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GAO Report – Electronic Cigarettes: Imports, Tariffs, and Data Collection

Electronic Cigarettes: Imports, Tariffs, and Data Collection, GAO-15-491R: Published: May 7, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 8, 2015. “Import volume and tariff revenue for electronic cigarettes, known as e-cigarettes, are unknown, because the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS)—which is used to classify U.S. imports and exports for tariff and other purposes—does not containContinue Reading

Google SEC filing describes new glucose sensing contact lens

“Yet, this is something we are working on today. Our glucose-sensing contact lens is being developed in partnership with Novartis. A tiny chip, using power measured in nanowatts, is embedded into the lens in order to monitor glucose levels continuously. This technology, and others like it being developed today, was made possible through continued improvementsContinue Reading

Super Spending: U.S. Trends in High-Cost Medication Use

“Our recent analysis, Super Spending: U.S. Trends in High-Cost Medication Use, examines prescription drug use among patients with exceedingly high annual medication costs under the pharmacy benefit to help clients identify new opportunities to improve care, quality of life and health outcomes for the patients who rely on these costly, complex therapies. An estimated 576,000Continue Reading

Copenhagenize Index 2015 Edition

“The Copenhagenize Index 2015 – the world’s most comprehensive inventory and ranking of bicycle-friendly cities. As with the 2011 and 2013 Indexes, it was a long, arduous process but it was, of course, inspiring, thought-provoking, and at times, surprising. One thing is certain – we are always surprised. Every year, the Copenhagenize Index evolves. AContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Border Security, Broadband, DOD Operational Testing, Medicaid, Retirement Security, Telecom, Private Health Insurance

Border Security: Progress and Challenges in DHS’s Efforts to Address High-Risk Travelers and Maritime Cargo, GAO-15-668T: Published: Jun 2, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 2, 2015. Broadband: Intended Outcomes and Effectiveness of Efforts to Address Adoption Barriers Are Unclear, GAO-15-473: Published: Jun 2, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 2, 2015. DOD Operational Testing: Oversight Has Resulted inContinue Reading

Serious Psychological Distress Among Adults: United States, 2009–2013

CDC NCHS Data Brief, May 2015 – Serious Psychological Distress Among Adults: United States, 2009–2013 – “Data from the National Health Interview Survey, 2009–2013 In every age group, women were more likely to have serious psychological distress than men. Among all adults, as income increased, the percentage with serious psychological distress decreased. Adults aged 18–64Continue Reading

From cancer to feet: the power of Twitter in healthcare

MedCityNews – “Why should Twitter care about healthcare, other than the obvious reason that it’s a $3 trillion industry just in the U.S.? Because consumers care about the kind of influence, support and resources that social media can uncover, according to Craig Hashi, one of two Twitter engineers dedicated to healthcare. Speaking Sunday at theContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – IRS Internal Controls, Medicaid, Navy Force Structure

Management Report: Improvements Are Needed to Enhance the Internal Revenue Service’s Internal Control over Financial Reporting, GAO-15-480R: Published: May 29, 2015. Publicly Released: May 29, 2015. Medicaid: Additional Actions Needed to Help Improve Provider and Beneficiary Fraud Controls, GAO-15-313: Published: May 14, 2015. Publicly Released: May 29, 2015. Navy Force Structure: Sustainable Plan and ComprehensiveContinue Reading

Development and Validation of a Smartphone-Based Visual Acuity Test

Development and Validation of a Smartphone-Based Visual Acuity Test (Peek Acuity) for Clinical Practice and Community-Based Fieldwork – JAMA Ophthalmol. Published online May 28, 2015. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2015 “Visual acuity (VA) is the most frequently performed measure of visual function in clinical practice. Visual acuity measurements are used to establish the need for clinical investigation and quantifyContinue Reading

Newly-Insured Californians Report Easier Access to Care Than Uninsured

“Low-income California adults who gained insurance coverage in 2014 had an easier time accessing health care than those who were uninsured and increased financial protection from medical bills, according to a new Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) report. The report, funded by the Blue Shield of California Foundation and based on findings from the California sampleContinue Reading

FTC Report – Pet Medications Industry Finds Veterinarians Face Increasing Competition from Non-Veterinary Retail Outlets

“A Federal Trade Commission report on the pet medications industry noted fast growth and a changing landscape of suppliers – with veterinarians seeing increased competition from non-traditional sellers, and consumers finding more ways to buy medications for their pets. The report made recommendations for ways to make the pet medications market even more competitive. BasedContinue Reading

State of Senior Hunger in America 2013: An Annual Report

“The National Foundation to End Senior Hunger (NFESH) has released a study, entitled State of Senior Hunger in America 2013: An Annual Report, conducted by Dr. James P. Ziliak and Dr. Craig G. Gundersen. Commissioned by NFESH, this report reveals that 15.5 percent of seniors or 9.6 million individuals age 60 or older in theContinue Reading