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Category Archives: Medicine

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.”

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

Searching for symptom related answers on Google

Google Official Blog: “So starting in the coming days, when you ask Google about symptoms like “headache on one side,” we’ll show you a list of related conditions (“headache,” “migraine,” “tension headache,” “cluster headache,” “sinusitis,” and “common cold”). For individual symptoms like “headache,” we’ll also give you an overview description along with information on self-treatment… Continue Reading

CRS – Trends in Child Care Spending from the CCDF and TANF

Trends in Child Care Spending from the CCDF and TANF, Karen E. Lynch, Specialist in Social Policy. June 16, 2016. “The Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) is the main source of federal funding dedicated primarily to child care subsidies for low-income working families. The term “CCDF” was coined in regulation by the U.S. Department… Continue Reading

UN – ‘Unprecedented’ 65 million people displaced by war and persecution in 2015

“The number of people displaced from their homes due to conflict and persecution last year exceeded 60 million for the first time in United Nations history, a tally greater than the population of the United Kingdom, or of Canada, Australia and New Zealand combined, says a new report released on World Refugee Day today. The… Continue Reading

DHS Active Shooter Complex Attack Resources

Via DHS – “As the recent events in Paris (and Orlando and…) so tragically demonstrate, we continue to face ongoing threats in an uncertain world. Active shooter events, the use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs), and the threat of complex attacks like those seen in Beslan, Russia; Mumbai, India; and now, Paris, France must be… Continue Reading

Study – Healthy Aging Begins at Home

Bipartisan Policy Center – Healthy Aging Begins at Home, May 22, 2016 “Over the next 15 years, the explosive growth of the nation’s senior population will present unprecedented challenges. Unfortunately, millions of Americans will find they lack enough savings to fund their retirements. Some will struggle to afford their housing, while others will find their… Continue Reading

The Cost of ACA Repeal

Urban Institute Study, June 2016- “Six years after its enactment, many are still calling for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In January 2016, Congress passed a bill for the first time, repealing the ACA without a replacement, but this was vetoed by the president. Because considerable controversy exists among ACA opponents on… Continue Reading

GAO Reports – Defense Inventory, Littoral Combat Ship, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, DOD Small Business Contracting

Defense Inventory: Further Analysis and Enhanced Metrics Could Improve Service Supply and Depot Operations, GAO-16-450: Published: Jun 9, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 9, 2016. Littoral Combat Ship: Need to Address Fundamental Weaknesses in LCS and Frigate Acquisition Strategies, GAO-16-356: Published: Jun 9, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 9, 2016. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Enhanced Detection Tools… Continue Reading

GAO Reports – Midway Atoll, Medicare, Aviation Security, Federal Air Marshall Service, Housing for Special Needs

Midway Atoll: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Faces Many Competing Priorities, GAO-16-382: Published: Jun 2, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 2, 2016. Medicare: Utilization and Expenditures for Complex Wheelchair Accessories, GAO-16-640R: Published: Jun 1, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 1, 2016. Aviation Security: Airport Perimeter and Access Control Security Would Benefit from Risk Assessment and Strategy Updates,… Continue Reading

UMMS – Medical Archives go online for Public Access

“The University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) was established in 1962, when the Legislature chartered the Commonwealth’s first public medical school. The school opened in 1970 without even waiting for construction of a new building. Today UMMS ranks in the nation’s top ten percent for primary care education and is a leading center for community… Continue Reading