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GAO Reports – Border Security, Medicare Program, Prisoner Operations

  • Border Security: DHS Surveillance Technology Unmanned Aerial Systems and Other Assets, GAO-16-671T: Published: May 24, 2016. Publicly Released: May 24, 2016.
  • Medicare Program: Continued Action Required to Address Weaknesses in Provider and Supplier Enrollment Controls, GAO-16-703T: Published: May 24, 2016. Publicly Released: May 24, 2016.
  • Prisoner Operations: United States Marshals Service Could Better Estimate Cost Savings and Monitor Efforts to Increase Efficiencies, GAO-16-472: Published: May 23, 2016. Publicly Released: May 23, 2016.

GAO Reports – Managing for Results, Food Safety, Higher Education, IRS Internal Controls, Electromagnetic Risks, K-12 Education, National Drug Control Policy, Polar Weather Satellites

Managing for Results: OMB Improved Implementation of Cross-Agency Priority Goals, But Could Be More Transparent About Measuring Progress, GAO-16-509: Published: May 20, 2016. Publicly Released: May 20, 2016. Food Safety: FDA Coordinating with Stakeholders on New Rules but Challenges Remain and Greater Tribal Consultation Needed, GAO-16-425: Published: May 19, 2016. Publicly Released: May 19, 2016.Continue Reading

The 2015-2016 Zika Outbreak – Infographic

Via Kaiser Family Foundation – “This infographic offers key facts about the Zika virus, tracks the increasing number of countries reporting local transmission over the past year, and breaks down how key U.S. government agencies are responding to Zika.” Download PDF: The 2015-2016 Zika Outbreak (Updated April 15, 2016)

Increased physical activity associated with lower risk of 13 types of cancer

Via NIH: “A new study of the relationship between physical activity and cancer has shown that greater levels of leisure-time physical activity were associated with a lower risk of developing 13 different types of cancer. The risk of developing seven cancer types was 20 percent (or more) lower among the most active participants (90th percentileContinue Reading

FDA Seeks Comments on Draft 3D Device Printing Guidance

Document issued on May 10, 2016 – “FDA has developed this draft guidance to provide FDA’s initial thinking on technical considerations specific to devices using additive manufacturing, the broad category of manufacturing encompassing 3-dimensional (3D) printing. Additive manufacturing (AM) is a process that builds an object by iteratively building 2-dimensional (2D) layers and joining eachContinue Reading

GAO Reports – Force Structure, Medicaid Program Integrity, Troubled Asset Relief Program

Force Structure: Performance Measures Needed to Better Implement the Recommendations of the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force, GAO-16-405: Published: May 6, 2016. Publicly Released: May 6, 2016. Medicaid Program Integrity: Improved Guidance Needed to Better Support Efforts to Screen Managed Care Providers, GAO-16-402: Published: Apr 22, 2016. Publicly Released: May 6,Continue Reading

LA Times Investigative Report on Oxycontin and Addiction

A Times Investigation by Harriet Ryan, Lisa Girion and Scott Glover: “The drugmaker Purdue Pharma launched OxyContin two decades ago with a bold marketing claim: One dose relieves pain for 12 hours, more than twice as long as generic medications. Patients would no longer have to wake up in the middle of the night toContinue Reading

Medical error the third leading cause of death in the US

“Medical error is not included on death certificates or in rankings of cause of death. Martin Makary and Michael Daniel assess its contribution to mortality and call for better reporting.” BMJ 2016;353:i2139 doi: 10.1136/bmj.i2139 (Published 3 May 2016). “The annual list of the most common causes of death in the United States, compiled by theContinue Reading

Hepatitis C Kills More Americans than Any Other Infectious Disease

CDC: “Deaths associated with hepatitis C reached an all-time high of 19,659 in 2014, according to new surveillance data released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A second CDC study, published online today in Clinical Infectious Diseases, shows that annual hepatitis C-related mortality in 2013 surpassed the total combined number ofContinue Reading

Ovarian Cancers: Evolving Paradigms in Research and Care

The National Academies Press – Ovarian Cancers: Evolving Paradigms in Research and Care (2016). Committee on the State of the Science in Ovarian Cancer Research; Board on Health Care Services; Institute of Medicine; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine “In an era of promising advances in cancer research, there are considerable and even alarmingContinue Reading

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 DeepMindContinue Reading

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