News

Jan 15 2019

ProPublica – The National Alliance on Mental Illness has asked a U.S. district judge to ensure that people who have moved out of adult homes and into their own apartments have what they need to do so safely. The alliance has displayed concerns about the plan to move mentally ill New Yorkers from troubled group homes into their own apartments

Jan 15 2019

CBS News  – For the first time on record, Americans are more likely to die of an accidental opioid overdose than in a motor vehicle crash, according to a new report from the National Safety Council. The group calculates that the chance of dying from an opioid overdose has increased to 1 in 96, surpassing the odds of dying in a car accident, at 1 in 103. 

Jan 15 2019

NBC – A team at Harvard Medical School and the University of Queensland in Australia are using the world’s largest database of twin data to compare the impacts of nature vs. nurture on human health. 

Jan 15 2019

NewScientist – Focus headbands, made by BrainCo in Massachusetts, were used in a recent trial with 10,000 school children aged between 10 and 17 in China. Over 21 days, students wore the headsets during class and teachers could monitor their average attention levels using an app.

Jan 14 2019

Nano and Other Emerging Chemical Technologies Blog – The European Union (EU) Observatory for Nanomaterials (EUON) conducts up to three studies annually.  The studies are intended to address knowledge gaps relating to nanomaterials that are of interest to the general public and the research community. 

Jan 14 2019

STAT – The agreement — known as the Nagoya Protocol — could drown researchers in oceans of paperwork and hobble the world’s scientists when they must next race to combat a new disease disaster, some fear.

Jan 14 2019

Bergeson and Campbell PC – The New York Department of Environmental Conservation (NYDEC) announced it was delaying its enforcement of the New York Household Cleansing Product Information Disclosure Program, which sets forth requirements for manufacturers of certain consumer cleaning products to disclose information regarding the ingredients in those products. 

Jan 14 2019

The New Yorker – We need proper studies, the panel concluded, on the health effects of cannabis on children and teen-agers and pregnant women and breast-feeding mothers and “older populations” and “heavy cannabis users”; in other words, on everyone except the college student who smokes a joint once a month. 

Jan 14 2019

CNN – Nobel Prize-winning American scientist James Watson, who helped discover the double-helix structure of DNA alongside Francis Crick in the 1950s based on the work of British chemist Rosalind Franklin, has been stripped of his honorary titles at the laboratory he once led after repeating racist comments in a documentary.

 

Jan 14 2019

The Hill – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is going to restart high-risk food inspections this week despite the partial government shutdown, which has forced the FDA to suspend most routine domestic food facility inspections. 

Jan 14 2019

Reuters – More U.S. coal-fired power plants were shut in President Donald Trump’s first two years than were retired in the whole of Barack Obama’s first term, despite the Republican’s efforts to prop up the industry to keep a campaign promise to coal-mining states.

Jan 14 2019

U.S. News – According to a new study of 300 stroke survivors aged 50 and older in Canada, two-thirds of stroke survivors who live at home have good mental health, and social support plays an important role.