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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Factors Behind the Rise in Global Rice Prices in 2008

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Foreign Trade/Investment,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

Attributes the rapid price rises to trade restrictions, panic buying, a weak dollar, and high oil prices rather than crop shortages. From the Economic Research Service

Pool and Spa Submersion: Estimated Injuries and Reported Fatalities, 2009 Report

Categories: Births/Deaths,Children,Consumer Info/Protection,Statistics

Contains information on pool and spa injury and fatality incidents involving children five years and younger. Reports there were an average of 3,100 pool and spa related injuries each year for 2006-2008 and 295 pool and spa related fatalities. of young children per year for the 2004-2006 period. From the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

State and Nonstate Associated Gangs: Credible Midwives of New Social Orders

Categories: Defense/Military,Homeland Security,Latin America,Terrorism

Argues that contemporary irregular asymmetrical wars often feature gangs or militias that play an important role in taking control of a targeted political social entity. This report examines examples of contemporary populism, 21st century socialism, and a nonstate actor (al-Qaeda) seeking regional Latin American or global hegemony. From the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College.

NIH Announces New Program to Develop Therapeutics for Rare and Neglected Diseases

Categories: Health/Medical

Announces a $24 million program to produce new treatments for diseases which afflict fewer than 200,000 Americans. Currently drug treatments exist for only 200 of 6,800 rare diseases because of the low likelihood that private drug companies will earn a significant profit from such research. From the National Institutes of Health.

National Prescription Drug Threat Assessment: 2009

Categories: Alcohol/Drug Abuse,Crime/Justice,Statistics,Youth

Estimates that nearly 7 million individuals aged 12 or older were current nonmedical users of prescription-type psychotherapeutic drugs during 2007. Reports that while the number of users remained steady from 2003 to 2007, the number of deaths and treatment admissions related to such drug use increased significantly. From the Drug Enforcement Administration.