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Bypassing Editorial Board, Science Journal’s Publisher Replaces Editor, Withdraws Paper


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Bypassing Editorial Board, Science Journal’s Publisher Replaces Editor, Withdraws Paper

Taylor & Francis’s actions undermine the credibility and independence of the International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health. As someone who has published articles in that journal, I hope that the publisher carefully considers the editorial board’s plea and reverses its decision to replace the long-time public-health-oriented editor with someone who serves as a corporate consultant. In the spirit of the March for Science, the publisher, Taylor & Francis, should leave decisions on the membership of journals’ editorial boards, the appointment of the Editor-in-Chief, and whether to publish—or retract—articles to the journals’ independent editorial board of scientists.


By CSPI, USA,


Health Policy Resource.

The Senate Should Not Be Complicit in Trump’s Regulatory Deform Agenda


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The Senate Should Not Be Complicit in Trump’s Regulatory Deform Agenda

President Donald Trump and extremists in Congress are working to dismantle the regulatory system that keeps our air breathable, our water drinkable, and our food, drugs, toys, workplaces, and consumer products safe.


By CSPI, USA,


Health Policy Resource.

“Healthy” Definition Should Steer Consumers to Fruits & Vegetables: CSPI


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“Healthy” Definition Should Steer Consumers to Fruits & Vegetables: CSPI

The Food and Drug Administration’s official definition of “healthy” should steer consumers toward fruits, vegetables, and other under-consumed healthy foods—and away from their unhealthy competitors in the processed food aisles, according to comments submitted to the agency by the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest. Since September 2016, the FDA has been seeking public comment on an updated definition for the term, last defined by the agency in the 1990s.


By CSPI, USA,


Health Policy Resource.

Federal District Court Permanently Blocks Louisiana’s Texas-style Clinic Shutdown Law


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Federal District Court Permanently Blocks Louisiana’s Texas-style Clinic Shutdown Law

The Louisiana measure—which was signed by Governor Bobby Jindal in June 2014 and forces any doctor who provides abortion care to obtain admitting privileges at a local hospital—threatens to shutter two of the three remaining abortion clinics in the state. If the majority of Louisiana’s clinics were to close, the closest provider of safe and legal abortion for many women in the state would have been in Jackson, Mississippi—a clinic that is only open due to a court order obtained by the Center for Reproductive Rights.


By CSPI, USA,


Health Policy Resource.

Biotech Blog—Shopping for Soda Tax Working as Intended in Berkeley


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Biotech Blog—Shopping for Soda Tax Working as Intended in Berkeley

For Berkeley, Calif., to reduce soda sales by 10 percent—and to raise water sales by 16 percent—is a huge public-health victory. It shows that the soda tax enacted in Berkeley is working as intended. And rather than costing the city, the soda tax represents a brand-new revenue stream, which Berkeley is using for important health programs. We hope voters and policymakers elsewhere in the country will review the findings published in PLoS Medicine and press for soda taxes in their communities.


By CSPI, USA,


Health Policy Resource.

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