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November 2014 Vital Signs Issue: HIV Care Saves Lives

“Viral suppression is key for people living with HIV. Viral suppression means having very low levels of HIV in the body, even though the virus is still there. Achieving viral suppression by taking HIV medicines allows people living with HIV to have nearly normal lifespans and greatly reduces their chances of transmitting the virus. WhileContinue Reading

Search engine for the Internet of Things

“Thingful® is a search engine for the Internet of Things, providing a unique geographical index of connected objects around the world, including energy, radiation, weather, and air quality devices as well as seismographs, iBeacons, ships, aircraft and even animal trackers. Thingful’s powerful search capabilities enable people to find devices, datasets and realtime data sources byContinue Reading

Ambulatory Health Care Services Receipts and Employment on the Rise

“Receipts for the nation’s 582,733 ambulatory health care services establishments (NAICS 621) totaled $825.7 billion in 2012, up 23.5 percent from $668.5 billion in 2007, according to the latest economic census statistics released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. Employment in this industry increased 15.1 percent, from 5.7 million in 2007 to 6.6 million in 2012,Continue Reading

FDA Menu and Vending Machines Labeling Requirements

“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has finalized two rules requiring that calorie information be listed on menus and menu boards in chain restaurants and similar retail food establishments and vending machines. Menu labeling final rule: Applies to restaurants and similar retail food establishments if they are part of a chain of 20 or moreContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Group Purchasing Organizations, Medicare Program Integrity, Defense Logistics, Vaccine Injury Compensation

Group Purchasing Organizations: Funding Structure Has Potential Implications for Medicare Costs, GAO-15-13: Published: Oct 24, 2014. Publicly Released: Nov 24, 2014. Medicare Program Integrity: CMS Pursues Many Practices to Address Prescription Drug Fraud, Waste, and Abuse, GAO-15-66: Published: Oct 24, 2014. Publicly Released: Nov 24, 2014. Defense Logistics: Greater Awareness of Recommendations and Improvements in Data QualityContinue Reading

NFL Concussion Settlement: How Much is a Brain Worth to the NFL?

Video via FRONTLINE: “Thousands of former NFL players are suing the National Football League over brain injuries they got while playing the game. But no brain is the same. So, what is a brain injury worth to the NFL? FRONTLINE explains.”

Global Disease Monitoring and Forecasting with Wikipedia

Global Disease Monitoring and Forecasting with Wikipedia by Nicholas Generous, Geoffrey Fairchild, Alina Deshpande, Sara Y. Del Valle, Reid Priedhorsky. Published: November 13, 2014. “Infectious disease is a leading threat to public health, economic stability, and other key social structures. Efforts to mitigate these impacts depend on accurate and timely monitoring to measure the risk and progress of disease.Continue Reading

‘Text neck’ is becoming an ‘epidemic’ and could wreck your spine

Lindsey Bever, Washington Post: “The human head weighs about a dozen pounds. But as the neck bends forward and down, the weight on the cervical spine begins to increase. At a 15-degree angle, this weight is about 27 pounds, at 30 degrees it’s 40 pounds, at 45 degrees it’s 49 pounds, and at 60 degrees it’sContinue Reading

How Many Americans Could Lose Subsidies If the Supreme Court Rules for the Plaintiffs in King vs. Burwell?

Kaiser Family Foundation: “This map based on Foundation analysis of Congressional Budget Office estimates of Marketplace enrollment provides a state-level breakdown of the number of Americans who in 2016 could be denied financial assistance to help pay insurance premiums for plans purchased in the Affordable Care Act’s federally operated insurance exchanges. In a related column in The WallContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Consumer Product Safety, Defense Contractors, FOIA, IRAs, Intellectual Property, VA Benefits

CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY OVERSIGHT: Opportunities Exist to Strengthen Coordination and Increase Efficiencies and Effectiveness, GAO-15-52: Published: Nov 19, 2014. Publicly Released: Nov 19, 2014. DEFENSE CONTRACTORS: Additional Actions Needed to Facilitate the Use of DOD’s Inventory of Contracted Services, GAO-15-88: Published: Nov 19, 2014. Publicly Released: Nov 19, 2014. FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT: DHS Should Take Steps to Improve Cost Reporting andContinue Reading

ACSI: Rising Fees Hurt Bank Customer Satisfaction; Consumers Dissatisfied with Health Insurance Plans

“Customer satisfaction with banks is down as fees reach new heights, according to a report released today by the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI). The decline nearly reverses two years of ACSI improvement for retail banks. Credit unions, however, continue to rank best among financial services with an ACSI score of 85 on a 100-pointContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Health Care Transparency, Human Trafficking, Highway Projects, Public Transportation, Overseas Military Construction

HEALTH CARE TRANSPARENCY: Actions Needed to Improve Cost and Quality Information for Consumers, GAO-15-11: Published: Oct 20, 2014. Publicly Released: Nov 18, 2014. HIGHWAY PROJECTS: Many Federal and State Environmental Review Requirements Are Similar, and Little Duplication of Effort Occurs, GAO-15-71: Published: Nov 18, 2014. Publicly Released: Nov 18, 2014. HUMAN TRAFFICKING: Oversight of Contractors’ Use of Foreign Workers in High-Risk EnvironmentsContinue Reading