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Science Daily summary of new NEJM paper on Zika (June 15, 2016).

Posted by proverbialwisdom | Sun Jul 3, 2016, 02:50 PM (0 replies)

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists' Committee on Ethics, June 2016

OB/GYN Group Says Pregnant Women Have Right to Informed Consent and Refusal of Doctor Recommendations

1. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Refusal of Medically Recommended Treatment During Pregnancy. ACOG.org No. 664, June 2016.

2. McClain L. New ACOG Statement Says Forcing Treatment on Pregnant Women is Unethical. Mothering June 10, 2016.


Link from: (not in the mood for the flak)
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Sun Jul 3, 2016, 12:12 PM (0 replies)

NIH Statement


Environ Health Perspect; DOI:10.1289/EHP358
Project TENDR: Targeting Environmental Neuro-Developmental Risks.

[center]The TENDR Consensus Statement
SUMMARY: Children in America today are at an unacceptably high risk of developing neurodevelopmental disorders that affect the brain and nervous system including autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, intellectual disabilities, and other learning and behavioral disabilities. These are complex disorders with multiple causes—genetic, social, and environmental. The contribution of toxic chemicals to these disorders can be prevented.

APPROACH: Leading scientific and medical experts, along with children’s health advocates, came together in 2015 under the auspices of Project TENDR: Targeting Environmental Neuro-Developmental Risks to issue a call to action to reduce widespread exposures to chemicals that interfere with fetal and children’s brain development. Based on the available scientific evidence, the TENDR authors have identified prime examples of toxic chemicals and pollutants that increase children’s risks for neurodevelopmental disorders. These include chemicals that are used extensively in consumer products and that have become widespread in the environment. Some are chemicals to which children and pregnant women are regularly exposed, and they are detected in the bodies of virtually all Americans in national surveys conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The vast majority of chemicals in industrial and consumer products undergo almost no testing for developmental neurotoxicity or other health effects.

CONCLUSION: Based on these findings, we assert that the current system in the United States for evaluating scientific evidence and making health-based decisions about environmental chemicals is fundamentally broken. To help reduce the unacceptably high prevalence of neurodevelopmental disorders in our children, we must eliminate or significantly reduce exposures to chemicals that contribute to these conditions. We must adopt a new framework for assessing chemicals that have the potential to disrupt brain development and prevent the use of those that may pose a risk. This consensus statement lays the foundation for developing recommendations to monitor, assess, and reduce exposures to neurotoxic chemicals. These measures are urgently needed if we are to protect healthy brain development so that current and future generations can reach their fullest potential.


The TENDR Consensus Statement is a call to action to reduce exposures to toxic chemicals that can contribute to the prevalence of neurodevelopmental disabilities in America’s children. The TENDR authors agree that widespread exposures to toxic chemicals in our air, water, food, soil, and consumer products can increase the risks for cognitive, behavioral, or social impairment, as well as specific neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) (Di Renzo et al. 2015; Gore et al. 2015; Lanphear 2015; Council on Environmental Health 2011). This preventable threat results from a failure of our industrial and consumer markets and regulatory systems to protect the developing brain from toxic chemicals. To lower children’s risks for developing neurodevelopmental disorders, policies and actions are urgently needed to eliminate or significantly reduce exposures to these chemicals. Further, if we are to protect children, we must overhaul how government agencies and business assess risks to human health from chemical exposures, how chemicals in commerce are regulated, and how scientific evidence informs decision making by government and the private sector.


Posted by proverbialwisdom | Sat Jul 2, 2016, 02:50 AM (0 replies)

Thanks for the update.

Posted by proverbialwisdom | Thu Jun 30, 2016, 08:08 PM (0 replies)


Posted by proverbialwisdom | Wed Jun 29, 2016, 04:56 PM (0 replies)

Truthout: High Levels of Toxins Found in Bodies of People Living Near Fracking Sites


Posted by proverbialwisdom | Wed Jun 29, 2016, 04:37 PM (2 replies)

James Steele: Who Is Getting Rich Off the $1.3 Trillion Student Debt Crisis?


Who Is Getting Rich Off the $1.3 Trillion Student Debt Crisis?
June 29, 2016


Topics: Student Debt

Guests: James Steele, veteran investigative reporter and Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist. His recent article for Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting is titled "Who Got Rich Off the Student Debt Crisis."

We continue our conversation looking at student debt. A stunning 42 million people now owe $1.3 trillion in student debt. A new investigative report published by Center for Investigative Reporting peels back the layers on this trillion-dollar industry. The article, titled "Who Got Rich Off the Student Debt Crisis," follows what happened after the federal government relinquished direct control of the student loan program and opened it up to banks and profit-making corporations. We speak to Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist James Steele and Saul Newton, who was profiled in the article. Saul dropped out of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point because of rising costs and student debt.

Please check back later for full transcript.


Who got rich off the student debt crisis?

42 million people owe $1.3 trillion in student debt.
It’s a profit center for Wall Street and the government. Here’s how we got into this mess.

A generation ago, Congress privatized a student loan program intended to give more Americans access to higher education.

In its place, lawmakers created another profit center for Wall Street and a system of college finance that has fed the nation’s cycle of inequality. Step by step, Congress has enacted one law after another to make student debt the worst kind of debt for Americans – and the best kind for banks and debt collectors.

Today, just about everyone involved in the student loan industry makes money off students – the banks, private investors, even the federal government.

Posted by proverbialwisdom | Wed Jun 29, 2016, 11:54 AM (9 replies)

OMG x2


Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar perform ‘FREEDOM’ from her latest album, LEMONADE!
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Mon Jun 27, 2016, 11:53 AM (1 replies)



The obscure legal system that lets corporations sue countries

Fifty years ago, an international legal system was created to protect the rights of foreign investors. Today, as companies win billions in damages, insiders say it has got dangerously out of control

By Claire Provost and Matt Kennard
Wednesday 10 June 2015 01.00 EDT
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Sun Jun 26, 2016, 01:29 PM (0 replies)

Common Dreams: No Matter the Outcome, Hedge Funds Stand to Profit


Private exit polls, oh my.
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Fri Jun 24, 2016, 09:27 PM (0 replies)
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