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Retiring Senate champion introduces legislation to keep our children healthy

Posted by Lisa Hughes, Senior Director of Policy and Advocacy on February 12th, 2013 | No Comments »
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Senator Tom Harkin (IA) recently announced that he would not be seeking reelection to the U.S. Senate in 2014, ending a tenure of public service that began in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1974, followed by election to the U.S. Senate in 1984. Senator Harkin can be cited as a champion of many important health issues – the Americans with Disabilities Act, embryonic stem cell research and medical research funding – to name just ...

States receive an “F” in spending to reduce tobacco

Posted by Prevent Cancer Foundation Staff on January 24th, 2013 | No Comments »
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A new report released by the American Lung Association shows that most U.S. states are failing in their efforts to use tobacco tax or legal settlement money to fund smoking prevention or cessation programs. In the "State of Tobacco Control 2013" report the American Lung Association graded states on their efforts to reduce tobacco use, giving 42 states an “F” in failing to invest even 50 percent of the amount of money recommended by the ...

The Supreme Court speaks on embryonic stem cell research

Posted by Lisa Hughes, Director of Policy & Advocacy on January 17th, 2013 | No Comments »
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Last week, the United States Supreme Court rejected a request to ban U.S.-funded research on human embryonic stem cells (hESCs). The decision brings an end to a long legal battle that has further cast a shadow on progress in hESC studies for over 3 years. The decision ends the suit of Sherley v. Sebelius, filed in August of 2009 by two researchers who study adult stem cells who challenged an Executive Order signed by President Barack ...

Quality of Americans’ health will fall if Congress goes off the cliff

Posted by Meghan Keane, Public Affairs Policy & Advocacy Associate on December 13th, 2012 | No Comments »
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Over the past several weeks, the term “fiscal cliff” has become a household term. It seems as if you can’t turn on the evening news, pick up a newspaper, or check your Twitter newsfeed without hearing about it.  The political landscape changes daily, no hourly, about compromises and standoffs.  As the Policy and Advocacy Associate at the Prevent Cancer Foundation, I can honestly say that I understand your pain, America. Over the past few months ...