Archives for January, 2009

By Anthony Robbins & Phyllis Freeman If our new President and the Congress accept the pervasive perception that universal access to medical services will address all important health needs, our nation will miss a magnificent opportunity to prevent disease and to hold off unnecessary medical care expenditures. Moreover, if Congress and the President do not…

Iranian HIV doctors victims of witch hunt

by revere, cross-posted at Effect Measure Last week we alerted you to a gross miscarriage of justice involving two doctors in Iran. Many of you responded by calling the Mission of Iran at the UN and signing a petition. I wish I could report good news in this update, but so far what we have…

By Lindsey Realmuto As of January 1, 2009 we can all rest assured that pharmaceutical companies may voluntarily stop barraging our physicians and nurses with free mugs, pens, and trinkets carrying drug logos. PhRMA, the pharmaceutical industry trade group, has updated their industry marketing guidelines, and the companies that choose to comply with them will…

A pill with a glass of water, hold the pill

by revere, cross-posted at Effect Measure One of the triumphs of 19th and 20th century public health was the provision of piped water into cities and towns. With the use of modern methods of disinfection (primarily chlorination) water as a source of mass distributed poisons rapidly receded, and with it the preponderance of infectious diseases…

By Leslie Mancuso Imagine being diagnosed with a preventable disease in a country where access to quality health care services is not available to you. Not because you live in a remote area or because people don’t care, but because the training was not available for the skilled healthcare providers treating you.  Now imagine being…

Further consider of OSHA’s new FOM

Yesterday, I was pressed for time when I wrote “OSHA revises its field ops manual.”   I didn’t have time to comb through the new 322-page manual , let alone spend much time writing the blog post itself.  A funny thing happens sometimes when I rush to put together a blog post—like a magnet, I’m pulled back to the topic,…

When You Pick up the Keys, Put Down the Phone

You might have heard this advice before, but the National Safety Council has just made it official: They call on motorists to stop using cell phones – even those with hands-free attachments – while driving. They’re also urging state governments to pass laws banning phoning and text messaging while behind the wheel. NSC President and…

OSHA revises its field ops manual

OSHA released on Friday, Jan 9, a new Field Operations Manual (FOM) for OSHA compliance officers and their supervisors who work in OSHA’s area and regional offices.  The 322-page manual is the procedural how-to guide for scheduling and conducting inspections, documenting violations of workplace safety and health standards, and proposing penalties.  In the news release announcing the new manual for…

Friday Blog Roundup

There’s a lot of news about food that might spoil your appetite: Tom Philpott at Gristmill is “having a hard time accepting that Obama has picked an ethanol-loving GMO enthusiast as his USDA chief.”  Revere at Effect Measure reports that the country is experiencing a salmonella outbreak that’s sickened 400 people, but the CDC and FDA…

Worrisome pick for Obama’s regulatory czar

The Washington Post reported yesterday that President-elect Obama wants Harvard law professor Cass R. Sunstein to serve as the head of OMB’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs ( OIRA).   I’m not prepared at this point to tangle intellectually with a  magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School, who was a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and a law…