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Motor Vehicle Crash Injuries: Costly but Preventable

CDC Vital Signs: “More than 2.5 million Americans went to the emergency department (ED)—and nearly 200,000 were then hospitalized—for crash injuries in 2012. On average, each crash-related ED visit costs about $3,300 and each hospitalization costs about $57,000 over a person’s lifetime. The best way to keep people safe and reduce medical costs is toContinue Reading

HHS releases 13th Report on Carcinogens

“Four substances have been added in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 13th Report on Carcinogens, a science-based document that identifies chemical, biological, and physical agents that are considered cancer hazards for people living in the United States. The new report includes 243 listings. Ortho-toluidine, used to make rubber chemicals, pesticides, and dyes, hasContinue Reading

Key U.S. Government Agency Positions and Officials in Global Health Policy

Key U.S. Government Agency Positions and Officials in Global Health Policy & Related Areas via Kaiser Family Foundation. See also Web Briefing: The U.S. Global Health Budget Tracker – Sep 11, 2014″The Kaiser Family Foundation has launched a new, interactive, online tool designed to provide the latest data on the U.S. government’s global health budget in an easy-to-access form. The U.S.Continue Reading

Two New CRS Reports on Ebola

The Ebola Outbreak: Select Legal Issues, CRS Legal Sidebar, October 6, 2014: “On August 8th, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. The recent arrival in the United States of several health care workers who contracted the disease, combined with the firstContinue Reading

The Global AgeWatch Index 2014

“The world is ageing fast. By 2030, there will be more people over 60 than under 10. Already there are more adults over 60 than children under 5. The Global AgeWatch Index has been developed and constructed by HelpAge International from international data sets drawn from the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the World Bank,Continue Reading

Heroin overdose deaths increased in many states through 2012

CDC – “Heroin deaths increased sharply in many states, according to a report of death certificate data from 28 states published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in this week’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Despite these findings, still more than twice as many people died from prescription opioid overdoses as died from heroinContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Medicaid, Private Health Insurance

MEDICAID: Information on Inmate Eligibility and Federal Costs for Allowable Services, GAO-14-752R: Published: Sep 5, 2014. Publicly Released: Oct 6, 2014: “In 2013, the Medicaid program financed health care services for more than 72 million individuals, and an additional 7 million beneficiaries are expected to enroll in 2014 as a result of states choosing to expand Medicaid eligibilityContinue Reading

Vietnam’s Neuroscientific Legacy

Emily Anthes, The New Yorker: “In 1967, William F. Caveness, a neurologist and veteran of the Korean War, began building a registry of living soldiers who had suffered head trauma in Vietnam. Studies of veterans of the Second World War had suggested that penetrating head injuries could cause seizures, and Caveness, who had documented post-traumatic epilepsyContinue Reading

Don’t just sit there! Prolonged sitting linked to early mortality in women

Cornell University. “Don’t just sit there! Prolonged sitting linked to early mortality in women.” ScienceDaily. “A new study of 93,000 postmenopausal American women found those with the highest amounts of sedentary time – defined as sitting and resting, excluding sleeping – died earlier than their most active peers. The association remained even when controlling forContinue Reading

Researchers reveal prevalence of traumatic brain injuries in deceased NFL players

Mother Jones: “Yesterday, the country’s leading investigators of sports-related brain injuries released what could be their most shocking finding yet: Of the 79 deceased NFL players examined, 76 showed evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. The researchers at the Boston University CTE Center have examined, in total, the brains of 128 people who played footballContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – 202 Census, Compound Drugs

2020 CENSUS: Census Bureau Can Improve Use of Leading Practices When Choosing Address and Mapping Sources, GAO-15-21: Published: Oct 2, 2014. Publicly Released: Oct 2, 2014. COMPOUNDED DRUGS: TRICARE’s Payment Practices Should Be More Consistent with Regulations, GAO-15-64: Published: Oct 2, 2014. Publicly Released: Oct 2, 2014.

PulseNet – connecting foodborne illness cases together using DNA “fingerprinting” of the bacteria making people sick

“PulseNet connects cases of foodborne illness to potential outbreaks. PulseNet is a national laboratory network  made up of 87 laboratories−at least one in each state. PulseNet  connects foodborne illness cases together to detect and define outbreaks using DNA “fingerprinting” of the bacteria making people sick  using a standardized process called pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE). Every state hasContinue Reading