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Spotlight: HHS seeks an entrepreneur in residence to lead disease surveillance system

The Health and Human Services Department is looking for someone with experience "building scalable infrastructure for data storage, exchange and analysis" to overhaul its disease surveillance system.

New study says toxic blue-green algae blooms are major risk to recreational and drinking water

Scientists from Oregon State University and University of North Carolina said that the algae, known as cyanobacteria, are also poorly monitored. State and federal regulators don't require testing for the algal blooms nor is reporting required of diseases related to it, they said.

Antibiotic pollution of waterways could lead to antibiotic resistant strains, Australian study finds

Australia has tight regulations on use of antibiotics in farm animals, but it's not true elsewhere. Both the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization have said that antibiotic resistance is a top research priority.

DoD: 192 labs in all 50 states, 7 countries, 3 US territories inadvertently sent live anthrax

CDC began its investigation after it received a call May 22 from a private company that tested a sample it had received from a lab at the Army's Dugway Proving Ground in Utah and found that it contained live anthrax rather than inactivated samples.

NIH syndicates grant data

Government agencies or other interested organizations can now pull grant information from the National Institutes of Health directly into their online content, while maintaining the look and feel of their website or mobile application.

NIH and CDC seek several health IT solutions from small businesses

The National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are preparing to fund several health IT-related research and development projects proposed by small businesses.

Federal researchers tap Wikipedia views to predict flu outbreaks

People coming down with the flu apparently like to check Wikipedia for information about the illness and treatment options – and that can help scientists predict flu outbreaks weeks before they peak.

HHS funds advanced development of Ebola treatment with eye toward mass production

The drug is one of several that the federal government is helping to develop since the massive outbreak last year in West Africa. As of April 2, there have been nearly 10,500 deaths out of 25,000 suspected, probable and confirmed cases, according to the CDC.

Report: Scientists at health agencies get conflicting guidance on freedom of expression

A watchdog group says the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration need to issue stronger guarantees that their scientists have scientific freedom of speech.  

Pew poll: Public expresses favorable opinion of most agencies

Even though overall trust in the government is near historic lows, the public expressed favorable views toward the individual agencies in a Jan. 22 Pew Research Center poll. Wide majorities of people express favorable views of such government agencies as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, NASA and the Defense Department.