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An Ed-Tech Tragedy?

UNESCO – “A new book about experiences with educational technologies during the COVID-19 pandemic and the implications for the future of learning. The COVID-19 pandemic pushed education from schools to educational technologies at a pace and scale with no historical precedent. For hundreds of millions of students formal learning became fully dependent on technology –… Continue Reading

COVID vaccines may roll out within days

NYT via Chicago Tribune – “The latest COVID-19 boosters are expected to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration as early as Monday, arriving alongside the seasonal flu vaccine and shots to protect infants and older adults from RSV, a potentially lethal respiratory virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to… Continue Reading

Trends and Disparities in Firearm Deaths Among Children

Pediatrics (2023) 152 (3): e2023061296. September 2023 – BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES – In 2020, firearm injuries became the leading cause of death among US children and adolescents. This study aimed to evaluate new 2021 data on US pediatric firearm deaths and disparities to understand trends compared with previous years. METHODS – Centers for Disease Control… Continue Reading

Physician and Physician Practice Research Database

HHS Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: “The Physician and Physician Practice Research Database (3P-RD) captures characteristics of physicians and physician practices in 13 states. The database describes the supply of physician services available across selected states for data year 2019-2020. AHRQ created 3P-RD as a resource to address existing data gaps in physician health… Continue Reading

TEMPO – Nitrogen Dioxide Air Pollution Over North America

NASA: “The Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution (TEMPO) instrument collected its “first light” measurements of nitrogen dioxide air pollution over North America on August 2, 2023. Beginning at 11:15 AM Eastern Daylight Time (8:15 AM Pacific Time), the instrument scanned the continent every hour for six consecutive hours. TEMPO measures sunlight reflected and scattered off… Continue Reading

Bureau of Global Health Security and Diplomacy

The State Dept. created a new agency to deal with diseases as national security threats. “Health security is national security, and an infectious disease threat anywhere is a threat everywhere. U.S. leadership is critical to save lives domestically and globally by preventing, detecting, and responding to these health threats, in collaboration with international partners. The… Continue Reading

Google Maps Platform adds air quality and pollen information to capture changing climate realities

Mashable: “Google’s latest launch suggests Maps is becoming more than a navigation tool, as the company announces three new public APIs covering solar, air quality, and pollen data and predictions to address the world’s new climate reality. Now, in addition to the company’s Maps, Routes, and Places APIs, a new “Environment” category will be joining… Continue Reading

Assessing the Utility of ChatGPT Throughout the Entire Clinical Workflow: Development and Usability Study

J Med Internet Res 2023;25:e48659 Background: Large language model (LLM)–based artificial intelligence chatbots direct the power of large training data sets toward successive, related tasks as opposed to single-ask tasks, for which artificial intelligence already achieves impressive performance. The capacity of LLMs to assist in the full scope of iterative clinical reasoning via successive prompting,… Continue Reading

DHS Community Leaders New Resources to Prepare for Extreme Temperature Events

“With roughly 130 million Americans across 22 states under heat alerts, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are releasing new resources to help communities manage extreme heat, which is growing in intensity due to the climate crisis. Heat remains the number one weather-related cause of death in… Continue Reading

America Is Using Up Its Groundwater Like There’s No Tomorrow

“Overuse is draining and damaging aquifers nationwide, a New York Times data investigation revealed…Global warming has focused concern on land and sky as soaring temperatures intensify hurricanes, droughts and wildfires. But another climate crisis is unfolding, underfoot and out of view. Many of the aquifers that supply 90 percent of the nation’s water systems, and… Continue Reading