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Medical Dictionary by Stedman’s

“Drugs.com offers Stedman’s online medical dictionary, free of charge, as part of our medical and drug information service. To use the medical dictionary, type in your search term, or browse the A-Z index.” Continue Reading

VA Conducts Nation’s Largest Analysis of Veteran Suicide

News release: “The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has undertaken the most comprehensive analysis of Veteran suicide rates in the U.S., examining over 55 million Veteran records from 1979 to 2014 from every state in the nation. The effort extends VA’s knowledge from the previous report issued in 2010, which examined  three million  Veteran records… Continue Reading

House-Senate Opioid Conference Report Finalized

News release – Upton, Grassley, Goodlatte, Alexander, and Hatch Hail Agreement to Combat Opioid Epidemic: “After this morning’s meeting of House and Senate opioid conferees, bicameral leaders announced that a conference report has been filed. The conference report will be considered by the House Rules Committee tonight, and is expected to be on the House… Continue Reading

Drug Shortages: Certain Factors Are Strongly Associated with Persistent Public Health Challenge

Drug Shortages: Certain Factors Are Strongly Associated with This Persistent Public Health Challenge, GAO-16-595: Published: Jul 7, 2016. Publicly Released: Jul 7, 2016. “When available supplies of prescription drugs are insufficient, patient care may be adversely affected. The number of new shortages has generally decreased since 2011, while the number of ongoing shortages remained high.… Continue Reading

CDC Report – Motor Vehicle Crash Deaths

“Reducing motor vehicle crash deaths was one of the great public health achievements of the 20th century for the US. However, more than 32,000 people are killed and 2 million are injured each year from motor vehicle crashes. In 2013, the US crash death rate was more than twice the average of other high-income countries.… Continue Reading

Commission on Care Final Report

“In Section 202 of the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014, Congress established the Commission on Care, charging it to examine veterans’ access to Department of Veterans Affairs health care and to examine strategically how best to organize the Veterans Health Administration, locate health resources, and deliver health care to veterans during the next… Continue Reading

Paper – Statistical software used in brain imaging MRI studies subject to “bad data”

Ever had a brain MRI –  if so, you may want to read this new study: Cluster failure: Why fMRI inferences for spatial extent have inflated false-positive rates Published online before print June 28, 2016, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1602413113. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. PNAS June 28, 2016. “Functional MRI (fMRI) is 25 years old,… Continue Reading

CRS – Nanotechnology: A Policy Primer

Via FAS – Nanotechnology: A Policy Primer, John F. Sargent Jr., Specialist in Science and Technology Policy. June 28, 2016: “Nanoscale science, engineering, and technology—commonly referred to collectively as nanotechnology—is believed by many to offer extraordinary economic and societal benefits. Congress has demonstrated continuing support for nanotechnology and has directed its attention particularly to three… Continue Reading

GAO Report – Gun Control: Analyzing Available Data Could Help Improve Background Checks Involving Domestic Violence Records

Gun Control: Analyzing Available Data Could Help Improve Background Checks Involving Domestic Violence Records, GAO-16-483: Published: Jul 5, 2016. Publicly Released: Jul 5, 2016. “Most of the 50 states submit domestic violence records—misdemeanor crime of domestic violence (MCDV) convictions and domestic violence protection orders—to the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for… Continue Reading

Can Catastrophic Insurance Improve Financing for Long-Term Services and Supports?

Urban Institute – Brief – Can Catastrophic Insurance Improve Financing for Long-Term Services and Supports? Melissa M. Favreault; Howard Gleckman; Richard W. Johnson. June 9, 2016 – “A catastrophic insurance program could improve the way long-term services and supports are financed. The program would require enrollees who need care to wait a few years before… Continue Reading

The Changing Landscape of American Life Expectancy

Brookings – The Hamilton Project – The Changing Landscape of American Life Expectancy By: Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach, Ryan Nunn and Lauren Bauer “Life expectancy—the average remaining years an individual of a particular age can be expected to live—is perhaps the most valuable indicator of social progress. In the past 100 years Americans have enjoyed an… Continue Reading

Genetically Engineered Crops: Experiences and Prospects

Via The National Academies: “Genetically engineered (GE) crops were first introduced commercially in the 1990s. After two decades of production, some groups and individuals remain critical of the technology based on their concerns about possible adverse effects on human health, the environment, and ethical considerations. At the same time, others are concerned that the technology… Continue Reading