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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Common Mechanisms of Drug Abuse and Obesity

Categories: Alcohol/Drug Abuse,Food/Nutrition,Mental Health

Press release which describes results of health research into brain mechanisms that accompany both drug addiction and compulsive eating behaviors.  Provides links to full text of article.  From the National Institutes of Health.

Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) Status for Russia and U.S.-Russian Economic Ties

Categories: Foreign Trade/Investment,Russia,Treaties

Explains the current state of U.S. trade relations with Russia and the effect of the Jackson-Vanik Amendment with its freedom-of-emigration requirements.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by

War Bonds in the Second World War: A Model for a New Iraq/Afghanistan War Bond?

Categories: Afghanistan,Defense/Military,Govt Finance,History,Iraq

Discusses the purpose of war bonds in World War II, especially with regard to curtailing spending and controlling inflation, and the different circumstances in today’s high unemployment, reduced spending environment.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by

Chile: Political and Economic Conditions and U.S. Relations

Categories: Crime/Justice,Foreign Trade/Investment,Latin America

Provides a brief historical background of Chile, examines recent political and economic developments, and covers issues in U.S.-Chilean relations.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by

The National Commission on Children and Disasters: Overview and Issues

Categories: Children,Terrorism,Weather/Disasters

Covers purpose, composition, duties and funding of the commission which was created to assess the needs of children in the preparation for, response to, and recovery from natural disasters, acts of terrorism and other man-made disasters.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by

The European Union: Leadership Changes Resulting from the Lisbon Treaty

Categories: European Union,Treaties

Discusses the changes to leadership roles resulting from the Lisbon Treaty, which went into effect in December 2009.  Focuses on the newly created role of the President of the European Council and how this change affects the rotating EU presidency country. Also discusses changes affecting the European Council and the Council of Ministers. .  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by

Free Trade Agreements: Impact on U.S. Trade and Implications for U.S. Policy

Categories: Foreign Trade/Investment,Treaties

Covers an explanation of what free trade areas are, how free trade areas have become an important part of U.S. trade policy, the economic impact of such agreements, and the issues that Congress must explore in deciding whether to continue to approve such arrangements.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by

Iraq Casualties: U.S. Military Forces and Iraqi Civilians, Police, and Security Forces

Categories: Births/Deaths,Defense/Military,Iraq,Statistics

Presents official U.S. military casualties as well as governmental and private estimates of Iraqi lives lost during the war.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by

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