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Los Angeles Times

by David Michaels

August 16, 2019​


At the height of World War II, as Adolf Hitler was presiding over the mass murder of Europe’s Jews, President Franklin D. Roosevelt kept our borders closed. Informed of the ongoing slaughter, he decided to permit only a thousand refugees entrance to America and allowed them to remain here only until the war ended. I grew up with two families: a traditional one, and the one we called our “Oswego family,” these refugees and their partners and children. . . . 


Washington Post

by David Michaels

July 19, 2018

We are smashing heat records again this summer. We hear this so much now that there’s a risk we will start ignoring it before the key message sinks in: Global warming is here, and it’s starting to cook us. Not just the planet — us. Heat is the leading weather-related killer in the United States, and the toll (estimates range up to 1,300 deaths per year) will rise steeply in the coming decades.


by David Michaels

September 11, 2019

Public health detectives are desperately trying to find the cause of the hundreds of lung disease cases and at least six deaths that appear to be related to vaping. We don't yet know the cause or causes of the current outbreak; however, in response to a study that found lung-damaging chemicals in some Juul e-cigarette liquids, a spokesman for that company didn't dispute the finding but claimed it was irrelevant. . . .


Michaels D, Wagner GR. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Worker Safety During the COVID-19 Pandemic. JAMA. 2020;324(14):1389-1390.

Michaels D, Barab J. OSHA at 50: Protecting Workers in a Changing Economy. Amer J Public Health 2020;110(5):631-635.

Michaels, D. Reimagining Our System for Public Health Protection, Amer J Public Health 109(7):975-976 2019.


Michaels D, Burke T. The Dishonest HONEST Act. Science 356:989 2017.


Michaels D. OSHA Does Not Kill Jobs: It Helps Prevent Jobs from Killing Workers. Amer J Ind Med 55:961-963, 2012.


Michaels D, Howard J. Review of the OSHA-NIOSH Response to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Protecting the Health and Safety of Cleanup Workers. PLOS Currents Disasters. 2012;4:e4fa83b7576b7576e.


Michaels D. Addressing Conflict in Strategic Literature Reviews: Disclosure is not Enough. J Epidemiol Comm Health. 63:599-600, 2009.


Michaels D, Monforton C. Beryllium’s Public Relations Problem. Protecting Workers When There Is No Safe Exposure Level. Public Health Reports 123:79-88, 2008.


Michaels D, Monforton C. How Litigation Shapes the Scientific Literature: Asbestos and Disease Among Automobile Mechanics. J Law & Policy 5(3):1137-1169, 2007.


Michaels D, Monforton C. Lurie P. Selected Science: An Industry Campaign to Undermine an OSHA Hexavalent Chromium Standard. Environmental Health 5:5, 2006.


Michaels D. Sarbanes-Oxley for Science. Law & Contemp Problems 69(3):1-19, 2006.


Michaels D. Scientific Evidence and Public Policy. Amer J Public Health 95:Suppl1.S5, 2005.


Michaels D, Monforton C. Manufacturing Uncertainty. Contested Science and the Protection of the Public’s Health and Environment. Amer J Public Health 95.Suppl1:S39-48, 2005.


Wagner W, Michaels D.  Equal Treatment for Regulatory Science. Extending the Controls Governing the Quality of Public Research to Private Research. Amer J Law Med 30:119-154, 2004.


Michaels D, Wagner W.  Disclosure in Regulatory Science. Science 302:2073, 2003.


Michaels D, Bingham E, Boden L, et al. Advice without Dissent.  Science 298:703, 2002.


Michaels D, Levine C. Estimates of the Number of Motherless Youth Orphaned by AIDS in the United States.  JAMA 268:3456-3461, 1992.

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