First-ever quantitative data about the toll of BPA exposure

From Health Affairs: The risks of exposure to Bisphenol A (BPA) have been well-known for some time. While exposure to BPA in the United States affects an estimated 92.6 percent of Americans over the age of five, there are gaps in the knowledge of the health consequences of BPA exposure. A new study, Further Limiting … Continue reading First-ever quantitative data about the toll of BPA exposure

New from the National Academies Press: Caffeine in Food and Dietary Supplements: Examining Safety

From the NAP: Caffeine in Food and Dietary Supplements is the summary of a workshop convened by the Institute of Medicine in August 2013 to review the available science on safe levels of caffeine consumption in foods, beverages, and dietary supplements and to identify data gaps.  Scientists with expertise in food safety, nutrition, pharmacology, psychology, … Continue reading New from the National Academies Press: Caffeine in Food and Dietary Supplements: Examining Safety

WISER for Windows 4.5 now available

The National Library of Medicine's WISER for Windows 4.5 is now available. This new version of WISER (Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders) fully integrates Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management (CHEMM) content and updates the Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG) content to 2012. Here is a closer look at What's New in this release: Full integration of CHEMM content, which … Continue reading WISER for Windows 4.5 now available

Using information disclosure to achieve policy goals: Toxics release inventory & shale gas fracking

The Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP) at the University of Michigan Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy has announced a panel discussion "Using Information Disclosure to Achieve Policy Goals: How Experience with the Toxics Release Inventory Can Inform Action on Shale Gas Fracking." The federal Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) is the premier national … Continue reading Using information disclosure to achieve policy goals: Toxics release inventory & shale gas fracking

Farmers’ market chickens higher in bacteria

From the Well blog of the New York Times: That chicken you bought at the farmers’ market may not be as healthful as you thought. Researchers in Pennsylvania bought 100 whole chickens from grocery stores, half of which were organic, and 100 from farmers’ markets and tested them for the presence of Salmonella and Campylobacter, … Continue reading Farmers’ market chickens higher in bacteria

Fight or flight: The body’s stress response part 1

From our friends at Mind the Science Gap: Like any system, it’s important to first understand how it was meant to function before really appreciating how it breaks down. The stress-response is a perfect example of a system that was originally intended for short-term emergencies, but has now morphed into a system that constantly bears … Continue reading Fight or flight: The body’s stress response part 1