A proposed EPA rule that would sharply restrict the studies the agency can use when regulating faces pushback from the agency’s Science Advisory Board and a bipartisan group of more than 100 Congress members. The agency has extended the comment period and scheduled a hearing, but still seems determined to move ahead with a deeply flawed rule.
Recent pieces address the death toll from Hurricane Maria, how “religious freedom” restricts civil rights, Ebola vaccination efforts, and more.
The Trump administration’s latest move to deny reproductive autonomy to women with low incomes takes the form of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on major changes to the Title X family planning program.
A week before Mother’s Day, providers, advocates, and mothers gathered on the National Mall to call for policy and practice changes to reduce the US’s shameful maternal mortality statistics.
Recent pieces address how a pharmaceutical company pushed risky pain drugs, FEMA’s failures in Puerto Rico, what cuts to food stamps mean for rural communities, and more.
Last week, EPA administrator Scott Pruitt announced a proposed rule that would dramatically shrink the pool of high-quality evidence EPA can use in regulations. Pruitt claims the rule will advance transparency, but it will really just make it harder to protect public health.
Recent pieces address the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 Census, Pruitt’s attempt to restrict EPA’s use of science, police shootings of unarmed black men, and more.
NIH’s National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) has funded a randomized trial comparing moderate alcohol consumption and abstention — but most of the money for the study is from the alcohol industry. Recent revelations about early communications between scientists and beverage companies make it harder to have full confidence in the study’s eventual findings.
U.S. Representative Louise Slaughter has died at age 88, after three decades of fighting for women’s rights and public health in Congress.