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Posted: January 27, 2013 in Events, Policy

“Twelve state representatives, all Democrats, including five from Seattle (and two from Bellingham), sent a letter today to the lead agencies in charge of plans for the terminal requesting a full statewide review of any economic and environmental impacts the proposed Cherry Point coal terminal in Bellingham might have as part of the environmental review of the project.”

“New Video Celebrates 40 Years of Impact by AAAS S&T Policy Fellowship”

“Today, Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Edward Markey (D-Mass.), and 31 cosponsors introduced legislation that would lift the current prohibitions on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) from conducting research into firearms safety and gun violence. The bill expands and codifies an executive order announced today by President Barack Obama as part of his comprehensive package of gun control actions.”

“The L’Aquila judge who last October sentenced seven scientists and engineers to 6 years in prisoneach for advice they gave ahead of a deadly 2009 earthquake explained his reasons for the manslaughter convictions on Friday. He said that the seven, at the time members of an official government body called the National Commission for the Forecast and Prevention of Major Risks, had analysed the risk of a major quake in a “superficial, approximate and generic” way and that they were willing participants in a “media operation” to reassure the public.”

“A working group advising the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on chimpanzee research today urged that the agency sharply scale back biomedical and behavioral studies involving these animals. NIH should retire most of the nearly 700 chimps it supports, end many research projects, and make sure that chimps still being studied are kept in proper living conditions, the panel’s report says.”

“Almost a year after they announced it, leading influenza researchers are ending a voluntary moratorium on certain types of controversial experiments involving the H5N1 avian influenza virus.”

“Health officials in Egypt and the world are scrambling to prevent an outbreak of polio after poliovirus from Pakistan was discovered in sewage samples collected at two sites in Cairo in December.”

NPR article about the prescription pain killers and how they can both help and harm people (ie addiction).

  1. David Ashlin says:

    It is mind-boggling that there needs to be any legislation either to impede or release the CDC and NIH in investigating firearms injuries and deaths from the perspective of public health. Unlike cash-starving the EPA and NOAA from acquiring and analyzing climate change data, it seems that several Democrats were complicit. It shows you the kind of stranglehold the NRA has on public policy.

    In another major judicial decision of litigation over scientific evidence, another Italian court found in favor of a suit claiming that a girl’s autism was directly linked to her MMR vaccine. Of course, the community of vaccine opponents are desperately grasping at this straw a “evidence”. However, it seems that they had their own version of Wakefield in that their “medical expert” has his own MMR forumaltion that he is trying to market.

    And then my wife reminded me that it was an Italian physician who came up with this CCSVI procedure to roto-rooter iron plaque from the cardiovascular as a “cure” for Multiple Sclerosis. So now, she and her neurologist colleagues are highly skeptical of *any* published reports of biomedical research coming out of that country.

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