Toxic Secrets

June 19, 2018

A trove of internal company documents has been made public for the first time following a $US850 million ($1.15 billion) legal settlement between the company and Minnesota Attorney-General Lori Swanson. They suggest that Professor Giesy was one weapon in an arsenal of tactics used by the company to – in a phrase coined by 3M – “command the science” on the chemicals.

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AI advances by the ‘Medical Brain’ team could help the internet giant finally break into the health-care business

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Propped against his motorcycle taxi outside a hospital in the city affected by Congo’s latest deadly Ebola outbreak, Jean Cedric waved a hand in the air, showing his fear about the risks of his job

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Harvard social scientists have published controversial back-of-the-envelope estimates in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) of the possible toll from air and other pollutants

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Global health officials say, ‘They did it all wrong’

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Flinching as a gunshot whizzes past your window. Covering your ears when a police car races down your street, sirens blaring. Walking past a drug deal on your block or a beating at your school. For kids living in picket-fence suburbia, these experiences might be rare. But for their peers in urban poverty, they are all too commonplace

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There are now several experimental treatments vying to be tested, but each must be greenlit by national regulatory authorities whenever and wherever an outbreak occurs. There remain deeply divergent positions among scientists about how to design outbreak trials, specifically whether studies that don’t compare treatments to placebos can generate useful data

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China is making a bid to use its Ebola vaccine in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It’s a move that could further complicate efforts to test a crowded field of vaccines and therapies in the context of a waning outbreak

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