Din Erupts Over Obama’s Proposed Medicare Payment Plan

Kaiser Health News, May 23, 2016

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations

Patie...

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FDA Considering Pricey Implant As Treatment For Opioid Addiction

NPR, May 20, 2016
by Martha Bebinger

Amid a raging opioid epidemic, many doctors and families in the U.S. have been pleading for better...

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Oklahoma Governor Vetoes Bill That Would Criminalize Performing Abortions

NPR, May 20, 2016
by Rachel Hubbard

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin vetoed a controversial abortion bill Friday. The measure would have made...

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F.D.A. Finishes Food Labels for How We Eat Now

New York Times, May 20, 2016
by Sabrina Tavernise

WASHINGTON — Major changes to nutrition labels on food packagesbecame final on Friday, w...

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FDA’s Punt on Finalizing the Generic Drug Labeling Rule: Experts Debate

Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society, May 19, 2016
by Zachary Brennan, featuring Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow)

From the article: 

Rachel Sachs, JD, an academic fellow at the Petrie-Flom Center for Health...

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How Obamacare Affects Our Wallets And Debt Ratio

NPR, May 18, 2016
by Shankar Vedantam

A study examined the economic effects of the Affordable Care Act. Researchers found states that opt...

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In Search For Cures, Scientists Create Embryos That Are Both Animal And Human

NPR, May 18, 2016
by Rob Stein

A handful of scientists around the United States are trying to do something that some people find d...

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South Carolina Legislature Approves Ban on Abortions at 20 Weeks

New York Times, May 18, 2016
by Christine Hauser

The South Carolina legislature has passed a bill making it illegal for a woman to get an abort...

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Is Your Food ‘Natural’? F.D.A. to Weigh In

New York Times, May 17, 2016
by Anahad O'Connor

Can you define the word “natural”?

The Food and Drug Administration is certainly tryin...

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Much of World Suffers Not From Abuse of Painkillers, but Absence of Them

New York Times, May 17, 2016
by Rick Gladstone

While Americans are confronting an epidemic of prescription drug abuse, particularly for addic...

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HHS Extends Anti-Bias Health Care Protections To Cover Gender Identity

Kaiser Health News, May 16, 2016

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations

Under...

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Pharma, The FDA And Social Media

Forbes, May 15, 2016
by Joanna Belbey

The pharmaceutical industry is beginning to embrace more communications and social channels. Accord...

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How Much Is Too Much Marijuana to Drive? Lawmakers Wonder

New York Times, May 13, 2016
by Jonah Bromwich

It’s relatively easy to determine when someone is too drunk to drive. If a driver’s blo...

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Pfizer Blocks the Use of Its Drugs in Executions

New York Times, May 13, 2016
by Erik Eckholm

The pharmaceutical giant Pfizer announced on Friday that it has imposed sweeping controls on the di...

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House Republicans Win Lawsuit Over Obamacare Subsidies

Kaiser Health News, May 13, 2016

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations

A fed...

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GOP’s Obamacare Replacement Would Include Changes To Medicare, Taxes On Insurance

Kaiser Health News, May 13, 2016

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations

The H...

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Abortion study: 25% of pregnancies terminated, estimates suggest

BBC News, May 12, 2016
by Smitha Mundasad

One in four pregnancies ends in an abortion each year, global estimates from the World Health Organ...

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Sounds Like A Good Idea? Selling Insurance Across State Lines

Kaiser Health News, May 11, 2016
by Julie Rovner and Francis Ying

Presidential candidates like to propose solutions to long-standing problems. Health care is no exce...

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China’s Regulators Come Knocking Again At Pharma’s Door

Forbes, May 11, 2016
by Benjamin Shobert

Last week, China’s National Development and Economic Reform Commission (NDRC) announced that...

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Watchdog Report Sharply Criticizes Fed’s Efforts To Recoup Medicare Advantage Overcharges

Kaiser Health News, May 10, 2016

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations

The G...

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Doctor-Device Deals Need Scrutiny, Report Says:

Wall Street Journal, May 9, 2016
by Stephanie Armour

This article is behind a paywall. Harvard affiliates can access the full text via Hollis +.

Spinal...

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Q & A: What the Recent Explosion of Health Data Means For Patients

ProPublica, May 9, 2016
by Charles Ornstein

Two years ago, when the federal government first released data on how much Medicare paid...

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Bartenders Can’t Refuse Pregnant Women Alcohol, New York City Says

New York Times, May 9, 2016
by Mike McPhate

It can be an awkward order for a pregnant woman: A glass of merlot, please.

But she is legally ent...

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Professional ‘Guinea Pigs’ Can Make A Living Testing Drugs

NPR, May 8, 2016
by Rae Ellen Bichell

[...] Like other serial participants in clinical trials, Clough knows that what he's doing...

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Plagued With Out-Of-State Pill Seekers, Missouri Considers Prescription Drug Monitoring

KBIA (NPR Missouri), May 8, 2016
by Bram Sable-Smith

[...] Because it’s the only state that does not yet have a database, Missouri has become...

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Regulatory Specialist

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Regulatory Specialist
Partners HealthCare

Deadline: Open until filled.

As a not-for-profit organization, Partners HealthCare is committed to supporting patient care, rese...

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California’s smoking age raised from 18 to 21 under bills signed by Gov. Brown

Los Angeles Times, May 4, 2016
by Patrick McGreevy

Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed a pack of bills that will raise the smoking age in C...

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When Can Fetuses Feel Pain?

New York Times, May 4, 2016
by Jack Healy

SALT LAKE CITY — Starting later this month, women in Utah seeking anabortion 20 weeks or...

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Access to health-care prices doesn’t lower spending

Boston Globe, May 4, 2016
by Felice J. Freyer

If people know how much health care services cost, they’ll shop for the best prices and spend...

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Medical Errors Are No. 3 Cause Of U.S Deaths, Researchers Say

NPR, May 3, 2016
by Marshall Allen and Olga Pierce

A study by researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine says medical errors should rank as the third leadi...

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South Dakota Wrongly Puts Thousands in Nursing Homes, Government Says

New York Times, May 2, 2016
by Matt Apuzzo

WASHINGTON — When patients in South Dakota seek help for serious but manageable disabilities...

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‘Unacceptable’ that families ‘not told of resuscitation plans’

BBC News, May 2, 2016

Medical staff have placed "do not resuscitate" orders on thousands of patients in England without t...

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Quaker Oats’ 100% Natural Claim Questioned in Lawsuit

New York Times, May 1, 2016
by Stephanie Strom

A lawsuit seeking to be certified as a classaction has been filed on behalf of consumers...

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Antismoking Coalition Gives Big Tobacco a Fight in Indonesia

New York Times, April 30, 2016
by John Emont

[...] Over the last decade, it has become a last Eden for tobacco companies facing declining s...

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Feds Act To Help More Ex-Inmates Get Medicaid

NPR, April 29, 2016
by Jay Hancock

Administration officials moved Thursday to improve low Medicaid enrollment for emerging prisoners,...

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There’s a new sheriff in town in Silicon Valley — the FDA

Washington Post, April 28, 2016
by Ariana Eunjung Cha

[...] As a tidal wave of new health-related gadgets, apps and tests hits the market, governmen...

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Drug Companies To Pour $100M Into Battle Against California’s Price Control Ballot Initiative

Kaiser Health News, April 25, 2016

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations

The i...

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SPECIAL REPORT: BALTIMORE’S OTHER DIVIDE,

Kaiser Health News, April 25, 2016
by Jay Hancock

[...] Thousands of people leave incarceration every year without access to the coverage and ca...

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Abortion doctors would lose medical licenses under new Oklahoma bill

Washington Post, April 23, 2016
by Niraj Chokshi

Oklahoma is just a signature away from revoking the licenses of most doctors who perform abortions.

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More Exchange Plans Offer Patients Easier Access To Some Expensive Drugs:

Kaiser Health News, April 22, 2016
by Michelle Andrews

Some people with cancer, HIV and multiple sclerosis have better access to high-cost speci...

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Obese patients denied surgery in a third of areas in England

BBC News, April 22, 2016

Surgeons are worried overweight patients and smokers in England and Wales are being denied surgery...

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Israel’s Health Minister To McDonald’s:

NPR, April 22, 2016
by Daniel Estrin

[...] In its newspaper ad campaign, McDonald's challenged the Israeli health minister to set a...

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What’s next for opioid legislation?

Politico Pulse, April 22, 2016
by Dan Diamond, referencing Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow)

Excerpt from article:

[...] HEALTH WONK RECAP — PULSE flagged a few interesting st...

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Cities Begin To Count The Scars Of Childhood, And Try To Prevent New Damage

Kaiser Health News, April 21, 2016
by Sarah Varney

LOS ANGELES — Kimberly Cervantes has spent much of her young life learning to outwit the peri...

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Vancouver Prescriptions for Addicts Gain Attention as Heroin and Opioid Use Rises

New York Times, April 21, 2016
by Dan Levin

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Dave Napio started doing heroin over four decades ago, at 11 ye...

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Hearing Aid Prices Under Pressure From Consumer Electronics

New York Times, April 20, 2016
by Andrew Pollack

[...] The consumer electronics industry is encroaching on the hearing aid business, offering p...

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Zika:

Forbes, April 20, 2016
by Judy Stone

Alarming warnings to delay pregnancy for women in at-risk regions have been issued by the CDC, as w...

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Prizing Insurance: Prescription Drug Insurance as Innovation Incentive,

Harvard Journal of Law and Technology, Vol. 30, No. 1 (forthcoming)
by Rachel E. Sachs

Abstract: 

A problem perennially facing scholars of both intellectual property and health law...

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NIH Halts Some Research Amid Concerns Over Contamination And Safety

NPR, April 19, 2016
by Nell Greenfieldboyce

The National Institutes of Health has suspended work in two facilities that manufacture products gi...

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La. Governor Announces Medicaid Expansion Will Begin June 1, Save State $677M Over 5 Years

Kaiser Health News, April 19, 2016

KHN Morning Briefing
Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations

About 375,0...

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Justice Department, SEC Launch Probes Into Theranos’ Practices And Technology

Kaiser Health News, April 19, 2016

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations

The i...

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Promoting Healthcare Innovation on the Demand Side,

U of Michigan Law & Econ Research Paper No. 16-008; U of Michigan Public Law Research Paper No. 503
by Rebecca Eisenberg and W. Nicholson Price II (Academic Fellow Alumnus)

Abstract:

Innovation policy often focuses on the incentives of firms that sell new products. But o...

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More People Seek Genetic Testing, But There Aren’t Enough Counselors

NPR, April 18, 2016
by Todd Bookman

[...] Genetic testing can help diagnose a disease and estimate your future risks, based on DNA. It...

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New Polio Vaccine Rolled Out In Massive Synchronized Worldwide Switch

NPR, April 17, 2016
by Merrit Kennedy

Starting today, 155 countries and territories will start switching to a different polio vaccine.

T...

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Sperm Donor’s Profile Hid Mental Illness and Crime, Lawsuits Say

New York Times, April 17, 2016
by Christine Hauser

[...] Ms. Collins and Ms. Hanson, who live in Port Hope, Ontario, about 70 miles east of Toronto, w...

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Political Gridlock Blocks Missouri Database For Fighting Drug Abuse

Kaiser Health News, April 14, 2016
by Bram Sable-Smith

[...] In the battle against America’s surging opioid drug addiction, 49 states, the...

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Aid Groups Aim to Put Mental Health on World Agenda

New York Times, April 12, 2016
by Benedict Carey

Good mental health care is scarce in many parts of the United States, but it is nonexiste...

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Critics Say Medicare Cancer Drug Plan A ‘Dreadful Mistake,’

Kaiser Health News, April 11, 2016

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations

The O...

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The Female Viagra, Undone by a Drug Maker’s Dysfunction

New York Times, April 9, 2016
by Katie Thomas and Gretchen Morgenson

Last August, Sprout Pharmaceuticals had a new pill on its hands that quickly captured the nation&rs...

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When The Cost Of Care Triggers A Medical Deportation

NPR, April 9, 2016
by John Henning Schumann

[...] The best estimates suggest dozens or maybe a few hundred cases occur each year. I called seve...

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Abortion Providers In Utah Adapt To New Anesthesia Requirement

NPR, April 7, 2016
by Andrea Smardon

In Utah, a doctor performing an abortion will soon have to administer anesthesia after 20 weeks of...

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White House Warns More Money Needed On Zika: ‘We Should Not Play With Fire Here’

Kaiser Health News, April 7, 2016

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations

The O...

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Pfizer And IBM Launch Ambitious ‘Internet Of Things’ For Parkinson’s Research

Forbes, April 7, 2016
by Emily Mullin

Pfizer is betting big on the Internet of Things, or IoT, in medicine–that is, the connectivit...

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Book Review: FDA in the Twenty-First Century:The Challenges of Regulating Drugs and New Technologies

Journal of Law and the Biosciences, Vol. 3, Issue 1 (April 1, 2016)
by Ryan Abbot, reviewing book edited by Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director) and I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the review: 

FDA in the 21st Century is an excellent edited volume based on th...

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Signing Up Organ Donors in China Can Be an Uphill Battle

New York Times, April 6, 2016
by Didi Kirsten Tatlow

[...] About 300,000 Chinese people need transplants each year. In the face of this enormous ne...

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A Big Week For Parents:

NPR, April 6, 2016
by Camila Domonoske

Two record-setting parental-leave laws were passed this week, on opposite sides of the U.S.

In New...

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Pfizer, Allergan Call Off Their $150 Billion Merger

NPR, April 6, 2016
by Camila Domonoske

Pfizer and Allergan won't be merging after all, the companies announced Wednesday.

U.S. d...

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Scientists Say It’s Time To End ‘Parachute Research’

NPR, April 2, 2016
by Nurith Aizenman

Critics call them "parachute researchers": Scientists from wealthy nations who swoop in when a puzz...

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CRISPR, Are We Ready to Rewrite the Human Genome?

ECUSA Boston, March 24, 2016
by Speaker: Rachel Sachs (Academic Fellow)

Rachel Sachs (Academic Fellow) was a speaker at the ECUSA Boston event "CRISPR, Are We Ready to Rew...

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Faith charities eye Justice Kennedy in Obamacare birth control fight

The Washington Times, March 21, 2016
by Tom Howell Jr., quoting Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director)

Excerpt from article:

[...] The Justice Department argues that a victory for the nonprofits w...

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Feeling Better: What is the FDA doing, and how is it doing it?

The Weekly Standard, March 21, 2016
by by Devorah Goldman, reviewing FDA in the 21st Century by Holly F. Lynch (Executive Director) and I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Excerpt from the article:

[...] In his last State of the Union address, Barack Obama asked, &...

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Call for Papers: The Animal Welfare Act

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Call for Papers: The Animal Welfare Act
Harvard Law School

Deadline: April 5, 2016

The Animal Law & Policy Program at Harvard Law School is pleased to announce The Animal Welfare...

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FDA - Food

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Website for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, one of the agencies responsible for regulating t...

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Genetically Modified Crops

Foundation of American Scientists

An introduction to genetically modified crops, including key ecological concerns. 

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Title 21: Food and Drugs

Code of Federal Regulations

In Chapter I, Subchapter B, Parts 100-190, the regulations applicable to FDA’s oversight of f...

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Food, Genetically Modified

World Health Organization

Educational page providing general and technical information on genetically modified foods. 

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FDA - Guidance and Regulation

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Section of the FDA website containing FDA guidance and regulatory information applicable to food, i...

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Genetically Engineered Crops in the United States

United States Department of Agriculture, February 2014

Report by the USDA Economic Research Service on recent trends in adoption of genetically engineered...

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Food Code

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

The FDA’s Food Code is a model that assists food control jurisdictions at all levels of gover...

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Food from Genetically Engineered Plants

Food and Drug Administration

This FDA site includes consumer information about food from genetically engineered plants, as well...

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Consensus Statement on Electronic Health Predictive Analytics: A Guiding Framework

eGEMs (Generating Evidence & Methods to improve patient outcomes), 2016, Vol. 4, Issue 1
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director) et al.

Abstract

Context: The recent explosion in available electronic health record (EHR) data is mo...

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USDA - Food Safety

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service

Website for FSIS, an agency of the USDA responsible for ensuring food safety for meat, poultry, and...

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Genetically Engineered Crops: Past Experience and Future Prospects

National Academy of Science

Website announcing NAS study on the benefits and risks of GE crops. 

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What is a biobank? Differing definitions among biobank stakeholders

Clinical Genetics, March 2014
by Shaw et al.

An article discussing areas of agreement and difference in determining what constitutes a biob...

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Specimen Science: Ethics and Policy Implications

The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics

Many important advances in human health depend on the effective collection, storage, use, and shari...

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Foodborne Outbreaks

Centers for Disease Control

This site outlines the CDC’s role in investigation, surveillance, and prevention of food safe...

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Bioengineered (Genetically Engineered) Crops and Foods

American Medical Association

AMA statement on genetically engineered crops and foods. 

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Biorepositories and Biospecimen Research Branch

National Cancer Institute

Website for the BBRB, which provides leadership, tools, resources, and policies in biobanking...

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Food Safety

FoodSafety.gov

Describes provisions of the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011 and their role in strengthening t...

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