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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
Nov 12, 2009

Make Our Food Safe for the Holidays

Over the next several weeks, the U.S. Senate has an historic opportunity to take a major step toward improving food safety for all Americans.

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Food Hazards
Dec 15, 2009

New Default Rate Data for Federal Student Loans: 44% of Defaulters Attended For-Profit Institutions

Yesterday the U.S. Department of Education released a preview of college “cohort default rates” for federal student loans using a more robust methodology that will take effect in 2011.

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Jan 4, 2010

Pew: Enactment of Landmark Legislation Will Limit Dangers in the U.S Food Supply

“Congress and President Obama should be applauded for enacting historic food safety legislation that will provide the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with improved authorities to oversee the safety of the nation’s food supply and prevent foodborne illness. This reform is the first major update to the law in over 70 years..."

 

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Food Hazards
Jan 14, 2010

Pew Commends the Federal Reserve’s Latest Rules on the Credit CARD Act of 2009

Nick Bourke, project manager for the Pew Safe Credit Cards Project, today issued the following statement in response to the latest rules under the Credit CARD Act of 2009.

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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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Feb 16, 2010

Pew Finds Credit CARD Act Will Save Consumers Billions

The Credit CARD Act of 2009, with major provisions taking effect this month, will save American cardholders billions of dollars by banning unfair or deceptive practices, according to research from the Pew Safe Credit Cards Project.

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Mar 2, 2010

Foodborne Illness Costs Nation $152 Billion Annually - Nearly $39 Billion Loss Attributed to Produce

Acute foodborne illnesses cost the United States an estimated $152 billion per year in healthcare, workplace and other economic losses, according to a report published today by the Produce Safety Project (PSP).

The study, Health-Related Costs from Foodborne Illness in the United States, was written by Dr. Robert L. Scharff, a former Food and Drug Administration (FDA) economist and current Ohio State University assistant professor in the department of consumer sciences. The study estimates that more than a quarter of these costs, an estimated $39 billion, are attributable to foodborne illnesses associated with fresh, canned and processed produce.

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Food Safety
Mar 2, 2010

Alternatives to Routine Antibiotic Use in Food Animals

Talk with Bill Niman, founder of Niman Ranch; Steve Ells, co-CEO of Chipotle Mexican Grill; and other successful livestock producers and businesspeople who sustain profitable ventures based on antibiotic-free meat production.

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Antibiotics in Food Animal Production
Mar 10, 2010

Statement on Congressional Hearing Regarding FDA Drug Safety Reforms

Allan Coukell, director of the Pew Prescription Project, issued the following statement today, commenting on a hearing at the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, where Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Principal Deputy Commissioner Joshua M. Sharfstein is expected to present testimony regarding the agency's ability to protect Americans from unsafe drugs made overseas.

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Drug Manufacturing and Distribution, Drug Safety
Mar 10, 2010

Pew Statement On House Hearing Regarding FDA Drug Safety Reforms

Allan Coukell, director of the Pew Prescription Project, issued the following statement today, commenting on a hearing at the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, where Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Principal Deputy Commissioner Joshua M. Sharfstein is expected to present testimony regarding the agency’s ability to protect Americans from unsafe drugs made overseas.

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Drug Manufacturing and Distribution, Drug Safety
Mar 22, 2010

Pew Prescription Project Statement on the Physician Payments Sunshine Act

Allan Coukell, director of the Pew Prescription Project, issued the following statement today, commending Congress for including provisions from the Physician Payments Sunshine Act in health care reform legislation. The provisions would require drug and device companies to publicly report the gifts and payments they make to doctors.

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Conflicts of Interest
Apr 28, 2010

Pew Statement on Congressional Hearing Regarding Antibiotic Resistance and the Threat to Public Health

Laura Rogers, project director of the Pew Campaign on Human Health and Industrial Farming, issued the following statement today, commenting on a hearing of the U.S. House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health, where representatives of the Obama administration are expected to present testimony regarding the need to protect Americans from the growing problem of antibiotic resistance.

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Antibiotics in Food Animal Production
May 10, 2010

U.S. Food Safety System Needs To Integrate Human Health, Animal, and Plant Pathogen Data - Lessons to Be Learned from European Reforms

The Produce Safety Project today issued a report that examines the steps taken by select European Union (EU) countries to reform their food safety data collection and analysis systems since the 1990s. Authored by Michael Batz, head of Food Safety Programs, Emerging Pathogens Institute at the University of Florida, and J. Glenn Morris, Jr., director at the Institute, the report, "Building the Science Foundation of a Modern Food Safety System," looks at European countries with strong food safety systems and makes a number of recommendations on how to improve those in the United States.

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Food Safety
Jun 8, 2010

RWJF and Pew Award Six Grants to Examine the Impact of Policy on People’s Health

The Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts, today announced more than $1 million in grants to six projects that will conduct health impact assessments at the state and local levels.

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Health Impact Assessment
Jun 17, 2010

Promising Latin American Biomedical Scientists Named 2010 Pew Fellows

The Pew Charitable Trusts today named 10 gifted biomedical researchers as 2010 Pew Latin American Fellows in the Biomedical Sciences.

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Biomedical Research