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Cigarette Smoking Among U.S. High School Students At An All-time Low, but E-Cigarette Use a Concern

Agency press release summarizing results of the 2015 results from the National Youth Risk Behavior Survey.  From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


The Distribution of Household Income and Federal Taxes, 2013

Categories: Headlines,Income/Poverty,Retirement/Social Security,Statistics,Taxes


Analyzes the distribution of household income and four types of federal taxes to determine average after-tax income and the average federal tax rate.  Also examines the uneven distribution of income across households.  Finds that tax increases reduced income inequality slightly.  From the Congressional Budget Office


2013-2014 Civil Rights Data Collection: A First Look

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Education-Higher,Headlines,Statistics

Provides key data highlights on equity and opportunity gaps in the nation’s public schools.  Among key areas covered: school discipline, restraint and seclusion, early learning, access to college and career readiness programs, student absenteeism, and teacher/staffing equity.  From the U.S. Department of Education


Persistent Disparities Found Through Comprehensive Civil Rights Survey …

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Education,Headlines,Statistics

Press release on the results of a new Civil Right Data Collection which showed race-related gaps in key areas affecting educational equity and opportunity for students.  The survey collected data from public schools across the nation.  From the U.S. Department of Education


Discovery of First MCR-1 Gene in E. Coli Bacteria Found in a Human in United States

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

Press release on the discovery and implications of the discovery of an MCR-1 gene in a Pennsylvania woman.  The MCR-1 makes bacteria resistant to the antibiotic  colistin, which is used as a last resort drug to treat patients with multi-drug-resistant infections.  From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Ocean Noise Strategy Roadmap

Categories: Animals/Wildlife,Environment,Headlines,Natural Resources,Science/Technology

Draft document on efforts to protect marine animals from rising levels of underwater noise created by human activities.  The noise levels lead to a reduced ability to navigate, find food and mates, avoid predators, and perform other critical functions.  Calls for an integrated approach to mitigating the effects of ocean noise over the next 10 years.  From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the Commerce Department


Newly Launched Genomic Data Commons to Facilitate Data and Clinical Information Sharing

Categories: Govt Finance,Headlines,Health/Medical,Science/Technology

Agency press release announcing the creation of the Genomic Data Commons to centralize, standardize, and make accessible the data from large scale cancer research programs.  From the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health


The Effect of Changes in Selected Age-Specific Causes of Death on non-Hispanic White Life Expectancy Between 2000 and 2014

Categories: Alcohol/Drug Abuse,Births/Deaths,Headlines,Health/Medical,Mental Health,Statistics

Life expectancy for whites is not increasing as fast as that for African Americans and Hispanics.  Between 2000 and 2014 life expectancy increased by 3.6, 2.6, and 1.4 years respectively for African Americans, Hispanics, and non-Hispanic whites. The lower number for whites was attributed to drug overdoses, suicide, and chronic liver disease—so-called deaths of despair.  From the National Center for Health Statistics


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