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Any Tobacco Use in 13 States: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2008

Categories: Health/Medical,Smoking/Tobacco,Statistics

Cigarette smoking causes 443,000 deaths annually in the U.S.  This survey reports on the prevalence of tobacco use in the 50 states.  West Virginia had the highest percentage of smokers while New Jersey had the lowest percentage.  Virginia was not one of the 13 surveyed states.  From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Report on the Tenth Anniversary of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Religion/Ethics

This report highlights the successes of the Religious Lane Use and Institutionalized Persons Act over the past ten years as well as lessons learned and challenges faced in promoting freedom of religious expression in land use decisions and in connection with prisoners and those confined in mental institutions.  From the Justice Department

The Registered Nurse Population: Findings from the 2008 National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses

Categories: Careers,Health/Medical,Income/Poverty,Labor/Employment,Statistics

Latest findings from a national survey conducted every four years.  Reports there were an estimated 3,063,162 licensed registered nurses in the U.S., an increase of 5.3% from the 2004 survey results.  Also covers employment of nurses, earnings and job satisfaction, and more.  From the Health Resources and Services Administration

Fact Sheet: The Six Month Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act

Categories: Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Laws/Regulations

Details the protections, referred to as the Patient’s Bill of Rights,  that have come into effect at the six month mark since the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was passed.  From the White House.

China and Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction and Missiles: Policy Issues

Categories: Arms Control,China,Iran,Korea,Nuclear Arms,Pakistan,WMD

Discusses the security problem of China’s role in weapons proliferation and issues related to the U.S. policy response since the mid-1990s.  .  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

Animal Welfare: USDA’s Oversight of Dealers of Random Source Dogs and Cats ….

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Animals/Wildlife,Laws/Regulations

For decades the public has been concerned that lost dogs and cats could be used in research.  This report examines the number of random source animal dealers, the regulation of these dealers by the Agriculture Department, and the costs associated with oversight of these dealers.  From the Government Accountability Office

Mine-Resistant, Ambush-Protected (MRAP) Vehicles: Background and Issues for Congress

Categories: Afghanistan,Defense/Military,Govt Procurement,Iraq,Transportation

Discusses the role Congress has played in replacing older, less protective vehicles with MRAPs,  the need for the newer Military-All-Terrain Vehicles (M-ATV) because of the rugged terrain in Afghanistan, and the cost of the program.    .  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

Emergency Communications: Broadband and the Future of 911

Categories: Homeland Security,Science/Technology,Telecommunications/Internet

Discusses the need to modernize the emergency response system by upgrading the aging infrastructure to newer digital technologies.  Also covers recent congressional legislation, newer technologies, and the potential role of the Department of Homeland Security.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

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