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The PRIDE Study is open for enrollment: People are ‘hungry to be heard and represented’

Last week, researchers officially opened enrollment in the nation’s first decades-long study of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer health — an effort they hope will transform our understanding of the health challenges LGBTQ people face and begin narrowing a giant data gap on their physical, mental and social well-being.

Community groups, labor applaud new California refinery safety protections

Environmental justice and labor groups were relentless in their demand to improve refinery safety in California. Their efforts paid off with an announcement last week by the state of new refinery safety regulations.

Study: U.S. Zika burden could cost billions in medical care, lost productivity

A Zika attack rate of just 1 percent across the six states most at risk for the mosquito-borne disease could result in $1.2 billion in medical costs and lost productivity, a new study finds. That’s more than the $1.1 billion in emergency Zika funding that Congress approved last year after months of delay and which is expected to run out this summer.

Open letter to President Trump from prison-released coal baron Blankenship

Former coal executive Don Blankenship is appealing to President Trump to get to "the truth" about the Upper Big Branch disaster. He's holding tight to his alternative facts in lieu of bearing responsibility for the death of 29 coal miners.

Occupational Health News Roundup

A historical look at the 'radium girls' and their legacy of worker justice; OSHA's website for receiving injury and illness logs not accepting submissions; California farmworkers sickened by pesticide after Trump's EPA reverses course on a probable ban; and former Walmart employees file class-action lawsuit for pregnancy discrimination.

Criticism of Arizona’s arbitrary reduction in workplace safety penalties

Federal OSHA is assessing whether Arizona’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (ADOSH) is meeting its obligation as an approved State OSHA program. The federal government’s scrutiny was prompted by a formal complaint, as well as investigative reporting by Emily Bregel and Tony Rich of the Arizona Daily Star. Both noted that the Industrial Commission of…

Worth reading: Maternal mortality and the engine of economic inequality

Recent pieces address causes of, and potential solutions to, the US's shameful rate of maternal mortality; how the prosperity gospel explains the GOP's approach to healthcare; how homeownership became the engine of inequality; and m...

A well-known secret: The “reverse business case” threatens worker health and safety

Accounting professors have confirmed what we always suspected: companies which are scrambling to meet or just beat Wall Street analysts’ profit projections have worker injury rates that are 12% higher than other employers.  The recent...Show More Summary

High temps, no water, no breaks for workers in FL, GA, TX construction booms

Despite a post-recession construction boom in the southern U.S., a survey of 1,435 construction workers describe low wages, sparse benefits, and no potable water on sweltering summer days.

GOPcare passes House, threatens healthcare of millions

Last week, 217 Republican members of the House of Representatives passed a bill that, if it becomes law, will leave millions of people without health insurance.

Study: One-third of U.S. children with harmful lead exposures going unidentified

Right now, according to public health officials, about half a million U.S. kids have blood lead levels that could harm their health. However, new research finds many more children — hundreds of thousands more — are likely going unidentified.

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