Tag Archives: health

Military Health IT Getting $1.4B, With a Catch

Among the many areas fully funded in the omnibus spending package is the Military Health System‘s information technology systems, with $1.4 billion allotted for fiscal year 2012. At the same time, the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2012 limits the Pentagon’s power to spend that money. The Act restricts …

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Lawmaker Wants Smoking Sections Gone from Federal Buildings

Federal employees who smoke may have to find someplace else, other than their workplace, to smoke if one lawmaker’s idea gets traction on Capitol Hill. Last week, Rep. Susan Davis (D-Calif.) introduced the Smoke-Free Federal Buildings Act (H.R. 3382), which would ban smoking inside and 25-feet around all federally-owned buildings …

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Panetta Paints Budget Picture in NY Times Interview

Once considered not on the table, cuts to health and retirement benefits are being considered by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, according to a report by the New York Times. The Pentagon is facing budget cuts of $450 billion, between 7 and 8 percent of its budget, over the next decade. …

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OPM Releases Health Premium Rates for Federal Workers

The average premium for federal workers enrolled in the Federal Employees Health Benefits program will go up 3.8 percent in 2012, the Office of Personnel Management said Tuesday. On average, enrollees with self-only coverage will pay $2.32 more per biweekly pay period. Enrollees with family coverage will pay $6.18 more. …

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Army Surgeon General: Amputations Up During Afghan War

Since the 2009 troop surge in Afghanistan, the number of U.S. troops who have had amputations has nearly doubled as a result of mines and roadside-bombs, according to an Army surgeon general report released Tuesday. Army Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Eric Schoomaker commissioned the 87-page report, examining dismounted complex blast …

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U.S. Developing New Chip to Test Toxicity of Drugs

The National Institutes of Health will collaborate with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and theΒ  Food and Drug Administration to develop a chip capable of screening new drugs for toxic material before tested on people. The chips will be loaded with specific cell types and would be able to …

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New FDA Net Aims at Fast Response to Food Illness Outbreaks

A new multi-disciplinary team will aim to quickly respond to human and animal foodborne illness outbreaks, the Food and Drug Administration said Thursday. The FDA Coordinated Outbreak Response and Evaluation Network will be comprised of epidemiologists, veterinarians, microbiologists, environmental health specialists, emergency coordinators, and risk communications specialists. CORE will work …

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HHS Initiative Aims to Prevent 1M Heart Attacks, Strokes

The Department of Health and Human Services announced Tuesday it is launching a public-private initiative aimed at preventing 1 million heart attacks and strokes over the next five years. HHS announced the Million Hearts initiative will aim at encouraging Americans to make healthy choices, such as not smoking and reducing …

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