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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.

Big shake-up at Secret Service mired by lapses, low morale, Washington Post reports

Four senior officials in the Secret Service have been removed in the biggest management shake-up since the agency's director Julia Pierson resigned last October following a series of high-profile missteps, the newspaper reported Jan. 14.

OPM: Agencies can grant excused absences to feds exposed to Ebola

Agencies should give excused absences to federal employees who are exposed to Ebola in the course of their work, but don't show symptoms of the disease, a Nov. 25 Office of Personnel Management memo says.

Interaction with 'Ebola czar' varies, but largely beneficial, says government panel

Despite the varying level of interaction between federal homeland security and health officials with the the White House-appointed "Ebola czar," Ron Klain has improved coordination on the issue, said most testifying at a Senate hearing in which Klain was absent.

Secret Service taking steps to improve training, communication amid missteps, acting director says

The new acting director of the Secret Service recently told congressional lawmakers that he's addressing communications failures and gaps in training that allowed a White House fence jumper in September to get as far as the East Room of the mansion.

DHS secretary says enhanced measures taken to identify, stop spread of Ebola in US

The Homeland Security Department has enhanced screening procedures at ports of entry and invoked its authority to prevent people who may be infected with the Ebola virus from flying into the United States, the department's secretary testified at a recent Senate hearing.

CDC issues new guidance for healthcare workers treating Ebola patients

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new detailed guidelines to help health care workers better protect themselves when treating patients with Ebola.