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Study finds Oregon workplace safety monitoring needs to be more timely to help workers
A recent study evaluating the effectiveness of Oregon's occupational health monitoring system concludes that the state needs to collect and share data about workplace dangers in a more timely, relevant fashion to allow for rapid intervention. (2020-06-25)

Live Biotherapeutic products -- a new regulatory approach for the safety assessment of a specific category of biological medicinal products
These exist complex challenges when developing Live Biotherapeutic Products (LBPs). The safety assessment poses challenges because of the potential sensitivity of the target population, the 'live' nature and the complicated mode of action of LBPs. This article proposes a risk assessment roadmap for LBPs and appropriate solutions for non-clinical programmes and First-in-Human clinical safety trials. The approach is largely supported by academic and industry representatives and will support future LBP safety assessment studies in Europe/US. (2020-06-19)

New study: Publicizing OSHA violations increases compliance
A single press release naming a company that has violated workplace health and safety regulations can result in a 73 percent improvement in compliance by other facilities, a Duke researcher finds in a study published in the American Economic Review. 'OSHA would have to conduct an additional 210 inspections to elicit the same improvement in compliance as sparked by a single press release about severe violations,' said researcher Matthew S. Johnson. (2020-06-18)

How EU safety legislation has affected UK vapers
New research shows that vapers have been largely reassured by recent EU regulations, but some have been pushed to the black market for stronger hits. The researchers say their findings are particularly important during the Covid-19 pandemic (since switching from smoking to vaping improves cardiovascular and respiratory conditions, smokers who switch to vaping might be expected to have a better prognosis if infected by Covid-19). (2020-06-18)

Pre-term deliveries due to COVID-19 could be avoided by studying EHRs
Using electronic health record (EHR) data to simulate drug trials for pregnant patients could one day offer a solution to the current practice of delivering babies pre-term if an expectant mother contracts COVID-19, according to a position paper published in Nature Medicine. (2020-06-10)

Employers could face legal action over COVID-19 exposure, expert warns
Employers across the UK could face legal action from employees who return to work and contract the COVID-19 virus, a leading health and safety expert has warned. (2020-06-01)

Electronic health records fail to detect up to 33% of medication errors
Despite improvements in their performance over the past decade, electronic health records (EHRs) commonly used in hospitals nationwide fail to detect up to one in three potentially harmful drug interactions and other medication errors, according to scientists at University of Utah Health, Harvard University, and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. In tests using simulated medical records, the researchers found that EHR systems consistently failed to detect errors that could injure or kill patients. (2020-05-29)

When developing vaccines against COVID-19, 'fast is slow, and slow is fast'
Bypassing clinical trials for a potential SARS-CoV-2 vaccine would be ''catastrophic,'' says Science Advances deputy editor Douglas Green in this Editorial. Instead, it's vital to take time to ensure any vaccine candidate's safety and investigate potential adverse (2020-05-22)

Older, larger companies benefit from not investing in worker safety, study finds
Companies best equipped to provide safe workplaces are the least likely to do so, because they benefit financially from forgoing the cost of enacting workplace safety practices, a recent study found. In some cases, companies with worker injury claims were more than 50% more likely to survive than their safer counterparts. (2020-05-13)

#Thisisourlane: How physicians can take action to reduce gun violence
As strategies to curb gun violence at the federal level have stalled, leaders in primary care and health policy have identified the role doctors can play in national gun safety efforts and the prevention of firearm suicide. In this pair of recommendation papers, clinicians place themselves at the front lines of this public health issue and offer a call to action for the medical community. Both papers lay out a grassroots course of action to help physicians engage with their patients and policy makers. (2020-05-12)

Development of a sticker that indicates whether cold-chain food products have gone bad
Can we tell with the naked eye if any cold-chain food products that we have received have gone bad? A cold-chain safety sticker was developed, which indicates whether any cold-chain food products, such as fish, meat, and fruits and vegetables, have spoiled. This cold-chain safety sticker creates an image on it when exposed to room temperature. Room temperature exposure history and time throughout the cold chain delivery process are indicated but cannot be manually edited. (2020-04-06)

Interactive product labels require new regulations, study warns
Artificial intelligence will be increasingly used on labels on food and other products in the future to make them interactive, and regulations should be reformed now so they take account of new innovations, a study warns. (2020-03-26)

Concerns over 'exaggerated' study claims of AI outperforming doctors
Many studies claiming that artificial intelligence is as good as (or better than) human experts at interpreting medical images are of poor quality and are arguably exaggerated, posing a risk for the safety of 'millions of patients' warn researchers in The BMJ today. (2020-03-25)

Natural habitat around farms a win for strawberry growers, birds and consumers
Conserving natural habitat around strawberry fields can help protect growers' yields, their bottom line and the environment with no detectable threat to food safety, indicates a study led by the University of California, Davis. (2020-03-11)

Cute monkeys perceived as safer, but in reality dominant animals get closer to humans
People say they are more willing to approach cute-looking monkeys in the wild, but in reality end up getting closer to dominant monkeys they believe could pose more risk, according to new research. (2020-03-09)

Food scientists slice time off salmonella identification process
Researchers from Cornell University, the Mars Global Food Safety Center in Beijing, and the University of Georgia have developed a method for completing whole-genome sequencing to determine salmonella serotypes in just two hours and the whole identification process within eight hours. (2020-03-05)

High energy Li-Ion battery is safer for electric vehicles
A lithium-ion battery that is safe, has high power and can last for 1 million miles has been developed by a team in Penn State's Battery and Energy Storage Technology (BEST) Center. (2020-03-04)

Drivers of expensive cars less likely to yield for pedestrians: UNLV study
What does the car you drive say about your manners? New UNLV study finds that drivers of flashy cars are less likely to yield for pedestrians. (2020-02-26)

A nacre-inspired separator coating for impact-tolerant lithium batteries
Recently, a research team from University of Science and Technology of China proposed a nacre-inspired coating on the separator to improve the safety of lithium battery under external impact. The study was published in Advanced Materials. They developed an alkaline-solution-induced etching method in the aragonite platelets to dissolve the protein matrix along with some parts of amorphous calcium carbonate to yield porous structure. (2020-02-25)

Oversight of fishing vessels lacking, new analysis shows
Policies regulating fishing in international waters do not sufficiently protect officials who monitor illegal fishing, the prohibited dumping of equipment, or human trafficking or other human rights abuses, finds a new analysis by a team of environmental researchers. (2020-02-18)

Parents from lower-income families less likely to say child's water supply is safe
Parents from lower-income families are less likely to describe their home tap water as safe, say their water has been tested or feel confident in the quality of drinking fountain water at their child's school compared with higher income peers, a new national poll suggests. (2020-02-17)

TPU researchers discover how to improve safety of nuclear power plants
Researchers at Tomsk Polytechnic University found a method to increase fuel lifetime by 75%. According to the research team, it will significantly increase safety and reduce the operating cost of nuclear power plants in hard-to-reach areas. (2020-02-14)

California agricultural employers, workers approach smoke concerns differently
A new study from researchers at the University of California, Davis, finds that while wildfires and smoke exposure are recognized by farmworkers and employers as a growing threat and safety concern, the means to address these concerns differs between the two groups. (2020-02-13)

Yale study adds to evidence of diabetes drug link to heart problems
A new study published by The BMJ adds to evidence that rosiglitazone -- a drug used to treat type 2 diabetes -- is associated with increased risk of heart problems, especially heart failure. (2020-02-11)

Does news coverage of crashes affect perceived blame?
Despite an ever-rising number of pedestrian and bicyclist deaths on US roads each year, there's no widespread public pressure to improve road safety -- a situation influenced by how news articles about auto-pedestrian/bicyclist crashes are written, said Tara Goddard, Texas A&M assistant professor of urban planning. (2020-01-28)

Safety events: 40% of gun owners reported not locking all guns -- even around kids
Gun owners will go to events to get free devices for locking up their firearms at home, but a survey of nearly 3,000 participants at such events in Washington found that 40% had unlocked guns at home, and the presence of children in the home did not make a difference. (2020-01-09)

Significant safety issues for kids on long term ventilation at home
There are significant safety issues for children who receive long term mechanical assistance with breathing at home (ventilation), finds an analysis of officially reported safety incidents associated with provision, and published online in the Archives of Disease in Childhood. (2019-12-17)

Survey shows link between psychological safety and use of infection prevention practices
Hospitals reporting high levels of psychological safety are more likely to have comprehensive infection prevention and control (IPC) programs, according to the results of a survey appearing in the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC), the journal of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), published by Elsevier. (2019-12-16)

New research seeks to improve safety equipment for pregnant women
As technology advances in the things we use every day, it's generally accepted they also become safer. But according to one UBC engineer, that may not be true for a large portion of the population. New research from UBC's Okanagan campus has developed a innovative model to map the impact of trauma on a pregnant woman and her uterus if she were involved in an accident--with the hopes of making everything from airbags to seatbelts safer for all. (2019-12-11)

Information technology can save police lives, according to a new study
Police officers face well-documented risks, with more than 50,000 a year assaulted on the job in the United States. But new research has found that the use of information technology by law enforcement agencies can reduce the number of police killed or injured in the line of duty by as much as 50%. (2019-12-11)

Advancing frozen food safety: Cornell develops novel food safety assessment tool
New research funded by the Frozen Food Foundation developed a modeling tool to assist the frozen food industry with understanding and managing listeriosis risks. The findings are published in the December 2019 issue of Journal of Food Protection. (2019-12-11)

'Safety signals' may help slow down anxiety
For as many as one in three people, life events or situations that pose no real danger can spark a disabling fear, a hallmark of anxiety and stress-related disorders. Researchers at Yale University and Weill Cornell Medicine report on a novel way that could help combat such anxiety. In humans and in mice, a 'safety signal' -- a symbol or a sound that is never associated with adverse events -- can relieve anxiety through an entirely different brain network than that activated by existing behavioral therapy. (2019-12-09)

First of its kind study seeks to answer whether effects of 'abortion pill' can be reversed
Women who initiate medical abortion but opt to stop in the middle of treatment may be at risk for serious blood loss, a UC Davis Health study finds. Researchers found this is true even for women who use an experimental treatment that claims to 'reverse' the effects of the abortion pill. The study, published today in Obstetrics and Gynecology, provides important insights into the safety of using high doses of progesterone during early pregnancy to try to stop a medical abortion. (2019-12-05)

Concerns over regulation of oral powders or gels sold as medical devices in Europe
Oral powders or gels, sold as medical devices in the European Union (EU), aren't regulated to the same safety standards as those applied to medicines, reveals research published online in the Archives of Disease in Childhood. (2019-12-03)

Safety evaluation of conditionally immortalized cells for renal replacement therapy
Here, the research team assessed the safety of conditionally immortalized proximal tubule epithelial cells for bioartificial kidney application, by using in vitro assays and athymic nude rats. They demonstrate that these cells do not possess key properties of oncogenically transformed cells, including anchorage-independent growth, lack of contact inhibition and apoptosis-resistance. Taken together, this study lays an important foundation towards bioartificial kidney development by confirming the safety of the cell line intended for incorporation. (2019-11-25)

Use of locum doctors rising despite limited evidence on quality and safety
There is little hard evidence to support the widely held perception that locum doctors present a greater risk of causing harm to patients, according to new research published by the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. (2019-11-11)

Cycling is safer with more cyclists on the road, but injuries are on the rise, Rutgers study finds
Cycling is safer with more cyclists on the road, but injuries among older riders are on the rise. (2019-10-29)

In the wake of mass shootings, a reluctance to talk about gun safety
At a time when discussions about access to firearms and gun safety are paramount, trusted professionals find it difficult to have those conversations. A new study shows that in the months immediately following mass shootings, doctors are less likely to ask routine questions about gun safety in the home. (2019-10-28)

Not all hypertension drugs are created equal, reports big-data study
For those with extremely high blood pressure, or hypertension, there are many initial medication options -- so many that it can be hard to know which one to use. Now, a Yale-coauthored paper in Lancet provides more information about the relative safety and effectiveness of different hypertension drugs in order to inform this critical treatment decision. The study reveals that angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors may not be the best choice for initial treatment. (2019-10-25)

Researchers develop platform for scalable testing of autonomous vehicle safety
In the race to manufacture autonomous vehicles (AVs), safety is crucial yet sometimes overlooked as exemplified by recent headline-making accidents. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are using artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to improve the safety of autonomous technology through both software and hardware advances. (2019-10-25)

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