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Sep 29, 2009

Nanotechnology and Synthetic Biology: What Does the American Public Think?

Nanotechnology and synthetic biology continue to develop as two of the most exciting areas of scientific discovery, but research has shown that the public is almost completely unaware of the science and its applications. A groundbreaking poll of 1,001 U.S. adults conducted by Peter D. Hart Research Associates and the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies (PEN) found 90 percent of Americans think that the public should be better informed about the development of cutting-edge technologies.

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Health Topics
Oct 6, 2009

Pew CEO Rebecca W. Rimel Congratulates Dr. Carol W. Greider on Receiving the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

Rebecca W. Rimel, President and CEO of The Pew Charitable Trusts, issued the following statement today, congratulating Pew Biomedical Scholar Carol W. Greider, Ph.D., on receiving the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

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Biomedical Research
Oct 7, 2009

Four Pew Scholars in the Biomedical Sciences Receive 2009 National Institutes of Health Director’s High-Risk Research Awards

Four Pew Scholars in the Biomedical Sciences have received grants totaling $7 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to explore bold ideas that have the potential to catapult fields forward and speed the translation of research into improved health.

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Biomedical Research
Oct 19, 2009

Foodborne Illness Victims Meet With White House to Push for Food Safety Reform

Sixteen Americans who have been directly affected by foodborne illness gathered at the White House recently to share their personal stories and meet Sam Kass, assistant White House chef, who cooks for the Obama family and is an advisor on food policy; Mariano-Florentino Cuellar, who is the lead staffer for the White House Food Safety Working Group; and David Lazarus, senior advisor to the Secretary of Agriculture, who coordinates with the White House on food safety issues.

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Food Hazards
Oct 20, 2009

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Pew Charitable Trusts Launch National Initiative to Advance Policies that Promote Health

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and The Pew Charitable Trusts (Pew) today announced the launch of the Health Impact Project, a national initiative designed to promote the use of health impact assessments (HIAs) as a decision-making tool for policy makers. 

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Health Impact Assessment
Oct 28, 2009

Pew Report Finds Deceptive Credit Card Practices Remain Widespread

One hundred percent of credit cards offered online by the leading bank card issuers continue to include practices that will be outlawed once legislation passed in May takes effect next year, according to a new report by the Pew Health Group’s Safe Credit Cards Project.

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Oct 29, 2009

Survey of State Health Departments Underscores Gaps in Foodborne Illness Response

A survey of state health departments regarding their capacity to track produce-related foodborne illnesses found that the response and investigation of outbreaks varies greatly and can lead to delays in public-health response.

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Food Safety
Nov 6, 2009

U.S. and European Experts Applaud Creation of New Transatlantic Task Force on Global Antibiotic Resistance Threat

Experts on both sides of the Atlantic applaud President Barack Obama and Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, representing the European Union (EU) Presidency, for establishing a transatlantic task force to address antibiotic resistance, an urgent and growing problem that threatens patient safety and public health worldwide.

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Antibiotics in Food Animal Production
Nov 10, 2009

findNano App Puts Nanotech in Your Pocket

Washington, DC -   The Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies (PEN) has developed  findNano , an application for Apple’s iPhone and iPod Touch that lets users discover and determine whether consumer products are nanotechnology-enabled. Nanotechnology, the emerging technology of using materials by engineering th

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Health Topics
Nov 12, 2009

Majority of Voters Support New Government Oversight of Food, Pew Commissioned Poll Finds

New polls of voters in selected states – Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio and Wyoming – show overwhelming support for measures that would give the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) new authority to ensure the food Americans eat does not make them sick, according to a new poll commissioned by the Pew Health Group and conducted by a respected bipartisan team of pollsters at Hart Research (Democratic) and Public Opinion Strategies (Republican).

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Food Hazards