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First Quarter 2004

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March 2004

Treaty on Biodiversity to Become Law - 48 Countries Have Ratified First Ever Legally Binding Treaty on Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture (3/31/04, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization)

Loss of Domestic Animal Breeds Alarming - Value of Many Animal Genetic Resources Poorly Understood - On-farm Management and Conservation Suggested (3/31/04, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization)

UK's National Radiological Protection Board Recommends Adoption of International Guidelines (3/31/04, NRPB)

North East Asian Dust and Sand Storms Growing in Scale and Intensity (3/31/04, United Nations Environment Programme)

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Develops Mercury-absorbing Pollution Solution (3/31/04, PNNL)

U.S. Department of Energy Issues $43 Million for Accelerated Cleanup of Los Alamos National Lab Areas (3/31/04, DOE)

Heartbeats Warn of Sudden Death Risk (3/31/04, New Scientist)

U.S. Department of Energy Proposes Demolition of Remote Analytical Facility Building at Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory (3/31/04, INEEL); also see Agencies Announce Revised Cleanup Plan for Underground Tanks at Test Area North (3/29/04)

Monkey Virus Link to Human Cancers (3/30/04, New Scientist)

Restrictions Lifted on Poultry Imports from the USA and Canada. Only Texas and a Part of British Columbia Still Restricted (3/30/04, European Union)

Potential Work Risks From Hazardous Drugs, Ways to Control Exposures, Described in NIOSH Alert (3/29/04, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health)

Diet a Significant Factor in Reducing Risk of Three Common Cancers ( 3/29/04, ScienceDaily)

U.S. Food and Drug Administration Approves First Oral Fluid Based Rapid HIV Test Kit ( 3/29/04, ScienceDaily)

Type of Buckyball Shown to Cause Brain Damage in Fish ( 3/28/04, American Chemical Society)

Experts Form International Nuclear Safety Group ( 3/26/04, International Atomic Energy Agency)

European Commission Consults Workers and Employers on Reducing Exposure to Substances That Cause Cancer and Reduce Fertility (3/26/04, European Union)

U.S. Department of Agriculture Provides New Tool for First Responders (3/26/04, USDA)

40th Anniversary of "Good Friday" Earthquake Offers New Opportunities for Public and Building Safety Partnerships (3/26/04, U.S. Geological Survey)

Corn Plants Alert Neighbors, Seek Help Against Pests (3/26/04, USDA Agricultural Research Service)

World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Now Signed by 100 Countries (3/25/04, WHO)

U.S. Food and Drug Administration Releases Acrylamide Data and Final Acrylamide Action Plan (3/25/04, FDA)

Policy-Makers and Researchers Should Improve Standards for Evaluation of Clinical Research Involving Children (3/25/04, National Academies)

First National Sleep Conference March 29-30 Explores Sleep's Role in Public Health (3/25/04, National Institutes of Health)

U.S. Food and Drug Administration Enhances Safeguards for Consumers Who May Have Special Sensitivities to Certain Commonly Used Over-the-Counter Drug Ingredients (3/25/04, FDA)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to Notify Pesticide Retailers and State Agencies of Endangered Species Court Order Notification Requirements in Washington Toxics v. EPA (3/25/04, U.S. EPA Pesticides Program)

Risk Assessment Principles and Practices Staff Paper Released (3/24/04, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency); click here and scroll down to item (4)

Bird Flu Vaccination Could Lead to New Strains (3/24/04, New Scientist)

Occupational Safety and Health Administration Offers Guidance on Protecting Workers Against Avian Flu (3/24/04, OSHA)

Sustained Commitment to Research on Particulate Matter Is Critical for Informing Long-Term Regulatory, Public Health Decisions (3/24/04, National Academies); read full report Research Priorities for Airborne Particulate Matter, IV: Continuing Research Progress

Former Director of FEMA Testifies Before Subcommittee on National Security (3/24/04, PRNewswire)

2004 Trustees Report - Little Change in Long Term Solvency of Social Security (3/23/04, SSA)

UNICEF and WHO Call for Increased Commitment to Appropriate Feeding Practices for All Infants and Young Children (3/23/04, World Health Organization)

Montreal Protocol Talks To Consider Exemptions from Methyl Bromide Ban (3/23/04, United Nations Environment Programme)

First Human Study to Show Benefits to Newborns from Federal Ban on Home Use of Two Insecticides (3/23/04, National Institutes of He

Scientists Advocate New U.S. Department of Energy Policy to Avoid Environmentally Destructive Remediation (3/22/04, Argonne National Laboratory's Environmental Assessment Division)

U.S. Food and Drug Administration Issues Public Health Advisory on Cautions for Use of Antidepressants in Adults and Children (3/22/04, FDA)

Greenhouse Gas Level Hits Record High (3/22/04, New Scientist)

Nuclear Arms Control May Reduce Terrorism as well as Avoid Hiroshimas, Physicist Says (3/19/04, Stanford University)

New Monkey Virus Jumps to Humans (3/19/04, New Scientist)

FAO/OIE Cautious About Declaring Victory Over Avian Flu in Asia - Virus Still Not Under Control Despite Improvements-in-Depth Investigations Are Crucial (3/19/04, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization)

Weapons of Mass Destruction Threats "Everybody's Fight," IAEA Director Says (3/19/04, International Atomic Energy Agency)

U.S. FDA and EPA Announce the Revised Consumer Advisory on Methylmercury in Fish (3/19/04, U.S. Food and Drug Administration)

Preliminary Risk Assessment for Workers Who Contact Wood Preservatives Containing Arsenic and/or Chromium and Ecological Effects Assessment: Questions and Answers (3/19/04, U.S. EPA Pesticides Program)

Fact Sheet: Loratadine and Hypospadias Data from the National Birth Defects Prevention Study (3/19/04, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Combating Climate Change: Economic Opportunity or Economic Suicide? (3/19/04, United Nations Environment Programme)

European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection Speaks at Food Safety Conference in Washington D.C. on "The Regulation of Food Safety and the Use of Traceability/Tracing in the EU and USA: Convergence or Divergence?" (3/19/04, European Union)

UK Food Service Agency Survey Shows Very Low Level of Salmonella Contamination of Eggs (3/19/04, FSA)

Earth Faces Sixth Mass Extinction (3/18/04, New Scientist)

Fogarty International Center Announces First Awards for Health, Environment and Economic Development Program (3/18/04, National Institutes of Health)

Viewing Emails Spreads Bagle Variants (3/18/04, New Scientist)

Lock Up Household Poisons (3/17/04, U.S. EPA Pesticides Program)

Recently Discovered Near-Earth Asteroid Makes Record-breaking Approach to Earth (3/17/04, NASA Near Earth Object Program)

Enrollment Begins for Osteoarthritis Initiative (3/17/04, National Institutes of Health)

Drug Resistant Tuberculosis Levels Ten Times Higher in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (3/16/04, World Health Organization)

European Commission Approves R&D Aid for Altis Semiconductor in France (3/16/04, European Union)

Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory Designing Prototype System for Yucca Mountain Repository (3/16/04, INEEL)

Arctic Faces Drastic Change Without European Union Policy Action (3/15/04, European Environment Agency)

Seedy Secret of Healthier Milk Revealed (3/15/04, New Scientist)

Bite-mark Evidence Can Leave False Impression (3/15/04, New Scientist)

International Atomic Energy Agency Board Adopts Resolution on Nuclear Safeguards in Iran (3/15/04, IAEA)

Study Shows Effects of Prenatal Exposure to Second-hand Smoke Greater for Socioeconomically Disadvantaged Children (3/15/04, National Institutes of Health)

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Announces Expanded BSE Surveillance Program (3/15/04, USDA)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Awards Big Valley Band of Pomo Indians Grant Money for Pesticide Risk Reduction Work (3/12/04, U.S. EPA)

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Unveils U.S. Food and Drug Administration Strategy to Help Reduce Obesity - New "Calories Count" Approach Builds on HHS' Education, Research Efforts (3/12/04, HHS)

HHS Moves to Acquire New Anthrax Vaccine for Stockpile (3/12/04, HHS)

Washington, D.C., Bioterrorism Summit To Address Vulnerabilities in FDA-Regulated Industries (posted 3/12/04, FDA-and-BioTerrorism Institute)

Federal Trade Commission Issues Alert About Identity Theft Scam - Spammers Pose as Federal Government Operation (3/11/04, FTC)

Health Canada's Risk Assessment Relating to a Royal Canadian Mounted Police Investigation (3/11/04, Health Canada)

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Launches Crackdown on Products Containing Andro (3/11/04, HHS)

Bird Flu: Affected Countries Should Not Restock Flocks Too Quickly - Virus Could Still Be Circulating - Strict Precautionary Measures Required (3/11/04, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization)

Report Calls for Better Mapping of U.S. Coastlines (3/11/04, National Academies); read full report A Geospatial Framework for the Coastal Zone: National Needs for Coastal Mapping and Charting

European Commission Suspends EU Poultry Imports from Canada After Avian Influenza Outbreak (3/11/04, European Union)

Particle Deposition and Health in the Vicinity of Power Lines (3/10/04, National Radiological Protection Board); read report's overall conclusions and purchase full report

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Removes Hong Kong from Bird Ban (3/10/04, CDC)

Libya Signs Additional Protocol on Nuclear Safeguards (3/10/04, International Atomic Energy Agency)

IAEA Promotes Vital Role of Nuclear Safeguards in Regional Seminars for Countries in Africa, Europe and Latin America (3/10/04, International Atomic Energy Agency)

Canada's Food Guide to Healthy Eating To Undergo an Update (3/10/04, Health Canada)

Federal Trade Commission Seeks Comments on Spam Regulation (3/10/04, FTC)

Presentation at Bahrain Conference on Approaches to Regulation of Radioactive Materials in the Petroleum Industry (3/9/04, Argonne National Laboratory Environmental Assessment Division)

Physical Inactivity and Poor Nutrition Catching Up to Tobacco as Actual Cause of Death (3/9/04, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention); also read fact sheet on CDC’s Prevention Activities That Target Actual Causes of Death and Obesity May Soon Overtake Smoking as Leading Cause of Death

"New Controls Will Enhance Enforcement" Says European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection as Parliament Backs New Law (3/9/04, European Union)

Removal of High-Enriched Uranium in Libyan Arab Jamahiriya - IAEA, USA, Russia Assist Libyan Arab Jamahiriya to Remove Fissile Material (3/8/04, International Atomic Energy Agency); also read report Research Reactors & Security - IAEA Promotes Research Reactor Safety

11 New Hazardous Waste Sites Proposed to the Superfund National Priorities List (3/8/04, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

U.S. Food and Drug Administration Issues Recommendations on Development of Drugs to Treat Side Effects of Vaccination Against Smallpoxt (3/8/04. FDA)

Key Data on Health 2002 - Health in the European Union Under the Microscope (3/8/04, EU)

U.S. Government Announces Biological Research Advisory Board (3/8/04, National Academies)

Hybrid Mosquitoes Blamed for US West Nile Disease (3/5/04, New Scientist)

Pre-eclampsia May Increase Risk of Cancer (3/5/04, New Scientist)

Controversial MMR and Autism Study Retracted (3/4/04, New Scientist)

Lurking "Spyware" May Be a Security Weak Spot (3/4/04, New Scientist)

European Commission Reorganises Its Non-food Scientific Advisory Committees (3/3/04, European Union); also see Call for Expressions of Interest in Membership of New Scientific Committees (Non-food)

Oil Crises and Climate Challenges: 30 Years of Energy Use in International Energy Agency Countries (3/2/04, IEA); see links to table of contents and conclusions and to buy book

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Recommend Suspension of the Routine Use of the Third and Fourth Doses of Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (Prevnar®) (3/2/04, CDC)

Animal Disease Outbreaks Hit Global Meat Exports; One-third of Global Meat Exports Affected - Losses Could Be High (3/2/04, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization)

Legal Challenge Mounted to European Commission Approval of Toxic Herbicide Paraquat (3/2/04, European Environmental Bureau)

Report Examines Link Between Agent Orange, Respiratory Cancer (3/2/04, National Academies)

U.S. Food and Drug Administration Plans to Evaluate Results of Women's Health Initiative Study for Estrogen-Alone Therapy (3/2/04, FDA)

European Commission Upbraided for Pro-nuclear Stance (3/1/04, EUobserver)

World Trade Center Panel Formed to Review Health Protection - Expert Panel To Begin Assessments in March (3/1/04, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

Report Recommends More Explicit Guidelines for Assessing Safety of New Ingredients Added to Infant Formula (3/1/04, National Academies); read full report, Infant Formula: Evaluating the Safety of New Ingredients

Webcast, 9:30-11:00 AM, EDT, March 3: Three Mile Island Accident,
25 Years Later
(3/1/04, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission); see Three Mile Island fact sheet and 25th anniversary website, link here for webcast

February 2004

U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration Identifies Workplaces with Highest Injury and Illness Rates (2/27/04, OSHA)

Biosafety Protocol Now Operational as Governments Agree Documentation Rules for Genetically Modified Organisms Trade (2/27/04, United Nations Environment Programme)

Practical Advice on Working with Chemicals (2/26/04, UK Food and Safety Executive)

Four New Rules Will Reduce Hazardous Air Emissions (2/26/04, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

Logging On Could Require a Swipe Card (2/25/04, New Scientist)

WHO and UNICEF Launch Rapid Response to Contain Yellow Fever Emergency in Liberia (2/25/04, WHO)

Bird Flu in Asia: Control Campaigns Need to Continue - Around 100 million Birds Died or Culled - international Emergency Meeting in Bangkok (2/25/04, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization)

Hormone Replacement Therapy May Damage Hearing (2/24/04, New Scientist)

European Commission Suspends EU Poultry Imports from the USA After Avian Influenza Outbreak in Texas (2/24/04, European Union)

Rotterdam Convention Enters into Force - Treaty Provides a First Line of Defense Against Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides (2/24/04, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization)

WHO Releases New Report on Global Problem of Oral Diseases (2/24/04, WHO)

U.S. EPA Supplements Proposal to Reduce Power Plant Mercury Emissions (2/24/04, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

European Commission and EEA Make Public Extensive Information About Industrial Pollution in Your Neighbourhood (2/23/04, European Environment Agency)

Downsizing Raises Risk of Death in Workers (2/23/04, New Scientist)

AIDS Threat Growing Throughout Europe - UN, World Bank and Global Fund Call on European Ministers to Scale Up HIV Prevention and Treatment Programmes (2/23/04, WHO)

West Africa Mobilizes for Final Assault Against Polio - 63 Million Children To Be Immunized Across 10 Countries as Nigerian Outbreak Threatens African Success Story (2/20/04, WHO)

Heading Soccer Balls May Risk Neck Damage (2/20/04, New Scientist)

Do-Good Computer Worm Is Widespread Nuisance (2/20/04, New Scientist)

Public Hearings Scheduled on Clean Air Proposals to Reduce Emissions of Sulfur Dioxide, Nitrogen Oxides and Mercury from Power Plants (2/19/04, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

U.S. EPA Should Impose Stringent Scientific and Ethical Standards on Studies That Deliberately Expose People to Toxins and Evaluate Such Experiments To Ensure That Standards Have Been Met (2/19/04, National Academies); read full report titled Intentional Human Dosing Studies for EPA Regulatory Purposes: Scientific and Ethical Issues

New Simulator Teaches Flood Management (2/19/04, UK Department of Trade and Industry)

Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) To Enter into Force on 17 May 2004 (2/18/04, United Nations Environment Programme)

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Schedules Public Presentation and Webcast on March 3 on Three Mile Island Accident, 25 Years Later (2/18/04 NRC); link here to two-hour webcast, which will begin at 9:30 AM, EDT

Wild Birds Should Not Be Killed to Fight Bird Flu (2/18/04, United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization)

EPA To Conduct Workshop on Its Ecological Risk Assessment Process for Evaluating Potential Pesticide Risks to Endangered and Threatened (Listed) Species (2/18/04, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

Government Climate Change Research Plan Provides Guiding Vision and Should Be Implemented but Needs Additional Funding (2/18/04, National Academies); read full report

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Takes New Steps to Protect Consumers from Counterfeit Drug Threats (2/18/04, HHS)

Wrong Diagnoses Are Killing Patients (2/18/04, New Scientist)

Space Junk Raises Fears for International Space Station (2/18/04, New Scientist)

Federal Aviation Administration and Airlines to Reduce Fuel Tank Flammability (2/17/04, FAA)

New Form of Mad Cow Disease Found (2/17/04, New Scientist)

Bioterror Simulations Back Targeted Treatment (2/17/04, New Scientist)

Study Raises Fears of Genetically Modified Athletes (2/17/04, New Scientist)

National Standards Announced for Cooling Water Intake Structures at Large Existing Power Plants (2/17/04, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

Treadmill Testing, EKG, and CT Scans Not Recommended for Screening Patients at Low Risk for Heart Disease (2/16/04, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality)

Government of Canada Commits $1.5 Million to Great Lakes Cleanup (2/16/04, Environment Canada)

Barclays Capital Selects raft radar to Support Operational Risk Management (Basel II) and Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance (PDF version) (2/16/04, Raft International)

United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization Meeting on Global Fish Trade Closes in Germany (2/16/04, FAO)

Ultrasound Is Kinder Prostate Cancer Treatment (2/16/04, New Scientist)

Bird Flu Virus Still Not Under Control; FAO Urges Countries to Remain Vigilant - Around 80 Million Chickens Culled (2/13/04, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization)

European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection Speaks to EU Health Ministers on Avian Influenza: Planning and Coordination Key Weapons in Tackling Public Health Threats (2/13/04, European Union)

International Atomic Energy Agency Director Op-Ed: Saving Ourselves from Self-Destruction (2/13/04, IAEA)

South Korean Scientists Clone Human Embryos (2/13/04, National Academies)

Half of Endangered Turtles Snared Each Year (2/13/04, New Scientist)

Microsoft Chases Major Leak of Source Code (2/13/04, New Scientist)

Restoring the Battered and Broken Environment of Liberia One of the Keys to a New and Sustainable Future (2/13/04, United Nations Environment Programme)

Fact Sheet: CAPPS II at a Glance (2/13/04, U.S. Department of Homeland Security); also see CAPPS II: Myths and Facts

National Science Foundation Announces $24 Million Program in Human and Social Dynamics - Priority Area To Provide New Insights into How People Both Create and Respond to Change (2/12/04, National Science Foundation)

U.S. Infant Deaths Rise for First Time in 45 Years (2/12/04, New Scientist)

Health Groups Recommend Temporary Suspension of Pediatric Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine Dose (2/12/04, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

U.S. EPA Announces 2004 Integrated Risk Information System Agenda (see first news release on this page) (2/12/04, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency); also see RiskWorld news brief

Five Million Parents Have Alcohol Problems (2/11/04, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)

Understanding the Risks of Fuel Cells (2/11/04, UK Health and Safety Executive)

Fresh Worries About Extrapolation of Rodent Toxicology Data to Humans (2/11/04, Environmental Health Perspectives On Line)

Sport-Caught Fish Potentially Linked to Breast Cancer in Premenopausal Women (2/11/04, Environmental Health Perspectives On Line)

Smoking Has "Shocking" Impact on Reproductive Health (2/11/04, New Scientist); see British Medical Association report Smoking and Reproductive Life (PDF version)

Fighting Hunger Today Could Help Prevent Obesity Tomorrow (2/11/04, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization)

Survey Finds Nearly 73 Percent of Child Restraints Misused - NHTSA Launches New Campaign to Promote Booster Seat Use (2/11/04, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)

Report Sets Dietary Intake Levels for Water, Salt, and Potassium to Maintain Health and Reduce Chronic Disease Risk (2/11/04, National Academies); read full report Dietary Reference Intakes for Water, Potassium, Sodium, Chloride, and Sulfate

European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection Declaration on Salmon - Reaction on Study Published in Science (2/11/04, European Union)

Forklift Operations by Young Workers Subject of Safety Initiative (2/11/04, U.S. DOL Occupational Safety & Health Administration)

Revised Nuclear Third Party Liability Conventions Improve Victims' Rights to Compensation (2/11/04, Nuclear Energy Agency)

FBI Should Revise Approach to Bullet Lead Comparison and Carefully Limit Its Use in the Courtroom (2/10/04, National Academies); read full report Forensic Analysis: Weighing Bullet Lead Evidence

European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection at European Parliament: Avian Influenza and Imports (2/10/04, European Union)

Recover [Recycle] Paper Safely (2/9/04, UK Health and Safety Executive)

Biodiversity: European Commission Sounds Alarm on Need to Reduce Global Biodiversity Loss (2/9/04, European Union); also see Biodiversity Loss: Facts and Figures and The Convention on Biological Diversity: Background and Glossary

Dangerous Products in the Spotlight: European Commission to Publish Weekly Reports on Safety Alerts (2/9/04, European Union); find safety alert summaries at RAPEX - Rapid Alert System for Non-Food Products

New Database Helps Monitor Food Pathogens (2/9/04, USDA Agricultural Research Service)

A Shocking Surprise, High Voltage + Rats = Ozone, Reopens Power-Line Debate (2/9/04, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)

Early Fevers Associated with Lower Allergy Risk Later in Childhood (2/9/04, National Institutes of Health)

Special Report Underscores Link Between Alcohol Abuse and Fatalities from House Fires (2/9/04, Federal Emergency Management Agency)

Independent Lubricant Manufacturers Association Aligns with U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration - Highlights Protecting Workers from Industrial Hazards, Including Metalworking Fluids (2/9/04, OSHA)

University of Michigan's Economic Research Initiative on the Uninsured Launches Book (2/9/04, University of Michigan)

Prenatal Exposure to Mercury from a Maternal Diet High in Seafood Can Irreversibly Impair Certain Brain Functions in Children (2/6/04, Harvard School of Public Health)

Newborn Brain Injuries Stem from Infections, Not Delivery (2/6/04, Johns Hopkins Medicine)

Webcast on Monday, February 9: Immunization Safety Review: Vaccines and Autism (Meeting Nine) (2/6/04, National Academies Institute of Medicine); click here to join webcast, which begins at 8:00 AM (EDT); see program guide and project web site for more information

Needles Have Minor Role in African AIDS, Study Claims (2/6/04, New Scientist)

Study: Child Passenger Deaths Involving Drinking Drivers--United States, 1997–2002 (2/6/04, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

U.S. Food and Drug Administration Issues Regulation Prohibiting Sale of Dietary Supplements Containing Ephedrine Alkaloids and Reiterates Its Advice That Consumers Stop Using These Products (2/6/04, FDA)

Methadone Deaths Not Linked to Misuse of Methadone from Treatment Centers (2/6/04, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)

U.S. Department of Agriculture's BSE Update - Friday, February 6, 2004 (2/6/04, USDA)

The French Procedure for Prior Authorisation for the Marketing of Foodstuffs for Human Consumption Enriched with Nutrients, Manufactured and Marketed in the Member States, Hinders the Free Movement of Goods (2/5/04, European Union)

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Advises Parents, Caregivers: Child Safety Seats Can Be Reused After Minor Crash (2/5/04, NHTSA)

Joint Needs Assessment Paves the Way for Peace and Development in Liberia - U.S. $44 Million Needed for Priority Health and Water Projects Over Two Years (2/5/04, World Health Organization)

FAO/OIE/WHO Call for Targeted Strategy Including Poultry Vaccination to Help Curb Avian Flu - Experts Issue Recommendations to Manage Crisis (2/5/04, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization); also see Avian Flu Virus Continues to Spread in Asia (released 2/4/04)

U.S. Department of Energy Releases Draft Requests for Proposals to Establish a World Class Nuclear Technology Lab in Idaho and Dramatically Accelerate Site Cleanup (2/5/04, DOE)

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of Agriculture Ban Importation of Birds from Southeast Asia (2/4/04, USDA)

U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration Clarifies Policy on National Emergency Management Plan (2/4/04, OSHA)

Overseas Private Investment Corporation Provides $100 Million in Insurance for Loans to Caspian Pipeline Project (2/4/04, OPIC)

Health Canada Announces New Approach to Consent for the Non-Insured Health Benefits Program (2/4/04, Health Canada)

Improved Monitoring of Degrading Chemical Weapons Could Facilitate Disposal Operations (2/4/04, National Academies)

Hydrogen Economy Offers Major Opportunities but Faces Considerable Hurdles (2/4/04, National Academies)

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Model Year 2004 Rollover Test Results Use New Testing System; Available on Web Site (2/4/04, NHTSA)

New U.S. Food and Drug Administration Draft Guidances Aim to Improve Health Information (2/4/04, FDA)

Avian Flu: United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization Provides $1.6 Million in Emergency Aid to Four Asian Countries - Veterinary Experts Meeting at FAO Headquarters in Rome (2/3/04, FAO)

U.S. Department of Agriculture BSE Update (2/3/04, USDA)

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces National Smoking Cessation Quitline Network (2/3/04, HHS)

Better Preparation for Natural Disasters Could Save Millions of Lives in Developing Nations, United Nations Development Programme Report Says - Landmark Study "Reducing Disaster Risk: A Challenge for Development" Released (PDF version) (2/2/04, United Nations Development Programme); also read New Disaster Risk Index Demonstrates That Natural Disasters Are More Deadly in Poor Countries (PDF version)

Sandia-Developed Foam Likely Would Stop SARS Virus Quickly, Sandia/Kansas State Team Shows - Project’s Results Might Help Officials Battle Emerging Viruses Such as Bird Flu (2/2/04, Sandia National Laboratories)

Poppy Cultivation in Afghanistan - Search for Alternatives (2/2/04, United Nations)

Lead Additives for Gasoline, Deadly Pesticide Targeted for Trade Watch List (2/2/04, United Nations)

Most Americans Not Concerned About Getting Mad Cow Disease, but Many Reducing Beef Purchases; Mistakenly Believe Human Cases in U.S. (2/2/04, Harvard School of Public Health)

Editorial in Journal SLEEP Cites Evidence of Longer Life with 6 to 7 Hours Sleep (2/2/04, University of California, San Diego)

University of California, San Francisco, Launches Comprehensive HIV Website in South Africa (2/2/04, UCSF)

Antibody Spikes SARS Virus Infections (2/2/04, New Scientist)

FAO Seriously Concerned About New Outbreaks of Avian Flu - Livelihoods of Millions of Poultry Farmers in Asia At Risk (2/2/04, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization)

"Human-to-Human" Bird Flu Transmission Investigated (2/2/04, New Scientist)

Microsoft Should Weather Zombie PC Attack (2/2/04, New Scientist)

HIV Prevention and Protection Efforts Are Failing Women and Girls: More Young Women Are Becoming Infected by Husbands and Long-term Partners - Female-Controlled HIV Prevention Methods Urgently Needed (PDF version) (2/2/04, Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS)

EUR 43 Million for Research Projects to Boost European Agro-food Research (2/2/04, European Union)

U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Budget Proposal for FY 2005 Requests Increase for Food Safety (2/2/04, FDA)

January 2004

Cell Phones Safe - At Least in Short Term (1/30/04, New Scientist); also see the International Agency for Research on Cancer's The INTERPHONE Study and First Results from National Component of INTERPHONE Study

Health Professionals to Promote a New Code of Conduct on Tobacco Control - New Code Asks Health Professionals to Lead by Example and Reduce Smoking Themselves (1/30/04, World Health Organization)

Bird Flu: Success of Eradication Depends on Mass Cullings (1/30/04, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization)

Tempting Reward Posted for MyDoom Hackers (1/30/04, New Scientist); also see CERT® Incident Note IN-2004-01: W32/Novarg.A Virus, updated January 30

Plant Genomics Fertile Ground for Collaboration with ERA-NET (1/30/04, European Union)

Science, Technology and Innovation for the 21st Century. Meeting of the OECD Committee for Scientific and Technological Policy at Ministerial Level, 29-30 January 2004 - Final Communique (1/30/04, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development)

Endangered Species Consultation Process To Be Improved Through Joint Regulations Proposed by Wildlife Agencies (1/30/04, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

Bush Administration Proposes Major New Funding to Reduce School Bus Emissions (1/30/04, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service Issues Alert on the Importance of Cooking and Handling Ground Beef (1/29/04, FSIS)

Federal Trade Commission and International Agencies Announce "Operation Secure Your Server" - Campaign Urges Organizations to Close Open Relays and Proxies to Prevent Them from Unwittingly Sending Spam (1/29/04, FTC)

Internet Engineers Planning Assault on Spam (1/29/04, New Scientist)

Who's Afraid of Biotech? (1/29/04, Hudson Institute)

European Commission Launches the European Road Safety Charter (1/29/04, EU)

Clean Air Act Is Working, but Multipollutant, Multistate Approach and Stronger Focus on Results Are Needed to Meet Future Challenges (1/29/04, National Academies); read Air Quality Management in the United States on line

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Issues New Guidance and Database for Research Models (1/29/04, U.S. EPA)

Bush Administration Proposes Major New Funding for Great Lakes Cleanup (1/29/04, U.S. EPA)

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Improves America's Cyber Security Preparedness--Unveils National Cyber Alert System (1/29/04, U.S. DHS)

U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration Issues Safety and Health Information Bulletin on Process Used in Oil Refinery Operations (1/29/04, OSHA)

Ignoring Deadly Viruses (Op-Ed by Donald S. Burke) (1/28/04, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health)

International Labour Organization to Launch New Study on Economic Costs and Benefits of Eliminating Child Labour (1/28/04, ILO)

New CAST Paper Examines Food Safety Strategies (1/28/04, Council for Agricultural Science and Technology)

Survey Finds Widespread Misuse of Air Bag On-Off Switches in Pickups (1/28/04, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)

European Union Suspends Imports of Pet Birds from South East Asia (1/28/04, EU)

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation Helps Out in Asian "Bird Flu" Fight (1/28/04, CSIRO)

State of Play on Genetically Modified Organisms Authorisations Under EU Law (1/28/04, European Union); also see question and answers on the regulation of GMOs in the EU

European Commission Approves EUR 6.5 Million for Disaster Preparedness in the Andean Community and South Asia (1/28/04, EU)

National Center for Environmental Assessment Symposium on New Scientific Research Related to the Health Effects of Trichloroethylene, February 26-27, 2004 (1/28/04, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

Center for Global Food Issues Launches (1/27/04, Hudson Institute)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Issues New Best Practices Guidance for Research Models (1/27/04, U.S. EPA); also see "Public Release of Draft Guidance for Environmental Models and Models Knowledge Base" at What's New: All the Latest from the Council for Regulatory Environmental Modeling

Unprecedented Spread of Avian Influenza Requires Broad Collaboration - FAO/WHO/OIE Call for International Assistance (1/27/04, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization)

Bird Flu Spreads in Asia (1/27/04, National Academies)

Tricky Computer Virus Causes Global Epidemic (1/27/04, New Scientist); also see CERT® Advisory CA-2004-02 Email-borne Viruses and CERT® Incident Note IN-2004-01 W32/Novarg.A Virus (1/27/04, CERT® Coordination Center)

No "Silver Bullet" for the Monster of Junk Email (1/27/04,

National Academy of Sciences, American Academy of Arts and Sciences Support U.S. Involvement in International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (1/27/04, National Academies)

New Brain Disease Could Be Affecting Many Thousands (1/27/04, New Scientist)

Most Consumers Think Parents Have Main Responsibility for Children's Diets - UK Food Standards Agency Encourages Consumers to Join Its Debate on Defusing the Diet Timebomb (1/27/04, UK FSA)

UK Financial Services Authority Sets Out Its Priorities for 2004/05 (1/27/04, UK FSA); find links to Business Plan 2004/05 and Financial Risk Outlook 2004

First U.S. Tuberculosis Vaccine Trial in 60 Years Begins (1/26/04, National Institutes of Health)

U.S. Awards $20.5 Million Biodefense Grant to Harvard School of Public Health to Study Immune System Response to Pathogens (1/26/04, HSPH)

Deodorants Plus Shaving Linked to Breast Cancer (1/24/04, New Scientist)

Study Finds That Combined Exposure to Second-Hand Smoke and Urban Air Pollutants During Pregnancy Adversely Affects Birth Outcomes; First Study to Show These Common Pollutants Interact to Increase Risk -- Provides Further Evidence That Pregnant Women Should Limit Exposure to Second-Hand Smoke (1/23/04, Environmental Health Perspectives)

Reducing Medication Errors - The Risk of Patients Coming to Harm from Medication Errors in the UK National Health Service Is Being Lowered by New Guidelines (1/23/04, UK Department of Health)

Chlorine Chemistry Council® Testifies Against D.C. Council Hazardous Materials Transportation Bill at Hearing - New Legislation Would Increase Risk, Hamper Cooperative Regional Efforts (1/23/04, CCC)

Innovative Research Project to Produce Fuel from Potato Waste (1/23/04, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada)

Hair Dye Use Increases Risk of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma (1/23/04, Yale University)

Thailand and Cambodia Admit Bird Flu (1/23/04, New Scientist),

European Commission Suspends EU Poultry Imports from Thailand After Avian Influenza Outbreak (1/23/04, European Union)

Machines Still Kill (1/22/04, UK Health and Safety Executive)

Desktop Computers to Counsel Users To Make Better Decisions - What If a Personal Computer Knew How Its User Is Feeling? (1/22/04, Sandia National Laboratory)

Global Unemployment Remains at Record Levels in 2003, but Annual Interational Labour Organization Jobs Report Sees Signs of Recovery (1/22/04, ILO)

Congress Should Authorize New U.S. Department of Defense Agency To Develop Vaccines, Drugs Against Biowarfare Agents (1/22/04, National Academies)

U.S. Food and Drug Administration Launches Consumer Campaign on Safe Use of Over-the-Counter Pain Products (1/22/04, FDA)

Doubt Cast on North Korea's Nuclear Weapons (1/22/04, New Scientist)

Mining Executives Rate the Investment Climate of Jurisdictions Around the World - Chile Ranks Highest Overall, Nevada Rated Best in North America, Quebec Is Tops in Canada (1/22/04, Fraser Institute)

Air Pollution: European Commission Takes Further Legal Action Against 9 Member States (1/22/04, European Union)

Chernobyl Shelter Fund: European Community EUR 18m contribution for 2003 (1/22/04, European Union)

European Commission Member Responsible for Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries Speaks at European Hearing on Organic Food and Farming: Towards a European Action Plan on Organic Food and Farming (1/22/04, European Union)

Thailand Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever Epidemics Spread in Waves Emanating from Bangkok (1/21/04, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Urges Home Testing for Radon to Reduce Lung-Cancer Risk (1/21/04, U.S. EPA)

New Data Available That Show Relationship Between Diabetes, Obesity, and Chronic Disease (1/21/04, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality)

Obesity Costs States Billions in Medical Expenses (1/21/04, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

World Health Organization Pushing to Rapidly Scale-up Measures to Fight TB and HIV (1/21/04, WHO)

Vietnam Last on Flu Vaccine List (1/21/04, New Scientist)

Device "Quarantines" Infected Network Computers (1/21/04, New Scientist)

Science Panel Releases Report and Booklet on Osteoarthritis (1/21/04, American Council on Science and Health)

UK Financial Services Authority Points Out Risks for Year Ahead (1/20/04, FSA)

FSA Announces Final Details of General Insurance Regime (1/20/04, Financial Services Authority)

Health Canada Statement on the 2003-2004 Influenza Season (1/20/04, Health Canada)

Coffee Crisis: United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization Helps Nicaragua's Small-scale Growers (1/20/04, FAO)

Integrated, Redundant Approach Best Way to Biologically Confine Genetically Engineered Organisms (1/20/04, National Academies); listen to archived public briefing and read full report titled Biological Confinement of Genetically Engineered Organisms

Urgent Statewide Action Needed to Address Serious Depletion of Atlantic Salmon in Maine (1/20/04, National Academies); read full report Atlantic Salmon in Maine

Most People with Diabetes Do Not Meet Treatment Goals - Study Finds Little Improvement in Last Decade (1/20/04, National Institutes of Health)

Bagle Computer Worm May Be First of Many (1/20/04, New Scientist)

Cleaner Farms, Better Flocks - UK Food Standards Agency Targets Chicken Farmers with Best Practice Hygiene Measures

Live Webcast Tuesday, January 20, on Transgenic Organisms (1/19/04, National Academies); go to before one-hour briefing, which will begin at 1:00 PM, EST; click here for background information 

International Atomic Energy Agency, United States and United Kingdom Discuss Libya (1/19/04, IAEA)

Bird Flu Continues to Claim Lives (1/19/04, New Scientist)

SARS Found in Restaurant Animal Cages in China (1/16/04, New Scientist)

Statement on U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Participation in U.S. Government's Delegation to Japan and Korea on BSE (1/16/04, FDA)

Joint Statement by the United States, Canada, and Mexico [Concerning the Finding of Two BSE-Infected Cows in the United States and Canada] (1/16/04, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Releases Fact Sheet About Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness Studies (1/16/04, CDC)

Limiting Job Exposures to Food Flavorings, Flavoring Ingredients, is Recommended in New Alert (1/15/04, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health)

Cutting Down on Cigarettes Promotes Quitting, Yale Study Says (1/15/04, Yale University)

United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization Seriously Concerned About the Spread of Avian Flu in East Asia (1/15/04, FAO)

Unique Opportunity for Eradication Success Now Rests with Key Governments - "We Will Finish Polio Before Year’s End," Say Ministers of Health (1/15/04, World Health Organization)

U.S. Department of Energy Can Improve Characterization Program for Waste Headed to WIPP, but "Structured and Quantitative" Assessment Is Needed First (1/15/04, National Academies); read report brief (PDF version) or full report

Institute of Medicine Report Calls for Universal Health Coverage by 2010; Offers Principles to Judge, Compare Proposed Solutions (1/14/04, National Academies); read Insuring America's Health: Principles and Recommendations, listen to the archived public briefing Webcast, and visit Consequences of Uninsurance website

Mozambique Mass Campaign Tests the Theory - Vaccines Could Limit the Impact of Cholera (1/14/04, World Health Organization)

Worsening Spam Epidemic Chokes the Net (1/13/04, New Scientist)

Webcast, 9:30 AM (EST), Wednesday, January 14: Final Report Release Event - Insuring America's Health: Principles and Recommendations (1/13/04, National Institute of Medicine); visit the Consequences of Uninsurance project Web site for more information, and find the Webcast link on Wednesday morning at

Voluntary Children’s Chemical Evaluation Program Peer Consultation Meeting on Methyl Ethyl Ketone (1/13/04, Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment)

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Bans Civet Imports - Action Intended to Prevent Spread of SARS (1/13/04, HHS)

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Announces New Building Science Guidelines To Enhance Terrorism Resistance (1/13/04, U.S. DHS Federal Emergency Management Agency); these new publications in FEMA's Multi-Hazard Risk Management Series are available on line

U.S. Food and Drug Administration Advances Consumer Health and Safety in 2003 (1/13/04, FDA); read executive summary

President Orders Disaster Aid for California Earthquake Recovery (1/13/04, U.S. DHS Federal Emergency Management Agency)

Food Safety and PCBs Found in Fish (1/12/04, Health Canada)

High Intake of Vitamin D Linked to Reduced Risk of Multiple Sclerosis (1/12/04, Harvard School of Public Health)

National Research Program Needed to Improve Safety and Efficiency of Roadways During Severe Weather (1/12/04, National Academies); read the brief (PDF version) or full report of Where the Weather Meets the Road - A Research Agenda for Improving Road Weather Services 

New Pesticide Safety and Integrated Pest Management Materials Available (1/12/04, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and University of North Carolina to Collaborate on Registry of 20,000 Subjects to Relate Gene Variants and Environmental Disease (1/12/04, National Institutes of Health)

Unique Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory Expertise Assists Cleanup of Black Hills Mine (1/12/04, INEEL)

Marking 40th Anniversary of Smoking Reports, U.S. Department of Health and Human Safety Secretary and U.S. Surgeon General Announce Comprehensive New Report and Continually Updating Database (1/10/04, HHS)

Finding NEMO: University of Saskatchewan Protein Discovery Key to Immune Response and Cancer (1/9/04, U of S)

World Experts Will Meet in Nairobi to Help United Nations Boost Capabilities in Early Warning, Environmental Assessment (1/9/04, United Nations)

Inadequate Water and Sanitation Adversely Affect Child Growth (1/9/04, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health)

U.S./Japan to Work Together on Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Research (1/9/04, U.S. Department of Energy)

Post-Fire Debris Flow Hazards Shown on New U.S. Geological Survey Maps (1/9/04, USGS)

BSE Update: LRP Plans of Insurance for Fed and Feeder Cattle (1/9/04, USDA Risk Management Agency)

Health Group Wants Teens to Know What Tobacco Companies Don't Disclose About the Dangers of Smoking (1/8/04, American Council on Science and Health); see Cigarettes: What the Warning Label Doesn't Tell You - Information Tobacco Companies Don't Want Teens to Know About the Dangers of Smoking

Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory to Eliminate Mixed Low-level Waste Backlog in 2004; Accelerates Cleanup (1/8/04, INEEL)

U.S. Department of Agriculture Issues New Regulations To Address BSE (1/8/04, USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service)

Higher World Tobacco Use Expected by 2010 - Growth Rate Slowing Down; Number of Smokers Growing - Production Shifting to Developing Countries (1/8/04, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization)

Many Countries Not on Target to Reach Health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) - World Bank, World Health Organization Convene High-level Meeting to Map Out Strategy for Meeting Health MDGs (1/8/04, WHO)

UK Food Service Agency Response to Salmon Study Published in Science Magazine (1/8/04, UK FSA)

Analyses of Laboratory and Field Studies of Reproductive Toxicity in Birds Exposed to Dioxin-Like Compounds for Use in Ecological Risk Assessment (1/7/04, U.S. EPA National Center for Environmental Assessment)

Influenza Activity - Update (1/7/04, Health Canada)

Lack of Global Public Policies and Resource Investments for Childhood Injury Prevention (1/7/04, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health)

Genetically Modified Micro-Organisms: European Commission Requests Belgium and Spain to Comply with Rulings of Court of Justice (1/6/04, European Union)

Potential Impact of Global Climate Change (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health)

Defusing the Diet Time Bomb - UK Food Standards Agency Holds Public Debate on Food Promotion and Children (1/6/04, UK FSA)

Earthquakes Can Be Predicted Months in Advance Report UCLA Scientists, Who Predicted San Simeon Earthquake (1/6/04, University of California, Los Angeles)

The Feasibility of Performing Cumulative Risk Assessments for Mixtures of Disinfection By-Products in Drinking Water (1/6/04, U.S. EPA National Center for Environmental Assessment)

Developing Relative Potency Factors for Pesticide Mixtures: Biostatistical Analyses of Joint Dose-Response (1/6/04, U.S. EPA National Center for Environmental Assessment)

Long-Term Coffee Consumption Linked to Reduced Risk for Type 2 Diabetes (1/5/04, Harvard School of Public Health)

High Levels of Arsenic in Chicken May Require Adjustment in Consumption (1/5/04, Environmental Health Perspectives)

WHO Confirms SARS Case in China (1/5/04, New Scientist)

Ireland Faces Difficult Six Months at European Union Helm (1/5/04,

European Commission Allocates EUR 31.75 Million for Humanitarian Aid to Vulnerable Populations in Iraq (1/5/04, European Union)

European Commission Launches Consultation on Working Time (1/5/04, European Union); see frequently asked questions about working time

NASA Scientists Use Radar to Detect Asteroid Force (1/5/04, NASA Near-Earth Object Program)

MTBE Alternatives Could Pose Similar Environmental Threat (1/5/04, American Chemical Society)

Big Fall in Sperm Counts Revealed in UK (1/4/04, New Scientist)

Greeting Another New Year Without a Leap Second (1/2/04, National Institute of Standards and Technology); read about leap years and leap seconds

Consumers' and Homemaking Magazines Top-Ranked in Survey of Nutrition Coverage (1/2/04, American Council on Science and Health)

Top Ten Stories of 2003 (1/1/04, New Scientist)

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