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Aug 9, 2013

House GOP Ups Nutrition Cuts

A study by the Health Impact Project found that the proposed $20 billion cut would eliminate 5 million people from the program, increase poverty, contribute to food insecurity for millions of children and cost billions in preventable health care expenses.


Source: Kentucky Herald-Leader

Health Impact Assessment
Jan 16, 2009

''House Introduces Nanotech Bill''

The House Science and Technology Committee introduced a bill Jan. 15 about the need to strengthen federal efforts to better comprehend the potential environmental, health and safety effects of nanotechnology.


Source: Government Computer News

Health Topics
Feb 23, 2011

''House Investigates Heparin Crisis''

"The House Energy and Commerce Committee is conducting a formal investigation into the contaminated-heparin crisis of 2008, saying it wants regulators to figure out who was responsible for adulteration linked to 81 U.S. deaths."


Source: The Wall Street Journal

Drug Manufacturing and Distribution, Drug Safety
Jul 11, 2013

''House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps''

"Republicans muscled a pared-back agriculture bill through the House on Thursday, stripping out the food stamp program to satisfy recalcitrant conservatives but losing what little Democratic support the bill had when it failed last month. It was the first time food stamps had not been a part of the farm bill since 1973."


Source: The New York Times

Food Safety
May 15, 2012

''How Cheap Meat Practices Beef Up Superbugs Like MRSA''

"As 1½ year old Simon Sparrow lay dying in a hospital in April 2004, doctors were perplexed as to what was causing his illness."


Source: ABC News

Antibiotics in Food Animal Production
Mar 28, 2011

''How drug reps influence doctors''

According to the Pew Prescription Project, a project of the Pew Charitable Trusts, whose goal is to promote drug safety for consumers, the pharmaceutical industry spends about $7 billion a year on drug detailing.



Source: Salon PopRx Blog

Drug Manufacturing and Distribution, Conflicts of Interest
Jul 8, 2010

''How Many More? It’s Time for the U.S. Senate to Act''

''Advertisements calling on Senator Reid and Senator McConnell to pass a strong food safety modernization bill recently ran in the Las Vegas Review-Journal and the Lexington Herald-Leader.''


Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal

Food Safety
Jul 16, 2011

''How Safe Are the Drugs in Your Medicine Cabinet?''

"Do you want your new prescription drugs to be made under last century's oversight? Like it or not, that's likely what you're getting -- or worse -- according to recent research from the Pew Health Group. Increasingly, Americans' medicines are made overseas in place where the oversight isn't up to U.S. standards, according to the white paper, After Heparin: Protecting Consumers from the Risks of Substandard and Counterfeit Drugs."


Source: Daily Finance

Drug Manufacturing and Distribution, Drug Safety
Mar 19, 2013

''Idaho School Lunches to Include Chef-designed Selections''

"Kids in Idaho schools may soon be dining on chef-designed school lunches. New menu items, such as fish tacos, mozzarella-crusted Pollock and Mandarin chicken rice bowl may become selections on your child’s school lunch menu in the near future, according to Melissa McGrath, spokesperson for the Idaho State Department of Education."


Source: Teton Valley News

School Food
Mar 25, 2014

IDSA, Pew Support Regulatory Pathway for Antibiotic Development

Today, Pew applauds increasing bipartisan support in Congress to spur antibiotic development and meet the needs of patients facing the growing threat of drug-resistant pathogens.



Nov 1, 2006

If and When the Time Comes

A flu pandemic will affect all sectors of society. Will they be ready to deal with it? The Pandemic Preparedness Initiative helps them plan. It saves time and resources—and quite possibly its work will save lives.


Source: Trust Magazine

Jul 24, 2012

''Illinois Second-Most Affected State From Foodborne Illness''

In January 2011, President Obama signed the Food Safety Modernization Act, which was supposed to begin a total overhaul of the FDA. Unfortunately, according to the Pew Health Center, the Consumers Union and other food safety organizations, the administration has not issued the necessary regulations to implement the law. As a result, outbreaks continue and Illinois is among the worst hit.


Source: Chicagoist

Food Safety
Dec 15, 2011

''Implementing Health Reform: The Physician Payments Sunshine Act''

Allan Coukell, director of medical programs at The Pew Charitable Trusts in Washington, explains how the Physician Payments Sunshine Act might work and its likely impact on physicians and patient care.


Source: Internal Medicine News

Conflicts of Interest
May 21, 2008

''In Study, Researchers Find Nanotubes May Pose Health Risks Similar to Asbestos''

Nanotubes, one of the wonder materials of the new age of nanotechnology, may carry a health risk similar to that of asbestos, a wonder material of an earlier age that turned into a scourge after decades of use when its fibers were found to cause lung disease, researchers said Tuesday.


Source: The New York Times

Mar 9, 2012

''Industry Alliance Floats Lot-Level Drug Tracing System in Legislative Proposal''

"An industry coalition forming consensus around drug track and trace systems is floating a legislative proposal that would trace drugs on the lot level while also requiring product level identification ... "


Source: FDA Week

Drug Safety
Aug 7, 2013

''Industry Influence Found in Food Additive Reports''

"All of the notices U.S. regulators received to vouch for the safety of common food additives between 1997 and 2012 were submitted by people who had a vested interest in the outcome of those assessments, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine on Wednesday."


Source: Reuters

Food Additives
Jun 14, 2012

''Infection cases stir debate on antiobiotic use''

"Food safety activists and some medical professionals argue that overuse of antibiotics in people and food animals is causing drug resistance, and they want regulations to curb their use. Anytime antibiotics are used, whether in humans or animals, resistance can build, said Dr. Gail Hansen, a veterinary public health officer with the Pew Campaign on Human Health and Industrial Farming in Washington, D.C."


Source: Detroit News

Antibiotics in Food Animal Production
Jun 25, 2013

Infographic Urges USDA to Set National Standards for School Snacks

Although some states and districts have created standards for what can be sold as snacks and beverages in schools, the USDA hasn’t updated national guidelines in over 30 years. An infographic recently released by the Kids’ Safe and Healthful Foods Project summarizes research that supports the need for national nutrition standards for snack foods and beverages sold in schools.


Source: Mother Nature Network

School Food
Jun 9, 2010

''Inside Washington: After years of outbreaks, FDA steps up oversight of produce safety''

A field worker has unwashed hands. An animal squeezes through a small tear in a fence. Manure from a nearby hog farm trickles into an irrigation system.

Small mistakes like these are often difficult to identify as the sources of food-borne illnesses, a situation that has frustrated health authorities for years. The Food and Drug Administration and other agencies gather information about a contamination outbreak after people have already been sickened, and their investigations into what went wrong come well after the crucial evidence is gone.


Source: Science News

Food Safety
Oct 21, 2013

Institute of Medicine: Two Biomedical Scholars Selected As New Members of IOM

During its 43rd annual meeting, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) recently announced its new members, including Pew biomedical scholars Helen Piwnica-Worms (’91) and George M. Shaw (’86). Election to the IOM is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.


Source: Institute of Medicine

Biomedical Research
Aug 20, 2009

''Interactive Map Shows Nano Metros''

Looking for a job in nanotechnology? You might want to check out just where the nano hot spots are around the country. I have just the resource. The Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies created an interactive map of the United States showing the locations of the more than 1,200 companies, universities, government laboratories, and organizations working in nanotechnology.


Source: Discovery Channel's Material World

Mar 15, 2011

''Investing in Biomedical Innovation - Carol Greider and Rebecca Rimel''

The host of CNBC’s “Wall Street Journal Report” Maria Bartiromo interviews Pew CEO Rebecca Rimel and Pew Biomedical Scholars Dr. Carol Greider and Dr. Matthew Evans on the need for increased investment in America’s young scientists.


Source: CNBC

Biomedical Research
Jan 3, 2012

''Is pizza a vegetable? Lessons from the fight to change the way America's school kids eat lunch''

"New regulations for school lunches, which are funded by the federal government, were proposed by the United States Department of Agriculture last month and will be officially announced in January. The new rules are based on recommendations from the National Academies' Institute of Medicine, and may take effect as early as July."


Source: Deseret News

School Food
Oct 12, 2012

''Is Psychiatry Committing 'Professional Suicide'?''

During a session at the American Psychiatric Association's annual meeting on conflicts of interest, experts delved into the link between psychiatry and the pharmaceutical industry. While several speakers at the session pointed out that other specialties are similarly entangled with industry, "everyone does it" is generally not a valid defense where conflicts of interest are concerned.



Conflicts of Interest
Apr 8, 2013

''It’s Time for Healthier Snacks and Beverages in Our Schools''

An opinion editorial written by Rep. Kim Norton discussing the need for USDA regulations to ensure children making healthy choices at school.


Source: MinnPost

School Food