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Green Oil Spill Clean-up ?

By: Rosemary Stephen PMed, (cert) EOH, IPM, Elements: Environmental Health Intelligence Darryl Carpenter, the VP of Florida-based CW Roberts Contracting, and sub-contractor Otis Goodson found that some types of hay have the ability to bind oil like a sponge [1]. These men may have the most ecologically viable way of dealing with the oil spill

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To Nano or not to Nano…

By: Rosemary Stephen PMed, (cert) EOH, IPM, Elements: Environmental Health Intelligence When I hear the word “nanoparticles” I think about science fiction where nanobots are injected into someone to cause disease, to cure a disease or to allow the hero to become super human. I have been reluctant to know more about nanotechnology because there

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Landfill fire in paradise

By: Rosemary Stephen PMed, (cert) EOH, IPM, Elements: Environmental Health Intelligence A landfill on the Bahamian island of New Providence was set on fire in three different areas by an arsonist on 12 Feb 2010 [1]. The smoke rising from the fire became a nuisance for the local population and as well as for the

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Shift Work and Sleep Apnea – Making the Connection

by Kelly Maguire “Shift Work Sleep Disorder” (SWSD) results from a constant or recurring disruption of a person’s normal sleep pattern. A normal sleep pattern is part of the “circadian rhythm”. Natural circadian rhythm, a 24 hour cycle, is when a person sleeps at night and is awake during the day. Shift work interferes with

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At Your Service… Part III

By: Rosemary Stephen PMed, (cert) EOH, IPM, Elements: Environmental Health Intelligence When I was doing research for this blog, I was not sure what information I would find; aside from lab animals like mice and rats are there instances where animals and insects are used to protect people from hazardous tasks? Everyone has heard about

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The WHO and H1N1; Allegations of Influence !

By: Rosemary Stephen PMed, (cert) EOH, IPM, Elements: Environmental Health Intelligence Accusations are flying around about the World Health Organization (WHO). This international health agency is accused of having been influenced by pharmaceutical companies to force the purchase of vaccines for the global fight against H1N1 [1]. One accusation even goes as far as charging

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NEHA Interview with: DR. Robert W. Powitz PhD, MPH, RS

By: Kim Elton, Mambo NetCommunications inc. At NEHA this year we had the honor of meeting, and interviewing, Dr. Robert W. Powitz. Dr Powitz is a Forensic Sanitarian with a 25 year long membership in NEHA. He is described by his peers has a “Giant in the Field” who is very passionate about Environmental Health.

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CSI : Crime Scene Inspection

By: Rosemary Stephen, Elements: Environmental Health Intelligence Once in a while our work involves giving recommendations that are outside the scope of our expertise. Back in the early 1980′s, I was involved in something that I never dreamed would become my responsibility. At that time I was posted in a Military Base as a Preventive

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Respiratory risk from hospital cleaning fluids

Via: Eureka Alert http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2009-03/bc-rrf032509.php Contact: Graeme Baldwin, graeme.baldwin@biomedcentral.com BioMed Central Cleaning fluids used in hospitals may pose a health risk to both staff and patients. A pilot study published in BioMed Central’s open access journal Environmental Health has found that potentially hazardous chemicals are contained in a selection of agents used in several different hospitals.

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Diacytil Update — Flavoring additive puts professional cooks at risk

Via ANDREW SCHNEIDER, Seattle Post-Intelligencer SENIOR CORRESPONDENT America’s favorite breakfast is bacon and eggs — and often it is cooked in a product that contains the same chemical that has damaged and destroyed the lungs of hundreds of popcorn and food-flavoring plant workers. A study commissioned by the Seattle P-I shows that top-selling butter substitutes,

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