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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Drugs, Brains, and Behavior: The Science of Addiction

Categories: Alcohol/Drug Abuse,Health/Medical,Science/Technology

http://www.drugabuse.gov/scienceofaddiction/

Offers scientific information about the disease of drug addiction, the harmful consequences of drug abuse, and basic approaches to prevent and treat the disease. Written in layman’s language to explain how science has revolutionized the understanding of drug addiction as a brain disease. From the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Pharmaceutical Costs: A Comparison of &#xz0085; Veterans Affairs, Medicaid, and Medicare Policies

Categories: Govt Finance,Health/Medical,Medicare/Medicaid,Veterans

http://opencrs.cdt.org/rpts/RL33802_20070117.pdf

The 2003 legislation that created the Medicare drug benefit included a noninterference provision that prevents the federal government from negotiating drug prices. The noninterference provision may be repealed in the 110th Congress. This report compares pharmaceutical pricing policies of the largest federal government prescription drug purchasing programs. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by OpenCRS.org.

Pandemic Influenza: Appropriations for Public Health Preparedness and Response

Categories: Govt Finance,Health/Medical

http://opencrs.cdt.org/rpts/RS22576_20070123.pdf

Describes federal funding for pandemic flu preparedness, recent trends in funding, and how it is allocated among agencies. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by OpenCRS.org.

Reverse Mortgages: Background and Issues

Categories: Elderly,Govt Finance,Housing/Homelessness

http://opencrs.cdt.org/rpts/RL33843_20070126.pdf

Explains the differences between term and tenure reverse mortgages and the role of the federal government in ensuring such transactions. Also lays out issues for the elderly and federal policy makers. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by OpenCRS.org.

North Korea – Denuclearization Action Plan

Categories: Korea,Nuclear Arms

http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2007/february/80479.htm

Details the initial actions to be taken by the participants in the 6 Party talks including provisions for the closing of the Yongbyon nuclear facility by North Korea and supplying of emergency energy assistance to North Korea by the other parties. From the State Department.

Beyond NCLB: Fulfilling the Promise to Our Nation’s Children

Categories: Education

http://www.aspeninstitute.org/atf/cf/%7BDEB6F227-659B-4EC8-8F84-8DF23CA704F5%7D/NCLB_Book.pdf

Lengthy report funded by private foundations on how to expand provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act which is up for congressional review in 2007. The report call for more testing, stricter national standards, and sanctions against teachers with poorly performing students. From the Commission on No Child Left Behind, the Aspen Institute, and the U.S. Department of Education

Trade Promotion Authority (TPA)/Fast-Track Renewal: Labor Issues

Categories: Foreign Trade/Investment,Labor/Employment,Presidency

http://opencrs.cdt.org/rpts/RL33864_20070202.pdf

Reviews the current presidential authority for entering into trade agreements under expedited congressional rules set to expire in July 2007, the controversial issues involved with renewal of such authority including enforceable core labor standards, legislative options in the 110th Congress for new labor provisions in trade agreements, and the arguments for and against enforceable core labor standards. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by OpenCRS.org.

Hospital Stays for Circulatory Diseases, 2004

Categories: Health/Medical,Statistics

http://www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/reports/statbriefs/sb26.jsp

Circulatory diseases are the most common reason for admission to hospitals for both men and women, except for pregnancies and childbirth. This Statistical Brief offers data on the hospital treatment of circulatory diseases including the most common circulatory diseases, length of stay, cost of treatment, mean age, and outcome. From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

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