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The California Department of Public Health, Division of Environmental and Occupational Disease Control has identified several cases of mercury toxicity linked to the use of adulterated, unlabelled face creams in the Latino community. For healthcare provider information and patient materials click here.
"In the United States alone, an estimated 4.5 million children ages 5 to 17 have been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and rates of diagnosis have risen 3 percent a year between 1997 and 2006. Yet it is unclear what is causing this increase. New research is investigating many avenues.
EPA Moves to Terminate All Uses of Insecticide Endosulfan To Protect Health of Farmworkers and Wildlife
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking action to end all uses of the insecticide endosulfan in the United States. Endosulfan, which is used on vegetables, fruits, and cotton, can pose unacceptable neurological and reproductive risks to farmworkers and wildlife and can persist in the environment.New data generated in response to the agency’s 2002 decision have shown that risks faced by workers are greater than previously known. Read the full story.
Trafficking Human Lives Researchers combat hidden crime that forces women, men and children into labor, sex industries
A Salvadoran woman is promised a good job as a child care worker and ends up as a brothel worker or unpaid domestic servant. An American child runs away from an abusive home and is prostituted for sex by a pimp. Dr. Noël Busch-Armendariz, associate professor of social work, says human trafficking — selling people for sex and labor — has emerged as a major criminal and social justice issue in the United States and around the world.
The number of licensed registered nurses (RNs) in the United States grew to a new high of 3.1 million between 2004 and 2008 according to a report released today by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). This increase of more than 5 percent also reflects growing diversity in the backgrounds of nurses in the United States. [Read more]
Article by Ann Besson from the blog Open Society- It was a beautiful day in the Las Milpas colonia, our fourth stop on a day of site visits in the Rio Grande Valley. The women served us ice-cold Coca-Colas and slices of homemade choco-flan, a local specialty. We sat on the patio with our chairs in a circle, and listened to the challenges they face in this neglected region of the country. A dog lounged under a pick-up truck nearby and birds chirped loudly all around us.
Reproduced with permission from Occupational Safety & Health Daily 222 [OHD-Bul] Nov. 20, 2009.
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OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY & HEALTH DAILY
November 20, 2009
The jobs and industries in which immigrants tend to be employed are more dangerous than those of workers born in the United States, new research
shows. [Read full article]
Financial Assistance, nurse, support
HHS Deputy Secretary Bill Corr today announced the release of $13.4 million for loan repayments to nurses who agree to practice in facilities with critical shortages and for schools of nursing to provide loans to students who will become nurse faculty. The funds were made available by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), signed Feb. 17, 2009, by President Obama.
The Wall Street Journal reports that funds sent by overseas workers back to Latin America and the Caribbean are expected to drop steeply in 2009, shrinking a crucial source of cash for many families in the region. Read More