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Released: 5-May-2021 12:55 PM EDT
Urgent action needed to protect dolphins and porpoises from bycatch in European waters
Newcastle University

Marine scientists are calling on the EU to adopt a comprehensive plan to protect dolphins and porpoises from fisheries bycatch in European waters.

Newswise: Civil Engineering Experts Available for Infrastructure Insight
Released: 3-May-2021 6:00 AM EDT
Civil Engineering Experts Available for Infrastructure Insight
Arizona State University (ASU)

Eight Arizona State University civil engineering professors offer infrastructure insight: Roads and bridges; reservoirs, dams and waterways; underground construction, housing; sustainability and more.

Released: 30-Apr-2021 3:15 PM EDT
AERA Statement in Support of Teachers and Educators
American Educational Research Association (AERA)

As the end of the school year draws near, we want to acknowledge the incredible creativity, resilience, and hard work of educators this year. It has been a time like no other. Educators have experienced enormous stress and strain to adapt to constantly changing contexts amid concerns about their own health and the health of their students. Educators have also been challenged by the existing and ever increasing inequities between privileged and historically marginalized students in U.S. schools that the pandemic has underscored. These long-standing inequities have exacerbated the challenges teachers have had to manage this year, and have impacted the resources available to them in pivoting to pandemic teaching, as well as the conditions that their students and families are navigating.

Released: 30-Apr-2021 8:05 AM EDT
AIP, Member Societies Seek Presidential, Congressional Action on Key Scientific Issues
American Institute of Physics (AIP)

AIP and six scientific societies are calling on the new White House and 117th Congress to support research and education in the physical sciences to address critical issues facing our society. In the week of hearings on President Joe Biden's nominee to lead the White House OSTP, a letter sent to the president and congressional leaders highlights calls for action on these foundational issues and outlines several cornerstone policy issues that need attention, funding, and support.

Released: 29-Apr-2021 1:35 PM EDT
ASA Calls on National Medical and Nursing Organizations to Reject Medical Title Manipulation
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

Medical title manipulation, a growing concern across health care and medical specialties, confuses patients and creates discord in the care setting, ultimately risking patient safety. Today, the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) calls on the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs, the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists, and the National Council of State Boards of Nursing to reject any requests to manipulate and misappropriate medical titles.

Released: 29-Apr-2021 11:30 AM EDT
Menthol Cigarettes Banned: FDA Takes Bold Action to Save Lives
American Thoracic Society (ATS)

(April 29, 2021) NY, NY – In a historic move, the Biden Administration announced today its decision to ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars. The decision comes after a protracted battle in the courts in which the tobacco industry’s aggressive marketing of menthol cigarettes was challenged by medical and public health organizations, including the American Thoracic Society.

Newswise: New reports address COVID-19’s fiscal effects, policy possibilities
Released: 26-Apr-2021 12:50 PM EDT
New reports address COVID-19’s fiscal effects, policy possibilities
University of Illinois at Chicago

From revenue shortfalls to meeting increased demand for public services, the challenges facing government entities require atypical policies to deal with these issues in the COVID-19 era and beyond, according to new reports from the Government Finance Research Center at the University of Illinois Chicago.

Released: 22-Apr-2021 12:05 PM EDT
More belly weight increases danger of heart disease even if BMI does not indicate obesity
American Heart Association (AHA)

People with abdominal obesity and excess fat around the body's mid-section and organs have an increased risk of heart disease even if their body mass index (BMI) measurement is within a healthy weight range, according to a new Scientific Statement from the American Heart Association published today in the Association's flagship journal, Circulation.

Released: 22-Apr-2021 11:55 AM EDT
Endocrine Society calls on Congress to pass legislation to lower the price of insulin
Endocrine Society

The Endocrine Society is calling on Congress to pass legislation to lower the price of insulin and applauds the efforts of Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone Jr. (D-NJ), Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard E. Neal (D-MA), and Education and Labor Committee Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (D-VA) to reintroduce H.R. 3, the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act to improve access to affordable medications. In January, the Society published a position statement on insulin access and affordability, which recommends policymakers include government negotiation as part of an overall strategy to reduce insulin prices.

Released: 20-Apr-2021 3:10 PM EDT
House Reintroduces Bill to Modernize Medicare’s Chiropractic Coverage
American Chiropractic Association

The Chiropractic Coverage Modernization Act (H.R. 2654), introduced April 19 in the U.S. House of Representatives, would increase Medicare coverage of services provided by doctors of chiropractic within the full extent of their state licensure, enabling chiropractic patients to conveniently and safely access needed care.

Released: 20-Apr-2021 3:10 PM EDT
House Reintroduces Bill to Modernize Medicare’s Chiropractic Coverage
American Chiropractic Association

The Chiropractic Coverage Modernization Act (H.R. 2654), introduced April 19 in the U.S. House of Representatives, would increase Medicare coverage of services provided by doctors of chiropractic within the full extent of their state licensure, enabling chiropractic patients to conveniently and safely access needed care.

Released: 20-Apr-2021 2:20 PM EDT
AANA Applauds Presidential and Congressional Action to Delay Medicare Sequester
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

Healthcare providers, including Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs), will continue to receive resources to care for some of the most vulnerable patients with President Biden signing of H.R. 1186 to postpone a 2% cut to Medicare reimbursements for healthcare providers.

Released: 15-Apr-2021 11:40 AM EDT
FSMB Statement on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Medical Regulation and Health Care
Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB)

The Federation of State Medical Boards’ Board of Directors released a statement affirming its commitment to supporting an equitable health care system

Released: 14-Apr-2021 9:00 AM EDT
Endocrine Society Condemns Efforts to Block Access to Medical Care for Transgender Youth
Endocrine Society

Medical evidence, not politics, should inform treatment decisions

Released: 14-Apr-2021 9:00 AM EDT
Advocates from ASN Urges Congress to Change the Status Quo in Kidney Health
American Society of Nephrology (ASN)

• More than 37 million Americans live with kidney diseases. • 800,000 Americans have kidney failure, a condition for which there is no cure. • Kidney diseases disproportionately affect communities of color. • COVID-19, especially deadly for people with kidney diseases, has highlighted the urgent need for change

Released: 12-Apr-2021 9:00 AM EDT
AERA Council Votes to Keep Association Meetings Out of States that Pass Anti-Trans Laws
American Educational Research Association (AERA)

Washington, April 8—Today, members of the American Educational Research Association’s Council unanimously passed this resolution.

Released: 7-Apr-2021 8:15 AM EDT
coalition s new leadership renews focus on advocating for academic scientific computation2
Penn State Institute for Computational and Data Sciences

Computers play an integral role in nearly every discipline of research today, giving scientists the ability to discover new drugs, develop new materials, forecast the impacts of climate change, and solve some of today’s most challenging problems.

Released: 2-Apr-2021 12:45 PM EDT
Global Virus Network (GVN) Catalyzes World Health Organization (WHO) to Officially Recognize HTLV-1 as Threatening Pathogen to Humans
Global Virus Network

During GVN’s 9th International Meeting in Melbourne, Australia on September 25-27, 2017 in partnership with the Peter Doherty Institute and the Institut Pasteur, researchers held impressive sessions on one of the most potent human carcinogens, human T cell leukemia virus-1 (HTLV-1).

Released: 31-Mar-2021 9:05 PM EDT
Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance Statement on Weak Guidance on Ivermectin from the World Health Organization (WHO)
Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance (FLCCC Alliance)

WHO ignores significant data, including several large clinical trials, while claiming insufficient evidence to recommend the use of ivermectin to prevent and treat COVID-19

Released: 31-Mar-2021 11:55 AM EDT
Practice Advisory: Contrast Agent Used in Pain Procedures Linked to Brain Damage and Death
American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA)

The American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine has joined 10 other pain societies in issuing a practice advisory on the use of gadolinium-based contrast agents. This off-label use is an alternative option for patients with hypersensitivity to the traditional contrast medium.

Released: 31-Mar-2021 8:00 AM EDT
For the Health of Everyone, Equitable Access to COVID-19 Vaccines Urgently and Quickly Needed in All Countries
American Thoracic Society (ATS)

An article launched today by the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS), an organization comprised of the world's leading international respiratory societies, including the American Thoracic Society, highlights COVID-19 efficacy and safety and calls for urgent equitable access in all countries.

Released: 30-Mar-2021 4:35 PM EDT
ACI Urges FDA to Address Hand Sanitizer Safety Concerns
American Cleaning Institute

The American Cleaning Institute (ACI) is pressing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to clarify policies on labeling and refilling practices involving hand sanitizers. In a letter sent to the agency, ACI expressed concerns related to the “new, increasingly widespread practice of providing hand sanitizers to consumers in public settings...that are often sold in bulk and used to fill existing dispensers, which can create a serious risk to public health and safety.”

Released: 30-Mar-2021 9:40 AM EDT
National Neurosurgery Organizations Collaborate to Establish Professionalism Policy for Meetings, Professional Events
Henry Ford Health System

Ellen Air, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Neurosurgery Residency Program at Henry Ford Health System and Chair-Elect of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)/Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) Joint Section on Women in Neurosurgery, is co-author of a new Professionalism and Harassment Model Policy created to provide a code of ethical behavior that promotes professional growth and the free exchange of ideas at neurosurgical meetings, educational courses, conferences and other sponsored events.

Newswise: Global Respiratory Groups Join WHO, Calling On World Leaders to Act On the Commitments Made to End TB
Released: 24-Mar-2021 8:00 AM EDT
Global Respiratory Groups Join WHO, Calling On World Leaders to Act On the Commitments Made to End TB
American Thoracic Society (ATS)

In support of World TB Day, March 24, the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS), of which the American Thoracic Society is a founding member, joins the World Health Organization campaign urging governments to act on the commitments made to end TB.

Released: 23-Mar-2021 2:45 PM EDT
AANA Congratulates New HHS Secretary, Urges Fair Reimbursement Policies for Advanced Practice Providers
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

he American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) and the nation’s 57,000 Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) and student registered nurse anesthetists congratulate Xavier Becerra on his confirmation as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The AANA is committed to working with Becerra and his staff to reduce barriers to CRNA practice, which will help expand access to care and make healthcare more affordable for all.

Released: 22-Mar-2021 12:05 PM EDT
Association of American Cancer Institutes Issues Statement Condemning Racism, Violence
Association of American Cancer Institutes (AACI)

In a formal statement, the Association of American Cancer Institutes (AACI) condemned racism, discrimination, and gun violence, urging that these issues be confronted as public health crises.

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Released: 22-Mar-2021 10:45 AM EDT
"Store Not Décor”: New Campaign Aims to Prevent Accidental Poisonings in Children
American Cleaning Institute

New research from the American Cleaning Institute (ACI) finds nearly 13% of Americans are not storing liquid laundry packets in their original child resistant containers. In response, ACI has launched the #StoreNotDecor Challenge to help families recognize unsafe storage trends and raise awareness of the importance of laundry safety. The #StoreNotDecor Challenge will be powered by a variety of digital influencers across Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter and Pinterest encouraging followers to participate.

19-Mar-2021 5:10 PM EDT
Health Providers Call on NY State to End Decades of Neglect of Chronic Disease Disaster in Poor Communities with Investment in Community-Based Preventive Programs That Can Save Thousands of Lives and Billions of Public Health Tax Dollars
Health People

State leaders have the opportunity to reverse decades of deadly neglect of Black and Brown communities where diabetes and other chronic diseases have devastated lives and families, a crisis that has worsened through the COVID epidemic, heath providers and city leaders said outside Governor Cuomo’s office in Manhattan as they announced the kickoff of the New York Wellness Initiative on Monday.

Released: 18-Mar-2021 1:50 PM EDT
Arkansas Society of Anesthesiologists and American Society of Anesthesiologists Applaud Arkansas Senate Public Health Committee on Passing SB 505 Giving Protection to Patients Prescribed Opioids
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

The Arkansas Society of Anesthesiologists (ARSA) and the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) today applaud bill sponsor Sen. Cecile Bledsoe and the Arkansas Senate Public Health, Labor and Welfare Committee for helping to ensure the safety of patients prescribed opioids. Arkansas State Drug Director Kirk Lane and Jonathan Goree, M.D., a physician anesthesiologist and pain medicine specialist, testified for the bill.

Released: 18-Mar-2021 10:00 AM EDT
To Provide Safe, High-Quality Care for Veterans, Congresswomen Requests Permanent Full Practice Authority for CRNAs
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

To expand access to safe, high-quality anesthesia services to veterans during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) requested that Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) be granted full practice authority permanently across U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities.

Released: 17-Mar-2021 5:15 PM EDT
Leaders of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Ask Congress to Delay Medicare Sequester
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

Leaders of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) have asked Congress to prevent a 2% cut to Medicare reimbursements for healthcare providers effective March 31, 2021.

Released: 17-Mar-2021 4:20 PM EDT
Statement by AERA Executive Director Felice J. Levine and President Shaun R. Harper on the Shootings in Atlanta and Growing Anti-Asian Violence
American Educational Research Association (AERA)

The shooting deaths of eight people, including six women of Asian descent, in Atlanta yesterday is a horrendous tragedy, and just the latest incident in an ever growing wave of mass violence in our country. We extend our deepest sympathy to the loved ones of the victims and to communities in Atlanta and across the United States that have been deeply affected by this senseless assault.

Released: 15-Mar-2021 1:45 PM EDT
Same-sex marriage exposes ‘cavernous divide’ between Vatican, Catholics
Cornell University

The Vatican’s orthodoxy office has issued a formal response to a question about whether Catholic clergy have the authority to bless same-sex unions, saying the Catholic Church won’t bless same-sex unions since God “cannot bless sin.”

Released: 9-Mar-2021 11:35 AM EST
ASA Applauds New Hampshire Supreme Court’s Decision to Ban Nurses’ Use of Physician Term, Anesthesiologist
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) today applauds the New Hampshire Supreme Court for upholding the New Hampshire Board of Medicine’s decision that health care professionals using the term “anesthesiologist” must be licensed physicians and meet all of the requirements to practice medicine in the state.

Released: 8-Mar-2021 8:50 AM EST
Radiology Societies Urge HHS to Reject Proposed Deregulation of Specific AI Software
American College of Radiology (ACR)

In a March 5, 2021 letter from the American College of Radiology® (ACR®), Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) urged US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) officials to reject a “midnight” proposal by the immediate-past HHS Secretary to permanently exempt certain medical devices from the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) 510(k) premarket notification requirements.

3-Mar-2021 1:30 PM EST
A Call to Action to Address Racial Inequities in Medical Tests
American Society of Nephrology (ASN)

A new perspective article published in CJASN examines how the use of race in calculating kidney function, as well as other aspects of health, can cause harm to patients.

Newswise: Special Ed Suit Against CA, Newsom Settled, Acknowledging Federal and State Law Requires In-Person Services for Students with Special Needs
Released: 5-Mar-2021 8:55 AM EST
Special Ed Suit Against CA, Newsom Settled, Acknowledging Federal and State Law Requires In-Person Services for Students with Special Needs
Special Education Law Division; Law Offices of Sheila C. Bayne

After the settlement, Governor Newsom unveiled California’s Safe Schools for All Plan, setting the record straight and setting precedent for other states.

Newswise: National panel chaired by PPPL expert urges the government and private sector to produce net electricity in fusion pilot plant by 2035-2040
Released: 4-Mar-2021 2:55 PM EST
National panel chaired by PPPL expert urges the government and private sector to produce net electricity in fusion pilot plant by 2035-2040
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Article details report urging the U.S. to immediately invest in resolving the scientific and technical issues required to design and build a fusion-powered pilot plant

Released: 4-Mar-2021 2:40 PM EST
No Magic Pills: For National Nutrition Month® 2021, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Recommends Nutrient-Rich Foods for Vitamins, Minerals
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Good nutrition is essential for a healthy immune system, which may offer protection from seasonal illness and other health problems. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommends focusing on food to get the vitamins and minerals your body needs to stay healthy.

Released: 3-Mar-2021 8:00 AM EST
For National Nutrition Month® 2021, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Encourages Reimagining Traditional Dishes
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

For National Nutrition Month®, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages everyone to embrace their individuality: Create healthful eating patterns with the foods they love.

Released: 1-Mar-2021 10:40 AM EST
ASTRO applauds nominations of Chiquita Brooks-LaSure as CMS administrator and Elizabeth Fowler as CMMI director
American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)

The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) today expressed its support for President Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s nomination of Chiquita Brooks-LaSure as administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the appointment of Elizabeth Fowler as director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI).

Released: 1-Mar-2021 8:00 AM EST
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Join Ad Council’s National Campaign to Educate Public on COVID Vaccines
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) is part of a national campaign to provide fact-based answers to questions about the COVID-19 vaccine.

Released: 25-Feb-2021 4:50 PM EST
American Society of Nephrology Leads Efforts to Advance Equitable Distribution of Covid-19 Vaccines to Dialysis Patients
American Society of Nephrology (ASN)

Washington, DC (February 25, 2021) —The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) is spearheading efforts to secure direct federal allocation of COVID-19 vaccines to dialysis patients and frontline dialysis workers. This allocation would improve access for a vulnerable patient population, more than half of whom are Black, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, and Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islanders (NHPIs).

Released: 22-Feb-2021 1:30 PM EST
Leading Health and Cancer Advocacy Groups Unite to Reduce Racial Disparities in Cancer Care
National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®)

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) and the National Minority Quality Forum (NMQF) presented new ideas for overcoming inequality in oncology. The recommendations address how medical systems often disproportionately fail minority patients.

Released: 22-Feb-2021 10:35 AM EST
S&T Releases New Information Resource to Address African Swine Fever Proactively
Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

S&T released today the ASF Master Question List (MQL), a comprehensive resource that provides an up-to-date authoritative summary of publicly available information about the virus to promote coordinated research and improved emergency response preparedness.

Released: 19-Feb-2021 12:10 PM EST
The US Must Address the Rising Rates of HIV infections among Latinx Sexual and Gender Minorities, Says New Analysis
George Washington University

In 2019, the U.S. rolled out a new initiative aimed at ending the HIV epidemic by the year 2030. In a new analysis published in The Lancet, Carlos Rodriguez-Diaz, an Associate Professor at the George Washington University, suggests that initiative will fail unless the U.S. addresses the rising rates of HIV infection in Latinx sexual and gender minority populations.

Released: 17-Feb-2021 3:35 PM EST
Cancer Organizations Urge Priority Access to COVID-19 Vaccine for Cancer Patients, Survivors
Association of American Cancer Institutes (AACI)

130 cancer centers and other cancer organizations sent a letter to President Joseph R. Biden, key members of his administration, and leading state public health officials to strongly encourage prioritizing patients with cancer and survivors of cancer when administering lifesaving COVID-19 vaccines.

Newswise: Comunicado del grupo de trabajo ad hoc de la ILAE y la Sociedad Americana de Epilepsia (AES) después de la advertencia de lamotrigina en Estados Unidos
Released: 16-Feb-2021 9:50 AM EST
Comunicado del grupo de trabajo ad hoc de la ILAE y la Sociedad Americana de Epilepsia (AES) después de la advertencia de lamotrigina en Estados Unidos
International League Against Epilepsy

Tras la reciente advertencia de seguridad emitida por la Administración de Alimentos y Medicamentos de los Estados Unidos sobre la lamotrigina, un grupo de trabajo ad hoc ha elaborado un documento de revisión acerca de cómo minimizar los riesgos de seguridad.

Newswise: Joint task force reassures clinicians, patients after US lamotrigine warning
Released: 16-Feb-2021 9:35 AM EST
Joint task force reassures clinicians, patients after US lamotrigine warning
International League Against Epilepsy

Following a recent safety warning issued by the US Food and Drug Administration on lamotrigine, a joint task force of the ILAE and American Epilepsy Society published an advisory for health care professionals that discusses how to minimize cardiac-related safety risks in patients taking lamotrigine.

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Released: 11-Feb-2021 5:15 PM EST
ACR COVID-19 Vaccine Guidance Recommends Vaccination, Addresses Immunosuppressant Drugs & Patient Concerns
American College of Rheumatology (ACR)

The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) has released its COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Guidance Summary that provides an official recommendation to vaccinate rheumatology patients with musculoskeletal, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. Important considerations and caveats on how to approach vaccination are included for patients with high disease activity and/or those taking immunosuppressant treatments.


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