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May 10, 2007

Final Pew Initiative Report Examines Status of Research on Functional Foods and Regulations They Will Face

Researchers are using biotechnology to enhance nutritional and other properties of food for consumer benefit, but such products will face a complicated array of review requirements before they can come on the market, according to Application of Biotechnology for Functional Foods, a final new report released today by the Pew Initiative on Food and Biotechnology.

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Food Safety
Jun 19, 2007

Ten Scientists Named 2007 Pew Latin American Fellows in the Biomedical Sciences

The Pew Charitable Trusts and the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) announced today that ten promising biomedical scientists have been named 2007 Pew Latin American Fellows in the Biomedical Sciences.

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Biomedical Research
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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Aug 30, 2007

Federal Agency Rejects Enhanced Oversight of Genetic Tests, Places Cost Considerations Above Public Health Concerns

In a decision that places cost concerns above public health, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has rejected a petition filed by a coalition of health and consumer groups calling for the agency to strengthen standards for genetic testing laboratories. Citing cost concerns, the agency told petitioners in a recent letter that it would not pursue the safety standards.

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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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Sep 24, 2007

Two Pew Scholars Receive New Innovator Award From NIH

Drs. Ekaterina Heldwein and Michael Rape, 2007 Pew Scholars in the Biomedical Sciences, each will receive $1.5 million over a five-year period to further their innovative biomedical research as part of the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) New Innovator Award Program.

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Biomedical Research
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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Nov 19, 2007

American Indian Children Overrepresented in Nation's Foster Care System, New Report Finds

American Indian and Alaskan Native children are overrepresented in the nation's foster care system at more than 1.6 times the expected level, according to a new report by the National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) and the national, nonpartisan Kids Are Waiting campaign, a project of The Pew Charitable Trusts. Yet tribal governments are excluded from some of the largest sources of federal child welfare funding.

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Health Topics
Dec 12, 2007

“Hoping for a Home for the Holidays” Highlights Experiences of Foster Children without a Safe, Permanent Family

Many current and former foster youth say that celebrating holidays without a permanent family is a tremendous challenge.  Today, former foster youth from across the country joined policy makers and child welfare advocates to stuff holiday stockings for children currently in the foster care system at a Congressional reception sponsored by FosterClub.  The event also marked release of a new brief, “Hoping for a Home for the Holidays,” by FosterClub and Kids Are Waiting, a project of The Pew Charitable Trusts.

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Health Topics
Jan 29, 2008

Child Abuse and Neglect Cost Nation over $100 Billion per Year

An economic impact analysis released today estimates the costs of child abuse and neglect to society were nearly $104 billion last year, and a companion report highlights the unavailability of federal child welfare funding for programs and services known to be effective at reducing incidences of child abuse and neglect.

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Health Topics
Feb 27, 2008

Kids Are Waiting Urges Congress to Reform Foster Care Financing

On Capitol Hill today, the youth and parents most impacted by the nation's foster care system joined child welfare advocates and others at a Congressional hearing to emphasize that now is the time for federal foster care reform. Convened by the Subcommittee on Income Security and Family Support of the House Committee on Ways and Means, the hearing featured testimony by Hope Cooper of the national Kids Are Waiting campaign, a project of The Pew Charitable Trusts.

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Health Topics
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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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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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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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 21, 2008

Improved Adoption Incentives and Relative Guardianship Support Act of 2008 Would Help More Foster Children Find Permanent Homes through Adoption, Guardianship

On Tuesday May 20, 2008, Senator Charles Grassley (Iowa) introduced the Improved Adoption Incentives and Relative Guardianship Support Act of 2008.  This new legislation champions permanency for children in foster care by reauthorizing the successful Adoption Incentive Program that encourages states to finalize more adoptions from foster care, ensures that all foster children with special needs can receive vital federal assistance, and provides federal guardianship support for grandparents and other relatives who want to provide a permanent home for the children they are raising.

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Health Topics
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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Jun 12, 2008

Twenty of America’s Most Promising Scientists Selected as 2008 Pew Scholars in the Biomedical Sciences

The Pew Charitable Trusts and the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) announced today that 20 exceptional researchers have been selected as 2008 Pew Scholars in the Biomedical Sciences.

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Biomedical Research
Jun 12, 2008

Ten Latin American Scientists Named 2008 Pew Fellows in the Biomedical Sciences

The Pew Charitable Trusts and the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) announced today that 10 promising biomedical scientists have been named 2008 Pew Latin American Fellows in the Biomedical Sciences.

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Biomedical Research
Jun 18, 2008

Majority of Americans Support Legislative Action to Disclose Pharmaceutical Company Gifts to Physicians

A majority of Americans (64%) say that it is important to know their physician’s financial ties to pharmaceutical companies and 68% would support legislation requiring pharmaceutical companies to disclose gifts to doctors, according to the results of a new survey released today by the Prescription Project.

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Conflicts of Interest
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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Jul 16, 2008

Statement from Karen Steuer, Pew Environment Group, on Antibiotic Use Reporting Requirements

Karen Steuer, director of government operations for the Pew Environment Group, today issued the following statement in response to the House Energy & Commerce Committee mark up of the Animal Drug User Fee Act.

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Antibiotics in Food Animal Production
Jul 16, 2008

Executive Director of Pew Commission Testifies on Resistance to Antibiotics and Banning Their Use In Food Animals

Robert P. Martin, executive director of the Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production, today reiterated the Commission’s call for a phase out and ban on antimicrobials for non-therapeutic use in food animals.

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Antibiotics in Food Animal Production
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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