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Aug 15, 2011

New Program Will Make HIA More Routine Part of Local Health Departments' Work

The Health Impact Project and the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) announced today a request for applications from  local health departments to participate in the Health Impact Assessment (HIA) Mentorship Project.

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Health Impact Assessment
Apr 2, 2013

New Projects Bringing Health Considerations into Education, Energy Policy, and Other Decisions

The Health Impact Project announced eight new grant recipients that will receive funding to conduct health impact assessments, or HIAs. The projects will bring health considerations into upcoming decisions on topics including education, sanitation infrastructure, and energy. The grantees were selected based on their response to a national call for proposals.

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Health Impact Assessment
Mar 7, 2007

New Report on Moral and Ethical Issues Related to GE Food Animals From the Pew Initiative on Food and Biotechnology, Michigan State University

Many public discussions about cloned and genetically engineered (GE) food animals have focused on questions of the regulatory authorities that may govern such animals, but few have considered the impacts of ethical or moral concerns. While ethical issues can be equally as or even more important than safety and regulatory issues to many people, there is currently no established venue where these issues can be fully addressed, according to some of the experts who gathered at a workshop last October sponsored by the Pew Initiative on Food and Biotechnology and Michigan State University.

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Food Safety
Jan 25, 2010

Obama Proposes More Affordable Student Loan Payments

“The student loan proposal announced by the President today could not come at a better time, as the weak economy and high unemployment are making it harder than ever for people to make monthly payments on their student loans."

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Jun 13, 2013

On the Scientific Frontier: Pew Funds 10 Latin American Scientists Conducting Innovative Research

Ten scientists were named Pew Latin American fellows in the Biomedical Sciences by The Pew Charitable Trusts for 2013. The fellowship provides support to advance grantees’ research, enables them to study with prominent U.S. scientists, and invests seed capital to help them establish laboratories in their home countries. Learn more about the scientists and their work.

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Biomedical Research
May 12, 2011

Oregon Farm to School Bill Would Benefit Health Through Job Creation, Study Finds

A bill in Oregon that would provide incentives to deliver fresh local food to schools would improve the health of the state’s residents and, at the same time, create hundreds of new farm-industry jobs over a five- to 10-year period, according to a study released by Upstream Public Health in Portland.

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Health Impact Assessment
Jul 27, 2006

Oversight Gaps for Genetic Testing Pose Risks to Public Health

At the invitation of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, Genetics and Public Policy Center Director Kathy Hudson testified on Thursday, July 27 as part of the hearing "At Home DNA Tests: Marketing Scam or Medical Breakthrough?" Hudson made the case that poor oversight of genetic testing has led to a situation in which "there is no way for a consumer to distinguish between the dubious and the decent" genetic tests and the laboratories that perform them.

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Sep 24, 2007

Peer-Reviewed, Online Database Showcases Pandemic Plans

Public health planners have a new tool to help them prepare for one of the most daunting public health emergencies: an influenza pandemic. PandemicPractices.org, launched today by the Center for Infectious Disease Research & Policy (CIDRAP) at the University of Minnesota and the Pew Center on the States (PCS), a division of The Pew Charitable Trusts, brings together more than 130 peer-reviewed promising practices from four countries, 22 states and 33 counties. Compiled as a resource to save communities and states time and resources, the database enables public health professionals to learn from each other and to build on their own pandemic plans.

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May 20, 2009

Pew Analysis Shows Senate Bill Would Curb Billions in Credit Card Penalty Charges

A full 82 percent of credit cards allow penalty interest rate hikes that could last indefinitely, giving responsible cardholders no right to return to the originally agreed upon interest rate, according to a new issue brief from The Pew Charitable Trusts’ Safe Credit Cards Project.

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Jul 21, 2009

Pew and Academy of Natural Sciences to Host Forum on Health Impacts of Antibiotics in Food Animal Production

On July 21 in Philadelphia, the Academy of Natural Sciences’ Center for Environmental Policy and The Pew Charitable Trusts will convene health, agriculture and environmental experts for a special town hall meeting on the human health impacts related to the routine use of antibiotics on industrial farms.               

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Antibiotics in Food Animal Production
Jul 13, 2010

Pew and Health Care Without Harm Hold Audio News Conference Calling for an End to the Overuse of Antibiotics in Food Animals

On the eve of a July 14 hearing conducted by the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health to examine the use of antibiotics in animal agriculture, the Pew Campaign on Human Health and Industrial Farming, in collaboration with Health Care Without Harm, held an audio news conference on the need to end the overuse of these drugs in meat production.

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Antibiotics in Food Animal Production
Jun 26, 2007

Pew Announces New Investment to Prevent Irresponsible Subprime Mortgage Practices

The Pew Charitable Trusts announced a new effort today to protect American families from dangerous “exploding” subprime mortgages linked to the current record number of home foreclosures.

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Jul 9, 2012

Pew Applauds Enactment of User Fee Legislation, Urges Its Swift Implementation

President Barack Obama today signed into law the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act, which supports the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s drug and device reviews and includes other measures to benefit patients.

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Drug Safety, Antibiotic Innovation
Jan 4, 2012

Pew Applauds FDA Measure to Preserve Effectiveness of Critical Antibiotics

The Pew Campaign on Human Health and Industrial Farming today praised the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for limiting the use of cephalosporins in food animal production.

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Antibiotics in Food Animal Production
Aug 11, 2010

Pew Applauds Introduction of Automatic IRA Legislation, Urges Bipartisan Support

Eleni Constantine, director of the Pew Health Group’s financial security portfolio, issued the following statement in support of legislation creating an “automatic IRA,” S. 3760, introduced by Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) and H.R. 6099, introduced by Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA).

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