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HHS – Aging.gov

“More than 10,000 people turn 65 every day in the United States, and people are living longer, healthier lives. Healthy lifestyles, planning for retirement, and knowing your options for health care and long-term care are more important than ever before.” Resources available on Aging.gov include the following: Healthy Aging Health Issues Long-Term Care Elder JusticeContinue Reading

US chicken and seafood processed in China – returned for sale stateside

Food Safety News – “Thanks to our Change.org petition (307,000-plus signatures and rising), millions of Americans have learned that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is about to allow U.S chickens to be sent to China for processing and then shipped back to the U.S. for human consumption. This arrangement is particularly alarming given China’s appallingContinue Reading

UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health Report

“In the next few years the UK could establish itself more firmly as in leader in health and life sciences or it could begin to lose that status for ever. The UK is a global power in health. It has world class universities and research, is a global leader in health policy and international development,Continue Reading

CDC Reports on Heroin Epidemic

CDC – “Most demographic groups are increasingly using heroin and other drugs. During the past decade, heroin use has increased across the United States among men and women, most age groups, and all income levels, with some of the greatest increases occurring in demographic groups that have had historically lower rates of heroin use, accordingContinue Reading

Tests Find Asbestos in Kids’ Crayons, Crime Scene Kits

Asbestos Nation – Bill Walker and Sonya Lunder: “Samples of four brands of children’s crayons and two kids’ crime scene fingerprint kits contained deadly asbestos fibers, according to tests commissioned by EWG Action Fund. The toys, purchased at national retail chains or through online retailers, were tested by two government-certified laboratories, using state-of-the-art equipment. TheContinue Reading

GAO Reports – Biosurveillance, Crude Oil Export Restrictions, Helium Stewardship Act of 2013, Info Sec, Medicaid, SBA

Biosurveillance: Additional Planning, Oversight, and Coordination Needed to Enhance National Capability, GAO-15-664T: Published: Jul 8, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 8, 2015: “Naturally-occurring infectious disease or the intentional use of a biological agent to inflict harm could have catastrophic consequences.” Crude Oil Export Restrictions: Studies Suggest Allowing Exports Could Reduce Consumer Fuel Prices, GAO-15-745T: Published: JulContinue Reading

Adolescent exposure to e-cigarette TV ads increases likelihood of future use

News release: “Adolescents who are exposed to e-cigarette TV advertising are more likely to try e-cigarettes in the future, according to a groundbreaking experiment from researchers at RTI International. Although advertising and adolescent use of e-cigarettes have simultaneously increased in recent years, this is the first study to demonstrate a direct link between adolescents’ exposureContinue Reading

GAO Reports – Bureau of Reclamation, Medicare Part B Drugs, Troubled Asset Relief Program

Bureau of Reclamation: Financial Information for Three California Water Programs, GAO-15-468R: Published: Jun 4, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 6, 2015. Medicare Part B Drugs: Action Needed to Reduce Financial Incentives to Prescribe 340B Drugs at Participating Hospitals, GAO-15-442: Published: Jun 5, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 6, 2015. Troubled Asset Relief Program: Treasury Could More ConsistentlyContinue Reading

California Immunization Levels in Child Care and Schools

“The California Health and Safety Code Section 120325-75 requires students to provide proof of immunization for school and child care entry.  Additionally, California Health and Safety Code Section 120375 and California Code of Regulation Section 6075 require all schools and child care facilities to assess and report annually the immunization status of their enrollees.  [Here]Continue Reading

GAO Reports – VA Disability Benefits, Navy Working Capital Fund, Electricity, Federal Transit Benefits, Medicaid, Youth Athletes

Veterans’ Disability Benefits: VA Can Better Ensure Unemployability Decisions Are Well Supported, GAO-15-464: Published: Jun 2, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 2, 2015. Navy Working Capital Fund: Budgeting for Carryover at Fleet Readiness Centers Could Be Improved, GAO-15-462: Published: Jun 30, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 30, 2015. Electricity: Generation Mix Has Shifted, and Growth in ConsumptionContinue Reading

Medicare Advantage 2015 Spotlight: Enrollment Market Update

Kaiser Family Foundation – Jun 30, 2015 | Gretchen Jacobson, Anthony Damico, Tricia Neuman, and Marsha Gold “Despite concerns that reductions in payments to Medicare Advantage plans enacted in the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA) would lead to reductions in Medicare Advantage enrollment, the number and share of Medicare beneficiaries enrolling in Medicare AdvantageContinue Reading

GAO Reports – Electricity, Federal Transit Benefit Program, Medicaid, Youth Athletes

Electricity: Generation Mix Has Shifted, and Growth in Consumption Has Slowed, Affecting System Operations and Prices, GAO-15-524: Published: May 29, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 29, 2015. Federal Transit Benefit Program: DOT’s Debit-Card Internal Controls Are Designed to Be Consistent with Federal Standards, GAO-15-497: Published: May 29, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 29, 2015. Medicaid: Service UtilizationContinue Reading