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Category Archives: Health Care

GAO Reports – Nuclear Nonproliferation, Disability Insurance, Medical Devices, Southeast Asia, Space Acquisitions

Nuclear Nonproliferation: NNSA’s Threat Assessment Process Could Be Improved, GAO-16-118: Published: Oct 30, 2015. Publicly Released: Oct 30, 2015. 2013 Sequestration and Shutdown: Selected Agencies Generally Managed Unobligated Balances in Reviewed Accounts, but Balances Exceeded Target Levels in Two Accounts, GAO-16-26: Published: Oct 30, 2015. Publicly Released: Oct 30, 2015. VA Health Care: Oversight ImprovementsContinue Reading

Guiding Principles on Privacy and Security of Personal Wellness Data

Consumer Electronics Association: “Wellness-related wearable devices represent one of the fastest-growing segments of the Internet of Things. Consumers now harness data about themselves — calories, steps, heart rate, and more — to improve their well-being. In the future, these devices will tell consumers even more about themselves, providing analytics and insights that will empower themContinue Reading

Breast cancer statistics, 2015: Convergence of incidence rates between black and white women

“In this article, the American Cancer Society provides an overview of female breast cancer statistics in the United States, including data on incidence, mortality, survival, and screening. Approximately 231,840 new cases of invasive breast cancer and 40,290 breast cancer deaths are expected to occur among US women in 2015. Breast cancer incidence rates increased amongContinue Reading

GAO Reports – SBA, VA Mental Health, Combating Nuclear Smuggling, Electronic Health Records, Federal Supply Chains

Amphibious Combat Vehicle: Some Acquisition Activities Demonstrate Best Practices; Attainment of Amphibious Capability to be Determined, GAO-16-22: Published: Oct 28, 2015. Publicly Released: Oct 28, 2015. Small Business Administration: Leadership Attention Needed to Overcome Management Challenges, GAO-15-347: Published: Sep 22, 2015. Publicly Released: Oct 28, 2015. Small Business Administration: Views on the Operational Effects ofContinue Reading

WHO – Monographs evaluate red meat and processed meat as carcinogenic

24 October 2015 — “The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the cancer research agency of WHO, has evaluated the carcinogenicity of the consumption of red meat and processed meat. A Working Group of 22 experts from 10 countries convened by IARC classified the consumption of red meat as probably carcinogenic to humans andContinue Reading

The Best and Worst Countries To Grow Old In

24/7 Wall Street: “The global population is aging rapidly. Today, there are roughly 868 million people who are at least 60 years old globally, or about 12% of the world’s population. By 2050, more than 2 billion people will be 60 or older, or 21% of the projected global population. In the United States, 27%Continue Reading

GAO Reports – Medicaid, Medicaid and Insurance Exchanges, NIH

Medicaid: Additional Efforts Needed to Ensure that State Spending is Appropriately Matched with Federal Funds, GAO-16-53: Published: Oct 16, 2015. Publicly Released: Oct 23, 2015. Medicaid and Insurance Exchanges: Additional Federal Controls Needed to Minimize Potential for Gaps and Duplication in Coverage, GAO-16-73: Published: Oct 9, 2015. Publicly Released: Oct 23, 2015. National Institutes ofContinue Reading

Study – which foods may be addictive and why

Which foods may be addictive? The roles of processing, fat content, and glycemic load. PLoS One. 2015; 10(2): e0117959. Published online 2015 Feb 18. doi:  10.1371/journal.pone.011795 “We propose that highly processed foods share pharmacokinetic properties (e.g. concentrated dose, rapid rate of absorption) with drugs of abuse, due to the addition of fat and/or refined carbohydratesContinue Reading

GAO Reports – FEMA, Medicaid, Affordable Care Act, Strategic Sourcing, VA Primary Care

Emergency Management: FEMA Has Made Progress since Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, but Challenges Remain, GAO-16-90T: Published: Oct 22, 2015. Publicly Released: Oct 22, 2015. Medicaid: Additional Federal Controls Needed to Improve Accuracy of Eligibility Determinations and for Coordination with Exchanges, GAO-16-157T: Published: Oct 23, 2015. Publicly Released: Oct 22, 2015 Patient Protection and Affordable CareContinue Reading

GAO Reports – Critical Infrastructure Protection, Drug Control, Indian Energy, Post 9/11 GI Bill, Unaccompanied Alien Children

Critical Infrastructure Protection: Cybersecurity of the Nation’s Electricity Grid Requires Continued Attention, GAO-16-174T: Published: Oct 21, 2015. Publicly Released: Oct 21, 2015. Drug Control: Additional Performance Information Is Needed to Oversee the National Guard’s State Counterdrug Program, GAO-16-133: Published: Oct 21, 2015. Publicly Released: Oct 21, 2015. Indian Energy Development: Actions Needed to Address BIAContinue Reading

Excessive alcohol use continues to be drain on American economy

“Excessive alcohol use continues to be a drain on the American economy, according to a study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Excessive drinking cost the U.S. $249 billion in 2010, or $2.05 per drink, a significant increase from $223.5 billion, or $1.90 per drink, in 2006. Most of these costsContinue Reading

Children paying a high price for growing inequality

“How’s Life? describes the essential ingredients that shape people’s well-being in OECD and partner countries. It includes a wide variety of statistics, capturing both material well-being (such as income, jobs and housing) and the broader quality of people’s lives (such as their health, education, work-life balance, environment, social connections, civic engagement, subjective well-being and safety).Continue Reading