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OECD Health Statistics 2016

“The online database OECD Health Statistics 2016 was released on June 30 and all datasets have been updated on October 12.  The OECD Health Database offers the most comprehensive source of comparable statistics on health and health systems across OECD countries. It is an essential tool to carry out comparative analyses and draw lessons from international comparisons of diverse health systems.”

Pew – U.S. Public Divides Over Food Science

Differing views on benefits and risks of organic foods, GMOs as Americans report higher priority for healthy eating, By Cary Funk and Brian Kennedy – “Food has become a flashpoint in American culture and politics. In the past generation, Americans have witnessed the introduction of genetically modified crops, the rise of the organic food industry,… Continue Reading

24/7 Wall St – Ranking Gender Inequality in All 50 States

“For many Americans, the election of Donald Trump represents a step back for the feminist movement. Whether or not the president-elect’s policies will result in meaningful progress for women’s rights, there remain severe inequalities the nation has yet to overcome. These issues include a gender pay gap, a lack of flexibility in the workplace during… Continue Reading

Paper – The Impact of Paid Leave on Female Employment Outcomes

Sarin, Natasha R, The Impact of Paid Leave on Female Employment Outcomes (November 29, 2016). Available for download at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2877015 “This paper provides evidence on the impact of paid leave legislation on female employment outcomes. Using a difference-in-differences and difference-in-difference-in-differences strategy, I study the impact of two state-level programs in California and New Jersey.… Continue Reading

Paper – The broad footprint of climate change from genes to biomes to people

The broad footprint of climate change from genes to biomes to people – Science 11 Nov 2016: Vol. 354, Issue 6313,DOI: 10.1126/science.aaf7671 “…The many observed impacts of climate change at different levels of biological organization point toward an increasingly unpredictable future for humans. Reduced genetic diversity in crops, inconsistent crop yields, decreased productivity in fisheries… Continue Reading

Enforcement Policy Statement on Marketing Claims for OTC Homeopathic Drugs

“The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is issuing this Policy Statement to provide guidance regarding its enforcement policy with respect to marketing claims for over-the-counter (OTC) homeopathic drugs. It applies only to OTC products intended solely for self- limiting disease conditions amenable to self-diagnosis of symptoms and treatment.The Commission believes this Policy Statement is appropriate in… Continue Reading

Kasier – Key Medicaid Questions Post-Election

“Medicaid covers about 73 million people nationwide.  Jointly financed by the federal and state governments, states have substantial flexibility to administer the program under existing law.  Medicaid provides health insurance for low-income children and adults, financing for the safety net, and is the largest payer for long-term care services in the community and nursing homes… Continue Reading

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) Transitional Reinsurance Program

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) Transitional Reinsurance Program. Namrata K. Uberoi, Analyst in Health Care Financing; Edward C. Liu, Legislative Attorney. November 16, 2016. “Section 1341 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA; P.L. 111-148, as amended) establishes a transitional reinsurance program that is designed to provide payment to non-grandfathered,… Continue Reading

CRISPR: A Revolutionary Tool for Editing the Code of Life?

CRS report via FAS – CRS INSIGHT – CRISPR: A Revolutionary Tool for Editing the Code of Life? November 17, 2016 (IN10610). “CRISPR-cas9 (CRISPR for short) is a new gene editing tool that offers the potential for substantial improvements in ease of use, speed, efficacy, and cost. Many in the scientific, engineering, and business communities… Continue Reading

GAO Reports – Drug Compounding, Federal Housing Finance Agency, Hazardous Materials Rail Shipments, Youth with Autism

Certificated Expenditures: Executive Office of the President Fiscal Year 2015 Certificated Expenditures Were Spent for Authorized Purposes, GAO-17-116R: Published: Nov 17, 2016. Publicly Released: Nov 17, 2016. Drug Compounding: FDA Has Taken Steps to Implement Compounding Law, but Some States and Stakeholders Reported Challenges, GAO-17-64: Published: Nov 17, 2016. Publicly Released: Nov 17, 2016. Federal… Continue Reading

FTC Enforcement Policy Statement – Marketing Claims for Over-the-Counter Homeopathic Drugs

“The Federal Trade Commission today announced a new “Enforcement Policy Statement on Marketing Claims for Over-the-Counter (OTC) Homeopathic Drugs.”  The policy statement was informed by an FTC workshop held last year to examine how such drugs are marketed to consumers. The FTC also released its staff report on the workshop, which summarizes the panel presentations… Continue Reading

GAO Reports – Air Traffic Control, Financial Audits of Federal Reserve, CFPB, FHFA, SEC, Preventing llicit Drug Use

Air Traffic Control: Experts’ and Stakeholders’ Views on Key Issues to Consider in a Potential Restructuring, GAO-17-131: Published: Oct 13, 2016. Publicly Released: Nov 15, 2016. Corporate Shareholder Meetings: Proxy Advisory Firms’ Role in Voting and Corporate Governance Practices, GAO-17-47: Published: Nov 15, 2016. Publicly Released: Nov 15, 2016. Federal Reserve: Additional Actions Could Help… Continue Reading