Houston Chronicle – (APHA members) Monforton and Martinez: There’s nothing ‘safe’ about DuPont
It’s time for DuPont to end its safety charade. The global chemical giant claims to be a leader in workplace safety and earns millions selling its so-called safety “expertise” to other companies. But the consulting service DuPont sells to other firms is worse than useless – it can actually make workplaces more dangerous. DuPont certainly isn’t looking very “expert” on safety issues after four workers died at its chemical plant in La Porte in November. In July, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced it will classify DuPont as a “severe violator.” The company’s plants will be seeing OSHA inspectors more frequently, because the agency isn’t confident DuPont will keep its workers safe otherwise.

FOX News – Report: Nearly 47 million people now have dementia
Health researchers say there are now nearly 47 million people living with dementia globally, up from 35 million in 2009. They warned that without a medical breakthrough, numbers will likely double every 20 years. In a report issued on Tuesday, researchers from Alzheimer’s Disease International say about 58 percent of all people with dementia live in developing countries and that by 2050, nearly half of all those with the disease will live in Asia. Numbers are expected to rise with aging populations and as more cases are identified.

CBS News – Study finds dramatic decline in heart disease deaths, but not for everyone
If you’re young and active, heart disease may be the furthest thing from your mind. But a new study finds that while deaths from coronary heart disease, the most common type, have declined dramatically in older Americans over the last few decades, those improvements were not shared equally by people under 55, especially women. One possible reason? In younger adults, researchers say “epidemic increases” of diabetes and obesity may be a factor. In women, especially, those conditions could present an added danger.

The New York Times – The trucks are killing us
Accidents like the one that critically injured the comedian Tracy Morgan, killed his friend and fellow comedian James McNair, known as Jimmy Mack, and hurt eight others on the New Jersey Turnpike last year are going to continue to happen unless Congress stops coddling the trucking industry.
More people will be killed in traffic accidents involving large trucks this year than have died in all of the domestic commercial airline crashes over the past 45 years, if past trends hold true. And still Congress continues to do the trucking industry’s bidding by frustrating the very regulators the government has empowered to oversee motor carriers.

The Atlantic – The stomach-flu mystery
On the first day of my vacation last week, I had just finished covering myself in sunscreen when I felt my knees go weak. I ran for the bathroom, where my body cleared itself of its contents with the fury of a surface-to-air missile. Almost as suddenly, my back and legs started feeling like they had been pounded with meat mallets. I crawled into bed, and there I stayed for the next 24 hours.
If I had, at that point, possessed enough strength to shake my fist at the heavens, I would have done so and said, “Damn you, norovirus!”

USA Today – New fitness site is an exercise in diversity
Walk into an exercise class or turn on a workout video and odds are you’ll see a familiar sight: An instructor who’s young, super-energetic, ultra-thin and white. There’s nothing wrong with that, of course. But for some people, it’s hard to feel as if they belong in an exercise class when the instructor looks nothing like them. Now, an online fitness site, AcaciaTV, is offering a much wider-than-usual range of instructors. Roughly half are Asian or black. A number are over 35. Some grew up eating bacon cheeseburgers and pursuing careers far from the gym.