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New Scientist – Google AI has access to huge haul of NHS patient data

Via New Scientist, Hal Hodson: ” It’s no secret that Google has broad ambitions in healthcare. But a document obtained by New Scientist reveals that the tech giant’s collaboration with the UK’s National Health Service goes far beyond what has been publicly announced. The document – a data-sharing agreement between Google-owned artificial intelligence company DeepMind and the Royal Free NHS Trust – gives the clearest picture yet of what the company is doing and what sensitive data it now has access to. The agreement gives DeepMind access to a wide range of healthcare data on the 1.6 million patients who pass through three London hospitals run by the Royal Free NHS Trust – Barnet, Chase Farm and the Royal Free – each year. This will include information about people who are HIV-positive, for instance, as well as details of drug overdoses and abortions. The agreement also includes access to patient data from the last five years…”

Reduced Disparities in Birth Rates Among Teens Aged 15–19 Years — United States, 2006–2007 and 2013–2014

CDC – “Births among Hispanic and black teens have dropped by almost half since 2006, according to a new analysis published by CDC. This mirrors a substantial national decline: births to all American teenagers have dropped more than 40 percent within the past decade. Despite this progress, key challenges persist for many communities, according toContinue Reading

Spring Cleaning? Start with Your Medicine Cabinet Right Away

“Have you checked on your medications lately? Are they expired or are you no longer taking them? This Saturday, April 30 is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Collect your leftover prescription drugs and take them to a local site for a safe way to dispose of medication. Learn more about why discarding old or unused medication is important.”

Politico Testimony – Chernobyl poisoned my childhood

“In the early days of the Chernobyl disaster [April 1986], many still had faith in the Communist Party, but by late ’88, delusions about the Soviets were long gone. Fear of reprisals had receded with the deaths of strongmen Leonid Brezhnev and Yuri Andropov (known as the Butcher of Budapest after the 1956 Hungarian uprising).Continue 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

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

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

CRS – Medicare Primer

Medicare Primer, March 31, 2016: “Medicare is a federal program that pays for covered health care services of qualified beneficiaries. It was established in 1965 under Title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide health insurance to individuals 65 and older, and has been expanded over the years to include permanently disabled individuals underContinue Reading

Recent Trends in Prescription Drug Costs

Kaiser Family Foundation: “This Visualizing Health Policy infographic spotlights national spending on prescription drugs and the public’s views on pharmaceutical prices. Prescription drug spending rose sharply in 2014, driven by growth in expenditures on specialty drugs, including medications to treat cancer and hepatitis C. Medicare’s spending on prescription pharmaceuticals also has risen, largely due toContinue Reading

GAO Reports – DOD Major Automated Information Systems, NASA, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute

DOD Major Automated Information Systems: Improvements Can Be Made in Reporting Critical Changes and Clarifying Leadership Responsibility, GAO-16-336: Published: Mar 30, 2016. Publicly Released: Mar 30, 2016. NASA: Assessments of Major Projects, GAO-16-309SP: Published: Mar 30, 2016. Publicly Released: Mar 30, 2016. Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute: Review of the Audit of the Financial Statements forContinue Reading

Trends in Employer-Sponsored Insurance Offer and Coverage Rates, 1999-2014

Kaiser Family Foundation – “The majority of nonelderly people get their health coverage through an employer-based plan. This issue brief uses data from the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) to examine trends in employer-sponsored health insurance (ESI) for different types of people and households.While ESI remains the leading source of coverage for nonelderly people (thoseContinue Reading