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Study: Infection rates correlate with public health spending
Food Safety News
Local government spending on food safety and sanitation programs may significantly influence the number of illnesses occurring in the surrounding areas, according to a new study led by researchers from the University of Washington School of Nursing.
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The next Ebola zone: Report finds 28 high-risk countries
Where else could an epidemic of Ebola or some other disease come? Try Somalia, Chad, Nigeria, Afghanistan, Haiti, Ethiopia, Central Africa Republic, Guinea, Niger and then Mali. They all have weaker health care systems than Sierra Leone, Save the Children warns.
States work to protect the electric grid from catastrophic disturbances
Legislators say the states have a responsibility to take action because they have regulatory authority over the electric grid's transmission and distribution systems.
The driverless car, officially, is a risk
The Wall Street Journal
Self-driving cars have crossed an important milestone on the road to reality: The securities filing.
Three insurance suppliers and an auto parts-maker have warned in their most recent annual reports that driverless cars and the technology behind them could one day disrupt the way they do business.
Some Nebraskans at risk from data security breach
The Associated Press via Sioux City Journal
The Nebraska attorney general's office says nearly 105,000 Nebraskans could have had their personal information exposed as part of a huge data security breach.
Attorney General Doug Peterson announced that the breach of health insurer Anthem could lead to the exposure of names, addresses and Social Security numbers for 104,795 Nebraska residents.
Supreme Court justices split in key challenge to Obamacare subsidies
The Washington Post
Supreme Court justices split along ideological lines in questioning during the latest legal battle over the Affordable Care Act, making the outcome difficult to predict.
There is an increased measles risk amid rural NY's pie stands and picturesque countryside
Yates County, in the Finger Lakes, is dotted with roadside pie and veggie stands run by Mennonites. It is also home to hundreds of children who have not been vaccinated for measles. The county has the state's lowest average vaccination rate of students in public and private schools: 55.7 percent.
Volvo brings cloud to the car to transmit safety data automatically
Imagine you're driving down the road in winter and you encounter a patch of black ice. Your car swerves treacherously, and as it does, the built-in sensors in the automobile detect it, collect the location of your car and share the data to the cloud. The next car equipped with this advanced system that comes down the same road will get a warning communicated from the cloud as it approaches the dangerous stretch of road.
Safety agency probes fire truck steering problems
The Associated Press via The Salt Lake Tribune
U.S. safety regulators are investigating reports of steering problems that could affect up to 1,500 Pierce fire trucks nationwide.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the probe covers trucks made since the 2004 model year.
More states considering workers' compensation drug formularies
While workers' compensation pharmacy benefit managers have been utilizing drug formularies for a long time, only Washington, Texas, Ohio and Oklahoma have state-regulated drug formularies in place.
Several more states are considering their use as a way to reduce drug costs and curtail inappropriate treatment that may hinder an injured worker's ability to return to work.
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