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Reviving the Oceans Economy: The Case for Action 2015

“Reviving the Oceans Economy: The Case for Action—2015 brings into focus the economic value our oceans represent for this planet, as the future of humanity depends on their healthy living conditions. While figures in the report are a vast underestimation, the economic assets at risk accurately portray the losses we will incur should we continueContinue Reading

Study on Pollution: Long-Term Exposure to Fine Particulate Matter

Long-Term Exposure to Fine Particulate Matter, Residential Proximity to Major Roads and Measures of Brain Structure – Elissa H. Wilker, Sarah R. Preis, Alexa S. Beiser, Philip A. Wolf, Rhoda Au, Itai Kloog, Wenyuan Li, Joel Schwartz, Petros Koutrakis, Charles DeCarli, Sudha Seshadri, and Murray A. Mittleman. Stroke, 2015 DOI: 10.1161/STROKEAHA.114.008348 “Background and Purpose—Long-term exposure toContinue Reading

Antibacterial Drug Shortages From 2001 to 2013

Antibacterial Drug Shortages From 2001 to 2013: Implications for Clinical Practice. Clin Infect Dis. (2015) doi: 10.1093/cid/civ201 First published online: April 22, 2015 “Background. Previous studies have described drug shortages; however, there has been no comprehensive evaluation focusing on US antibacterial shortages. Methods. Drug shortage data from the University of Utah Drug Information Service database were analyzed,Continue Reading

New GAO Reports – Medicare, State Department Construction, VA Construction

Medicare: Potential Uses of Electronically Readable Cards for Beneficiaries and Providers, GAO-15-319: Published: Mar 25, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 24, 2015. State Department Construction: Basis for Building versus Leasing Decisions Was Insufficiently Documented at Three Embassies, GAO-15-472R: Published: Apr 24, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 24, 2015. VA Construction: Actions to Address Cost Increases and ScheduleContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Airport Funding

Airport Funding: Changes in Aviation Activity Are Reflected in Reduced Capacity Concerns, GAO-15-498T: Published: Apr 23, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 23, 2015: “U.S. airports are key contributors to the national and regional economies, providing mobility for people and goods, both domestically and internationally. Since 2007 when GAO last reported on airport funding, airports of allContinue Reading

Geospatial Resolution of Human and Bacterial Diversity with City-Scale Metagenomics

“Afshinnekoo et al. describe a city-scale molecular profile of DNA collected from a city’s subway system, public surfaces, and one waterway. These data enable  baseline analysis of bacterial, eukaryotic, and aracheal organisms in the built environment of mass transit and urban life.” Afshinnekoo et al., 2015, CELS 1, 1–15 July 29, 2015.  Highlights: Almost halfContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – BLM, Federal Workforce, Information Technology, Persons with HIV

Bureau of Land Management: More Information Needed to Implement the Helium Stewardship Act of 2013, GAO-15-394: Published: Apr 16, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 16, 2015. Federal Workforce: Preliminary Observations on Strengthening Employee Engagement During Challenging Times, GAO-15-529T: Published: Apr 16, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 16, 2015. Information Technology: Additional OMB and Agency Actions Needed toContinue Reading

E-cigarette use triples among middle and high school students in just one year

“Current e-cigarette use among middle and high school students tripled from 2013 to 2014, according to data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) in today’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). Findings from the 2014 National Youth Tobacco Survey showContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Amphibious Combat Vehicle Acquisition, Export-Import Bank, National Nuclear Security Administration, Small Business Research Programs, Sole Community Hospitals

Amphibious Combat Vehicle Acquisition: Marine Corps Adopts an Incremental Approach, GAO-15-385: Published: Apr 15, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 15, 2015. Export-Import Bank: Status of Actions to Address GAO Recommendations since the Bank’s 2012 Reauthorization, GAO-15-557T: Published: Apr 15, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 15, 2015. National Nuclear Security Administration: Observations on Management Challenges and Steps TakenContinue Reading

GAO Report – Additional Opportunities to Reduce Fragmentation, Overlap, and Duplication and Achieve Other Financial Benefits

2015 Annual Report: Additional Opportunities to Reduce Fragmentation, Overlap, and Duplication and Achieve Other Financial Benefits, GAO-15-404SP: Published: Apr 14, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 14, 2015. “In its 2015 report, GAO presents 66 actions that the executive branch or Congress could take to improve efficiency and effectiveness across 24 areas that span a broad rangeContinue Reading

U.S. Federal Funding for HIV/AIDS: The President’s FY 2016 Budget Request

Kaiser Fact Sheet: “President Obama’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 federal budget request, released on February 2, 2015, includes an estimated $31.7 billion for combined domestic and global HIV efforts. Domestic HIV is funded at $25.3 billion and global at $6.3 billion in the request.  The FY 2016 request represents a 3.1% increase ($956 million) overContinue Reading

Enrollment in Private Health Insurance Exchanges Doubled

“A new report by Accenture estimates 6 million people enrolled in private health insurance exchanges for their 2015 employer benefits. These findings show private health insurance exchanges – an online marketplace for people to choose their employer-sponsored benefits – doubled enrollment this year, up from 3 million in 2014. Accenture’s findings show midsize employers, definedContinue Reading