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Archived Since:November 9, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Worth Reading: Flame retardants, avian flu, and the next labor fight

Recent pieces address the American Chemistry Council and flame retardants; the avian flu that’s hitting Midwestern poultry farms; what the next labor fight will tackle; and more.

Researchers find food assistance program is linked with better mental health

Do food assistance programs deliver more than food and nutrition? Can relieving the stress of food insecurity provide positive psychological benefits as well? A new study says yes it can.

Occupational Health News Roundup

Injured workers testify before Illinois lawmakers on preserving the workers' comp system; OSHA fines DuPont for failing to prevent the deaths of four workers; journalists arrested in Qatar while trying to investigate migrant working conditions; and a new report finds that service members who report sexual assault are likely to face retaliation.

Thumbs up and down for House bill to reform toxics law

A draft bill to reform the 40 year old Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) received bi-partisan unanimous support on May 14 by a House subcommittee. Health and environmental groups say lawmakers are moving in the right direction toward a bill the groups may be able to support.

Not an “accident”: Selvin Lopez-Castillo, 43, suffers fatal work-related injury in Franklin Township, NJ

This week’s snapshot of just one work-related fatality in the US. This one occurred on May 4, 2015 in Franklin Township, NJ

HPV vaccine study highlights how health reform is driving patients toward prevention

In a perfect example of how the Affordable Care Act is broadening access to relatively low-cost and potentially life-saving interventions, a new study finds that the health reform law likely led more than 1 million young women to seek out the human papillomavirus vaccine and protect themselves against cervical cancer.

Report: Expanded Medicaid programs are saving states millions of dollars

More than $30 million in Arkansas, $25.8 million in Kentucky, $105.5 million in Washington and $180 million in Michigan. That’s how much money just four states during just one fiscal year saved under their newly expanded Medicaid programs.

“Perfect nails, poisoned workers” and where is the law?

Kudos to Sarah Maslin Nir for shedding light on the working conditions faced by nail salon workers in her recent two-part New York Times exposé “Perfect Nails, Poisoned Workers.”

Women’s wellbeing varies by state

The Institute for Women’s Policy Research has released a new Status of Women in the States report that show how women’s health has improved, or not, on a variety of different measures. It’s no surprise that they found disparities both between states and between racial and ethnic groups.

Study: Cuts to Medicaid dental benefits led to increased emergency room use in California

Just another example of how cuts to health care funding simply shift the costs and endanger people’s health. This time it’s a study on the impact of eliminating adult dental coverage within the California Medicaid program. Not surprisingly, the cut resulted in a significant and immediate rise in people seeking help in hospital emergency departments.

Progress on antibitotics in US poultry; concern about other animals and global practices

Last week Tyson Foods, the largest US poultry producer, announced that it was working to eliminate the use of human antibiotics in its US broiler chicken flock by September 2017.

“His boss never told OSHA”

A powerful storm last week in eastern Texas illustrate why a new OSHA injury reporting requirement can stimulate prevention.

Occupational Health New Roundup

The Department of Labor proposes new rule to help miners with black lung disease; federal lawmakers propose new hike to minimum wage; Houston workers safety outreach highlight impact of new reporting rules; and new museum to open in honor of coal miners' struggles.

Senators pushing TSCA reform bill that’s missing the law’s poster child

Public health researchers, agency officials and scholars describe the Toxic Substances Control Act as a defective, outdated law. They often use EPA's failed effort to ban asbestos as a poster child for the broken law. A TSCA "reform" bill currently has traction in the Senate, but it's left behind the poster child.

Names and faces featured in Worker Memorial Day reports, new database

Community organizations in Massachusetts, Knoxville, Houston and elsewhere issued reports this week to commemorate International Workers' Memorial Day. All of the reports featured the names, faces and stories of victims of work-related fatalities.

Names and faces featured in Worker Memorial Day reports, new database

Groups in Tennessee, Massachusetts, Houston and elsewhere released reports this week to mark International Worker Memorial Day. In contrast to sterile BLS data with an annual tally of work-related injuries, these reports feature the victims' names and stories to the numbers.

Study: Families struggling with financial burden of dental care costs

The association between financial hardship and medical care isn’t new. Even in wealthy countries such as the U.S., medical bills contribute to a large percentage of personal bankruptcies. Now, a new global study finds that dental care can also contribute to families falling into poverty and being left with fewer financial resources for basic necessities.

Worker health and chemical safety reform: ‘What we’re looking for is to first do no harm’

Today, Maine’s legislature held a hearing on the Toxic Chemicals in the Workplace Act, a proposal to require employers to identify harmful chemicals in the workplace and replace them with safer alternatives. It’s the perfect exampleShow More Summary

The Post and Courier wins Pulitzer for series on “a state where the deck is stacked against women trapped in the cycle of abuse”

The 2015 Pulitzer Prize winner for Public Service went to South Carolina’s Post and Courier for the chillingly effective series “Till Death Do Us Part,” about the state’s inadequate response to domestic violence.

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