Government Information

Earl Gregg Swem Library

Opioid Prescribing

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Health/Medical,Statistics

https://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/opioids/index.html

Reports on trends in the prescribing of opioids by physicians and how these trends vary by geography.  Under “Issue Details” section, includes links to various information relating to opioid prescribing.  From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

CFPB Issues Rule to Ban Companies From Using Arbitration Clauses to Deny Groups of People Their Day in Court

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

https://www.consumerfinance.gov/about-us/newsroom/cfpb-issues-rule-ban-companies-using-arbitration-clauses-deny-groups-people-their-day-court/

Press release announcing details of a regulation that would block the use by credit card companies and others of arbitration clauses that prevent consumers from joining in class-action lawsuits.  Includes links to further explanation and the text of the rule.  From the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

 

Becoming Credit Visible

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Financial Crisis/Markets

https://www.consumerfinance.gov/documents/4822/BecomingCreditVisible_Data_Point_Final.pdf

Finds that the way consumers establish credit history varies according to their economic background, with those in lower-income areas becoming credit visible due to negative debt collection records. Also finds that student loans are an increasing path to credit visibililty.  From the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

 

 

CDC Yellow Book 2018

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Health/Medical,Recreation/Travel

http://www.cdc.gov/yellowbook

aka CDC Health Information for International Travel, issued biennially as a reference for health professionals and as a resource for travelers. Covers travel health guidelines, pretravel vaccine recommendations, and information about emerging infectious disease threats.  From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

Prostate Cancer Screening: Draft Recommendations

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Headlines,Health/Medical

http://swemgovdocs.blogs.wm.edu/wp-admin/post-new.php

Presents text of latest draft recommendation for public comment and supporting information regarding PSA screening for men aged 55 to 69 and for those over 70.  Represents reversal of previous recommendation which found benefits of screening outweighing harms for those 55-69.  From the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

 

2015 Virginia Toxics Release Inventory Report: Summary of Data from 2015 Industry Reports

http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Portals/0/DEQ/Air/SARATitle3/2015_TRI_Report.pdf

Annual report on releases of toxic chemicals by industry in Virginia.  In 2015 Virginia facilities reported the release, transfer, or on-site management of 858.6 million pounds  of TRI-related  chemicals, a 6% decrease from 2014.  Appendices F, G, and I cover detailed information by facility, county, and city.  From the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality

 

Supervisory Highlights Consumer Reporting Special Edition

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Financial Crisis/Markets

http://files.consumerfinance.gov/f/documents/201703_cfpb_Supervisory-Highlights-Consumer-Reporting-Special-Edition.pdf

Discusses the problems uncovered in the U.S. credit reporting industry and how the agency has corrected these problems through its oversight.  From the Consumer Financial Protection Board.

 

Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) Program Data and Tools

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Environment,Maps/Geography,Statistics,Waste Management

https://www.epa.gov/toxics-release-inventory-tri-program/tri-data-and-tools

Offers a list of tools to allow for searching of toxic chemical releases down to the state and county level.  From the Environmental Protection Agency

 

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