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  • FEMA says Pennsylvania Releases New Mapping Tool to Show Flood Risk

    FEMA says Pennsylvania Releases New Mapping Tool to Show Flood Risk

    Federal Emergency Management Agency says Pennsylvania Releases New Mapping Tool to Show Flood Risk | site |




    (Information contained in Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA] press release dated: June 7, 2021)

    Philadelphia - - The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania released a new mobile tool, https://pafloodrisk.psu.edu/home/index.html , that provides the latest flood mapping information. The new mapping tool, which can be used from a desktop computer, cell phone, or other mobile device, brings together data from FEMA and across the Commonwealth into one consolidated application. “This is a great way for the residents of Pennsylvania to learn about their flood risk in an easy-to-access application”, said Maurie Kelly, Director of Informatics at Penn State’s Institutes of Energy and the Environment. “Users just type in their address and can immediately see information about their location, print a report, or get a quick 3D visualiz
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  • Jessica Wachter Named SEC Chief Economist and Director of the Division of Economic and Risk Analysis

    Jessica Wachter Named U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Chief Economist and Director of the Division of Economic and Risk Analysis | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission [SEC] press release dated: May 3, 2021) Washington D.C., May 3, 2021 - - The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that Jessica Wachter has been appointed Chief Economist and Director of the Division of Economic and Risk Analysis (DERA). Dr. Wachter joins the SEC from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, where she has been a professor since 2003. "For centuries, capital markets have evolved by adapting to technological innovation and the emergence of new data sources," said SEC Chair Gary Gensler. "It is essential that we apply rigorous economic analysis to ensure that our policymaking, enforcement decisions, and examinations are informed by the data we have available to us. Jessica Wachter is an exceptional economist w...
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  • Veterans Affairs Research reveals Link between Financial Strains and Risk of Homelessness

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Research reveals Link between Financial Strains and Risk of Homelessness | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs press release dated: April 6, 2021)

    Washington - - Research findings from a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) study reveal that issues related to financial strain are significant risk factors for becoming homeless and highlight the need to focus on financial well-being to help prevent homelessness among Veterans.

    The study, led by VA’s National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans (the Center), was published in the March edition of Medical Care. “The study revealed that four types of financial strain — debt, unemployment, lower income and financial crises — increased the risk of future homelessness,” said the Center’s Lead Researcher Eric Elbogen, Ph.D. “Focusing on financial well-being as a whole as part of homeless prevention efforts at
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  • NIH Study finds that People with SARS-CoV-2 Antibodies may have a Low Risk of Future Infection

    National Institutes of Health Study finds that People with SARS-CoV-2 Antibodies may have a Low Risk of Future Infection | site |



    (Information contained in National Institutes of Health [NIH] press release dated: February 24, 2021)

    People who have had evidence of a prior infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, appear to be well protected against being reinfected with the virus, at least for a few months, according to a newly published study from the National Cancer Institute (NCI). This finding may explain why reinfection appears to be relatively rare, and it could have important public health implications, including decisions about returning to physical workplaces, school attendance, the prioritization of vaccine distribution, and other activities. For the study, researchers at NCI, part of the National Institutes of Health, collaborated with two health care data analytics companies (HealthVerity and Aetion, Inc.) and f
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  • Federal Emergency Management Agency Announces Reinsurance Program to Manage Future Flood Risk in 2021

    Federal Emergency Management Agency Announces Reinsurance Program to Manage Future Flood Risk in 2021 | site |



    (Information contained in Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA] press release: January 5, 2021) Washington - - FEMA has announced its 2021 traditional reinsurance placement for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), continuing its risk management practice against catastrophic flood losses. Reinsurance is a financial risk management tool used by private insurance companies and public entities to protect themselves from large financial losses. If a qualifying catastrophic flood event occurs, reinsurance companies cover a portion of the NFIP’s losses to enhance FEMA’s ability to pay flood insurance claims without borrowing from the U.S. Treasury. FEMA transferred an additional $1.153 billion of the NFIP’s financial risk to the private reinsurance market. This annual reinsurance agreement is effective throughout 2021 with 32 private re...
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  • NIH says Study links Metabolic Syndrome to higher Cardiovascular Risk in Patients with Psoriasis

    National Institutes of Health says Study links Metabolic Syndrome to higher Cardiovascular Risk in Patients with Psoriasis | site |


    (Information contained in National Institutes of Health [NIH] press release: December 28, 2020)

    Psoriasis, a chronic inflammatory skin disease, has long been known to increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, which includes heart attack and stroke. Now, researchers have identified a key culprit: the presence of metabolic syndrome (MetSyn), a condition that includes obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol, and hypertension, and is highly prevalent among psoriasis patients.

    The findings, which could lead to new ways to help prevent cardiovascular disease among people with psoriasis, appear online today in the Journal of the American Association of Dermatology (JAAD). The study was funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health. “Metabolic syndrome, s
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  • FEMA Releases National Risk Index - - - New Online Data Shows Natural Hazards Risks for Communities

    Federal Emergency Management Agency Releases National Risk Index: New Online Data Shows Natural Hazards Risks for Communities | site |


    (November 16, 2020) - - Today the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) published the following information:

    Washington - - FEMA announced the Phase 1 rollout of the National Risk Index, a new online resource that helps illustrate communities most at risk from natural hazards. This online mapping application analyzes risk factors from 18 natural hazards. Additionally, to provide a holistic view of community risk, the application includes expected annual losses, social vulnerability and community resilience layers. This release makes the underlying data available for use by state, local, tribal and territorial partners. The interactive mapping tool can help communities, especially those with limited flood mapping and risk assessment capabilities, better prepare for natural hazards by providing standardized risk data
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  • NHTSA Consumer Alert - - - Important Chevrolet Bolt Recall for Fire Risk

    NHTSA Consumer Alert - - - Important Chevrolet Bolt Recall for Fire Risk

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Consumer Alert: Important Chevrolet Bolt Recall for Fire Risk | site |



    NHTSA says, "Owners Should Park Their Vehicles Outside Until They Are Repaired"


    (November 13, 2020) - - On November 13, 2020 the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) published the following information: November 13, 2020 | Washington, DC - - Owners of select Model Year 2017-2019 Chevrolet Bolt vehicles should park their cars outside and away from homes until their vehicles have been repaired, due to a new recall for the risk of fire. GM has issued a recall of 50,932 Chevrolet Bolt vehicles for the potential of an unattended fire in the high-voltage battery pack underneath the back seat’s bottom cushion. The affected vehicles’ cell packs have the potential to smoke and ignite internally, which could spread to the rest of the vehicle and cause a structure fire if parked inside a garage or near a house....
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  • U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission says Mike Willis Named Associate Director in Division of Economic and Risk Analysis

    U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission says Mike Willis Named Associate Director in Division of Economic and Risk Analysis | site |


    Washington D.C., Nov. 12, 2020 — The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that it has named Mike Willis as an Associate Director in the Division of Economic and Risk Analysis (DERA). Mr. Willis will lead DERA’s newly created Office of Data Science and Innovation, which provides the Commission and its staff with expertise on data analytics, risk assessment, and structured disclosure. He will oversee the development of data analytics tools to enhance program data quality and information. Mr. Willis will coordinate with other offices and divisions to address structured machine-readable open data in rulemaking, analytics, dissemination and other areas. He will also oversee data ingestion and work with the SEC’s Chief Data Officer and others within the agency to develop a unified vision of data ingestion, analysis, visualization...
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  • Federal Reserve Board announces Implementation Delay for Changes to its Payment System Risk Policy regarding Intraday Credit

    Federal Reserve Board announces Implementation Delay for Changes to its Payment System Risk Policy regarding Intraday Credit | site |




    (March 24, 2020) - - Today, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System published the following information: The Federal Reserve Board on Tuesday announced a six-month delay in the planned implementation of policy changes to procedures governing the provision of intraday credit to U.S. branches and agencies of foreign banking organizations (FBOs). On April 1, 2019, the Board approved amendments to Part II of the PSR policy, which establishes the maximum levels of daylight overdrafts that depository institutions may incur in their Federal Reserve accounts. The changes were initially scheduled to become effective on April 1, 2020. In light of the challenges posed by the coronavirus, the Board is delaying implementation until October 1, 2020. This additional time will allow FBOs and the Federal Reserve Banks to focus ...
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  • United Nations says Coronavirus COVID-19 Risk increased to ‘Very High’ but Containment still Possible

    United Nations says Coronavirus COVID-19 Risk increased to ‘Very High’ but Containment still Possible| site |




    (February 28, 2020) - - Today, the United Nations (UN) published the following information:


    Coronavirus COVID-19 risk increased to ‘very high’ but containment still possible





    Countries must act quickly and robustly to contain the coronavirus COVID-19 epidemic, the World Health Organization said on Friday, as it raised the global risk assessment of the infection to “very high”.



    The development comes as WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus welcomed data showing that in the past 24 hours, China had recorded its lowest number of cases in more than a month (329), with 78,959 cases in total.

    More than 36,000 people have also recovered from COVID-19 in China alone, WHO said.


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  • Federal Bank Regulators say Shared National Credit Review finds Risk remains Elevated in Leveraged Loans

    Federal Bank Regulators say Shared National Credit Review finds Risk remains Elevated in Leveraged Loans| site |


    Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
    Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
    Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
    (January 31, 2020) - - Today (January 31, 2020), the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System published the following information: WASHINGTON—Federal bank regulatory agencies find that the share and amount of loan commitments with the lowest supervisory ratings rose slightly between 2018 and 2019, according to the Shared National Credit (SNC) Program Review. Total commitments with low ratings remain elevated compared to lows reached during prior periods of strong economic performance. The report, which was released today by the Federal Reserve Board, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), reflects reviews primarily covering SNC loans orig
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  • National Institutes of Health study says Permanent Hair Dye and Straighteners may Increase Breast Cancer Risk

    National Institutes of Health study says Permanent Hair Dye and Straighteners may Increase Breast Cancer Risk | site |



    (December 4, 2019) - - Today, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) published the following information:

    Scientists at the National Institutes of Health found that women who use permanent hair dye and chemical hair straighteners have a higher risk of developing breast cancer than women who don’t use these products. The study published online Dec. 4 in the International Journal of Cancer and suggests that breast cancer risk increased with more frequent use of these chemical hair products.

    Using data from 46,709 women in the Sister Study, researchers at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), part of NIH, found that women who regularly used permanent hair dye in the year prior to enrolling in the study were 9% more likely than women who didn’t use hair dye to develop breast cancer. Among African
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  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Takes First Steps in Identifying Next Group of Chemicals for Risk Evaluation under TSCA

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Takes First Steps in Identifying Next Group of Chemicals for Risk Evaluation under TSCA





    Washington, DC - - (September 28, 2018) - - Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the approach it will use to identify chemicals that could be included in the next group of risk evaluations under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Additionally, the Agency will be looking for input from the public on which chemicals should be prioritized for risk evaluation and which chemicals may be low priorities under TSCA.

    “EPA will be open and transparent as we continue to review the safety of existing chemicals,” said EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “Today’s announcement is an important first step in determining which chemicals will be prioritized for risk evaluation as we fulfill our obligations under TSCA and
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  • Researchers say 1 in 15 Americans Smell Odors that Aren’t There

    Researchers say 1 in 15 Americans Smell Odors that Aren’t There

    Researchers say 1 in 15 Americans Smell Odors that Aren’t There




    NIH study reveals prevalence of and risk factors for phantom odor perception.


    (August 16, 2018) - - Today, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) published the following information: Imagine the foul smell of an ash tray or burning hair. Now imagine if these kinds of smells were present in your life, but without a source. A new study finds that 1 in 15 Americans (or 6.5 percent) over the age of 40 experiences phantom odors. The study, published in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (link is external), is the first in the U.S. to use nationally representative data to examine the prevalence of and risk factors for phantom odor perception. The study could inform future research aiming to unlock the mysteries of phantom odors. The study was led by Kathleen Bainbridge, Ph.D., of the Epidemiology and
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    FEMA says Pennsylvania Releases New Mapping Tool to Show Flood Risk
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    Federal Emergency Management Agency says Pennsylvania Releases New Mapping Tool to Show Flood Risk | site |




    (Information contained in Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA] press release dated: June 7, 2021)

    Philadelphia - - The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania released a new mobile tool, https://pafloodrisk.psu.edu/home/index.html , that provides the latest flood mapping information. The new mapping tool, which can be used from a desktop computer, cell phone, or other mobile device, brings together data from FEMA and across the Commonwealth into one consolidated application. “This is a great way for the residents of Pennsylvania to learn about their flood risk in an easy-to-access application”, said Maurie Kelly, Director of Informatics at Penn State’s Institutes of Energy and the Environment. “Users just type in their address and can immediately see information about their location, print a report, or get a quick 3D visualiz
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    06-10-2021, 05:30 AM
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    Jessica Wachter Named SEC Chief Economist and Director of the Division of Economic and Risk Analysis
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    Jessica Wachter Named U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Chief Economist and Director of the Division of Economic and Risk Analysis | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission [SEC] press release dated: May 3, 2021) Washington D.C., May 3, 2021 - - The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that Jessica Wachter has been appointed Chief Economist and Director of the Division of Economic and Risk Analysis (DERA). Dr. Wachter joins the SEC from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, where she has been a professor since 2003. "For centuries, capital markets have evolved by adapting to technological innovation and the emergence of new data sources," said SEC Chair Gary Gensler. "It is essential that we apply rigorous economic analysis to ensure that our policymaking, enforcement decisions, and examinations are informed by the data we have available to us. Jessica Wachter is an exceptional economist w...
    05-11-2021, 12:45 AM
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    Veterans Affairs Research reveals Link between Financial Strains and Risk of Homelessness
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    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Research reveals Link between Financial Strains and Risk of Homelessness | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs press release dated: April 6, 2021)

    Washington - - Research findings from a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) study reveal that issues related to financial strain are significant risk factors for becoming homeless and highlight the need to focus on financial well-being to help prevent homelessness among Veterans.

    The study, led by VA’s National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans (the Center), was published in the March edition of Medical Care. “The study revealed that four types of financial strain — debt, unemployment, lower income and financial crises — increased the risk of future homelessness,” said the Center’s Lead Researcher Eric Elbogen, Ph.D. “Focusing on financial well-being as a whole as part of homeless prevention efforts at
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    04-08-2021, 06:43 AM
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    NIH Study finds that People with SARS-CoV-2 Antibodies may have a Low Risk of Future Infection
    by Staff Reporter 1
    National Institutes of Health Study finds that People with SARS-CoV-2 Antibodies may have a Low Risk of Future Infection | site |



    (Information contained in National Institutes of Health [NIH] press release dated: February 24, 2021)

    People who have had evidence of a prior infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, appear to be well protected against being reinfected with the virus, at least for a few months, according to a newly published study from the National Cancer Institute (NCI). This finding may explain why reinfection appears to be relatively rare, and it could have important public health implications, including decisions about returning to physical workplaces, school attendance, the prioritization of vaccine distribution, and other activities. For the study, researchers at NCI, part of the National Institutes of Health, collaborated with two health care data analytics companies (HealthVerity and Aetion, Inc.) and f
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    02-25-2021, 12:21 PM
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    Federal Emergency Management Agency Announces Reinsurance Program to Manage Future Flood Risk in 2021
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    Federal Emergency Management Agency Announces Reinsurance Program to Manage Future Flood Risk in 2021 | site |



    (Information contained in Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA] press release: January 5, 2021) Washington - - FEMA has announced its 2021 traditional reinsurance placement for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), continuing its risk management practice against catastrophic flood losses. Reinsurance is a financial risk management tool used by private insurance companies and public entities to protect themselves from large financial losses. If a qualifying catastrophic flood event occurs, reinsurance companies cover a portion of the NFIP’s losses to enhance FEMA’s ability to pay flood insurance claims without borrowing from the U.S. Treasury. FEMA transferred an additional $1.153 billion of the NFIP’s financial risk to the private reinsurance market. This annual reinsurance agreement is effective throughout 2021 with 32 private re...
    01-08-2021, 03:18 AM

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