PRIMA RiskWatch
Mar. 19, 2015

Mandating bike helmets could decrease safety
Santa Barbara Independent
A proposed bill would make helmet use mandatory for all California cyclists. Supporters cite research showing that helmets can drastically reduce head trauma in biking accident victims. But, opponents say the law would decrease ridership, eroding the "safety in numbers" effect.More

Growing drought fuels high wildfire risk
Minnesota Public Radio
Dry grass stands tall in the prairies of southern Minnesota this March. Our lack of snowfall this winter means the grass is exposed to dry winds and ready to burn. That's why the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is concerned about high fire danger and an early and active fire season this spring.More

Guardrails said to pass safety tests
The New York Times
A potentially dangerous guardrail cleared a crucial hurdle when federal officials released their analysis of four crash tests and gave the product passing grades, even for the final test, in which the driver's door was severely damaged.More

Police officers among 'most at risk' for workplace suicide
Medical News Today
The work-related element within a rising overall number of suicides in the U.S. has not received much research analysis, say the authors of a new study, which has identified certain occupations that put individuals at the most risk for suicide. More

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Where wages are lowest and highest in America
Inflation-adjusted wages for the typical American worker haven't changed much over the past several decades. Just how much workers are feeling the pinch from low wages, though, depends in large part on where they live.More

State finds risky drivers think they're safe
Minnesota Public Radio
Drivers who speed, text and engage in other risky behaviors behind the wheel are apparently more likely than other people to have an "inflated estimation of their own driving abilities," reads a report released by the Department of Public Safety. More

3,200 people risk running out of water in California drought
Jefferson Public Radio
As California's drought continues to deepen, one community that sits between two large reservoirs is running out of water. About 3,200 people in the Sierra Nevada foothill enclave of Lake Don Pedro rely on water from nearby Lake McClure. But the lake level is dangerously low. That's forcing the community to find another supply. And so far, they've come up dry.More

El Nino link to tornado likelihood in southern U.S.
Bloomberg via Claims Journal
The waters of the Pacific Ocean may provide some clues on what kind of tornado season will erupt across the southern U.S., according to a paper in the journal Nature Geoscience.More

Ebola could cause thousands more deaths — By ushering in measles
Awareness of Ebola is picking up again in the United States: An American volunteer who was working in Sierra Leone has contracted Ebola and been medevac'd to the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center for Ebola treatment, and 10 more volunteers have been brought back to NIH, Omaha and Atlanta, to be examined at three of the four institutions in the U.S. that have safe units to house them.More

25 percent of people who experienced California quake at risk for PTSD
Times Herald via Emergency Management
Many of those who lived through last August's 6.0-magnitude South Napa Earthquake suffered mental health issues as a result, with about a quarter of those at risk for PTSD, according to a newly released survey, Napa County officials announced.More

Studies: Half-baked marijuana edibles policies pose public health risk
The Guardian
Children are attracted to candy packaging and labels are misleading for some adults as authors say courts may be one remedy for consumers hurt by products.More