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New study confirms people more activated in their care have better health outcomes and lower costs

Business Wire March 2, 2015
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SAN FRANCISCO -- Today, an important question about the value of patient activation was answered in a new study published in the March issue of Health Affairs: Can increases in patient activation improve health outcomes and lower costs? Yes, according to the authors of the largest, longitudinal investigation to date. ...

Parties to the Nauru Agreement initiate full-scale trials of electronic catch documentation system for observers

World Wildlife Fund March 2, 2015
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WWF welcomes the decision of the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) to initiate full-scale trials of an innovative catch documentation system (eCDS) for on-board fisheries observers. The new system, which uses near real-time data through Android tablets and satellite transmitters is expected to substantially enhance the quality, reliability, and ...

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Wider attention for gain-of-function science

By Harvey Fineberg Science February 27, 2015
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An editorial from Moore Foundation president Harvey Fineberg appears today in Science magazine. The editorial draws attention to gain-of-function (GOF) research, which focuses on pathogens with pandemic potential such as influenza. The U.S. government halted funding for GOF research in October 2014 to assess benefits and risks.

Read the full editorial ...

Betty Irene Moore Nursing Initiative

UCSF reduces heart failure readmissions and inpatient hospital costs

February 25, 2015
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Strategies designed to help heart failure patients transitioning from the hospital to their home or other setting can reduce hospital readmission rates and associated costs, according to a study published in the Cardiology Research Journal. Conducted by the Heart Failure Readmission Program at the University of California, San Francisco, ...

Two Bay Area science museum grantees selected as finalists for National Medal for Museum and Library Service

February 24, 2015
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We are proud to see two of our San Francisco Bay Area program grantees, the Chabot Space & Science Center (Oakland, CA) and The Tech Museum of Innovation (San Jose, CA) named among the 30 finalists for the National Medal for Museum and Library Service.

The National Medal is awarded ...

Fair Trade writes new chapter in story of tuna

By Tim Fitzgerald, Environmental Defense Fund National Geographic Voices February 19, 2015
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Tuna is the second most popular seafood in the United States, yet for most Americans, it’s a non-descript protein puck that inevitably gets mixed with mayonnaise and celery. Maybe the tuna in that can came from the Philippines, or Micronesia? Perhaps it was caught by a Japanese vessel and transferred ...

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Doctors strive to do less harm by inattentive care

By Gina Kolata New York Times February 18, 2015
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Relieving patient suffering, not from disease but rather from care that is received, has become an important and pressing issue for health care professionals. The questions have been how to measure it and what to do about it. Foundation grantee, Dr. Ken Sands at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center shares ...

Can better data help save the oceans? This big foundation thinks so

By Tate Williams Inside Philanthropy February 18, 2015
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Data and oceans are two of the biggest topics in philanthropy these days, and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation is a leader in both. One of its latest grants targets the intersection of the two, just off the Mid-Atlantic coast.

The foundation recently awarded $1.6 million to Monmouth University ...

WWF: Tuna sector making huge strides toward sustainability

By Drew Cherry Intrafish February 13, 2015
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Bill Fox, vice president Fisheries, WWF US, had an optimistic view of the strides taken to improve the sustainability in the tuna sector of late.

"I've seen more progress in the last five years than in my entire career," he said, speaking at a seminar on the sustainable sourcing policies ...

National Patient Safety Foundation urges stakeholders to be "United in Safety" for Patient Safety Awareness Week, March 8-14

February 12, 2015
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Boston, Mass. (Feb. 12, 2015)—Patient and family engagement in health care is the focus as the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) leads Patient Safety Awareness Week, March 8-14, 2015. This year’s theme, United in Safety, underscores the fact that everyone has a role to play in ensuring safe care, and ...

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