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Aug 19, 2010

Consumers to Benefit from Final Implementation of Credit CARD Act of 2009; Pew Urges Additional Action from Federal Reserve

Nick Bourke, director of the Pew Health Group’s Safe Credit Cards Project, today issued the following statement in response to the final rules under the Credit CARD Act of 2009, which will take effect Sunday, August 22.

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Jul 8, 2009

Contaminated Site Remediation: Are Nanomaterials the Answer?

A new review article appearing in Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) co-authored by Dr. Todd Kuiken, a research associate for the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies (PEN), focuses on the use of nanomaterials for environmental cleanup. It provides an overview of current practices; research findings; societal issues; potential environment, health, and safety implications; and possible future directions for nanoremediation. The authors conclude that the technology could be an effective and economically viable alternative for some current site cleanup practices, but potential risks remain poorly understood.

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Health Topics
May 7, 2009

Dueling Produce Safety Standards Highlight Void Left by Lack of FDA Regulation

A side-by-side analysis of a variety of produce safety standards shows significant variations in guidance given fruit and vegetable growers in what steps they need to take to minimize microbial contamination in light of the lack of federal rules.

Since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued its voluntary produce safety guidance 11 years ago, a number of organizations and one state have stepped into the regulatory void and adopted their own standards for the growing and harvesting of fresh produce (fruits and vegetables intended to be consumed raw). Some standards are general in nature, and others are commodity specific.

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Food Safety
Jun 13, 2013

En las fronteras de la ciencia: diez becarios Pew han sido seleccionados para investigar enfermedades que incluyen la diabetes, la esquizofrenia y el cáncer

Diez científicos latinoamericanos fueron hoy nombrados Becarios Pew en Ciencias Biomédicas por las Fundaciones Benéficas Pew. Esta beca proporciona apoyo para financiar las investigaciones de los becarios, permitiéndoles estudiar con destacados científicos de Estados Unidos e invirtiendo capital inicial para ayudarles a establecer sus propios laboratorios al regresar a sus países de origen. La beca Pew otorga un financiamiento flexible a los investigadores posdoctorales que investigan algunos de los problemas de salud más preocupantes del mundo, como la diabetes, la esquizofrenia y el cáncer.

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Biomedical Research
Jan 27, 2009

Ethical Evaluations of Nanotechnology

Recent action in Congress to reauthorize the U.S. federal nanotechnology research program offers the chance to address the social and ethical issues concerning the emerging scientific field, experts say.

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Health Topics
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
May 16, 2012

FDA Reviews New Drug Applications Faster than European, Canadian Regulators

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves new drugs more quickly than its counterparts in Europe and Canada, according to a new paper, “Regulatory Review of Novel Therapeutics Comparing FDA, EMA and Health Canada,” published online on May 16

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Drugs and Devices at the FDA
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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Jun 14, 2004

Fifteen of America’s Most Gifted Scientists Earn Recognition as 2004 Pew Biomedical Scholars

Fifteen of America’s most gifted biomedical scientists have been chosen as 2004 Pew Biomedical Scholars, The Pew Charitable Trusts and the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) announced today.

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Biomedical Research
Jun 27, 2005

Fifteen of America’s Most Promising Biomedical Researchers Chosen as Pew Scholars

The Pew Charitable Trusts and the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) announced today that 15 gifted researchers have been selected as 2005 Pew Scholars in the Biomedical Sciences.

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Biomedical Research
Jun 20, 2006

Fifteen Researchers Named Pew Scholars, Awarded Unique Opportunity to Expand the Frontiers of Biomedical Science

Fifteen of the nation’s most promising early- to mid-career biomedical researchers were named today as 2006 Pew Scholars in the Biomedical Sciences by The Pew Charitable Trusts and the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF).

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Biomedical Research
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
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
Oct 26, 2011

Food Chemical Regulations Rely Heavily on Industry Self-Policing and Lack Transparency

Safety decisions concerning one-third of the more than 10,000 substances that may be added to human food were made by food manufacturers and a trade association without review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), according to an analysis spearheaded by the Pew Health Group.

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Food Additives
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
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 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
Jun 13, 2013

From Autism to Diabetes to Parkinson's Disease: Pew Funds 22 Early-Career Scientists to Take Calculated Risks

Twenty-two of the nation’s most enterprising researchers were named Pew Scholars in the Biomedical Sciences by The Pew Charitable Trusts for 2013. The scholarships provide flexible funding to early-career scientists researching the basis of perplexing health problems such as diabetes, autism, Parkinson’s disease, and cancer. Learn more about the scientists and their research.

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Biomedical Research
Mar 5, 2013

Funding Available in Minnesota to Identify Health Opportunities, Risks of Upcoming Decisions

The Health Impact Project announces a request for proposals (RFP) that will fund three grants of up to $100,000 each to identify and address potential health impacts of an upcoming decision in each of their communities or state through the use of health impact assessments (HIA).

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Health Impact Assessment
Jul 9, 2012

Funding Available to Bring Health Into Decision in Non-Health Sectors

The Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts, announced a call for proposals for grants to conduct health impact assessments (HIAs). HIAs identify and address the health impacts of decisions in other sectors, such as planning roads, passing agriculture legislation, or siting schools.

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Health Impact Assessment
Mar 15, 2011

Grants Available to Build Healthier Communities Through Informed Decision Making

Today, the Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood  Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts, announced a call for proposals for grants to conduct health impact assessments (HIA).

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Health Impact Assessment
Mar 5, 2012

Grants Awarded to Help Build Health into Decisions on Energy, Housing, Agriculture, and Other Areas

"The Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts, announced the awardees of 15 new grants today. Selected following a nationwide call for proposals, the grantees will conduct health impact assessments (HIAs), a type of study that looks at potential health impacts of policies and projects in other sectors."

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Health Impact Assessment
Sep 18, 2013

Health Impact Assessment Grants Awarded to Make Health a Routine Part of Decision-Making

The Health Impact Project announced seven grants to help bring health considerations into public policy decisions on transportation, education, housing, and other sectors of the economy and U.S. society.

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Health Impact Assessment
Feb 12, 2014

Health Impact Project Announces 2014 Call for Proposals

The Health Impact Project is issuing its fourth call for proposals to support two types of initiatives: health impact assessment, or HIA, demonstration projects that inform a specific decision; and HIA program grants that enable organizations with experience with HIAs to develop sustainable HIA programs that integrate the assessments and related approaches in policymaking at the local, state, or tribal levels.

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Health Impact Assessment
Sep 26, 2011

Health Impact Project Receives Funding from the California Endowment to Help Build Healthier Communities

The Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts, today announced that The California Endowment will support up to two health impact assessment (HIA) demonstrations in California. The Health Impact Project’s work to promote the use of HIAs around the country closely aligns with the Endowment’s efforts to improve community health in California.

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Health Impact Assessment