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Informed Consent and the Differential Diagnosis

Ginsberg, Marc, Informed Consent and the Differential Diagnosis: How the Law Overestimates Patient Autonomy and Compromises Health Care (July 10, 2014). Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2464735 “The purpose of this paper is not simply to re-examine the doctrine of informed consent. The purpose, however, is to identify how the doctrine has evolved, its scope expanded,Continue Reading

Report on the Potential Exposure to Anthrax – CDC

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report today that reviews the early June incident that involved the unintentional exposure of personnel to potentially viable anthrax at the CDC’s Roybal Campus. The report identifies factors found to have contributed to the incident; and highlights actions taken by the agency to address these factors andContinue Reading

HHS IG – Special Fraud Alert: Laboratory Payments to Referring Physicians

June 25, 2014  - “This Special Fraud Alert addresses compensation paid by laboratories to referring physicians and physician group practices (collectively, physicians) for blood specimen collection, processing, and packaging, and for submitting patient data to a registry or database. OIG has issued a number of guidance documents and advisory opinions addressing the general subject of remunerationContinue Reading

Altruism, Happiness, and Health: It’s Good to Be Good

Stephen G. Post – International Journal of Behavioral Medicine 2005, Vol. 12, No. 2, 66–77: “Altruistic (other-regarding) emotions and behaviors are associated with greater well-being, health, and longevity. This article presents a summary and assessment of existing research data on altruism and its relation to mental and physical health. It suggests several complementary interpretive frameworks, including evolutionary  biology,Continue Reading

Safety of Vaccines Used for Routine Immunization in the United States

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality – HHS – “Report provides important reassurances about the safety of commonly used vaccines. AHRQ Publication No. 14-E002-EF, July 2014. The report found scientific evidence that addresses several common concerns about a variety of vaccines.  For example, the report found strong scientific evidence that: There is not a link between measles, mumpsContinue Reading

Children and armed conflict – UN Report

“In 2013, children were recruited and used, killed and maimed, victims of sexual violence and other grave violations in 23 conflict situations around the world. These are some of the findings unveiled today in the Annual Report of the Secretary-General on children and armed conflict. “We have documented the cases of children recruited and usedContinue Reading

Good Country website and the Good Country Index – a new way of looking at the world

Simon Anholt: “The idea of the Good Country Index is pretty simple: to measure what each country on earth contributes to the common good of humanity, and what it takes away. Using a wide range of data from the U.N. and other international organisations, we’ve given each country a balance-sheet to show at a glance whetherContinue Reading

65+ in the United States: 2010

“A new report released today by the U.S. Census Bureau provides the latest, comprehensive look at the nation’s population aged 65 and older, comprising 40.3 million in 2010. The 65+ in the United States: 2010 report contains many findings about the 65-and-older population on topics such as socio-economic characteristics, size and growth, geographic distribution, and longevity and health.Continue Reading

NIH-commissioned Census Bureau report highlights effect of aging boomers

“While rates of smoking and excessive drinking have declined among older Americans, prevalence of chronic disease has risen, and many older Americans are unprepared to afford the costs of long-term care in a nursing home, according to a report from the U.S. Census Bureau commissioned by the National Institutes of Health. The report highlights those trendsContinue Reading

Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.

SCOTUSBlog – Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.  “Linked with: Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Burwell Autocam Corp. v. Burwell Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term 13-354 10th Cir. Mar 25, 2014 Tr. Jun 30, 2014 5-4 Alito OT 2013 Holding: As applied to closely held corporations, the regulations promulgated by theContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Climate Change Adaption, Nuclear Security, Prescription Drugs, Border Security

CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION: DOD Can Improve Infrastructure Planning and Processes to Better Account for Potential Impacts, GAO-14-446: Published: May 30, 2014. Publicly Released: Jun 30, 2014. NUCLEAR SECURITY: NNSA Should Establish a Clear Vision and Path Forward for Its Security Program, GAO-14-208: Published: May 30, 2014. Publicly Released: Jun 30, 2014. PRESCRIPTION DRUGS: Comparison of DOD, Medicaid, and Medicare Part D RetailContinue Reading

Report reveals millions of young adults use illicit substances every day

“According to SAMHSA’s (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration) data, on an average day, 3.2 million young adults used marijuana, 57,304 used heroin, 51,319 used cocaine, 46,179 used hallucinogens, and 17,868 used inhalants.  Drinking was also prevalent among this age group.  In the past year, 27 million young adults consumed alcohol.  Even more concerning, thisContinue Reading