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GAO reports – Counterterrorism, CFTC Leasing Guidance, DoD and mental health, national flood insurance, VA health care

Counterterrorism: DOD Should Enhance Management of and Reporting on Its Global Train and Equip Program, GAO-16-368: Published: Apr 18, 2016. Publicly Released: Apr 18, 2016. Federal Real Property: Commodity Futures Trading Commission Needs Better Leasing Guidance to Improve Cost-effectiveness, GAO-16-434: Published: Apr 18, 2016. Publicly Released: Apr 18, 2016. Foreign Aid: USAID Generally Complied withContinue Reading

Read this please – WHO – Hand Hygiene: Why, How & When?

World Health Organization: Why you should read and follow these instructions on hand hygiene: • Thousands of people die every day around the world from infections acquired while receiving health care. • Hands are the main pathways of germ transmission during health care. • Hand hygiene is therefore the most important measure to avoid theContinue Reading

Six of the Government’s Best Mobile Apps

“There’s an app for everything in this digital age, including hundreds developed by the federal government. Here are six apps that we found especially useful. Smart Traveler – Planning a trip out of the country this year? Smart Traveler by the State Department is great for all your trips abroad. Get the latest travel alertsContinue Reading

New on LLRX – Feat First: New Findings on the Relationship Between Walking and Creativity

Via LLRX.com – Feat First: New Findings on the Relationship Between Walking and Creativity  – Many cities in America offer regular opportunities to experience the benefits of daily outdoor exercise, an activity now universally acknowledged beneficial to mental and physical health. New Yorker Alan Rothman’s perspective on the positive experience of regularly walking in hisContinue Reading

EWG’s 2016 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce

“Nearly three-fourths of the 6,953 produce samples tested by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2014 contained pesticide residues – a surprising finding in the face of soaring consumer demand for food without synthetic chemicals. This year’s update of EWG’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™ reports that USDA tests found a total 146 differentContinue Reading

Research debunks long standing dietary guidelines promoting use of vegetable oil over butter

“A research team led by scientists at the UNC School of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health has unearthed more evidence that casts doubt on the traditional “heart healthy” practice of replacing butter and other saturated fats with corn oil and other vegetable oils high in linoleic acid.The findings, reported today in the BritishContinue Reading

GAO Reports – Army Planning, Defense Infrastructure, Disability Insurance, Medicare

2016 Annual Report: Additional Opportunities to Reduce Fragmentation, Overlap, and Duplication and Achieve Other Financial Benefits, GAO-16-375SP: Published: Apr 13, 2016. Publicly Released: Apr 13, 2016. Army Planning: Comprehensive Risk Assessment Needed for Planned Changes to the Army’s Force Structure, GAO-16-327: Published: Apr 13, 2016. Publicly Released: Apr 13, 2016. Defense Infrastructure: DOD Has MadeContinue Reading

Mortality spikes among white women 25-55 in center of US

Via Washington Post: “White women between 25 and 55 have been dying at accelerating rates over the past decade, a spike in mortality not seen since the AIDS epidemic in the early 1980s. According to recent studies of death certificates, the trend is worse for women in the center of the United States, worse stillContinue Reading

Veterans and Agent Orange: 2014

“From 1962 to 1971, the US military sprayed herbicides over Vietnam to strip the thick jungle canopy that could conceal opposition forces, to destroy crops that those forces might depend on, and to clear tall grasses and bushes from the perimeters of US base camps and outlying fire-support bases. Mixtures of 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D), 2,4,5-trichlorophenoxyaceticContinue Reading

IMF – The Big Squeeze Global Population Pressures

Demographic Upheaval Finance & Development, March 2016, Vol. 53, No. 1. David E. Bloom. “The world will struggle with population growth, aging, migration, and urbanization.” Humankind is being buffeted by the forces of demographic change. The most prominent changes are rapid population growth in some developing economies and shifting shares of adolescents and young adultsContinue Reading

24/7 Wall Street – The Healthiest County in Every State

The Healthiest County in Every State By Thomas C. Frohlich and Evan Comen April 7, 2016. “Governments, individuals, and corporations spend an enormous amount of time and money to keep Americans healthy. Investments in anything from medical research, health care, insurance, nutritional programs, and exercise facilities is meant to improve residents’ health and well-being. SuchContinue Reading

Research – Higher levels of vitamin D correspond to lower cancer risk

Via Science Daily: “Researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine report that higher levels of vitamin D — specifically serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D — are associated with a correspondingly reduced risk of cancer. The findings are published in the April 6, online issue of PLOS ONE. “We have quantitated the ability of adequateContinue Reading