health)

News Update on Iraq Inspections (1/28/03, International Atomic Energy Agency); read previous updates

Air Quality, Climate Change and Protection of the Ozone Layer: European Commission Pursues Legal Action Against Six Member States (1/28/03, European Union)

Forest Fragmentation May Increase Lyme Disease Risk (1/28/03, EurekAlert)

Derailment at Chancery Lane Station, Saturday 25 January 2003: UK Health and Safety Executive Issues Investigation Update (1/28/03, HSE)

Nut Allergy Transferred Through Liver Transplant (1/28/03, New Scientist)

Study Finds "Inattention Blindness" in Behind-the-Wheel Cell Phone Users (1/27/03, National Safety Council)

Risky Future (1/27/03, OECD Observer)

European Water Pollutants List Delayed One Year (1/27/03, Environment News Service)

Prostate Cancer More Advanced in Men Who Smoke (1/27/03, American Cancer Society)

U.S. Department of Transportation’s E-Government Innovation (1/27/03, Center for Regulatory Effectiveness)

News Update on Iraq Inspections (1/26/03, International Atomic Energy Agency); read previous updates

Genetically Modified Cows To Please Cheese-makers (1/26/03, New Scientist)

Worm Targets SQL Vulnerability (1/26/03, National Infrastructure Protection Center); also see "Slammer" Worm Chokes the Internet (1/27/03, New Scientist) and CERT Advisory CA-2003-04 MS-SQL Server Worm (1/25/03, CERT Coordination Center)

New International Labour Organisation Report on Global Employment Trends 2003 - World Unemployment Rate Continues To Rise, Reaching a New High of 180 Million (1/24/03, ILO)

South Ontario Farmers Bring Back Old Chestnut (1/24/03, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada)

Advisory Panels Stacked, Scientists Warn (1/24/03, Environment News Service)

Delmarva Community Health Study: Health Risks of Agricultural Antibiotic Use in the Poultry Industry (1/24/03, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health)

National Academies Op-Ed Article: Health Insurance -- Is Your Family Protected? (1/24/03, National Academies)

U.S. Government Seeks To Improve the Endangered Species Consultation Process for Pesticides (1/24/03, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Provides a New Search Interface to Public Documents Through Its Web Site (1/24/03, NRC)

Poor Amino Acid Breakdown Increases the Risk of Heart Disease (1/24/03, EurekAlert)

In Vitro Fertilization Links to Increased Cancer Risk (1/24/03, New Scientist)

News Update on Iraq Inspections (1/23/03, International Atomic Energy Agency); read previous updates

New Report Supports Association Between Agent Orange and One Form of Chronic Leukemia (1/23/03, National Academies)

A New Tool To Help Keep U.S. Roads Ice- and Snow-Free (1/23/03, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research)

High Vitamin A Raises Men's Bone Fracture Risk (1/23/03, New Scientist)

European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection Addresses 23rd International Forum on Agriculture Policy of the Deutscher Bauernverband (DBV) on "Food Safety - What Can Be Expected from Policy Makers (1/23/03, EU)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Issues Recommendations Designed To Prevent Hepatitis Infections in Correctional Settings (1/23/03, CDC)

Customs: European Commission Proposes To Negotiate European Union/United States Co-operation Arrangements for Transport Security (1/23/03, EU)

Nuclear Fusion Could Power NASA Spacecraft (1/23/03, New Scientist)

President Bush To Propose Record-Level Funding for USDA Food Safety Programs (1/23/03, U.S. Department of Agriculture)

Timetable for Tobacco Sponsorship To Be Phased Out (1/23/03, UK Department of Health)

News Update on Iraq Inspections (1/22/03, International Atomic Energy Agency); read previous updates

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Begins Shipping Smallpox Vaccine to the States (1/22/03, CDC)

Switch to Unleaded Fuel "In Sight" for Africa, According to New UN Environment Programme Report (1/22/03, United Nations)

Sex Workers Mobilize To Fight HIV/AIDS, Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) Says (1/22/03, UNAIDS)

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Budget Proposal To Include $100 Million Increase To Prevent Diabetes, Obesity, and Asthma Across the Country - New Initiative Would Support Community Efforts To Combat Growing Epidemics (1/22/03, HHS)

Canada's Health Minister Announces New Cessation Campaign To Help Canadians Quit Smoking (1/22/03, Health Canada)

Distant World in Peril Discovered from La Silla (1/22/03, European Southern Observatory)

European Commission Launches Initiative To Boost Entrepreneurship in Europe (1/21/03, European Union)

Early Marijuana Use Increases Risk of Drug and Alcohol Problems Later in Life (1/21/03, Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine)

Help for Forests and Rivers Pledged To New Kenyan Government by UN Environment Chief (1/21/03, United Nations Environment Programme)

Long-Lost Records Confirm Rising Sea Level (1/21/03, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation)

Mouse Model Links Alcohol Intake to Marijuana-Like Brain Compounds New Pathway Presents Target for Medication Development (1/20/03, National Institutes of Health)

Ministerial-Level Security Council Meeting Calls for Urgent Action To Prevent, Suppress All Support for Terrorism (1/20/03, United Nations); also see Menace of Terrorism Requires Global Response, Says Secretary-General, Stressing Importance of Increased United Nations Role

News Update on Iraq Inspections: Ten-Point Joint Statement Issued Following IAEA-UN Talks in Baghdad, 20 January 2003 (1/20/03, International Atomic Energy Agency); read previous updates

United Nations Security Council Releases Statements from Meeting on Combating Terrorism (1/20/03, United Nations)

The Effects of Medication on Safety in the Workplace - A New UK Health and Safety Executive Report (1/20/03, HSE)

First Plenary Session of 2003: Opinions on Competition Policy, Pesticides and the European Committee's Contribution to the Development of the European Union's Communication and Information Strategy (1/20/03, European Union)

Olympic/Shell Settle with United States and State of Washington for $92 Million in Connection with Fatal Pipeline Rupture (1/17/03, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

Institute of Medicine Report Supports a Cautious and Deliberate Approach To Implementing the Smallpox Immunization Program (1/17/03, National Academies); see Review of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Smallpox Vaccination Program Implementation -- Letter Report #1

UK Health and Safety Executive Warns Against Nuisance Dust Masks (1/17/03, HSE)

USDA Risk Management Agency's Associate Administrator Adjusts Historical Cotton Loss in North Carolina (1/17/03, RMA)

Bush Record on Environment Called Dismal (1/17/03, Environment News Service); also see Natural Resources Defense Council's news release on Rewriting the Rules, Year-End Report 2002: The Bush Administration's Assault on the Environment

Researchers Find a Genetic Connection in Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) (1/17/03, EurekAlert)

European Commission Proposes Harmonised Rules To Make European Road Tunnels Safer (1/16/03, European Union)

Complex Systems To Stem the Tide of Invasion (1/16/03, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation)

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Workshop Reviews the Risks of Near Earth Objects, Frascati, Italy, 20-22 January 2003 (1/16/03, OECD)

World Health Organization Presents Draft Text Ahead of Final Round of Negotiations on the Tobacco Convention (1/15/03, WHO)

News Update on Iraq Inspections (1/15/03, International Atomic Energy Agency); read previous updates

U.S. EPA and U.S. Customs Service Sign Agreement To Share Information on Hazardous Waste, Chemical, Pesticide Imports (1/15/03, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

New Cancer Case Halts U.S. Gene Therapy Trials (1/15/03, New Scientist)

Genetically Modified Beet Welcomes Weeds and Wildlife (1/15/03, New Scientist)

Health Panel: Beef Benefits American Diet (1/15/03, American Council on Science and Health)

Center for Science in the Public Interest on Transgenic Fish (1/15/03, CSPI); see following release

News Update on Iraq Inspections (1/14/03, International Atomic Energy Agency); read previous updates

Pew Initiative Report Finds Genetically Altered Fish Have Promise If the Technology Is Reviewed Appropriately (1/14/03, Pew Initiative on Food and Biotechnology); read full report (PDF file) or overview (PDF file)

CAST Provides Comprehensive Report on Mycotoxins - Includes Mycotoxin Risks to Plants, Animals, and Humans (1/14/03, Council for Agricultural Science and Technology)

European Commission Acts To Reduce Pollution from Tractors, Construction Equipment and Other Non-road Machinery (1/14/03, European Union)

Scientists Create Brand New Organism (1/14/03, Environment News Service)

Probe of Africa's Break-up Blasts Off (1/14/03, New Scientist)

U.S. EPA Administrator Urges Home Testing for Radon, Commemorates National Radon Action Month (1/14/03, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

News Update on Iraq Inspections (1/13/03, International Atomic Energy Agency); read previous updates

Insurance Risks (1/13/03, OECD Observer)

Carnegie Mellon University Announces New Degrees in Information Security To Address Needs of Government, Industry (1/13/03, Carnegie Mellon University)

Many Americans in High-Mosquito Areas Think Their Family Likely To Get West Nile Virus Within Next 12 Months (1/13/03, Harvard School of Public Health)

Cancer Cluster Questions Explained (1/13/03, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health)

National Flood Insurance Program Fully Reauthorized (1/13/03, Federal Emergency Management Agency)

New Report Shows Crippling Economic Toll of Smoking on California's Fiscal Health (PDF format) (1/13/03, University of California San Francisco)

Study Finds Patients with Hip Fracture Who Leave the Hospital Too Soon Are At Risk for Worse Outcomes (1/13/03, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality)

North Korean Nuclear Tension Eases (1/13/03, New Scientist)

2003 Could Be New Year for GM Corn Mix (1/13/03, Agricultural Research Service)

Dangerous Preparations: European Commission Directive Bans Arsenic in Wood Treatment for Consumer Applications (1/13/03, European Union)

European Commission Acts To Enforce Cableway Safety Rules in Eight Member States (1/13/03, EU)

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary's Statement Regarding the Critical Shortage of Blood (1/13/03, HHS)

Study Finds Bed Sharing Among Parents and Infants on the Rise (1/13/03, National Institutes of Health)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Releases Innovative Approach to Cleaner Water (1/13/03, EPA)

Scientists Update New Madrid Earthquake Forecasts (1/13/03, U.S. Geological Survey)

News Update on Iraq Inspections (1/12/03, International Atomic Energy Agency); read previous updates

Symposium Aims To Expand 5-A-Day Initiative To Boost Fruit and Vegetable Consumption (1/11/03, World Health Organization)

Controversial vCJD Drug To Be Administered (1/10/03, New Scientist)

International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Calls on North Korea To Reverse Its Decision on Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Withdrawal (1/10/03, International Atomic Energy Agency)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Announces New National Initiative To Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Improve Air Quality (1/10/03, U.S. EPA)

Administration To Reaffirm Commitment to No Net Loss of Wetlands and Address Approach for Protecting Isolated Waters in Light of Supreme Court Ruling on Jurisdictional Issues (1/10/03, U.S. EPA)

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces Research Plan To Fight Autoimmune Diseases (1/10/03, HHS)

Nuclear Smugglers Face Neutron Test (1/10/03, New Scientist)

Hundreds of Thousands in Poverty with Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis Could Be Saved with Now Proven Community-based Outpatient Treatment Program (1/9/03, Harvard Medical School)

State of the World 2003: Progress Local Not Global (1/9/03, Environment News Service)

United Nations Issues "World Economic Situation and Prospects 2003"; Says Uncertainties, Risks Imperil Global Economic Rebound (1/9/03, United Nations)

Frequent Drinking Cuts Heart Attack Risk (1/9/03, New Scientist); also see National Institutes of Health release

Many Women Stop Combination Hormone Replacement (HRT) Therapy - But 57 Percent Continue HRT Following Health Risk Reports (1/9/03, EurekAlert)

University of Rhode Island Biological Oceanographers Test How Shallow Marine Systems Respond to Increased Nutrients and Endangered Northern Right Whales Exposed to Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (1/9/03, University of Rhode Island)

News Update on Iraq Inspections (1/8/03, International Atomic Energy Agency); read previous updates

News Update on North Korea: IAEA Interviews on DPRK Resolution (1/8/03, International Atomic Energy Agency)

The National Academies and Center for Strategic and International Studies To Host January 9 Meeting on National Security and Scientific Openness (1/8/03, National Academies); see agenda

Police Search for Missing Terror Toxin (1/8/03, New Scientist)

U.S. Food and Drug Administration Approves New Labels for Estrogen and Estrogen with Progestin Therapies for Postmenopausal Women Following Review of Women's Health Initiative Data (1/8/03, FDA)

Questions and Answers on BSE (1/8/03, European Union)

Obesity's Effect on Lifespan Calculated (1/8/03, New Scientist)

Mayo Clinic Study Shows One in Four Have Precursor to Heart Failure (1/8/03, Mayo Clinic)

Lack of Awareness and Control of Risk Factors Still Contributing to Preventable Strokes Among African Americans (1/8/03, American Academy of Neurology)

News Update on Iraq Inspections (1/7/03, International Atomic Energy Agency); read previous updates

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Sun Rise Industrial Co., Ltd. and Raleigh America Inc. Announce Recall of Bicycles (1/7/03, CPSC)

Greece Pushes Back European Chemicals Review (1/7/03, Environment News Service)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Finds Annual Flu Deaths Higher Than Previously Estimated (1/7/03, CDC); see U.S. Department of Health and Human Services secretary's statement

Plugging the Holes in Biotech Food Safety (1/7/03, Center for Science in the Public Interest)

Mushroom-Poisoned Man Home After Liver Transplant, Offers Messages on Mushroom Safety, Organ Donation (PDF version) (1/7/03, University of California San Francisco)

University of Washington Study of Risk of Herpes Transmission from Mother to Infant at Birth Shows Surprising Results, Confirms Old Assumption (1/7/03, University of Washington)

Officials Should Target 20 Key Areas To Transform Health Care System (1/7/03, National Academies); read report and opening statement at public briefing, or listen to briefing (requires free RealPlayer)

Federal Rule Could Allow More Roads on Public Lands (1/7/03, Environment News Service)

National Advisory Committee on Ergonomics Plans First Meeting in Washington, D.C., This Month (1/7/03, Occupational Safety and Health Administration)

European Commission Bans Dangerous Textile Colourings To Protect the Aquatic Environment (1/7/03, European Union)

New Forms of Assistance for Developing Countries (1/7/03, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization)

Hunt for Life on Mars Dealt Another Blow ( 1/6/03, University of Melbourne)

Polar Bears on Thin Ice ( 1/6/03, University of Alberta)

Canada and the United States Unveil Border Air Quality Strategy (1/6/03, Environment Canada)

IAEA Board of Governors Adopts Resolution on Safeguards in North Korea (1/6/03, International Atomic Energy Agency)

News Update on Iraq Inspections (1/6/03, International Atomic Energy Agency); read previous updates

Could Doomsday Be Approaching? (1/6/03, Environment News Service)

Study: Old Age Won’t Boost Health-Care Costs As Much As Some Have Predicted (1/6/03, EurekAlert)

Child Hospitalizations Good Time To Get Parents To Stop Smoking (1/6/03, EurekAlert)

Massachusetts General Hospital Study Supports Protective Effect of Stimulant Treatment for ADHD (1/6/03, EurekAlert)

Hudson Releases New National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Report - Report Examines Future External Trends for NOAA (1/3/03, Hudson Institute)

19.2 Million U.S. Adults Have Chronic Kidney Disease (1/3/03, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health)

Government of Canada Tightens Emission Guidelines for New Electricity Plants (1/3/03, Environment Canada)

News Update on Iraq Inspections (1/3/03, International Atomic
Energy Agency
); read previous updates

Effects of Global Warming Already Being Felt on Plants and Animals Worldwide (1/3/03, Stanford University)

Air Ionisers Wipe Out Hospital Infections (1/3/03, New Scientist)

Task Force Recommends Dietary Counseling for Adults with High Cholesterol and Other Risk Factors for Chronic Disease (1/3/03, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality)

Nine States Challenge Clean Air Changes in Court (1/2/03, Environment News Service)

Nicotine - Worse Than We Thought? (1/2/03, EurekAlert)

Expressing Strong Concern at Human Cloning Reports, American Association for the Advancement of Science Cautions Against Overreaction (1/2/03, AAAS)

Health Canada Announces New Mandatory Nutrition Labelling To Help Canadians Make Informed Choices for Healthy Eating (1/2/03, Health Canada)

Nutrition Source Web Site Offers the Latest News and Research on Diet and Health from Trusted Authority (1/2/03, Harvard School of Public Health)

Environment Minister Announces Tougher Emission Standards for the New Generation of On-Road Vehicles and Engines (1/2/03, Environment Canada)


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