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Second Quarter 2004


April May June

June 2004

Passive Smoking Danger Was Underestimated (6/30/04, New Scientist)

Money Laundering: European Commission Proposes to Update and Improve Directive (6/30/04, European Union)

Floodsmart Consumer Campaign Highlights Risks, Consequences of America's Most Common and Costly Natural Disaster - New FEMA Program to Educate Americans About Floods and Flood Insurance (6/29/04, Federal Emergency Management Agency)

Millions of Hispanics at Increased Risk for Type 2 Diabetes (6/29/04, National Institutes of Health)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Clarifies Analysis on Interaction Between Ozone and Air Fresheners (6/29/04, U.S. EPA)

International Plant Genetic Treaty Becomes Law (6/29/04, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization)

Harvard Expands Popular Website to Include Risk Assessments for Cancer, Heart Disease, Stroke, Diabetes, and Osteoporosis - Website Recommendations Could Help Prevent Over Half of All Chronic Disease in the U.S. (6/28/04, Harvard School of Public Health)

Safety and Health Information Bulletin Focuses on Pipeline Safety - Developed in Association with the Transportation Department's Office of Pipeline Safety (6/28/04, Occupational Safety and Health Administration)

Largest Air Quality and Climate Study Starts in New England - Federal and University Partners Launch International Experiment (6/28/04, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

Every Crop Needs Its Wild Relatives (6/28/04, United Nations Environment Programme)

Second U.S. Cow Tests Positive for BSE (6/28/04, New Scientist)

Nuclear Power's Changing Future - Fastest Growth in Asia (6/26/04, International Atomic Energy Agency); 500 nuclear power experts have assembled in Moscow for the "International Conference on Fifty Years of Nuclear Power - the Next Fifty Years" (27 June - 2 July).

Infected Websites Exploit Microsoft Browser Flaws (6/25/04, New Scientist)

Better Information Needed to End "Large-scale Experiment with Children's Health," European Environment Agency Chief Says (6/24/04, EEA)

Protecting Pensions and the Planet - New United Nations Environment Programme Report Pinpoints Necessity of Environmental and Social Research to Protect Shareholder Value (6/24/04, UNEP)

Safety Levels for Eating Oily Fish Released (6/24/04, New Scientist)

Study Sheds New Light on Genetic Risk for Parkinson’s Disease (6/23/04, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

2002 Toxics Release Inventory Released (6/23/04, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

Smoking Wipes 10 Years Off a Life (6/22/04, New Scientist)

The Environment: Where's the Risk, and Where Are Children Safe? (6/22/04, World Health Organization)

New WHO Guidelines To Promote Proper Use of Alternative Medicines (6/22/04, World Health Organization)

Polio Experts Warn of Largest Epidemic in Recent Years, as Polio Hits Darfur - Epidemiologists "Alarmed" by Continuing Spread of Virus - Warn Thousands of Children Could Be Paralyzed Across West and Central Africa (6/22/04, World Health Organization)

New Protection for Peanuts from Aflatoxin (6/22/04, USDA Agricultural Research Service)

New Version of Premier Global Climate Model Released (6/22/04, National Science Foundation); also see National Center for Atmospheric Research Releases New Version of Premier Global Climate Model

Water Quality in the Great Salt Lake Region Affected by Land Use (6/22/04, U.S. Geological Survey); also read Potential Exists for Contaminants to Enter Salt Lake Valley’s Ground Water and Mining and Urbanization Associated with Contamination of Aquatic Communities in the Great Salt Lake Basins

"Anomalies" in First Private Spaceflight Revealed (6/22/04, New Scientist)

First Private Astronaut Reaches Space (6/21/04, New Scientist); also read previous articles Civilian Craft Ready To Make Space History and Historic Space Launch Attempt Scheduled for June 21 - Paul G. Allen and Burt Rutan Announce Plans for First Non-Government, Privately Funded Manned Space Flight

New Website Traces "Long, Strange Trip" of Corn (6/21/04, USDA Agricultural Research Service)

Iran Satellite Images Raise Nuclear Questions (6/21/04, New Scientist)

National Institute of Standards and Technology Launches Advanced Measurement Laboratory - Research Environment Among World’s Best for Nanotech, Leading-Edge Science (6/21/04, NIST)

Rush Neurosurgeons Testing Cooling Method to Treat Brain Aneurysms (6/21/04, Rush University Medical Center)

Special Report Uses National Fire Incident Reporting Data To Study Nightclub Fires In The U.S. (6/21/04, Federal Emergency Management Agency)

Adding a Chromosome May Treat Disease (6/19/04, New Scientist)

International Atomic Energy Agency Board Adopts Resolution on Nuclear Safeguards in Iran (6/19/04, IAEA)

College Researcher Issues Caution on Live Virus Vaccines (6/18/04, New York Medical College)

Civilian Craft Ready To Make Space History (6/18/04, New Scientist); background information is available in Historic Space Launch Attempt Scheduled for June 21 - Paul G. Allen and Burt Rutan Announce Plans for First Non-Government, Privately Funded Manned Space Flight

A Nutritious Food Chain for the Consumer: Thinking Beyond Tomorrow (6/18/04, European Union)

Department of Homeland Security Announces First Designations and Certifications Under the Safety Act (6/18/04, DHS); anti-terrorism technologies include Lockheed Martin Corporation Risk Assessment Platform

Superbugs Resist "Last Resort" Antibiotics (6/18/04, New Scientist)

EPA Releases Document Providing Guidance on Allowed and Disallowed Uses of CCA (6/18/04, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

Homeland Security Leverages National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration All-Hazards Network for Alerts and Warnings (6/17/04, DHS)

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Publishes Alternative Fire Protection Rule (6/17/04, NRC)

World Meat and Dairy Experts Discuss Rising Prices and Animal Disease Outbreaks Focus on International Standards for Livestock and Meat Safety - Meeting in Canada (6/17/04, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization)

New National Research Effort Needed to Secure - Clean, Adequate Water Supply in Coming Decades (6/17/04, National Academies); read full report Confronting the Nation's Water Problems: The Role of Research

International Agency for Research on Cancer Classifies Formaldehyde as Carcinogenic to Humans (6/15/04, IARC)

Cereal Stocks Continue Decline - Meat Prices Surge Due to Animal Diseases and Import Bans (6/15/04, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization)

Ralph J. Cicerone Nominated To Be Next National Academy of Sciences President (6/15/04, NAS); read more about UC-Irvine Chancellor Cicerone, who led an NAS study requested by President Bush in 2001 on the state of climate change and its impact on the environment and human health

Bioterror Grand Jury Trial Begins for Professor (6/15/04, New Scientist)

European Parliament Set to Challenge EU-US Data Deal in Court (6/15/04, EUobserver)

New 2003 Nuclear Energy Data Just Released (6/14/04, OECD Nuclear Energy Agency)

New Web Listing Consolidates Information on Active Plant-Incorporated Protectant Experimental Use Permits (PIP EUPs) (6/14/04, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

Methyl Parathion Interim Reregistration Eligibility Decision Available for Comment (6/14/04, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

Military First Responders to Take on Simulated "Dirty" Dispersal Device at Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory (6/14/04, INEEL)

Biofuels for Transport: An International Perspective (6/11/04, International Energy Agency); also see U.S. Energy Secretary Notes Improvements in Gasoline and Crude Oil Stock Levels

Polio Partners Commend G8 for Continued Support to Polio Eradication (6/11/04, World Health Organization)

WHO/UNAIDS Welcomes G8 Endorsement of the Global HIV Vaccine Enterprise (6/11/04, World Health Organization)

Mathematicians Skeptical Over Claimed Breakthrough (6/11/04, New Scientist)

Europe's Success in Fight Against Foot-and-mouth Disease - Risks Remain; United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization Calls upon Countries to Stay Vigilant - 50th Anniversary of European FMD Commission (6/10/04, FAO)

Global Clean-up of Toxic PCBs (6/10/04, United Nations Environment Programme)

Alcohol Abuse Increases, Dependence Declines Across Decade
Young Adult Minorities Emerge As High-Risk Subgroups
(6/10/04, National Institutes of Health)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Report Latest Data on Suicide Behaviors, Risk Factors, and Prevention (6/10/04, CDC)

Increased Access to High-Quality Mammography Needed To Reduce Cancer Deaths; Shortage of Screening Specialists Should Be Addressed to Deal with Capacity Crisis (6/10/04, National Academies); read the full report Saving Women's Lives: Strategies for Improving Breast Cancer Detection and Diagnosis

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Proposes Requirements for Voluntarily Installed Event Data Recorders (6/10/04, NHTSA)

European Commission Launches Environment and Health Action Plan 2004-2010 (6/9/04, European Union); read questions and answers on this plan

Smart Statistics for Cancer Diagnosis (6/9/04, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation)

New Genetic Risk Factor for Colon Cancer Identified (6/9/04, University of California, Irvine)

World Health Organization Report Reveals Economic Costs of Interpersonal Violence (6/9/04, WHO)

Locust Swarms May Spiral into Plague (6/8/04, New Scientist)

Immunization Begins for Millions of Children in Darfur (6/7/04, World Health Organization)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Collaboration Yields New Test for Anthrax (6/7/04, CDC)

U.S. Food and Drug Administration Warns Against Women Using Unapproved Drug Domperidone to Increase Milk Production (6/7/04, FDA)

Waist Circumference Can Signal a Syndrome (6/7/04, USDA Agricultural Research Service); read the full article Watch Your Waistline: Your Health May Depend on It! (from Agricultural Research magazine)

Latest Crash Tests, Rollover Ratings Available on SaferCar.gov (6/7/04, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)

Raw Almond Recalls (6/4/04, U.S. Food and Drug Administration)

FDIC Enhances Failed Bank Data on Its Web Site (6/4/04, FDIC)

May Saw Peak of Sinister Computer Viruses (6/4/04, New Scientist)

New Oak Ridge National Laboratory Project Takes Aim at Heart of Air Quality, Health Issue (6/4/04, ORNL)

Balance Fun and Safety To Enjoy Recreational Water Activities: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Study Shows Impact of Water Dangers (6/3/04, CDC)

Annual Report to the Nation Finds Cancer Incidence and Death Rates on the Decline: Survival Rates Show Significant Improvement (6/3/04, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

European Union Needs To Set Renewable Energy Targets for 2020, European Environment Agency Head Says (6/3/04, EEA)

Health Spending in Most Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Countries Rises, with the U.S. Far Outstripping All Others (6/3/04, OECD)

The Approved List of Biological Agents - Latest Version Published in UK (6/3/04, UK Health and Safety Executive)

Study of Hygiene in Inner-City Households Identifies What Helps and What May Not (6/3/04, National Institutes of Health)

Baby Food Could Trigger Meningitis (6/3/04, New Scientist)

iJET Issues Special Report on Travel to Summer 2004 Olympics - Report Cites Practical Methods to Avoid Security Threats at the Summer Games (6/2/04, iJET Travel Risk Management)

Russia Blocks Meat Imports from the European Union (6/2/04, EUobserver)

UK Government Warning on Venus Eye Catcher (6/2/04, UK Department of Health)

The Potential of Bioenergy Is Still Too Often Neglected - United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization Promotes Bioenergy for Poverty Alleviation and Sustainable Development (6/2/04, FAO)

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development  Urges Action to Tackle Child Road Deaths (6/2/04, OECD)

UK Inspectors Detect Improvements in Designer CDM [Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 1994] Performance (6/2/04, UK Health and Safety Executive)

First Joint Survey of Health in Canada and the United States Shows Both Countries Report High Level of Health (6/2/04, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Risk of Radioactive "Dirty Bomb" Growing (6/2/04, New Scientist)

Promoting Nuclear Security: International Atomic Energy Agency Action Against Terrorism (6/1/04, IAEA)

Living Modified Organisms: New Guidelines for Risk Assessment - A New Tool To Help Determine If a Genetically Modified Plant Is a Weed (6/1/04, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization)

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Repeats Rollover Warning to Users of 15-Passenger Vans (6/1/04, NHTSA); also see related consumer advisory

Species at Risk Act Prohibitions Come into Force (6/1/04, Environment Canada)

Cows Immune to BSE Near Reality (6/1/04, New Scientist)

Genetically-modified Virus Explodes Cancer Cells (6/1/04, New Scientist)

May 2004

Food Emergencies in 35 Countries Worldwide - Civil Strife, Bad Weather, and HIV/AIDS Said To Be Main Causes (5/31/04, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization)

Another Failure in Europe's Chemicals Safety Management (5/28/04, European Environmental Bureau)

31 May - World No Tobacco Day 2004: the Vicious Circle of Tobacco and Poverty - The World Health Organization Says That Tobacco Is Bad Economics All Around (5/28/04, WHO)

European Commission Launches World-leading Prion Research Network ( 5/28/04, European Union)

Social Security Recipients Warned About Potential Scams (5/28/04, Social Security Administration)

International Agency for Research on Cancer Declares Second-hand Smoke Carcinogenic to Humans (5/28/04, IARC)

U.S. Department of Homeland Security and European Union Sign Agreement to Allow Collection of Passenger Data (5/28/04, DHS); also read facts about airline passenger name record agreement

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Weather Service Adopt New Global Ultraviolet Index Guidelines - Guidance Helps Reduce Overexposure to Dangerous UV Rays (5/28/04, NOAA)

Statistical Flaws Revealed in Top Journals' Papers (5/28/04, New Scientist)

U.S. Agencies Issue Proposed Guidance on Overdraft Protection Programs (5/28/04, Federal Reserve Board)

U.S. Department of Agriculture Announces $ 16.5 Million Available to Fund Risk Management Initiatives (5/28/04, USDA Risk Management Agency)

Ergonomics Guidelines Announced for Retail Grocery Stores (5/28/04, Occupational Safety and Health Administration); read PDF version or HTML version of Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders: Guidelines for Retail Grocery Stores

Organisation for Economic and Co-operation Development and European Conference of Ministers of Transport Urge Tighter Security to Beat Freight Container Terrorism Risk (5/27/04, OECD)

Environmental Impact Assessment Pays Off as Countries Cooperate and the Public Makes Its Voice Heard (5/27/04, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe)

New Surgeon General's Report Expands List of Diseases Caused by Smoking (5/27/04, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services); read the full report titled The Health Consequences of Smoking: A Report of the Surgeon General, which includes a database with abstracts of the 1,600 articles cited in the report

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Reminds Americans Powerful Resources Available to Help Them Be "Ready" (5/27/04, PR Newswire)

More World Health Organization Member States Unite in Fight Against Skin Cancer Caused by Excessive Exposure to UV Radiation (5/27/04, WHO)

"Earthshine" Fall Heats Global Warming Debate (5/27/04, New Scientist)

Antibiotics Linked to Huge Rise in Allergies (5/27/04, New Scientist)

International Atomic Energy Agency Welcomes U.S. New Global Threat Reduction Initiative (5/27/04, IAEA)

Department of Energy Launches New Global Threat Reduction Initiative - Will Accelerate and Expand the Security and Removal of Proliferation-sensitive Materials (5/26/04, DOE)

Nuclear Jet Crash "Could Kill Millions" (5/26/04, New Scientist)

Some Men with Low PSAs Have Prostate Cancer: Most Cancers Found Are Not Likely To Be Clinically Significant (5/26/04, National Institutes of Health)

U.S. Department of Energy Releases Final Request for Proposals to Establish World Class Nuclear Technology Lab in Idaho (5/26/04, DOE)

Occupational Safety and Health Administration Offers Tips for Working in Hot Weather (5/26/04, OSHA)

Indoor Mold, Building Dampness Linked to Respiratory Problems and Require Better Prevention; Evidence Does Not Support Links to Wider Array of Illnesses (5/25/04, National Academies); read full report and opening statement at news conference, and listen to recorded news conference (requires free RealPlayer)

Food Safety, Animal and Plant Health Portal Launched - Simplifies Search for Food Safety Regulations (5/25/04, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization)

Nuclear Security at the Summer 2004 Olympic Games (5/25/04, International Atomic Energy Agency)

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Warns About Pool Hazards, Reports 250 Deaths of Young Children Annually: Federal Agency Launches Drowning Prevention Initiative, Holding Public Hearings (5/25/04, CPSC)

Transboundary Animal Diseases on the Rise - United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and Organisation for Animal Health Strengthen Cooperation (5/25/04, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization)

Ground Broken for Nanotechnology Center at Sandia and Los Alamos Labs (5/25/04, U.S. Department of Energy)

2004 Survey of Consumer Finances To Begin (5/25/04, Federal Reserve Board)

European Commission President: "Radical Change" Needed for EU to Catch U.S. (5/25/04, EUobserver)

Industrial Pollution May Double Twin Births (5/25/04, New Scientist)

Landmark Patient Safety Study Provides First National Estimate of Adverse Events in Canadian Hospitals (5/24/04, Canadian Institutes of Health Research)

"Time to Take on Obesity," Says Byrne as WHO Debates Worldwide Strategy (5/24/04, European Union)

Climate Change: Will It Look Anything Like "The Day After Tomorrow"? (5/24/04, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research)

Live Webcast at 1:00 PM (EDT), May 25: Release of Institute of Medicine Report on Damp Indoor Spaces and Health (5/24/04, National Academies)

Innovative Airport Terminal Collapses in Paris (5/24/04, New Scientist)

Food Safety at Risk in Asia and the Pacific Potential Danger of Food Contamination and Food-borne Diseases - International Conference (5/24/04, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization)

Afforestation in the Near East Growing Trees in Deserts to Control Desertification and Improve Water Management (5/24/04, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization)

U.S. Department of Energy Announces Study of Advanced New Nuclear Power Plant at TVA Site (5/23/04, DOE)

World Health Assembly Raises Global Public Health to New Level - To Confront a Huge Range of Risks Linked to Death and Illness, Assembly Adopts Strategies on Diet and Physical Activity, Reproductive Health and Resolutions on HIV/AIDS and Road Safety (5/22/04, World Health Organization); also see WHO World Health Assembly Adopts Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity, and Health and World Health Assembly Adopts First Global Strategy on Reproductive Health and Resolution on the Family and Health

Climate Change Heralds Thirsty Times Ahead (5/22/04, New Scientist)

Preparations for Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory's 2004 Fire Season (5/21/04, INEEL)

86 Million Migrant Workers Active in Global Economy, Says New International Labour Organization Report (5/21/04, ILO)

Tonsil Tests Suggest Thousands Harbour vCJD (5/21/04, New Scientist)

Low Sperm Counts Linked to Gene Control Flaw (5/21/04, New Scientist)

U.S. Department of Agriculture Publishes Transcript of Technical Briefing on Expanded BSE Surveillance Plan (5/21/04, USDA)

Scientists Warn Over Sarin Exposure in Iraq (5/20/04, New Scientist)

Protecting Workers from Asbestos: A Legal Duty (5/20/04, UK Health and Safety Executive)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Implements New Tiered Travel Health Guidance System (5/20/04, CDC)

Biodiversity for Food Security - United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization Launches Campaign in Favour of Biodiversity - World Food Day/TeleFood 2004 (5/20/04, FAO)

Health Canada Funds Cutting-Edge Research to Assess the Health Effects of Air Pollution (5/20/04, Health Canada)

U.S. Food and Drug Administration Finalizes New Rule on Donor Eligibility for Human Tissues and Cells (5/20/04, FDA)

Portable Generator Death Reports Double: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Staff Discusses Ways to Reduce Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Deaths (5/20/04, CPSC)

Despite Improvements, Many High School Students Still Engaging in Risky Health Behaviors (5/20/04, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Forms Network to Tackle Potentially Fatal Reaction to Smallpox Vaccine (5/19/04, National Institutes of Health)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Announces Pesticide Public Participation Process (5/19/04, U.S. EPA)

United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Plans Energy Efficiency Work as Oil Prices Rise (5/18/04, UNECE)

Ontario Budget Grabs $640 Per Household (5/18/04, Fraser Institute)

Measles-Mumps-Rubella Vaccine and Thimerosal-Containing Vaccines Are Not Associated with Autism, Institute of Medicine Report Says (5/18/04, National Academies); read full report titled Immunization Safety Review: Vaccines and Autism

Asian and North African Countries Close To Ending Polio, Announce Accelerated Plans to "Mop-Up" New Cases (5/18/04, World Health Organization)

U.S. Department of Energy Surpasses Congressional Target of Recovering Radioactive Sources (5/18/04, DOE)

U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Announces Funding for Oak Disease Containment (5/18/04, U.S. Department of Agriculture)

Longest Scientific Study Yet Backs Atkins Diet (5/18/04, New Scientist)

Government of Canada Proposes Access to "Morning After Pill" Without a Prescription (5/18/04, Health Canada)

Drinking Soda Linked to Gullet Cancer Rise (5/18/04, New Scientist)

Diabetes Linked to Increased Risk of Alzheimer's in Long-Term Study (5/17/04, National Institutes of Health)

Passive Smoking Kills One Bar Worker a Week (5/17/04, New Scientist)

U.S. Homeland Security Urges Preparedness for Hurricane Season (5/17/04, Federal Emergency Management Agency)

USDA Establishes a Pilot Project for Renewable Energy Funding Small Businesses That Generate Energy Production from Cattle Products (5/17/04, U.S. Department of Agriculture)

The Gene Revolution: Great Potential for the Poor, but No Panacea - Only a Few Countries Are Benefiting So Far - Food Crops of the Poor Need More Attention (5/17/04, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization)

U.S. Accelerates HIV Drug Approval (5/17/04, New Scientist); also see HHS Proposes Rapid Process for Review of Fixed Dose Combination and Co-Packaged Products - Expedited Review Process Will Assure the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief That These Drugs Are Safe and Suitable for Purchase (5/16/04, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

Solar Wind To Shield Earth During Pole Flip (5/15/04, New Scientist)

Campaign Launched to Eliminate 12 Hazardous Chemicals (5/14/04, United Nations Environment Programme)

Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment To Conduct Peer Consultation on PBPK Model for Trichloroethylene (5/14/04, TERA)

Flood Insurance: You May Be Required To Have It (5/14/04, Federal Emergency Management Agency)

"Dabber" Worm Targets Computers Through Sasser (5/14/04, New Scientist)

Federal Government Should Expand Its Role in Providing Treatment for Low-Income Americans with HIV/AIDS (5/13/04, National Academies)

U.S. DOT Proposes Tougher Standard To Protect Occupants in Side-Impact Crashes (5/12/04, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)

New Research Supports Theory that Indirect Transmission of Chronic Wasting Disease Possible in Mule Deer (5/12/04, National Science Foundation)

Genetically Modified Wheat Put on Hold (5/11/04, New Scientist); also see Monsanto to Realign Research Portfolio, Development of Roundup Ready Wheat Deferred - Decision Follows Portfolio Review, Consultation with Growers (5/10/04, Monsanto)

Researchers Open New Line of Attack on Tuberculosis - Findings Could Show How to Breach the Bacterium’s Tough Cell Wall (5/9/04, National Science Foundation)

SARS May Be Spread by Sweat (5/7/04, New Scientist)

World Trade Organization Ruling May Spell End of Farmer's Subsidies (5/7/04, New Scientist)

Sasser Is Fastest Written Windows Worm (5/5/04, New Scientist); for background see Sasser Computer Worm Wriggles Worldwide (5/4/04)

Molinate Cancellation Order Is Issued (5/5/04, U.S. EPA Pesticides Program)

Researchers to Help Exterminate Bugs in Spreadsheets, Web Applications (5/5/04, National Science Foundation)

Five "Designer Babies" Created for Stem Cells (5/5/04, New Scientist)

Interagency Task Force Examines Natural Gas Supply - Goal: Expand Supply, Ensure Consumer Affordability (5/5/04, U.S. Department of Energy)

NASA Must Transform to Put Men on Mars (5/5/04, New Scientist)

Launch of "Diabetes Action Now": New Estimate of More Than Three Million Diabetes-related Deaths Every Year (5/5/04, World Health Organization)

Effects of Environmental Exposure to Low-Level Magnetic Fields Are Cumulative, Could Be Hazardous to Humans (5/4/04, Environmental Health Perspectives)

Impact of Lead Exposure on Offspring Linked to Mother’s Stress Level (5/4/04, Environmental Health Perspectives)

Ozone Levels Nationwide Lowest Since 1980 - May 4, 2004 World Asthma Day (5/4/04, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

USDA Launches Campaign to Educate Bird Owners (5/4/04, U.S. Department of Agriculture)

International Agency for Research on Cancer Confirms Efficacy of Cervix Cancer Screening for Women 25-65 in Reducing Mortality (5/3/04, IARC)

Nuclear Disarray as Europe Pushes East (5/1/04, New Scientist)

April 2004

Nuclear Among Energy Choices Facing Bigger EU (4/30/04, International Atomic Energy Agency)

Gerbil Population Boom Predicts Plague (4/30/04, New Scientist)

Microwave Ovens Should Warn of Exploding Eggs (4/30/04, New Scientist)

European Commissioner for the Environment Speaks to Harvard Medical School: Action on Environment and Health (4/30/04, European Union)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Releases 2004 Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices for the Prevention and Control of Influenza (4/30/04, CDC)

Revised Definition Means Millions More Have Pre-Diabetes (4/29/04, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

E. Coli 0157 Incidence Posts Substantial Decline: Other Foodborne Illnesses Continue Downward Trend (4/29/04, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

USDA Unersecretary for Food Safety Issues Statement Regarding CDC Foodborne Illness Data  (4/29/04, USDA)

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Issues Blueprint for Action To Build Healthier Nation (4/29/04, U.S. HHS)

U.S. Department of Agriculture Participates in Worldwide Research Effort Against Foot and Mouth Disease (4/29/04, USDA)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Statement on Requested Extensions for Clean Air Rule Comments (4/29/04, U.S. EPA)

Platte River Assessments for Endangered and Threatened Species Are Scientifically Valid (4/28/04, National Academies)

Ozone Trend Analysis Shows Continued Progress (4/28/04, U.S. EPA)

EPA Launches Interactive Mapping Web Site to Help Pesticide Users Better Understand Court-Ordered Buffer Zones (4/28/04, U.S. EPA Pesticide Program)

U.S. Food and Drug Administration Updates Zelnorm Labeling with New Risk Information (4/28/04, FDA)

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Launches Diabetes Prevention Campaign to Reach High Risk Groups (4/28/04, National Institutes of Health)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Boosts External Research to Protect Americans' Health (4/28/04, CDC)

Rare Risk: Adolescent Binging on Marijuana Linked to Stroke (4/28/04, EurekAlert)

U.S. Secretary of Energy Announces NREL, Los Alamos, and Sandia Hydrogen Storage "Centers of Excellence" (4/28/04, DOE); also see U.S. Energy Secretary Announces $350 Million in Hydrogen Research Projects (4/27/04, DOE)

Los Alamos Part of New Center for Chemical Hydrogen Storage (4/27/04, Los Alamos National Laboratory); also read Sandia Selected by Department of Energy as Virtual Center of Excellence for Metal Hydride-based Hydrogen Storage

President Bush Signs Biodefense for the 21st Century (4/27/04, U.S. Department of Homeland Security)

Expert Review Gives High Marks to a Swiss Safety Study on a Radioactive Waste Disposal Concept (4/27/04, Nuclear Energy Agency)

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Begins Special Inspection at Irradiator Facility in Puerto Rico (4/27/04, NRC)

Corporate Computer Security Menace Rising Fast (4/27/04, New Scientist)

Measles Deaths Drop Dramatically as Vaccine Reaches World's Poorest Children - Global Goal of Halving Measles Deaths Can Be Achieved (4/27/04, World Health Organization)

Chernobyl: Needs Remain Great 18 Years After Nuclear Accident (4/26/04, United Nations)

Lab-linked SARS Cases in China Double (4/26/04, New Scientist)

Pesticides: EU Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection Welcomes EU Agriculture Council Support on Establishing Common Maximum Residue Levels (4/26/04, EU)

Genetically Modified Foods in Europe One Step Closer (4/26/04, EUobserver)

U.S. Food and Drug Administration Proposes Additional Rules to Ensure the Safety of Imported Food (4/26/04, FDA)

Immunization in the Americas Needs a Shot in the Arm - UNICEF and Pan American Health Organization Warn of Millions of Under-immunized Children at Risk from Cross-border Infections (4/26/04, United States Fund for UNICEF)

EU Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection Welcomes Completion of Extensive Review of Food and Feed Controls and Hygiene Rules (4/26/04, European Union); see questions and answers on hygiene requirements for food and on the Regulation on Official Food and Feed Controls

What Lies Behind the Recent Milk Powder Infant Deaths in China? (4/23/04, United States Fund for UNICEF)

Canada's Minister of the Environment Presents Species at Risk Scientific Assessments to Governor in Council (4/23/04, Environment Canada)

Chinese SARS Cases Traced to Lab (4/23/04, New Scientist)

Unpublished Data Reverses Risk-Benefit of Drugs (4/23/04, New Scientist)

Arctic Ozone Loss More Sensitive to Climate Change Than Thought (4/23/04, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Debut New Malaria Web Site To Observe Africa Malaria Day, April 25, 2004 (4/23/04, CDC); also read More Than 600 Million People Urgently Need Effective Malaria Treatment to Prevent Unacceptably High Death Rates (4/22/04, World Health Organization)

Homeland Security Establishes Its First Government "Think Tank" - Analytic Services Incorporated (ANSER) Named to Operate the Homeland Security Institute (4/23/04, DHS); read fact sheet on Homeland Security Institute

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Evidence Reports Confirm that Fish Oil Helps Fight Heart Disease (4/22/04, AHRQ)

NASA Arctic Sea Ice Study May Stir Up Climate Models (4/22/04, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory)

Preparing the Way for the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference in 2005 - Final Preparatory Committee Session Opens 26 April at UN in New York (4/22/04, International Atomic Energy Agency); see IAEA's In Focus: IAEA and the NPT

Request for Comment on Proposed Revisions to Part II of Policy Statement on Payments System Risk (4/21/04, Federal Reserve Board)

The International Toxicity Estimates for Risk (ITER) Database Joins the National Library of Medicine’s TOXNET System (4/21/04, Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment)

Tick Fight Targets Antigua (4/21/04, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization)

Insurance: European Commission Proposes a Directive to Create a Real EU-wide Market for Reinsurance (4/21/04, European Union); see frequently asked questions

Key Environmental Indicators in Canada Continue to Improve, According to New Study (4/21/04, Fraser Institute)

Critical Internet Communication Flaw Revealed (4/21/04, New Scientist)

Institute of Medicine: National Poison Prevention System Needed (4/21/04, Oregon Health and Science University)

European Environmental Bureau and Greenpeace Congratulate the European Parliament for Backing Ban on Toxic Batteries (4/20/04, EEB); also see New Directive on Air Pollution "A First Step but No Guarantee for Cleaner Air in Europe"

Public Auto Insurance Provinces Rank as Lemons Says Fraser Institute (4/20/04, Fraser Institute)

Yet Another Benefit of Green Tea - New, Biodegradable Machining Compound Is More Effective Than Industry Standards (4/19/04, National Science Foundation)

U.S. Transportation Secretary Announces $33 Million in Federal Grants to States To Deter Impaired Driving, Increase Safety Belt Use (4/19/04, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)

Eye Disease on the Horizon: Macular Degeneration in Elderly Projected to Increase Substantially (4/19/04, Johns Hopkins Medicine)

Chernobyl: Clarifying Consequences - IAEA Chernobyl Forum Promotes Facts About Health & Environmental Effects (4/16/04, International Atomic Energy Agency); see IAEA's In Focus: Chernobyl's Challenge

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Recommend Temporary Suspension of Adoptions from Chinese Orphanage in Response to Measles Outbreak (4/16/04, CDC)

Detailed Rules for Implementing Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 on Genetically Modified Food and Feed Published (4/16/04, EU); click here and scroll down to title, and read Questions and Answers on the Regulation of GMOs in the EU

Amazon's Search Engine Impresses Experts (4/16/04, New Scientist)

Scientists Stirred to Ridicule Ice Age Claims (4/15/04, New Scientist)

TRACES: European Commission Adopts New System to Manage Animal Movements and Prevent the Spread of Animal Diseases (4/15/04, EU)

New Insights About Brain, Emotions and Social Behavior To Be Discussed by Renowned Neuroscientist May 4 at University of California, San Diego (4/15/04, UCSD)

The Code of Conduct on the Safety of Research Reactors (4/14/04, International Atomic Energy Agency)

U.S. Department of Energy Refocuses Threat Reduction Efforts to Return Nuclear Research Reactor Fuel (4/14/04, DOE

U.S. Department of Energy Refocuses Threat Reduction Efforts to Return Nuclear Research Reactor Fuel (4/14/04, DOE)

UN General Assembly Plenary Session Focuses on Road Safety for the First Time in History - Countries Discuss Measures to Reduce 1.2 Million Death Toll on the World's Roads (4/14/04, World Health Organization)

Women's Health Initiative Study Finds No Heart Disease Benefit, Increased Stroke Risk with Estrogen Alone (4/13/04, National Institutes of Health)

Commission on Sustainable Development To Meet 14- 30 April with Focus on Safe Water, Sanitation, Human Settlements (4/13/04, United Nations); go to commission website for links to official program and live webcasts, beginning with the opening session at 10:00 AM, Eastern Daylight Saving Time, on April 14

Threat of Chemical Attack in Europe "Under-Estimated" (4/13/04, EUobserver)

Standard Procedure Provides Guidance to U.S. EPA’s Pesticide Product Reviewers (4/13/04, U.S. EPA Pesticides Program)

U.S. Food and Drug Administration Partners with States to Warn Consumers That "Looks Can Be Deceiving" (4/13/04, FDA)

New Scientist Special Report: A Health Fad That's Hard to Swallow (4/12/04, New Scientist)

Arctic Melt May Dry Out U.S. West Coast (4/11/04, New Scientist)

Poor Children in U.S. Face Daunting Cluster of Environmental Inequities, Which Could Affect Their Future as Adults, Says Cornell Psychologist (4/9/04, Cornell University)

Cellphones May Boost Forces on Biological Tissue (4/9/04, New Scientist)

Federal Aviation Administration Develops Tool to Predict Icing (4/8/04, FAA)

Intel to Make Its Chips Virtually Lead-free (4/8/04, New Scientist)

New Meningitis Threat Being Contained by Web of Partnerships (4/8/04, World Health Organization)

Mysterious BSE-like Disease Found in Sheep (4/8/04, New Scientist)

90 Million Americans Are Burdened with Inadequate Health Literacy - Institute of Medicine Report Calls for National Effort to Improve Health Literacy (4/8/04, National Institutes); go to full report, opening statement, public briefing archived webcast, and companion website

Minimising Risks to Farm Visitors from Animal Bacteria (4/7/04, UK Health and Safety Executive)

Fish Consumption May Expose More Than 300,000 Newborns Per Year to Mercury - Study in Environmental Health Perspectives Finds Number of Newborns Affected May Be Higher than Previously Thought (4/7/04, Environmental Health Perspectives

World Health Day: Road Safety Is No Accident! World Health Organization Calls for Action to Lower Death and Injury Toll on the World’s Roads (4/7/04, WHO)

Greenland Ice Cap "Doomed to Meltdown" (4/7/04, New Scientist)

Physicians, Nurses and U.S. Government Release New Foodborne Illness Guide - Educational Primer Aimed at Physicians and Nurses; Consumer Guidelines "4 Simple Steps to Food Safety" Included (4/7/04, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Study of Growth Hormone Treatment and Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Underscores Need for Prevention of Adrenal Crises (4/7/04, National Institutes of Health)

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Issues Warning About Fraudulent E-mails (4/7/04, FDIC)

E-mail Attack Could Kill Servers (4/6/04, New Scientist)

Cereal Stocks To Decline Again in 2003/04,  but Cereal Production Is Forecast to Increase in the Coming Season (4/6/04, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization)

Changes in Ovaries Could Indicate Higher Risk of Ovarian Cancer (4/6/04, EurekAlert)

Study Finds Link Between Television Viewing and Attention Problems in Children (4/5/04, Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center, Seattle); read the study (PDF version)

Study Identifies Predictors of Alzheimer's Disease Longevity (4/5/04, National Institutes of Health)

Ten European Union States Miss Emissions Trading Deadline (4/2/04, EUobserver)

HeartScore®: New Tool for Cardiovascular Disease Risk Prediction and Management (4/2/04, European Society of Cardiology)

U.S. Departments of Homeland Security and State Request Extension for Biometric Passport Requirement, Visa Waiver Program Travelers to Be Enrolled in US-VISIT (4/2/04, DHS)

Racial/Ethnic Health Disparities (4/2/04, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Proposed Cosmetics Ingredient Labelling Regulations (4/2/04, Health Canada)

Motor Vehicle Crashes Claim More than a Million Lives Worldwide (4/1/04, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Report Offers Science-Based Process and Guidelines To Evaluate Safety of Dietary Supplements (4/1/04, National Academies); read full report Dietary Supplements: A Framework for Evaluating Safety and listen to archived public briefing webcast at link dated April 1

Environment Canada Calls for Faster Reductions in Air Pollutants from U.S. Power Plants (4/1/04, Environment Canada)


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