Archives for February, 2013

Calling for a public health approach to control distracted driving from mobile devices

The co-editor of the Journal of Public Health Policy calls on the public health community to take on the social problem of distracted driving caused by mobile devices.

Public health and hydrofracking

How can we bring a public health perspective to shale gas production? The latest issue of the journal New Solutions (now free online) has some suggestions.

Remembering C. Everett Koop’s words about gun violence

Surgeon General C. Everett Koop is being remembered for his pronouncements about second-hand tobacco smoke and HIV. Lesser known is his advocacy for strong gun control laws.

Occupational Health News Roundup

The White House’s two-year delay of OSHA’s proposed silica rule attracted media attention; West Virginia’s Governor orders mines to undertake a “safety stand-down” after a series of mineworker deaths; and a warming climate will necessitate stricter limits on outdoor work.

For many migrant farmworkers, the health risks don’t stop at the end of the workday. After long, arduous hours in the field, many will return to a home that also poses dangers to their well-being. And quite ironically for a group of workers that harvests our nation’s food, one of those housing risks is poor cooking and eating facilities.

Carnival workers’ reality: “If we complain, they’ll send us back to Mexico”

A report about the H-2B guest worker program describes the mistreatment and abuse suffered by workers in the U.S. carnival and fair industry.

Detroit can’t recover economically with lead-poisoned children

The headlines in Detroit are focused on the city’s financial woes, but the city’s future is at additional risk because of lead poisoned children in the city’s public schools.

After nearly three decades as a USDA food safety inspector, Stan Painter tells me he now feels like “window dressing standing at the end of the line as product whizzes by.”

Trust, chromium, and the EPA

EPA delays an announcement about a carcinogen found in some tap water on the advice of a scientific panel that’s ostensibly unbiased — but an investigation into panelists’ backgrounds finds some troubling conflicts of interest.

Half of the doctors recently surveyed aren’t aware that drug and device companies will soon have to report all the payments they make to doctors and hospitals.