Government Information

Earl Gregg Swem Library

HHS Public Access

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Health/Medical,Science/Technology

http://www.hhs.gov/open/public-access/index.html

Contains plans of component agencies of the department for providing open access to the results of research including data.  From the Department of Health and Human Services

 

Nearly Half a Million Americans Suffered from Clostridium Difficile Infections in a Single Year

Categories: Elderly,Health/Medical,Statistics

http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2015/p0225-clostridium-difficile.html

Describes the threat posed by clostridium difficile, the portion of the population most at risk, and what is being done to mitigate the threat.  From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

Problems Paying Medical Bills Among Persons Under Age 65: Early Release of Estimates From the National Health Interview Survey, 2011-June 2014

Categories: Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Income/Poverty,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhis/earlyrelease/probs_paying_medical_bills_jan_2011_jun_2014.pdf

Provides updated estimates for the percentage of persons under age 65 who were in families having problems paying medical bills in the past 12 months.  Finds that the percentage decreased from 21% in 2011 to 17.8% in the first 6 months of 2014.  From the National Center for Health Statistics

 

Choice in End of Life Care

Categories: Births/Deaths,Great Britain,Health/Medical

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/choice-in-end-of-life-care

Sets out findings of an independent review to provide advice to the British government on improving the quality and experience of care for adults at the end of life by expanding choices.  From the Department of Health

 

Anthem Data Breach: How Safe is Health Information Under HIPAA?

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/IN10235.pdf

Examines whether the security standards required by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act are sufficient to protect sensitive patient health information in the wake of the Anthem incident.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Antipsychotic Drug Use

Categories: Alcohol/Drug Abuse,Elderly,Health/Medical,Mental Health

http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/668221.pdf

Examines the use of antipsychotic drugs among elderly patients suffering from dementia, the dangers associated with such drug use, and what actions the federal government has taken to reduce the use of antipsychotic drugs by older adults with dementia.  From the Government Accountability Office

 

 

Innovation for Healthier Americans: Identifying Opportunities for Meaningful Reform to Our Nation’s Medical Product Discovery and Development

Categories: Govt Processes/Organization,Health/Medical,Science/Technology

http://www.help.senate.gov/imo/media/Innovation_for_Healthier_Americans.pdf

Examines challenges that exist to getting safe treatments, improved medical devices, and cures to patients more quickly and effectively.  Assesses relevant policies and procedures at the Food and Drug Administration and the National Institutes of Health.  From the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

 

Strengthening Collaborations with the DOD and VA: Effectiveness Research on Mind and Body Interventions

Categories: Defense/Military,Health/Medical,Mental Health,Veterans

https://nccih.nih.gov/about/naccih/military-report

Explores the potential for development of a large-scale initiative to examine the effectiveness of mind-body approaches for pain and symptom management in military and veteran populations.  From the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health

 

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