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Global Public Health Threat Continues From Lead-Based Consumer Paint

Although lead content in paint has been restricted in the United States since 1978, University of Cincinnati (UC) environmental health researchers say in major countries from three continents there is still widespread failure to acknowledge its danger and companies continue to sell consumer paints that contain dangerous levels of lead. In a new study, Scott Clark, PhD, and his team have found that approximately 73 percent of consumer paint brands tested from 12 countries representing 46 percent of the world's population exceeded current U.S. standard of 600 parts per million (ppm) for lead in paint. In addition, 69 percent of the brands had at least one sample exceeding 10, 000 ppm.

Emergency Physician Judgment On Chest Pain Patients Syncs With Their Outcomes

Emergency physicians should trust their judgment when evaluating patients who report with chest pain symptoms, said a group of researchers led by Abhinav Chandra, M.D., at Duke University Medical Center. Their research suggests that emergency physicians should counsel with other physicians against discharge when they feel strongly about a patient for whom there is no compelling data, other than our evaluation and judgment, Chandra said. "There is evidence for emergency room physicians to trust their gut instinct when they have to make a quick decision about a potential heart patient, before lab results are even returned, " said Chandra, director of acute care research and of the clinical evaluation unit in the Duke Division of Emergency Medicine.

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Sotomayor 'Clearly Belongs' On Supreme Court, NYT Editorial Says

Despite "the flimsy arguments" that some Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee made for opposing the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, she "clearly belongs on the court, " a New York Times editorial states. Although Sotomayor sometimes avoided "forthright answers on important legal issues" during the confirmation hearings, she consistently "showed an impressive command of the law, " according to the editorial. Claims that Sotomayor would not be able to resist "judicial activism" and that she would be "overly influenced by 'personal preferences'" if she were to serve on the court are "strikingly weak, " the editorial states.

Washington Post Examines Health Toll Of Congo Conflict

The Washington Post examines the devastating toll the conflict in the Congo has had on the health of the country's displaced civilians, as told through the death of a 36-year-old farmer, who succumbed to typhoid fever far away from the home he abandoned. The newspaper writes, "By some estimates, at least 5 million Congolese have died in more than a decade of conflict touched off by the 1994 genocide in neighboring Rwanda, which sent a flood of militiamen across the border into mineral-rich eastern Congo." While the "conflict has surged, receded and changed over time for the most part people in eastern Congo have not died in a blaze of bullets or in large-scale massacres.

White House Retools Message As GOP Opposition, Public Opinion Push Back

"[T]he White House team is retooling its message and strategy, hoping a more modest approach will reinvigorate Obama's signature domestic policy initiative and give him a first-year victory for Democrats to carry into the 2010 midterm elections, " the Washington Post reports. An early focus on "fast, broad and bipartisan" reforms has given way to realities including a stiff Republican opposition, lack on consensus in his own party, and falling poll numbers. As a result, the administration and Democratic allies have missed a self-imposed August deadline, turned to harsher critiques of industry players and now appear open to both less-ambitious proposals, and procedural measures that could bypass GOP opposition to achieve a partisan reform bill (Connolly, 8/2).

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EmblemHealth Provides New Medical Manual To Help Clinicians Address Religio-Cultural Issues That Influence Health Care Decisions

To meet the needs of its diverse clinician and patient constituency, EmblemHealth announced on Friday publication of what is believed to be the first comprehensive guide to help physicians and medical professionals address the needs of patients whose health care decisions are influenced by their religious and cultural beliefs. The Medical Manual for Religio-Cultural Competency is sponsored by EmblemHealth and created by the Tanenbaum Center For Interreligious Understanding, a global leader in training health care providers to offer religiously and culturally competent care for patients of all ages and backgrounds. "We believe this is the first publication to address the role of religion in medical care in such a comprehensive and concrete way, " says Dr.

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