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FDA Takes Important Steps in Modernizing the Food Safety System

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Food/Nutrition,Headlines,Homeland Security

Agency press release announcing final rules, the first two of seven major rules, to implement the Food Safety Modernization Act. Includes links to Federal Register publication of the texts of the two rules. From the Food and Drug Administration


Most Americans’ Hearts Are Older than their Age

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

Agency press release on the concept of “heart age,” how it is measured, what it means, and what causes disparities among people in their heart age. From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Landmark NIH Study Shows Intensive Blood Pressure Management May Save Lives

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

Describes the outcome of clinical trial on management of blood pressure called the Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial. Achieving a target systolic pressure of 120 reduce rates of cardiovascular events such as heart attack and stroke. From the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health


Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data: 2013 Part D Prescriber Look-Up Tool

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

A searchable database that allows users to look up physicians by name, location, or National Provider Identifier number and check on prescriptions provided to and filled by Medicare beneficiaries, including drug name, total number of prescriptions dispensed, and total drug cost. From the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services


Step It Up: The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities

Categories: Athletics/Exercise,Consumer Info/Protection,Health/Medical,Urban Issues

Urges Americans to get moving to improve their health and American communities to provide better opportunities for walking and other forms of physical exercise. From the Office of the Surgeon General, Department of Health and Human Services


I Have a Question … A Parent Checklist

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Education

Subtitled: What Parents and Caregivers Can Ask and Do to Help Children Thrive at School.  A short brochure which provides five questions to ask about the school, advice from teachers on how parents can assist their children, and a list of helpful resources.  From the U.S. Department of Education


Mid-year Update on Student Loan Complaints

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Education-Higher,Statistics

More than 3,100 private student loan complaints were received during the first 6 months of the government’s year, a 34% increase over the previous year.  Also covers debt collection complaints.   From the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau


Fact Sheet: Protecting Students from Abusive Career Colleges

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Crime/Justice,Education-Higher

Describes what the Education Department will do to assist students who were victimized by schools run by Corinthian Colleges and how other debt relief measures might aid students who feel they were victimized by career colleges.  From the Education Department


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