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  • Plain Language Past and Present, Part II

    Posted on 8/5/2019 at 11:42 AM

    The Plain Writing Act, which requires government agencies to use plain writing in all documents, was passed in 2010—but the push to make writing clearer had been ongoing for decades. In this three-part blog series, Plain Language Past and Present, we highlight some of the interesting early efforts and events from the U.S. government website dedicated to clear writing (https://www.plainlanguage.gov/about/history/). Part I took a deep dive into John O’Hayre’s very witty 1966 book Gobbledygook Has Gotta Go. This installment will examine an intriguing bit of legal history. PlainLanguage.gov sums it up thusly: “Walters v. Reno, 145 F.3d 1032 (9th Cir.

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  • Meet Dr. Rudolph (Rudy) Johnson, Chief, Emergency Response Branch, Division of Laboratory Sciences at CDC

    Posted on 7/22/2019 at 6:00 AM

    “Everyone has something that I need to know.” Originally from Detroit, Rudy is a 4th generation public servant. He grew up moving with his family every 3 years, ending up in Atlanta where his father worked for and retired from the Internal Revenue Service, right next door to where Rudy now works. From a large family of five brothers and sisters, Rudy refers to his family as the “Brady Bunch.” One of his brothers went to graduate school for chemistry in California. So, Rudy was inspired at an early age not only to pursue a life of public service, but

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JAMA Current Issue

  • Reductions in Rotavirus Infections

    Posted on 8/13/2019 at 12:00 AM

    Widespread use of the rotavirus vaccine has shortened the rotavirus season from 26 to 9 weeks and has drastically reduced the number of children testing positive for infections, according to a CDC report.

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  • Tuberculin Antigen Shortage

    Posted on 8/13/2019 at 12:00 AM

    The CDC recently warned clinicians of a potential 3- to 10- month shortage of Aplisol (tuberculin PPD), 1 of 2 tuberculin antigens approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for tuberculosis skin tests.

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