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Five on Friday | May 1, 2015

MCN May 1Happy May Day! We at Migrant Clinicians Network provide clinicians with the tools and information to assure that all workers, including migrant workers, can get access to health care. We also engage our clinician base by providing timely news and information through many vehicles, including this blog. So, there’s plenty to celebrate this May Day. Here are the top five for this week.

1. First and foremost, our hearts go out to the thousands upon thousands of affected people in Nepal after the earthquake. Candace, Specialist in Clinical Systems and Women’s Health, shared an email update from Hesperian, which provides health information and resources in Nepali as well as links to organizations needing donations in the recovery effort. It also notes that “the US National Library of Medicine's Emergency Access Initiative is granting free access to full text articles from major biomedical titles to healthcare professionals, librarians, and the public affected by disasters.”

2. Candace also shared the newly-redesigned map called Employment Protections for Workers who are Pregnant or Nursing. “The map now contains filters for each law and includes state-level provisions for pregnancy accommodation protections,” the website notes.

3. Amy, Director of Environmental and Occupational Health, pointed out two pesticide-related stories of note. The first details the pesticide residues in our daily food, based on a newly-released study in Environmental Health Perspectives.

4. The second article gives the complete lowdown on Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup -- answering many of the questions as to what we know and don’t know in the wake of the WHO’s designation of the herbicide as a probable carcinogen.
5. Amy also noted that New Solutions is offering a promotional free access period through June 5th, and discounts on subscriptions, to celebrate its transition to a new publisher, SAGE publications. “It's a good journal, offering an researchers, practitioners and activists an important venue to publish their work and stay up to date in the field.”