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GAO Reports – DC Local Budget Autonomy; DOD Advertising, Human Rights Vetting for Egypt, Medicare Advantage, USPS, Medicaid

District of Columbia: Local Budget Autonomy Amendment Act of 2012, GAO-16-663T: Published: May 12, 2016. Publicly Released: May 12, 2016. DOD Advertising: Better Coordination, Performance Measurement, and Oversight Needed to Help Meet Recruitment Goals, GAO-16-396: Published: May 12, 2016. Publicly Released: May 12, 2016. Security Assistance: U.S. Government Should Strengthen End-Use Monitoring and Human RightsContinue Reading

BLS – Fertility of women in the baby boom generation

Fertility of women in the NLSY79: “This article uses data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979 (NLSY79)—a survey of people born between 1957 and 1964—to examine the fertility patterns of women up to age 46. Women in the NLSY79 cohort have two children, on average, and more than 80 percent of them giveContinue Reading

CDC – Multistate Outbreak of Listeriosis Linked to Frozen Vegetables

“Read the Recall & Advice to Consumers, Restaurants, and Retailers Since March 2016, CDC has been collaborating with public health officials in several states and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate a multistate outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections (listeriosis). Listeria can cause a serious, life-threatening illness. Eight people infected with the outbreakContinue Reading

GAO Reports – Force Structure, Medicaid Program Integrity, Troubled Asset Relief Program

Force Structure: Performance Measures Needed to Better Implement the Recommendations of the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force, GAO-16-405: Published: May 6, 2016. Publicly Released: May 6, 2016. Medicaid Program Integrity: Improved Guidance Needed to Better Support Efforts to Screen Managed Care Providers, GAO-16-402: Published: Apr 22, 2016. Publicly Released: May 6,Continue Reading

LA Times Investigative Report on Oxycontin and Addiction

A Times Investigation by Harriet Ryan, Lisa Girion and Scott Glover: “The drugmaker Purdue Pharma launched OxyContin two decades ago with a bold marketing claim: One dose relieves pain for 12 hours, more than twice as long as generic medications. Patients would no longer have to wake up in the middle of the night toContinue Reading

FDA takes significant steps to protect Americans from dangers of tobacco through new regulation

“Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration finalized a rule extending its authority to all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, cigars, hookah tobacco and pipe tobacco, among others. This historic rule helps implement the bipartisan Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act of 2009 and allows the FDA to improve public health and protect future generationsContinue Reading

Medical error the third leading cause of death in the US

“Medical error is not included on death certificates or in rankings of cause of death. Martin Makary and Michael Daniel assess its contribution to mortality and call for better reporting.” BMJ 2016;353:i2139 doi: 10.1136/bmj.i2139 (Published 3 May 2016). “The annual list of the most common causes of death in the United States, compiled by theContinue Reading

Hepatitis C Kills More Americans than Any Other Infectious Disease

CDC: “Deaths associated with hepatitis C reached an all-time high of 19,659 in 2014, according to new surveillance data released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A second CDC study, published online today in Clinical Infectious Diseases, shows that annual hepatitis C-related mortality in 2013 surpassed the total combined number ofContinue Reading

Health Care Fraud Prosecutions Down 23 Percent

“Fiscal year 2016 is on pace to have the lowest level of federal prosecutions for health care fraud since FY 1998. The latest available data from the Justice Department show that during the first six months of FY 2016 the government reported 239 new health care fraud prosecutions. If this activity continues at the sameContinue Reading

Ovarian Cancers: Evolving Paradigms in Research and Care

The National Academies Press – Ovarian Cancers: Evolving Paradigms in Research and Care (2016). Committee on the State of the Science in Ovarian Cancer Research; Board on Health Care Services; Institute of Medicine; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine “In an era of promising advances in cancer research, there are considerable and even alarmingContinue Reading

Ideal Cardiovascular Health and Cognitive Aging in the Northern Manhattan Study

Ideal Cardiovascular Health and Cognitive Aging in the Northern Manhattan Study. Hannah Gardener, ScD; Clinton B. Wright, MD, MS; Chuanhui Dong, PhD; Ken Cheung, PhD; Janet DeRosa, MPH; Micaela Nannery; Yaakov Stern, PhD; Mitchell S. V. Elkind, MD, MS; Ralph L. Sacco, MD, MS. Journal of the American Heart Association, May 2, 2016. Background: “TheContinue Reading

Research on the science of exercise vs diet

Via Vox: Why you shouldn’t exercise to lose weight, explained with 60+ studies by Julia Belluz and Javier Zarracina on April 28, 2016 – Exercise is excellent and critical for maintaining good health, but eating less is the key to maintaining a weight ideal for you. It is not one or the other – anContinue Reading