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New salvo fired in soda wars

Global health hazard? Or tasty beverage?
By Maureen Paraventi
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In a development that’s certain to generate controversy, researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health say they’ve linked sugar-sweetened sodas, sports drinks and fruit drinks to 180,000 deaths worldwide each year


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Spate of mine fatalities prompts a safety stand down in W.V.

Two die at mine cited for 65 safety violations
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Four mining fatalities within two weeks in West Virginia prompted Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to call for a safety stand down last week so that mine operators could review safety practices. The order signed by Tomblin required mines to stop operations for at least one hour on Wednesday afternoon.


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Texas safety culture puts profits above safety, says National COSH

Gov. Perry blames energy industry hazards for high worker fatality rate
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Texas Governor Rick Perry’s recent assertion that his state’s high on-the-job fatality rate is due to the dangerous nature of the energy industry is being contradicted by the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (COSH).


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CDC: Violence “a public health problem of vast proportions”

In a post titled, “Preventing Violent Deaths in America,” CDC states:
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Violence is not just a law enforcement problem. It is a public health problem of vast proportions. Each year, violence kills 55,000 people in the United States. Violence takes a particular toll on youth. Every day, 13 young people between the ages of 10 and 24 are killed, making homicide the third leading cause of death in this age group.


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Here are the week’s top EHS stories from www.ISHN.com:


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A strange indifference to highway carnage

By Ben Kelley and Louis Lombardo
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Posted with permission from FairWarning.org: The political rhetoric over health care this election season may leave voters confused, but they can be sure of at least this much: One of America’s more egregious public health afflictions, deaths and injuries in car crashes, is being massively ignored.


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Unusual time cluster among 19 ytd mining fatalities

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US Labor Department's Mine Safety and Health Administration says the 19 work-related fatalities that occurred during the first half of 2012 includes an uncharacteristic trend. Five of the fatalities occurred on five consecutive weekends. Additionally, three involved mine supervisors.


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Firefighter on-the-job deaths at lowest in more than three decades

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Figures released by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) show a total of 61 on-duty firefighter deaths in the United States in 2011, the lowest annual total of firefighter deaths for the second consecutive year, as well as the lowest annual total in 35 years.


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Need for blood donations increasing worldwide, say health experts

WHO calls for more people to donate regularly
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Increasing life expectancy, an aging population and chronic diseases are placing an increasingly larger demand on global blood supplies, driving the need for more volunteers, say health experts.


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Asbestos, shift work boost work-related cancer deaths in Britain

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A new study finds that 5 percent of all cancer deaths in Britain – approximately 8,000 deaths each year --are linked to occupations, particularly those where asbestos, diesel engine fumes or shift work is involved.


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