Friday Blog Roundup

With the presidential contest heating up, bloggers’ thoughts turn to U.S. healthcare reform:

Elsewhere:

At Enviroblog, Amanda enumerates problems with FDA’s draft assessment on BPA, while Jovana points out that the failure of two California measures to keep BPA and PFOA out of children’s products leave parents relying on Wal-Mart and Burger King to keep those chemicals out of their kids’ bodies.

Niko Karvounis and Maggie Mahar at Health Beat provide a grim, detailed picture of the toll of war on members of the U.S. military.

Julie Ferguson at Workers’ Comp Insider explores court rulings on suicides related to workplace injuries, providing a reminder of how important it is to address pain and depression in injury recovery plans.

Rachel Nugent at Global Health Policy considers the implications of the growing world population, which is projected to pass seven billion in 2012.

Ed Yong at Not Exactly Rocket Science brings us the good news from a recent study: more people living to extreme old age doesn’t necessarily mean soaring rates of costly dependence on caregivers and society.

Chris Mooney at Science Progress fact-checks the claim that U.S. institutions are producing fewer scientists, and offers a different explanation of what’s wrong with our scientific workforce.

Alicia Mundy at WSJ’s Health Blog revisits the Supreme Court case Wyeth v. Levine, in which the justices will decide whether FDA approval of a drug shields manufacturers from liability claims, in light of a New England Journal of Medicine editorial that argues against this kind of preemption.

Comments

  1. #1 Tasha
    August 25, 2008

    Not a blog, but interesting nonetheless, especially considering the nationwide trend of increasing acceptable thresholds of exposure to harmful substances. It appears that there is a push to promote cleaner rivers in Oregon by changing the assumptions about people’s fish consumptions. Oregon’s current water quality standards assume people eat about 17.5 grams (0.62 ounces) of fish a day. The proposed standard would boost that to 175 grams (6.2 ounces) a day, just shy of a typical meal. This would lead to more restrictive standards in water quality, but would also more closely match typical fish consumption in the state.

    http://www.oregonlive.com/news/index.ssf/2008/08/officials_push_for_cleaner_riv.html