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Sep 2, 2008

Statement on Passage of the 'Green Chemistry' Package by the California Legislature

Andy Igrejas, manager of The Pew Charitable Trusts' Environmental Health Campaign, today issued the following statement in response to the "Green Chemistry" package passed by the California legislature.

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Jul 29, 2008

Pew Statement on the Consumer Product Safety Commission Reform Act

Andy Igrejas, manager of The Pew Charitable Trusts’ Environmental Health campaign, today issued the following statement in response to the ban on phthalates in children’s toys and childcare articles that was included in the conference agreement on the Consumer Product Safety Commission Reform Act.

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Jul 9, 2008

Pew Partners with State and City Officials to Help Low- And Moderate- Income Households Secure Bank Accounts

The Pew Charitable Trusts’ Safe Banking Opportunities Project is supporting a rapidly growing group of state and city governments that are launching campaigns to bring more Americans into the financial mainstream.

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May 21, 2008

President Bush Signs Long-Awaited Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act

President Bush today signed into law the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA), providing vital protection for Americans against the misuse of genetic test results by heath insurers and employers.

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May 20, 2008

Pew Endorsement of the Kid-Safe Chemicals Act

The Kid-Safe Chemicals Act reforms TSCA to address these problems by requiring a minimum set of health data for all chemicals and requiring that they meet a children’s health standard or be removed from the market.

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May 20, 2008

New Legislation Would Protect Children from Toxic Chemicals

Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) and Representatives Hilda Solis (D-Calif.) and Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), today introduced a comprehensive overhaul of federal chemical rules called the “Kid-Safe Chemicals Act.”

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May 7, 2008

Pew to Promote Fair Bank Account Standards

The Pew Charitable Trusts announced a new project today, aimed at helping America’s workers underserved by mainstream financial institutions secure access to safe, affordable, fair, and empowering bank accounts.

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Apr 16, 2008

1 in 33 Homeowners Projected to be in Foreclosure Within the Next Two Years

One in 33 homeowners is projected to be in foreclosure primarily over the next two years, as a result of subprime loans made in 2005 and 2006, according to a new report released today by The Pew Charitable Trusts. 

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Apr 3, 2008

Marketing of Unproven Genetic Tests a Threat to Public Health

No mechanism currently exists to ensure that genetic tests are supported by adequate evidence before they go to market, or that marketing claims are truthful and not misleading, according to a policy analysis to be published April 4 in Science. Misleading claims about genetic tests may lead health-care providers and patients to make inappropriate decisions about which tests to take and how to use genetic tests that have potential for profound medical consequences, the authors argue.

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Oct 17, 2007

Report Finds Major Gaps Exist in U.S. Pediatric Pandemic Preparations

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) issued a new report today, Pandemic Influenza: Warning, Children At-Risk, which finds that children and teens between the ages of 0-19 account for nearly 46 percent of all H5N1 “bird” flu cases and deaths. The report also identifies gaps in U.S. preparedness for treating and caring for children during a possible pandemic flu outbreak.

Four key areas of concern raised in the report include: child-appropriate doses of vaccine and medications; management and treatment of children who become ill; including children in strategies to slow the spread of influenza in communities; and caring for and supervising the health of children if schools and childcare facilities are closed for extended periods of time.

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