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September 15, 2015
Executive Order -- Using Behavioral Science Insights to Better Serve the American People
A growing body of evidence demonstrates that behavioral science insights -- research findings from fields such as behavioral economics and psychology about how people make decisions and act on them -- can be used to design government policies to better serve the American people.
Where Federal policies have been designed to reflect behavioral science insights, they have substantially improved outcomes for the individuals, families, communities, and businesses those policies serve. For example, automatic enrollment and automatic escalation in retirement savings plans have made it easier to save for the future, and have helped Americans accumulate billions of dollars in additional retirement savings. Similarly, streamlining the application process for Federal financial aid has made college more financially accessible for millions of students.
To more fully realize the benefits of behavioral insights and deliver better results at a lower cost for the American people, the Federal Government should design its policies and programs to reflect our best understanding of how people engage with, participate in, use, and respond to those policies and programs. By improving the effectiveness and efficiency of Government, behavioral science insights can support a range of national priorities, including helping workers to find better jobs; enabling Americans to lead longer, healthier lives; improving access to educational opportunities and support for success in school; and accelerating the transition to a low-carbon economy.
NOW, THEREFORE, by the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, I hereby direct the following:
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Tue Sep 22, 2015, 02:55 PM (0 replies)
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Thu Sep 17, 2015, 03:04 PM (3 replies)
That's a lie, not to mention an ad hominem argument. Is that marketing, PR, advertising or branding?
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Thu Sep 17, 2015, 11:37 AM (1 replies)
Sunlight Project: http://www.protect.org/sunlight
Four-part series by Grier Weeks:
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Thu Sep 3, 2015, 10:57 AM (0 replies)
Paul A. Offit, MD, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia:
Alice Callahan has written a breakthrough book, combining the compassion, warmth, and angst of a mother with the measured reasoning of a scientist. She helps parents not only understand how science works, but how they can access that science to answer their questions. She’s found a way to access the scientist in all of us.
by Alice Callahan on January 11, 2012
For my guest post, I chose to write about how being a scientist helps me to trust other scientists and medical professionals when it comes to my child’s health. When the scientific community overwhelmingly supports a parenting practice – like vaccinating our children – I’m on board. If you read my blog, you know that I question other decisions plenty. When it comes to the decision to vaccinate, I trust the science that it is the best thing for my child and for our community.
An excerpt… check out The Mother Geek to read the rest! (Link to Mamamia post here )
Because I trust scientists and doctors, I didn’t question the CDC’s vaccination schedule. I didn’t pore over vaccine research or agonize about the decision to vaccinate my child. Instead, I trusted that the committees of experts at the CDC and AAP carefully make the best recommendations possible based on the data available. Maybe that is naïve. Maybe I am a lazy mother for not trying to become a vaccine expert before I allowed those first needles to enter my daughter’s thigh. Or maybe not.
INTRODUCTION: REMOVAL OF MERCURY FROM VACCINES IN THE EPOCH OF ERROR CORRECTION
By Martha R. Herbert, PhD, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School
and Pediatric Neurologist at Massachusetts General Hospital
This book is aggressively pro-vaccine. Its focus is not on vaccines in any general way, but only on one ingredient, Thimerosal, which contains ethylmercury.
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Tue Sep 1, 2015, 11:26 PM (2 replies)
Look who cites Orac: http://www.snopes.com/medical/disease/cdcwhistleblower.asp
"...And, of course, there’s no biologically plausible reason why there would be an effect observed in African-Americans but no other race and, more specifically than that, in African-American males."
Oh, but look at this research by the Mayo Vaccine Research Group, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota.
Immune Response to Rubella Vaccine Varies by Race, Ethnicity
February 26, 2014
By Megan Brooks
NEW YORK - A new study finds "consistent" evidence for racial/ethnic differences in humoral immune response to rubella vaccination, say researchers with the Mayo Vaccine Research Group, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota.
Individuals of African descent have significantly higher rubella-specific neutralizing antibody levels relative to individuals of European descent and/or Hispanic ethnicity (p<0.001), Dr. Gregory A. Poland and colleagues reported online February 13 in the journal Vaccine.
In an interview with Reuters Health, Dr. Poland said, "We make (vaccine) policy, of course, at the population level. That's a paradigm that seems right and even self-obvious to us. But as we enter into the era of personalized medicine that paradigm is starting to fade away."
"For example, if you come here to the Mayo Clinic for treatment of resistant hypertension or depression or certain malignancies, your treatment is individualized to you based on your genomics. There are people that carry some genes that if we gave them the standard dose of chemotherapy it would kill them. There are others that carry certain genes that if we don't double the dose it does them no good," he explained.
"Nobody has applied that paradigm to vaccine responses. Our group has been pushing the concept of individualized vaccinology or what we call vaccinomics," Dr. Poland said.
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0264410X14001534 (final edited form, fee)
Volume 32, Issue 17, 7 April 2014, Pages 1946–1953
Associations between race, sex and immune response variations to rubella vaccination in two independent cohorts
Iana H. Haralambievaa, b, Hannah M. Salka, Nathaniel D. Lamberta, b, Inna G. Ovsyannikovaa, b, Richard B. Kennedya, b, Nathaniel D. Warnerc, V.Shane Pankratzc, Gregory A. Polanda, b, d, ,
a Mayo Vaccine Research Group, Mayo Vaccine Research Group, Mayo Clinic, Guggenheim 611C, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905, United States
b Program in Translational Immunovirology and Biodefense, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN 55905, United States
c Division of Biostatistics, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN 55905, United States
d Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN 55905, United States
Received 18 November 2013, Revised 20 January 2014, Accepted 27 January 2014, Available online 13 February 2014
That's not all. Guess what?
Post 138: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10025653679
NOTE THAT 10 YEARS SEPARATE THESE 2 STUDIES. Dr. William W Thompson finds it unacceptable that the "signal" detected in the 2004 study was discarded prior to publication and therefore not pursued by follow-up investigations. Orac says what?
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Tue Aug 25, 2015, 01:07 AM (1 replies)
OVERVIEW OP-ED: http://www.pressherald.com/2014/09/02/maine-voices-breakdown-in-accountability-at-heart-of-decline-in-vaccinations/
NOTHING to consider here, no, perhaps not for you. Fortunately, not everyone agrees that more is necessarily better. Science, not woo.
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Thu Jul 30, 2015, 02:12 AM (1 replies)
Jawdropping establishment journalism (3/27/15):
Distrust of vaccinations on the rise across EU
Published: 27/03/2015 - 07:55 | Updated: 27/03/2015 - 07:56
For recommendation, against obligation
If there is one domain within the sector that tends to keep its nose clean, says Selon Serge Rader, it is vaccination. In Europe, France is the only country to maintain the policy of compulsory vaccination against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis.
Portugal has kept compulsory vaccination for diphtheria and polio, and Belgium just for polio. Elsewhere in Europe, Germany, the United Kingdon, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Spain and others have all abolished compulsory vaccination.
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Mon Jun 8, 2015, 08:18 PM (0 replies)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: protecting the private good?
by Jeanne Lenzer, associate editor, The BMJ, USA
BMJ 2015; 350 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h2362 (Published 15 May 2015)
Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h2362
After revelations that the CDC is receiving some funding from industry, Jeanne Lenzer investigates how it might have affected the organisation’s decisions
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) includes the following disclaimer with its recommendations: “CDC, our planners, and our content experts wish to disclose they have no financial interests or other relationships with the manufacturers of commercial products . . . CDC does not accept commercial support.”1
The CDC’s image as an independent watchdog over the public health has given it enormous prestige, and its recommendations are occasionally enforced by law.
Despite the agency’s disclaimer, the CDC does receive millions of dollars in industry gifts and funding, both directly and indirectly, and several recent CDC actions and recommendations have raised questions about the science it cites, the clinical guidelines it promotes, and the money it is taking.
Marcia Angell, former editor in chief of the New England Journal of Medicine, told The BMJ, “The CDC has enormous credibility among physicians, in no small part because the agency is generally thought to be free of industry bias. Financial dealings with biopharmaceutical companies threaten that reputation.”2
Industry funding of the CDC has taken many doctors, even some who worked for CDC, by surprise. Philip Lederer, an infectious diseases fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, and a former CDC epidemic intelligence service officer, told The BMJ he was “saddened” to learn of industry funding.
The CDC’s director, Tom Frieden, did not respond to a question about the disclaimer. He told The BMJ by email, “Public-private partnerships allow CDC to do more, faster. The agency’s core values of accountability, respect, and integrity guide the way CDC spends the funds entrusted to it. When possible conflicts of interests arise, we take a hard, close look to ensure that proper policies and guidelines are followed before accepting outside donations.”
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Mon Jun 1, 2015, 07:20 PM (2 replies)