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National Standards for Strong Apprenticeships

Sarah Ayres | August 27, 2014 “Apprenticeship, a time-tested model of worker training, can help meet the growing demand for skilled workers in the United States. Expanding apprenticeship, however, will require employers to understand its value. While today’s registered apprenticeship programs are high quality, few employers know what an apprenticeship entails or what competencies a potential employeeContinue Reading

Review of Alleged Patient Deaths, Patient Wait Times, Scheduling Practices at Phoenix VA Health Care System

Dept. of Veterans Affairs, OIG - Review of Alleged Patient Deaths, Patient Wait Times, and Scheduling Practices at the Phoenix VA Health Care System, 8/26/2014. “This is the final report addressing allegations of gross mismanagement of VA resources, criminal misconduct by senior leadership, systemic patient safety issues, and possible wrongful deaths at the Phoenix VA Health CareContinue Reading

Workplace Stress in the United States

OECD Economics Department Working Papers. Workplace Stress in the United States. Issues and Policies. Michael Darden, July 21, 2014. “Despite relative affluence, workplace stress is a prominent feature of the US labour market. To the extent that job stress causes poor health outcomes – either directly through increased blood pressure, fatigue, muscle pain, etc. or indirectly through increasedContinue Reading

“Crisis” Management: Uncertainty and the Workplace

August 2014 EBRI Issue Brief #403 Paperback, 20 pp. Employee Benefit Research Institute, 2014 Executive Summary: “While the nation is now a few years removed from the financial turmoil that led to the so-called Great Recession, “crisis” is a word still much bandied about. Crisis is, after all, something that cries out for swift and decisive action—andContinue Reading

National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program: Two Decades of Service to Underserved Women

Wiley Online Library - Cancer, Vol 120 - Sponsored by the CDC - Open Access - Supplement: National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program: Two Decades of Service to Underserved Women. August 15, 2014. Volume 120, Issue S16, Pages i–vii, 2537–2624. “The National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program is the only nationally organized cancer screening program for underserved women in theContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Education of homeless students, World Trade Center Health Program, SNAP

EDUCATION OF HOMELESS STUDENTS: Improved Program Oversight Needed, GAO-14-465: Published: Jul 31, 2014. Publicly Released: Aug 22, 2014. WORLD TRADE CENTER HEALTH PROGRAM: Approach Used to Add Cancers to List of Covered Conditions Was Reasonable, but Could Be Improved, GAO-14-606: Published: Jul 23, 2014. Publicly Released: Aug 22, 2014. SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM: Enhanced Detection Tools and Reporting Could Improve Efforts toContinue Reading

China reveals it has more than 2 million registered drug users

Adam Minter – Bloomberg: “As of March, China had more than 2.14 million registered drug users, according to China’s Ministry of Public Security. That’s a remarkable admission from the usually secretive government. It’s also a pragmatic acknowledgment of how ubiquitous and easy-to-obtain drugs have become in China. Dealers sell from street corners, from behind kebab stands, even — I’veContinue Reading

The Bionic Man – National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

“The mission of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) is to improve health by leading the development and accelerating the application of biomedical technologies. The Institute is committed to integrating the physical and engineering sciences with the life sciences to advance basic research and medical care. This is achieved through: research andContinue Reading

HIV Or Anti-HIV Drugs Unexpectedly Protect Against Multiple Sclerosis

Neomatica: “A team of an Australian doctor and British researchers analyzed the medical records of over 5 million individuals and discovered that either HIV or anti-HIV drugs have a protective effect against multiple sclerosis (MS).  AIDS patients or people with HIV receiving treatment have a 60% less likely chance of receiving a diagnosis of MS.  Deeper analysis found thatContinue Reading

Senator Schumer Calls On Regulators to Make Fitness Data Private

EPIC – Senator Charles Schumer has denounced the data collection practices of “activity trackers” such as FitBit. “Activity trackers” are mobile devices that record highly personal information about the wearer and constantly analyze the wearer’s activities, including their diet, exercise, sleep, and even sexual habits. However, it is not clear whether federal privacy law protects this personal data fromContinue Reading

Research Finally Revealed – Chemical Ingredient in Colgate Total Linked to Cancer

Bloomberg – “The chemical triclosan has been linked to cancer-cell growth and disrupted development in animals. Regulators are reviewing whether it’s safe to put in soap, cutting boards and toys. Consumer companies are phasing it out. Minnesota voted in May to ban it in many products. At the same time, millions of Americans are putting it in their mouths everyContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Electricity Markets, Environmental Regulation, Health Prevention, New Markets Tax Credit

ELECTRICITY MARKETS: Actions Needed to Expand GSA and DOD Participation in Demand-Response Activities, GAO-14-594: Published: Jul 11, 2014. Publicly Released: Aug 11, 2014. ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATION: EPA Should Improve Adherence to Guidance for Selected Elements of Regulatory Impact Analyses, GAO-14-519: Published: Jul 18, 2014. Publicly Released: Aug 11, 2014. HEALTH PREVENTION: Cost-effective Services in Recent Peer-Reviewed Health Care Literature, GAO-14-789R: Published: Aug 11, 2014. PubliclyContinue Reading