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2012-09-28 14:21:45

MCLEAN, Va., Sept. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "Get your flu shot" is advice that many college students ignored in 2009. Findings of a researcher studying the problem highlight the influences of a complex set of interrelated factors, such as students' baseline knowledge, their information seeking, and the credibility of information sources. Students' low response rate is of particular concern because up to November 2009, almost 80 percent of confirmed H1N1 flu cases in the United...

2012-08-06 06:21:24

WASHINGTON, Aug. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Risk analysts have concluded that the disposal of contaminated wastewater from hydraulic fracturing (or "fracking") wells producing natural gas in the intensively developed Marcellus Shale region poses a substantial potential risk of river and other water pollution. That conclusion, the analysts say, calls for regulators and others to consider additional mandatory steps to reduce the potential of drinking water contamination from salts and...

2012-07-09 06:22:59

WASHINGTON, July 9, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 'Keeping the lights on' can be a challenge during extreme weather and other disasters like those affecting the East Coast of the U.S. this summer, but real options may be available to avoid some of the power-related crises that follow upon such events. Leading researchers from Carnegie Mellon University suggest that rethinking the solution to sustaining electric power--namely, starting small--could keep critical services going, even when the...

2012-06-05 14:20:27

MCLEAN, Va., June 5, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Researchers have found that between 2002 and 2010 the images and emotions that the American public associates with global warming shifted significantly. Four consecutive nationwide surveys found both increasing skepticism and growing alarm among respondents. The researchers assessed Americans' "cognitive risk representations" including the words, thoughts, and images, and the positive or negative feelings the public associates with global...

2012-04-16 10:22:56

WASHINGTON, April 16, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Scientists from China's Nankai University have determined how to quantify the risks associated with major urban hazards, such as industrial explosions, and to apply the risk data to plan safe and sustainable cities. For an entire city, their analysis considers various major accidents, superimposes the effects of these accidents, draws "risk contours" for individual positions across the city, and assesses the city's level of risk according...

2012-03-07 15:06:00

WASHINGTON, March 7, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Companies faced with food tampering need to make sure they remain sensitive to their customers' cultural views before trying to assign blame when responding according to a new study. Following a crisis such as an intentional food contamination, a food company is less likely to experience severe economic consequences if its public message communicates the actual damage, confirms containment of the contamination, and is sensitive to varied...

2012-02-07 07:30:00

WASHINGTON, Feb. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Despite reductions in US air pollution over the past several decades, resulting from the combined efforts of government, nonprofit and industrial sectors, concentrations of both fine particles and ozone remain a public health concern, particularly in urban areas. A new study by economists, scientists, and modelers at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) shows that levels of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and ozone (O3) pose...

2012-01-19 08:00:00

WASHINGTON, Jan. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An analysis of comments posted to Korean message boards in response to online articles on a controversial new high-speed railway tunnel project shows how high levels of Internet connectivity can amplify the perception of risks and spark political behavior. As a communication medium, the Internet disseminates information much more rapidly than traditional media, with the ripple effect spreading swiftly across regions and sectors. This...

2009-04-06 05:00:00

MCCLEAN, Va., April 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Improper food preparation habits account for many food illnesses, however, such habits are not just found in food processing plants or in supermarkets. They also occur in the home. One third of the participants in a Dutch study of how people prepared a chicken recipe undercooked the chicken and 70 percent showed poor sanitary practices, not changing the cutting board or the knife used with the raw chicken, not washing their hands after...