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Lack of regulatory control over dietary supplements leaves consumers with no safety net

Via The Atlantic – Why ‘Dietary Supplements’ Can Contain Anything – “Six past FDA commissioners regret their inability to ensure safety and purity of products due to the political power of the industry.”

GAO Reports – Highway Trust Fund, Army Working Capital Fund, Defense Facility Condition, Defense Health Care, Federal Prison System, Commercial Space

Highway Trust Fund Administrative Expenses of the Federal Highway Administration, GAO-16-631R :Published: Jun 24, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 24, 2016 Army Working Capital Fund: Army Industrial Operations Could Improve Budgeting and Management of Carryover, GAO-16-543: Published: Jun 23, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 23, 2016 Defense Facility Condition: Revised Guidance Needed to Improve Oversight of Assessments… Continue Reading

Paper – Health Benefits from Nature Experiences Depend on Dose

Not to put too fine a point on it – but – there is no actual dosage level of being in nature – try daily – as often as possible – bring nature to you by creating your own garden – walking around your neighborhood or in the area where you work, what ever you… Continue Reading

CDC investigation: Blood lead levels higher after switch to Flint River water

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today released the results of its investigation into the potential health impact that lead contamination in the Flint, Michigan water supply had on the blood lead levels of local children.  The findings indicate that when the source of the water supply was switched to the Flint River,… Continue Reading

Genome-editing technology CRISPR-Cas9 obtains initial federal approval for human testing

“A federal biosafety and ethics panel on Tuesday unanimously approved the first study in patients of the genome-editing technology CRISPR-Cas9, in an experiment that would use CRISPR to create genetically altered immune cells to attack three kinds of cancer. It had been widely expected that the first human use of CRISPR would be a 2017 clinical trial… Continue Reading

Infographic – A Snapshot of Cancer Spending and Outcomes

Gonzalez S, Cox C, Jankiewicz A, Rousseau D, for the Kaiser Family Foundation. A Snapshot of Cancer Spending and Outcomes  JAMA. 2016;315(23):2512. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.7250. “This Visualizing Health Policy infographic provides details on cancer spending and outcomes in the United States. The U.S. cancer mortality rate, 203 deaths per 100,000 population, was slightly lower than in comparable… Continue Reading

Foot Traffic Ahead 2016

Smart Growth America – George Washington University – Ranking Walkable Urbanism in America’s Largest Metros – 2016 “The end of sprawl is in sight. For perhaps the first time in 60 years, walkable urban places (WalkUPs) in all 30 of the largest metros are gaining market share over their drivable sub-urban competition—and showing substantially higher… Continue Reading

Searching for symptom related answers on Google

Google Official Blog: “So starting in the coming days, when you ask Google about symptoms like “headache on one side,” we’ll show you a list of related conditions (“headache,” “migraine,” “tension headache,” “cluster headache,” “sinusitis,” and “common cold”). For individual symptoms like “headache,” we’ll also give you an overview description along with information on self-treatment… Continue Reading

CRS – Trends in Child Care Spending from the CCDF and TANF

Trends in Child Care Spending from the CCDF and TANF, Karen E. Lynch, Specialist in Social Policy. June 16, 2016. “The Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) is the main source of federal funding dedicated primarily to child care subsidies for low-income working families. The term “CCDF” was coined in regulation by the U.S. Department… Continue Reading

UN – ‘Unprecedented’ 65 million people displaced by war and persecution in 2015

“The number of people displaced from their homes due to conflict and persecution last year exceeded 60 million for the first time in United Nations history, a tally greater than the population of the United Kingdom, or of Canada, Australia and New Zealand combined, says a new report released on World Refugee Day today. The… Continue Reading

1,4 – Dioxane in Cape Fear River Basin of North Carolina: An Initial Screening and Source Identification Study

North Carolina Division of Water Resources. 2016. 1,4-dioxane in the Cape Fear River basin of North Carolina: An initial screening and source identification study. Raleigh, North Carolina: North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality. “Abstract – 1,4-dioxane is an emerging contaminant of concern that is being monitored in drinking water throughout the United States as part… Continue Reading

The Pollution in People: Cancer-Causing Chemicals in Americans’ Bodies

Environmental Working Group, Curt DellaValle, Senior Scientist. June 14, 2016. “More than 1,400 chemicals and chemical groups are known or likely carcinogens. Through industrial applications, consumer products and food, water and air, Americans are exposed daily to these cancer-causing compounds, which invade the body and build up in blood and urine. Federal health officials have… Continue Reading