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Archived Since:November 9, 2008

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Years after Superstorm Sandy, residents still struggle with stress, recovery efforts

Superstorm Sandy came ashore nearly three years ago, pummeling the New England and Mid-Atlantic coast and becoming one of the deadliest and costliest storms to ever hit the U.S. This week, the Sandy Child and Family Health Study released...Show More Summary

Medicare and Medicaid turn 50

On July 30th, 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed into law the Social Security Amendment Act that created Medicare and Medicaid. Today, the two programs cover nearly one in three people in the US.

Fatal work injury that killed Timothy Winding was preventable, OSHA cites KCI Inc and Ford Motor Company

The fatal work-related injuries that killed Timothy Todd Winding, 50, could have been prevented had his employer followed worker safety regulations.

Occupational Health News Roundup

Reporters investigate worker exploitation and abuse in the H-2 visa program; U.S. labor secretary speaks out on the "on-demand" economy; recycling workers face hazardous conditions and unnecessary injury risks; and some businesses say good-bye to the raise.

Donald Rasmussen: Coal miners’ physician, humble man

Dr. Donald Rasmussen, 87, spent more than 50 years in Appalachia treating coal miners with lung disease. He was at the forefront of efforts during the 1960's to challenge the establishment's views that exposure to coal mine dust damaged miners' lungs.

No economic recovery for kids: Childhood poverty higher than during Great Recession

Technically, the recession is over. So it may come as a surprise to learn that more U.S. children are living in poverty right now than during the Great Recession. To be more specific: About 1.7 million more children live in low-income working families than just a few years ago.

Safety board member sneers at recommendations for improved safety regulations

A member of the Chemical Safety Board---an agency established to make recommendations to OSHA and EPA----has a troubling view about regulations.

“Code Silver”: Beware of violent hospital patients, visitors

In a hospital "Code Blue" will shift staff into high gear. "Code Silver" will get their adrenaline pumping, too, but for a very different reason.

More evidence that indoor smoking bans and smart public health policy are good for people’s health

Because there can never be enough research to illustrate the positive impact of public health policy on people’s health, here’s another one. This one found that comprehensive smoke-free indoor air laws resulted in a lower risk of asthma symptoms and fewer asthma-related doctor’s visits.

Will successful Colorado program to prevent teen pregnancies survive?

The Colorado Family Planning Initative has helped thousands of low-income Colorado women get long-acting contraception and avoid unplanned pregnancies. But the program's foundation funding has run out, and the state's legislature has declined to provide more.

Messaging study: Putting a human face on opioid addiction increases public support for naloxone

Every day in the U.S., more than 40 people die after overdosing on prescription painkillers. Deaths from a more notorious form of opiates — heroin — increased five-fold between 2001 and 2013. Addressing this problem — one that’s often...Show More Summary

Fatal work injury that killed Jason Strycharz was preventable, OSHA cites Kloeckner Metals

The fatal work-related injuries that killed Jason Strycharz, 40 could have been prevented had his employer followed worker safety regulations.

Company and consultants go out of their way to obstruct OSHA inspection

OSHA inspectors attempted to investigate the circumstances of a foundry worker with lead poisoning. The employer and its consulting firm threw obstacles in the inspectors' way, but two judges saw through their obstruction.

Occupational Health News Roundup

Leaders in the domestic workers movement write about continuing challenges and forward progress; Wisconsin workers lose right to a living wage; OSHA designates DuPont a severe violator; and Michigan advocates organize for paid sick leave.

Worth reading: Unequal risk and hospital infections

Recent pieces address toxic exposures to workers, infections hospitals can nearly always prevent, transparency in drug-company gifts to healthcare providers, and more.

In wake of Affordable Care Act, dramatic declines in out-of-pocket spending on contraception

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, American women are saving hundreds of dollars on birth control, according to the first study to document the impact of health reform on prescription contraception spending.

Not an “accident”: Gerald Thompson, 51 suffers fatal work-related injury in Lakeville, MN

This week’s snapshot of just one work-related fatality in the US. This one occurred on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 in Lakeville, Minnesota.

Study: Many health care providers feel pressure to work while sick, despite the risk to patients

A key argument in the movement to expand sick leave to all workers is that such policies help curb the spread of contagious diseases. And there are few workplaces where that concept is more important than in health care settings, where common diseases can be especially dangerous for patients with compromised immune systems. Show More Summary

Report explores the dangerous work of recycling: ‘Recycling is the right thing to do, but we have to do it the right way’

Recycling our garbage is good for the planet, but a new report finds that the workers who process our recyclable materials often face dangerous and unnecessary conditions that put their health and safety at serious risk.

No OSHA citations for fatal work injury that killed Ernesto Rodriguez at Oklahoma fracking site

The OSHA inspection following the work-related death in Oklahoma of Ernesto Rodriguez did not result in any citations. A FOIA request of records from the inspection shed little light on why it happened.

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