December 1, 2006 The Pump Handle

by OSHAL It is worthwhile reading the Government Accountability Office (GAO) report (report PDF here; Jordan Barab’s take here) that recommends a review of the effectiveness of current strategies for workplace safety and health. Of particular interest to me is the attitude and direction of this Administration’s OSHA, in particular for those workplaces with the […]

December 1, 2006 The Pump Handle

by Susan F. Wood  After the recent post here on KETEK, both the Wall Street Journal and Senator Grassley are on the move.  The WSJ reports today on another antibiotic Cubicin which has been seeking approval for use in endocarditis and discusses the competing issues of data quality and high standards, with the push for […]

December 1, 2006 The Pump Handle 1Comment

By David Michaels The Bush Administration is manufacturing uncertainty about global warming, even as its allies in the carbon producing industries are abandoning it. Last week, the Washington Post’s Steven Mufson and Juliet Eilperin reported that “top executives at many of the nation’s largest energy companies have accepted the scientific consensus about climate change and […]

November 30, 2006 The Pump Handle 1Comment

By Laura H. Kahn The medical community is devoting a lot of effort to researching bioterrorism agents and diseases that could become human pandemics. But in many cases, they’re overlooking a potentially critical resource: veterinarians. Zoonoses are diseases of animals that can be transmitted to humans. These diseases include: SARS, West Nile virus, HIV/AIDS, and […]

November 30, 2006 The Pump Handle 1Comment

 by PotomacFeverish  What is on the agenda for science during the last 2 years of this Administration?  Many believe that with the change in Congress, now we can relax regarding the abuse of science that we have seen in recent years.  The scientific community needs to be aware that much of the actions taken by […]

November 30, 2006 The Pump Handle

by Susan F. Wood Much has been written about the antibiotic drug, telithromycin, otherwise known as Ketek. It seems to combine a host of concerns all in one place (see also Matthews, AW, WSJ, May 19, 2006:B1). Critically, concerns about safety, from visual effects to fatal liver toxicity, are paired with questions about lack of […]

November 30, 2006 The Pump Handle 1Comment

By David Michaels In a move that recognizes the post-election climate change in Washington, the EPA has told two Democratic Senators that it is revising plans to roll-back the reporting requirements of the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI). In a post yesterday, I wrote about TRI as an important (and cost-effective) example of “Regulation by Shaming” […]

November 29, 2006 The Pump Handle 1Comment

By David Michaels Last week, public scorn forced Rupert Murdock, powerful chief executive of the News Corp, to cancel “If I Did It,” OJ Simpson’s book and Fox TV tie-in. While shaming has fallen out of favor in the field of criminal justice, the heaping of public scorn and anger – dating back to putting […]

November 28, 2006 The Pump Handle

by Liz Borkowski  Parties to the Basel Convention—the international treaty dealing with the transport and disposal of hazardous wastes—are meeting this week in Nairobi, and e-waste is on their agenda. Each year, consumers generate 20 – 50 million tons of e-waste (waste from electrical and electronic equipment), and it’s full of hazardous substances: heavy metals […]

November 28, 2006 The Pump Handle 2Comment

By David Michaels Meat factories continue to be among the most dangerous places to work in America. According to a devastating article in the Dallas Morning News, “thousands of illegal immigrants gravitate toward meatpacking plants in places like Cactus, Texas” where each year more than one out of every ten workers gets injured carving meat […]