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New CDC tool illustrates changes in antibiotic resistance

“Welcome to NARMS Now: Human Data, an interactive tool from CDC that contains antibiotic resistance data from bacteria isolated from humans as part of the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS). NARMS Now: Human Data makes it easier and quicker to find out how antibiotic resistance has changed over the past 20 years for fourContinue Reading

Paper – Is Biblioleaks Inevitable?

Dunn AG, Coiera E, Mandl KD. Is Biblioleaks Inevitable? J Med Internet Res 2014;16(4):e112 “In 2014, the vast majority of published biomedical research is still hidden behind paywalls rather than open access. For more than a decade, similar restrictions over other digitally available content have engendered illegal activity. Music file sharing became rampant in theContinue Reading

GAO Reports – Electronic Health Records, Trends in U.S. and Chinese Economic Engagement

Electronic Health Records: Outcome-Oriented Metrics and Goals Needed to Gauge DOD’s and VA’s Progress in Achieving Interoperability, GAO-15-530: Published: Aug 13, 2015. Publicly Released: Aug 13, 2015: “DOD and VA did not, by the October 1, 2014, deadline established in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2014 for compliance with national dataContinue Reading

“As journalists, we work with mountains of data to help us spot trends, identify problems in our community and to hold public officials accountable. We present that data here at (formerly RocDocs), so that you can explore the issues yourself. Learn more about where you live, make informed decisions as a citizen, parent, orContinue Reading

CRS – A Guide to U.S. Military Casualty Statistics

A Guide to U.S. Military Casualty Statistics: Operation Freedom’s Sentinel, Operation Inherent Resolve, Operation New Dawn, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom. Hannah Fischer, Information Research Specialist. August 7, 2015. [As always, CRS reports via Steven Aftergood/FAS] – “This report presents statistics regarding U.S. military and civilian casualties in the active missions Operation Freedom’sContinue Reading

Fatal Injury Reports, National and Regional, 1999 – 2013

CDC provides a wide range of data from which users may create customized reports and charts by choosing among specific fields and date ranges – this data set was last updated on June 24, 2015. “CDC’s WISQARS™ (Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System) is an interactive, online database that provides fatal and nonfatal injury,Continue Reading

US second only to Mexico in gun deaths among OECD countries

The Economist Data Team: “With one of the highest murder rates among OECD countries—second only to Mexico—America retains its reputation as a disproportionately dangerous country. The number of violent assaults in America is comparable to those of other western countries, yet murders are much more common. The prevalence of guns goes a long way toward explainingContinue Reading

GAO Reports – Federal Supply Schedules, Medicaid, Federal Real Property

Federal Supply Schedules: More Attention Needed to Competition and Prices, GAO-15-590: Published: Jul 9, 2015. Publicly Released: Aug 10, 2015. Medicaid: Additional Reporting May Help CMS Oversee Prescription-Drug Fraud Controls, GAO-15-390: Published: Jul 8, 2015. Publicly Released: Aug 10, 2015. Federal Real Property: GSA Needs to Determine Its Progress toward Long-term Sustainability of Its Portfolio,Continue Reading

New research study supports need for transparency in clinical trials

Likelihood of Null Effects of Large NHLBI Clinical Trials Increased over Time (PLOS One): – “…Beginning in approximately 2000, the likelihood of showing a significant benefit in large National Heart Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) funded studies declined. Among the explanations we evaluated, the requirement of prospective registration in is most strongly associated withContinue Reading

Bing plans to warn customers about threats of fake online pharmacies

Bing Blog: “When there is a significant risk of serious harm to the public from purchasing unsafe, counterfeit and other illegal drugs online, the Bing team wants to help our users make informed decisions. With this goal in mind, we are rolling out a new set of warnings on to give our customers more informationContinue Reading

Privacy Implications of Health Information Seeking on the Web

Privacy Implications of Health Information Seeking on the Web, By Timothy Libert  Communications of the ACM, Vol. 58 No. 3, Pages 68-77 10.1145/2658983 “Privacy online is an increasingly popular field of study, yet it remains poorly defined. “Privacy” itself is a word that changes according to location, context, and culture. Additionally, the Web is aContinue Reading

Making Health Care Safer – Stop Spread of Antibiotic Resistance

CDC – “We’re at a tipping point: an increasing number of germs no longer respond to the drugs designed to kill them. Inappropriate prescribing of antibiotics and lack of infection control actions can contribute to drug resistance and put patients at risk for deadly diarrhea (caused by C. difficile). Even if one facility is followingContinue Reading