Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Healthcare-associated Infections (HAI) Progress Report

"The HAI Progress Report shows that significant reductions were reported in 2012 for nearly all infections. Central line-associated bloodstream infections and surgical site infections continue to approach the 5-year goals set in the National Action Plan to Prevent Health Care-Associated InfectionsExternal Web Site Icon. The report shows minimal decreases for both hospital-onset C. difficile infections and hospital-onset methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bloodstream infections. Catheter-associated urinary tract infections increased. This signals a need for additional prevention efforts to meet the 5-year goals for these infections..."
Healthcare-associated Infections

Updated Estimates of the Effects of the Insurance Coverage Provisions of the Affordable Care Act, April 2014

"The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) have updated their estimates of the budgetary effects of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that relate to health insurance coverage. The new estimates, which are included in CBO’s latest baseline projections, reflect CBO’s most recent economic forecast, account for administrative actions taken and regulations issued through March 2014, and incorporate new data and various modeling updates..."
Affordable Care Act Estimates

Beta Release of Workforce Statistics Analysis Tool

"The U.S. Census Bureau is unveiling a new Web-based analysis tool that provides access to the full Quarterly Workforce Indicators dataset. The tool - named QWI Explorer - includes measures on employment, job creation and destruction, hires and wages from the Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics program. QWI Explorer allows users to compare, rank and aggregate indicators across time, geography and/or firm and worker characteristics. .. More information about this new tool is available here and a video tutorial is available here. Visit QWI Explorer to use the tool..."
Workforce Statistics Analysis

Monday, April 14, 2014

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

"Facts about Child Maltreatment
Child Maltreatment is a significant public health problem in the United States.
  • According to Child Protective Service agencies, more than 686,000 children were victims of maltreatment in 2012.
  • Another 1,640 children died in the United States in 2012 from abuse and neglect.
  • The financial costs for victims and society are substantial. A recent CDC study showed that the total lifetime estimated financial cost associated with just 1 year of confirmed cases of child maltreatment is $124 billion..."
Child abuse

Plan Ahead For You and Your Family

"Planning Ahead Can Be a Gift
  • A plan
  • Can be made at any time in your life.
  • Gives you and your loved ones peace of mind.
  • Helps prevent questions, confusion, and disagreements among family members.
  • Advises health care providers what you want if you are unable to speak for yourself..."
    Health planning

Celebrate National DNA Day on April 25th!

"National DNA Day is a special day when teachers, students, and the public can learn more about genetics and genomics. The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) at the National Institutes of Health has sponsored DNA Day for the past ten years, to commemorate the completion of the Human Genome Project in April 2003 and of Watson and Crick's discovery of the double helix structure of DNA..."
DNA day

U.S. Crude Oil and Natural Gas Proved Reserves

"U.S. crude oil and lease condensate proved reserves increased year-over-year by 4.5 billion barrels (15.4%) because of a large volume of extensions to existing fields (5.2 billion barrels) particularly in Texas and North Dakota.
  • U.S. wet natural gas proved reserves decreased 26 trillion cubic feet (7.5%) in 2012. Low natural gas prices, reflected in a 34% decline in the 12-month, first-of-the-month, average spot price of natural gas at the Henry Hub between 2011 and 2012, led to large negative net revisions (-45.6 trillion cubic feet) to the reserves of existing fields that offset almost all gains from extensions of existing fields.
    Crude oil reserves

IPCC: Greenhouse gas e missions accelerate despite reduction efforts

"A new report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) shows that global emissions of greenhouse gases have risen to unprecedented levels despite a growing
number of policies to reduce climate change . Emissions grew more quickly between 2000 and 2010
than in each of the three previous decades.." Climate control

Foreign Assistance to North Korea

"Between 1995 and 2008, the United States provided North Korea with over $1.3 billion in
assistance: slightly more than 50% for food aid and about 40% for energy assistance. Since early
2009, the United States has provided virtually no aid to North Korea, though episodically there
have been discussions about resuming large-scale food aid. Additionally, the Obama
Administration officials have said that they would be willing to consider other types of aid if
North Korea takes steps indicating that it will dismantle its nuclear program, a prospect that most
analysts view as increasingly remote..."
Foreign Assistance to North Korea

Friday, April 11, 2014

ICE Deportations: Gender, Age, and Country of Citizenship

"Case-by-case records on deportations by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) during FY 2012 and FY 2013 provide a more complete portrait of the demographic composition of recent deportees. These results are based upon analyses of ICE records recently obtained by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University through TRAC's requests to ICE under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)[1]..."
Immigration deportation

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Marking the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act at the LBJ Presidential Library

Review the week long celebration at he Lyndon Johnson Library in Austin, Texas of the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
50th anniversary civil rights act

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Monitoring the Future 2013 Survey Results

"Since 1975 the MTF survey has measured drug, alcohol, and cigarette use and related attitudes among adolescent students nationwide. Survey participants report their drug use behaviors across three time periods: lifetime, past year, and past month. Overall, 41,675 students from 389 public and private schools participated in this year's Monitoring the Future survey. The survey is funded by the NIDA, a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and conducted by the University of Michigan..."
Monitoring future 2013

New Medicare Data Offers Unprecedented Transparency for Consumers

"Today, the Administration took another historic step in making data open and accessible to the public, when the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released information for the first time about the types and frequency of medical services that doctors and health care providers deliver to people with Medicare and about how much providers are paid—all while maintaining the privacy of beneficiaries..."
Medicare data and transparency

Crib mattress dangers

"Babies spend over 50 percent of their day sleeping.  The National Science Foundation (NSF) Nordic Research Opportunity-funded researchers from the University of Texas at Austin and VTT Technical Research Center of Finland have discovered that while infants sleep, they also breathe in high levels of chemicals released from crib mattresses.

The team analyzed the foam padding in 20 new and old crib mattresses and found they emit significant amounts of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), potentially harmful chemicals also found in household cleaners and scented sprays..."
crib mattress dangers

Healthy People 2020 Leading Health Indicators: Progress Update

"The Healthy People 2020 Leading Health Indicators (LHIs) are a select subset of Healthy People 2020 objectives chosen to communicate high-priority health issues and actions that can be taken to address them. There are 26 LHIs organized into 12 topics. On April 8, 2014, Healthy People 2020 unveiled a report highlighting the progress made within each of these LHIs through the first third of the decade..."
Healthy People 2020 update