The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized four communities for helping to reduce air pollution and improve the quality of life of older adults through smart growth efforts, according to an agency press release. Smart growth refers to neighborhoods that are creatively designed to reduce driving and environmental harm. These four communities received EPA’s Building Healthy Communities for Active Aging awards because they created walking and biking opportunities for older adults. These actions not only protect the environment by reducing air pollution, but also foster economic vitality and enhance everyone’s quality of life.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has launched the first national surveillance system to monitor adverse events in patients who receive blood transfusions, according to a CDC press release. CDC is encouraging healthcare facilities across the country to enroll in this new surveillance system, which was designed to improve patient safety.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced in a press release that the agency is awarding nearly $17 million in Science to Achieve Results (STAR) grants to universities across the country to study the consequences of climate change on the air we breathe and the water we drink.
The American Public Health Association recently adopted 16 policies at its 137th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. Following are descriptions of the measures approved by the Association’s Governing Council during the Annual Meeting Nov. 7-11, 2009. For the full 2009 policies, visitwww.apha.org/advocacy/policy.
The National Transportation Safety Board will hold a public board meeting Thursday, February 18, at 9:30 a.m., in its board room and conference center, 429 L'Enfant Plaza, S.W., Washington, D.C. The board will review its list of “Most Wanted” safety recommendations directed at federal agencies.
As part of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Call to Action to enhance airline safety following last year’s Colgan Air accident in Buffalo, NY, the FAA is asking for recommendations to improve pilot qualification and training requirements.
Lincoln Fabrics Ltd., a Canadian weaver of ballistic fabrics, and its American subsidiary, have agreed to pay the United States $4 million to settle the United States’ lawsuit against Lincoln for violations of the False Claims Act in connection with their role in the weaving of Zylon fabric used in the manufacture and sale of defective Zylon bullet-proof vests, the Justice Department announced.
The former owner of a butter and buttermilk production facility in West Point, Neb., has agreed to pay $350,000 in civil penalties to the federal government and the State of Nebraska to settle allegations that the company violated the Clean Water Act by illegally discharging pollutants into the City of West Point's waste water treatment system resulting in illegal discharges to the Elkhorn River, according to a press release from the Environmental Protection Agency.
OSHA has cited Mariani & Richards Inc. for failing to protect workers from falls on a construction site following the investigation of a worker who fell 225 feet to his death, according to an agency press release.
If you usually wake up groggy and grumpy, you’re probably not getting enough sleep. Improving Sleep: A guide to a good night’s rest, a newly updated report from Harvard Medical School, explains how lack of sleep does more than make you blearyâ€”it can put you at risk for heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and other health problems, according to a recent press release.