Migrants Say Border Patrol Agents Ignored Pleas for Medical Help

Despite a federal law affirming the right to care, dozens of complaints filed since 2017 allege that Border Patrol agents failed to address the medical needs of hundreds of migrants on arrival or in custody.

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Today we unveil Public Health Watch, a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative news site that will focus on the prevention of illness, injury and death. The timing is fortuitous, given...

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Pain and Politics: How Congress Killed a Workplace Rule That Could Have Blunted the Opioid Epidemic

Twenty years ago, a rule that would have addressed an explosion of ergonomic injuries in the American workplace was thrown out. Did this help fuel the opioid epidemic?

Deadly Heat

Hundreds of Workers Have Died From Heat in the Last Decade – And It’s Getting Worse

Heat has killed hundreds of workers in the U.S., many in construction or agriculture, an investigation by NPR and Columbia Journalism Investigations found. Federal standards might have prevented them.

As Nation Gets Hotter, Efforts to Prevent Worker Heat Deaths Accelerate, But Fixes Aren’t as Simple as They Seem

As a hotter climate reshapes American lives, it also threatens them, especially on the job. The weapons against heat illness are seemingly simple, from more water to rest breaks, but standards, enforcement and training are often lacking to ensure protection.

Why California Workers Are Still Dying From Heat Despite Protections

California is seen as a nationwide leader in hot weather protections, but its workers are still getting sick and dying from heat. Experts and insiders say climate change and a dysfunctional Cal/OSHA are to blame.

‘The Enemy Is Lurking in Our Bodies’ — Women Veterans Say Toxic Exposure Caused Breast Cancer

As the last troops leave the “forever wars,” doctors say they’re seeing more women veterans with breast cancer — younger than the national average.

Solitary Confinement Condemns Many Prisoners to Long-Term Health Issues

An international movement is pushing to limit the form of incarceration due to its damaging physical and psychological effects.

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