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LOWERING THE CANCER RISK OF MILK

New research on the risks of aflatoxin contamination in milk suggests that policymakers should revise regulations that hurt children and dairy farmers. TAMPA FL, December 7, 2022 — Food scientists at Michigan State University (MSU) have found that far fewer cases of liver cancer worldwide are caused by aflatoxin M1 (AFM1) in milk and other […]

THE DANGERS OF EATING RAW DOUGH

New research shows that many consumers may not be aware that  uncooked flour causes foodborne illnesses  TAMPA FL, December 7, 2022 — In the last decade, raw or uncooked flour has been identified as an emerging source of food poisoning. One of the problems may be this: in a recent survey, as many as two […]

ANALYSIS OF WASTEWATER IN A NEW ENGLAND COLLEGE TOWN
REVEALS HIGH USAGE OF STIMULANTS AND
A RISE IN DRUG USE DURING THE PANDEMIC

A two-year analysis of drug concentrations in wastewater indicates thatcocaine, morphine, and amphetamine are the most highly used drugs TAMPA FL, December 6, 2022 — The COVID-19 pandemic helped legitimize Wastewater-based Epidemiology (WBE) as a less invasive, cost-efficient way to monitor public health. WBE allows scientists to detect concentrations of drugs or biomarkers in sewage, […]

GLOBAL ECONOMIC IMPACTS OF THE WAR IN UKRAINE 

New research shows that disruptions in exports of grains and metals from Ukraine and Russia may cost the world’s economy $2.7 billion. Some countries will fare better than others.  TAMPA FL, December 6, 2022 – The Russia-Ukraine War has struck a major blow to global markets for vital commodities — particularly grains like maize and […]

BENZENE IN SUNSCREEN: HOW MUCH OF A HEALTH RISK IS IT?

New research finds that consumers have a higher potential of benzene exposure  in the environment than by using sunscreen  TAMPA FL, December 5, 2022 — In early 2021, testing of several consumer products — including sunscreen and deodorants — revealed trace amounts of benzene, a known human carcinogen. Since then, the U.S. Food and Drug […]

STUDY OF U.S. COUNTIES IMPACTED BY SEA-LEVEL RISE

NEARLY DOUBLES THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE AT RISK   New research indicates that isolation from essential services like food and safe drinking water due to flooded roadways may be a bigger problem than property flooding for residents of coastal states  TAMPA FL, December 5, 2022 – The record-breaking storm surge that swept away people and homes […]

STUDY SHOWS THE MAJORITY OF CALIFORNIA’S COASTAL AIRPORTS

ARE VULNERABLE TO INCREASED FLOODING CAUSED BY CLIMATE CHANGE Projected flooding from storm surges, erosion, and sea-level rise may disrupt vital operations of the state’s largest airports in the coming decades TAMPA FL, December 5, 2022 – Most of California’s population and its largest airports are located along the Pacific coastline, which is increasingly impacted […]

STUDY WEIGHS THE RISKS OF CLIMATE GEOENGINEERING

New research shows that methods for slowing climate change — from planting forests to fertilizing the oceans with iron – bring dangerous risk tradeoffs To slow down the accelerating pace of climate change, scientists are working on radical geoengineering technologies like space mirrors, ocean iron fertilization, and cirrus cloud thinning to tweak the earth’s climate […]

WHICH POLITICAL IDEOLOGIES MAKE PEOPLE MORE LIKELY TO DISMISS THE RISK OF COVID-19?

New research looks beyond the simple liberal vs. conservative divide Herndon, Va. (February 1, 2022) – A study published in the journal Risk Analysis suggests that people who embrace the ideologies of libertarianism and anti-egalitarianism are more likely to disregard the risks of COVID-19 and oppose government actions.  Assistant professor Yilang Peng of the University […]

STUDY SHOWS THAT INCREASED VOTING BY MAIL DOES NOT REDUCE THE SECURITY OF U.S. ELECTIONS

The findings are based on a data analysis of potential risks identified in a mail voting “attack tree” Herndon, Va. (January 24, 2022) – Results of a study published in the scientific journal Risk Analysis indicate that the recent increase in mail-based voting due to COVID-19 has not jeopardized the safety of the U.S. elections […]