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December 21, 2014

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8:51 PM | UK food scare of the year: Campylobacter gets the FSA in a right old flap
I’m not sure who talks like that, except the Brits. So while The Grocer blames consumers for Campylobacter outbreaks, Walmart Frank has taken steps to implement enhanced poultry safety measures for suppliers designed to further protect customers against foodborne illnesses. The … Continue reading →

December 19, 2014

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5:08 PM | "Take Uber, for instance. The company is a rocket, no doubt. In less than five years, it has reached..."
“Take Uber, for instance. The company is a rocket, no doubt. In less than five years, it has reached a $41 billion valuation.This valuation exists even though all the revenue from the taxi industry in the United States is only about $11 billion a year.” - UC Berkeley’s Steven David Solomon, Throwing Money at Start-Ups in Frenzy to Find the Next Uber
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3:00 PM | Monitoring air quality in national parks
The National Park Service (NPS) Geographic Information […]

December 18, 2014

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7:38 PM | Campylobacter in petting zoos; we’ve done this
Here’s an example of terrible story-telling. According to news reporting out of Bilthoven, Netherlands, by VerticalNews editors, research stated, “The significance of petting zoos for transmission of Campylobacter to humans and the effect of interventions were estimated. A stochastic QMRA … Continue reading →

December 17, 2014

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8:43 PM | ESA Policy News December 17: Congress passes “CRomnibus” spending bill, Senate committee chairs announced, US Census public comment opportunity
Here are some highlights from the latest ESA Policy New […]
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3:20 PM | Dances with Pharma: part 2 – How Cancer Research UK works with industry
In the second part of this two-part series, we look at our work with industry, why it's important, and how we try to influence the way drugs get to patients.
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1:57 PM | A positive step forward on the road to mitochondrial donation
Today the Department of Health has laid the regulations that set out how mitochondrial donation could potentially be allowed in the UK. The regulations will be debated and voted on by parliament in the New Year, and we hope that the outcome will bring hope to the families affected by mitochondrial disease, and allow important […]

December 16, 2014

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5:26 PM | Dances with Pharma: part 1 – why are drugs so expensive?
In this first in a two-part series, we take a look at how cancer drugs get to patients, and at some of reasons behind the spiralling costs.
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6:42 AM | SR 530 (Hazel/Oso) Landslide Commission Report
Washington State Governor Jay Inslee set up a landslide commission to review the Hazel/Oso Landslide. The commission report came out on December 15: SR530 Landslide Commission Final Report.pdf One of the recommendations is to further fund landslide hazard mapping, "The SR 530 Landslide highlights the need to incorporate landslide hazard, risk, and vulnerability assessments into land-use planning, and to expand and refine geologic and geohazard mapping throughout […]

December 15, 2014

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4:19 AM | FoodNet Canada not part of surveillance system, but found E. coli-tainted beef that was recalled days after positive test
The federal system designed to keep Canadian food safe to eat failed in December to prevent ground beef contaminated with E. coli from being offered for sale to consumers. CBC News reports that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s December recall of 31,000 pounds of … Continue reading →

December 14, 2014

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2:00 PM | Celebrating  the Wilderness Act of 1964—and Celebrating Wildness in Cities
September 2014 marked the 50th anniversary of the signing into United States law of the Wilderness Act. A watershed act and a cornerstone of contemporary environmentalism, it  put into place new and important safeguards on the protection and development of … Continue reading →

December 12, 2014

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10:00 AM | “I want to make sure that radiotherapy is accessible to everyone” – Elizabeth’s story
Cancer Campaigns Ambassador Elizabeth Bailey shares her personal story of breast cancer and why she campaigns for Government to improve access to radiotherapy.

December 11, 2014

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7:21 PM | Congressional briefing brings together former lawmaker, scientists to consider climate engineering options
On Dec. 4, 2014 the Ecological Society of America (ESA) […]
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5:09 PM | Update on Washaway
With winter high tides combined with very stormy conditions, the Pacific Ocean is taking some more of Washington State along with a few homes at Washaway Beach kirotv.com/videos/news/watch-it-ocean-undercut-home-on-washaway-beach/vCkfR/.This has been an ongoing erosion problem that I wrote up after a visit in 2010. cape-shoalwater-or-washaway-beachmore-on-shoalwater.htmlHS also has a set of posts http://gravelbeach.blogspot.com/search?q=washaway 
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4:55 PM | A conference to keep cancer on the political agenda
We look over the key political announcements made at this year's Britain Against Cancer conference - including treatments, early diagnosis, prevention and more.

December 10, 2014

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5:04 AM | America's Indigenous Women: Responding to the Violence
By Sharon E. ChinAmnesty International produced an article in 2007 and 2008 discussing the failure of the US government to protect its indigenous population from sexual and domestic violence. Even though awareness about the abuses suffered by Native American women has been growing, legislation protecting Indigenous women has not experienced the same advancement. While Indigenous women are protected under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), many barriers caused by jurisdiction, funding, and […]
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12:43 AM | Anatomy of a “Serving”
Is it how much you’re expected to eat? How much you should eat? Pardon me, but if I want to eat an entire bag of potato chips, that’s exactly what I’m going to do. I say this as the guy who helps create nutrition facts panels for food products for a living. I have read, […]

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December 09, 2014

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4:43 PM | Anatomy of a “Serving”
Is it how much you’re expected to eat? How much you should eat? Pardon me, but if I want to eat an entire bag of potato chips, that’s exactly what I’m going to do. I say this as the guy who helps create nutrition facts panels for food products for a living. I have read, […]

December 08, 2014

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2:37 PM | A welcome review of how treatments get to patients
The UK Government has announced it will review the process for getting new cancer treatments to patients more quickly - so what happens next?

December 05, 2014

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9:55 PM | Ebola Virus Disease: Platform for North-South Collaboration Urgently Needed
Solomon Nwaka and colleagues summarize the outcomes of the September meeting of the Board, and Scientific and Advisory Committee (STAC) of the African Network for Drugs and Diagnostics Innovation (ANDI) on Ebola, and outline the next steps for combating EVD. … Continue reading »The post Ebola Virus Disease: Platform for North-South Collaboration Urgently Needed appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.
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6:16 PM | ESA Policy News December 5: House floats FY 2015 spending deal, NEON scrutinized, Apply for 2015 GSPA
Here are some highlights from the latest ESA Policy New […]
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2:42 PM | Geology and the Autumn Statement
So George Osborne donned the ceremonial red briefcase on wednesday and took to the helm in the House of Commons (rather inconsiderately while I was in Brussels and couldn’t follow the news…) to deliver the Autumn Statement, one of the two statements that the HM Treasury makes each year to Parliament upon publication of economic forecasts (the other being the Budget which is normally announced in March-time). Statements in the run up to wednesday suggested that Science and […]
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2:42 PM | Geology and the Autumn Statement
So George Osborne donned the ceremonial red briefcase on wednesday and took to the helm in the House of Commons (rather inconsiderately while I was in Brussels and couldn’t follow the news…) to deliver the Autumn Statement, one of the two statements that the HM Treasury makes each year to Parliament upon publication of economic forecasts (the other being the Budget which is normally announced in March-time). Statements in the run up to wednesday suggested that Science and […]
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12:54 PM | What does the Autumn Statement mean for cancer research?
Our Policy and Public Affairs team take a look at the announcements made in the Autumn Statement and how they might impact our research and patient care.

December 03, 2014

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10:15 PM | THIS, THAT and also NEXT UP
Incase the study is unclear, we are looking at if & how neuro evidence effects decisions...
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6:27 AM | Watch the Intelligence Squared GMO Debate
The Intelligence Squared debate logo Tune in Wednesday, December 3rd for a debate on GMOs. Intelligence Squared is hosting a debate between four individuals from two opposing camps, addressing the question of whether or not we should grow genetically engineered foods. Arguing the positive are Robert Fraley from Monsanto and Alison Van Eenennaam from UC Davis, and arguing the negative are Margaret Mellon, formerly of the Union of Concerned Scientists, and Charles Benbrook, who is currently at […]
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2:50 AM | Food safety and worker safety are inextricably linked
Peter O’driscoll, director of the Washington-based Equitable Food Initiative at Oxfam America.writes in this letter to The New York Times regarding, “Protect Those Who Protect Our Food” (Op-Ed, Nov. 13), to say that Jacob E. Gersen and Benjamin I. Sachs … Continue reading →

December 01, 2014

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11:30 AM | Ebola and the fear factory
by Kasra Hassani & Hannah Hoag Health, Medicine, and Veterinary Sciences editors This is not the first Science Borealis editorial post about Ebola, nor will it be the last. We’ve discussed Ebola from multiple perspectives such as Health, Engineering, and Policy over the past few months. The deadly virus – which had previously caused only small and short outbreaks – continues to wreak havoc, with a death toll now surpassing 5,000. The virus is exotic and mysterious: we […]

November 26, 2014

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1:11 PM | “Financial crisis provides a window of opportunity and stimulus for reform” says a Health Foundation report
The aim of this evidence scan was to identify lessons from six other international countries (Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Canada, The Netherlands, Denmark), which the NHS can apply in response to the required austerity measures. The authors used case studies from the countries, chosen for specific reasons described further on in the scan, to find the answers [read the full story...] The post “Financial crisis provides a window of opportunity and stimulus for reform” says a Health […]

November 25, 2014

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2:53 PM | PNAS: Marin Hawk, Fisheries Management Plan Coordinator
I’ve decided to do a new round of profiles in the Project for Non-Academic Science (acronym deliberately chosen to coincide with a journal), as a way of getting a little more information out there to students studying in STEM fields who will likely end up with jobs off the “standard” academic science track. Fifth in…
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