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By David White, Chief Science Officer and Research Director, FDA Office of Foods and Veterinary Medicine
On Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 2:25pm

A few weeks ago, FDA scientists and researchers presented more than 160 abstracts at the 4thAnnual Food and Drug Administration Foods and Veterinary Medicine Science and Research Conference:  that’s more than 160 research projects focused on protecting the health of people and animals. The presentations and posters at the conference were shared among approximately 300 FDA researchers and other staff members who came to hear the latest on our science and research accomplishments. Read more »
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By Jesus Garcia, Special Assistant to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for External Affairs, Administration for Children and Families
On Monday, August 18, 2014 - 10:38am

On a nice spring morning Reggie McKinnon picked up his two-year-old daughter from day care for a trip to the doctor’s office for a quick checkup. Little Payton, the youngest of three, had recently completed a successful surgery to alleviate a constant ear infection.
Reggie felt really good that day. The bright sunny day reflected how he felt inside because Payton was on her way to good health. Reggie shared the great news with his coworker during lunch as they talked about work and baseball. After a long day at work, Reggie headed to his vehicle to go home. As he arrived at his vehicle, all he remembered hearing was a loud scream: his own.
Reggie had forgotten to take his daughter back to day care after the doctor’s appointment. After several hours in a vehicle, Payton passed away due to complications from heatstroke. Read more »
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By U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT
On Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 3:45pm

Significant increases in the use of electronic health records (EHRs) among the nation’s physicians and hospitals are detailed in two new studies published today by the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).
The studies, published in the journal Health Affairs, found that in 2013, almost eight in ten (78 percent) office-based physicians reported they adopted some type of EHR system. About half of all physicians (48 percent) had an EHR system with advanced functionalities in 2013, a doubling of the adoption rate in 2009.
About 6 in 10 (59 percent) hospitals had adopted an EHR system with certain advanced functionalities in 2013, quadruple the percentage for 2010. Unlike the physician study, the hospital study does not have an equivalent, established measure of adoption of some type of EHR system; it only reports on adoption of EHRs with advanced functionalities. Read more »
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By Rob Rivers, Program Manager, Office of Cancer Clinical Proteomics Research
On Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 12:50pm

Without a doubt, one of the best ways to advance science and medical care is to make results from cutting-edge research publicly available and widespread, even before it’s published in a scientific journal.  The data should also have all of the necessary metadata (information about how the experiment was performed and on what samples) so that others can reproduce the work and analyze it in the appropriate context. 
This principle was demonstrated in the Human Genome Project, where researchers built upon the work of others to create a well-annotated collection of data resources that the scientific community has used (and used, and used!) to study the genetic underpinnings of many diseases and conditions. 
The National Cancer Institute’s Clinical Proteomic Tumor Analysis Consortium (CPTAC) is using a similar strategy to advance our understanding of cancer. CPTAC researchers analyze the proteins in tumors to learn how they may contribute to the disease. (Learn more about proteomics and how it’s helping to advance cancer research in this video tutorial.) Read more »
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By California Department of Public Health
On Friday, August 8, 2014 - 4:00pm

The California Department of Public Health today launched its Open Data Portal, which will allow user-friendly access to the data it collects about important public health issues. This data can be used to craft solutions to public health concerns while providing more transparency in government.
The Portal, which is accessible from the CDPH website, provides the public with a single point-of-entry to data sources that can be used for reporting, creating Web tools and mobile applications (apps), and other uses.
"Transparency and giving people access to information is so important to democracy," said Diana Dooley, secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency. "This is the beginning of a very ambitious effort to open portals on information that people want and need. This is an important step toward our goal of making California the healthiest state."
“Data tells us a story, and can identify strengths and areas for improvement,” said Dr. Ron Chapman, CDPH director and state health officer. “By making data easier to obtain, the story can be told and can lead to solutions that improve the lives of the people in California.” Read more »