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Category Archives: Health Care

World Health Organization Fact Sheet on Depression

WHO Fact Sheet, April 2016: “Depression is a common illness worldwide, with an estimated 350 million people affected. Depression is different from usual mood fluctuations and short-lived emotional responses to challenges in everyday life. Especially when long-lasting and with moderate or severe intensity, depression may become a serious health condition. It can cause the affected… Continue Reading

2012 Economic Census Subject Series: Miscellaneous Reports for Seven Sectors

“These reports present data for a variety of industry-specific topics, such as end-of-year inventories for establishments of firms with payroll. Presentation of data varies by kind of business. This concludes the subject series for these sectors. Transportation and Warehousing Information Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Administrative Support and Waste Management and Remediation Health Care and Social… Continue Reading

GAO Reports – Casualty Assistance, Defense Civil Support, Human Trafficking

Casualty Assistance: DOD and the Coast Guard Need to Develop Policies and Outreach Goals and Metrics for Program Supporting Servicemembers’ Survivors, GAO-16-569 Published: Jun 28, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 28, 2016. Defense Civil Support: DOD Has Made Progress Incorporating the Homeland Response Force into the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Response Enterprise, GAO-16-599: Published: Jun… Continue Reading

GAO Reports – Refundable Tax Credits, Veterans Crisis Line, Highway Trust Fund

Refundable Tax Credits: Comprehensive Compliance Strategy and Expanded Use of Data Could Strengthen IRS’s Efforts to Address Noncompliance, GAO-16-475: Published: May 27, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 27, 2016. Veterans Crisis Line: Additional Testing, Monitoring, and Information Needed to Ensure Better Quality Service, GAO-16-373: Published: May 26, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 27, 2016 Highway Trust Fund:… Continue Reading

Ruth Bader Ginsberg – “It is beyond rational belief that H.B. 2 could genuinely protect the health of women”

Laura Bassett: “In a 5-3 ruling on Monday, the United States Supreme Court struck down a pair of Texas abortion restrictions that would have shut down dozens of clinics across the state. While Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg joined Justice Stephen Breyer in his majority opinion, she penned  her own scathing concurring opinion that, in one… Continue Reading

Lack of regulatory control over dietary supplements leaves consumers with no safety net

Via The Atlantic – Why ‘Dietary Supplements’ Can Contain Anything – “Six past FDA commissioners regret their inability to ensure safety and purity of products due to the political power of the industry.” Continue Reading

GAO Reports – Highway Trust Fund, Army Working Capital Fund, Defense Facility Condition, Defense Health Care, Federal Prison System, Commercial Space

Highway Trust Fund Administrative Expenses of the Federal Highway Administration, GAO-16-631R :Published: Jun 24, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 24, 2016 Army Working Capital Fund: Army Industrial Operations Could Improve Budgeting and Management of Carryover, GAO-16-543: Published: Jun 23, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 23, 2016 Defense Facility Condition: Revised Guidance Needed to Improve Oversight of Assessments… Continue Reading

Paper – Health Benefits from Nature Experiences Depend on Dose

Not to put too fine a point on it – but – there is no actual dosage level of being in nature – try daily – as often as possible – bring nature to you by creating your own garden – walking around your neighborhood or in the area where you work, what ever you… Continue Reading

CDC investigation: Blood lead levels higher after switch to Flint River water

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today released the results of its investigation into the potential health impact that lead contamination in the Flint, Michigan water supply had on the blood lead levels of local children.  The findings indicate that when the source of the water supply was switched to the Flint River,… Continue Reading

Genome-editing technology CRISPR-Cas9 obtains initial federal approval for human testing

“A federal biosafety and ethics panel on Tuesday unanimously approved the first study in patients of the genome-editing technology CRISPR-Cas9, in an experiment that would use CRISPR to create genetically altered immune cells to attack three kinds of cancer. It had been widely expected that the first human use of CRISPR would be a 2017 clinical trial… Continue Reading

Infographic – A Snapshot of Cancer Spending and Outcomes

Gonzalez S, Cox C, Jankiewicz A, Rousseau D, for the Kaiser Family Foundation. A Snapshot of Cancer Spending and Outcomes  JAMA. 2016;315(23):2512. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.7250. “This Visualizing Health Policy infographic provides details on cancer spending and outcomes in the United States. The U.S. cancer mortality rate, 203 deaths per 100,000 population, was slightly lower than in comparable… Continue Reading

Foot Traffic Ahead 2016

Smart Growth America – George Washington University – Ranking Walkable Urbanism in America’s Largest Metros – 2016 “The end of sprawl is in sight. For perhaps the first time in 60 years, walkable urban places (WalkUPs) in all 30 of the largest metros are gaining market share over their drivable sub-urban competition—and showing substantially higher… Continue Reading