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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Learning Resources Database

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Education,Health/Medical,Libraries/Museums

https://learn.nlm.nih.gov/

Search for educational resources at the National Library of Medicine in a single site.  The new resource covers videos, tutorials,  and handouts on such products as PubMed, Clinical Trials.gov, Unified Medical Language System and more.  From the National Library of Medicine

 

Indication of Unconventional Oil and Gas Wastewaters Found in Local Surface Waters

Categories: Business/Economics,Consumer Info/Protection,Financial Crisis/Markets,Headlines

http://toxics.usgs.gov/highlights/2016-05-09-uog_wastes_in_streams.html

White paper on the risks and vulnerabilities associated with the online lending industry.  Provides an overview of the industry, reviews stakeholder opinions, reviews benefits and risks of online lending, and provides policy recommendations.  From the Treasury Department

(business/economics     consumer info/protection     financial crisis/markets     headlines)

Opportunities and Challenges in Online Marketplace Lending

Categories: Business/Economics,Consumer Info/Protection,Financial Crisis/Markets,Headlines

https://www.treasury.gov/connect/blog/Documents/Opportunities_and_Challenges_in_Online_Marketplace_Lending_white_paper.pdf

White paper on the risks and vulnerabilities associated with the online lending industry.  Provides an overview of the industry, reviews stakeholder opinions, reviews benefits and risks of online lending, and provides policy recommendations.  From the Treasury Department

 

U.S. Department of Transportation Expands and Accelerates Takata Air Bag Inflator Recall …

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Transportation

http://www.nhtsa.gov/About+NHTSA/Press+Releases/nhtsa-expands-accelerates-takata-inflator-recall-05042016

Press release which announces the recall of an additional 35-40 million inflators through 2019.

Ruptures of the Takata inflators have been blamed for ten deaths and more than 100 injuries in the U.S.  From the National  Highway Traffic Safety Administration

 

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) L’Enfant Plaza Station Electrical Arcing and Smoke Accident

Categories: Births/Deaths,Consumer Info/Protection,District of Columbia,Public Works,Transportation

http://www.ntsb.gov/news/events/Documents/Abstract_DCA15FR004.pdf

Synopsis from the final report of a widely publicized DC subway incident which resulted in the death of one person and exposure of maintenance problems plaguing the transit system.  Includes findings, probable cause, and safety recommendations.  From the National Transportation Safety Board

 

CDC: 1 in 3 Antibiotic Prescriptions Unnecessary

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Health/Medical

http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2016/p0503-unnecessary-prescriptions.html

Agency press release on study of misuse of antibiotics in outpatient settings.  Researchers found that most of the unnecessary antibiotics are prescribed for respiratory conditions caused by viruses which do not respond to antibiotics.  The full article was published in JAMA.  From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

Arbitration Agreements

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Financial Crisis/Markets,Headlines,Laws/Regulations

http://files.consumerfinance.gov/f/documents/CFPB_Arbitration_Agreements_Notice_of_Proposed_Rulemaking.pdf

Proposed regulations that would prohibit mandatory arbitration clauses in consumer financial products such as credit cards and bank accounts.  The clauses prevent consumers from joining together to sue banks or credit card companies for alleged wrongdoing.  Class rather than individual actions have proven more effective in challenging problematic practices in the past.  From the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

 

CFPB Proposes Prohibiting Mandatory Arbitration Clauses that Deny Groups of Consumers Their Day in Court

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Financial Crisis/Markets,Headlines,Laws/Regulations

http://www.consumerfinance.gov/about-us/newsroom/consumer-financial-protection-bureau-proposes-prohibiting-mandatory-arbitration-clauses-deny-groups-consumers-their-day-court/

Press release which explains the reasons behind the proposed regulation that would prohibit mandatory arbitration clauses in consumer financial contracts.  From the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

 

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