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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Trends in Intake of Energy and Macronutrients in Adults From 1999-2000 Through 2007-2008

Categories: Food/Nutrition,Health/Medical,Statistics,Women

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db49.pdf

This report presents current estimates of intake of energy, protein, carbohydrate, total fat, and saturated fat by men and women and tries to evaluate trends in intake of these nutrients over the past decade to address the high prevalence of obesity.  From the National Center for Health Statistics

The Impact of Broadband Speed and Price on Small Business

Categories: Business/Economics,Statistics,Telecommunications/Internet

http://www.sba.gov/advo/research/rs373tot.pdf

The purpose of this study is to explore the ways in which small businesses access and use high-speed Internet services and to evaluate the importance of broadband speed and price for small businesses.  From the Small Business Administration

Adverse Events in Hospitals: National Incidence Among Medicare Beneficiaries

Categories: Elderly,Govt Finance,Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Medicare/Medicaid,Statistics

http://oig.hhs.gov/oei/reports/oei-06-09-00090.pdf

Reports that an estimated 13.5% of Medicare beneficiaries experienced adverse events during their hospital stays.  Also tries to assess the preventability of such adverse events, and the associated costs charged to the Medicare program.  From the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services

Screening Level Assessment of Risks Due to Dioxin Emissions from Burning Oil from the BP Deepwater Horizon Gulf of Mexico Spill

Categories: Energy,Environment,Weather/Disasters

http://www.epa.gov/research/dioxin/docs/OilScreen25.pdf

One of two peer-reviewed studies on possible harms from the burning of spilled oil on the Gulf surface.  Determines that the increased cancer risk to Gulf residents and cleanup workers was small, less than a 1 in 1,000,000 increased cancer risk.  From the Environmental Protection Agency

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http://www.epa.gov/research/dioxin/docs/Gulfinsituburnemissionsampling.pdf

Aerostat Sampling of PCDD/PCDF Emissions from the Gulf Oil Spill In Situ Burns

Categories: Energy,Environment,Weather/Disasters

http://www.epa.gov/research/dioxin/docs/Gulfinsituburnemissionsampling.pdf

One of two peer-reviewed studies on possible harms from the burning of spilled oil on the Gulf surface.  Determines that the release of polychlorinated dibenzodioxins and polychlorinated dibenzofurans (PCDDs/PCDFs) was at a low level comparable to emissions from wood stoves.  From the Environmental Protection Agency.

See also:

http://www.epa.gov/research/dioxin/docs/OilScreen25.pdf

Defense Infrastructure: Actions Needed to Improve the Navy’s Processes for Managing Public Shipyards’ Restoration and Modernization Needs

Categories: Defense/Military,Public Works,Virginia Issues

http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d117.pdf

Reviews the extent to which the Navy’s four public shipyards including the Norfolk Naval Shipyard have plans for their restoration and modernization needs, and urges the Navy to develop guidance for such strategic planning.  From the Government Accountability Office

Treaty with Russia on Measures for Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms (The New START Treaty)

Categories: Arms Control,Defense/Military,Foreign Affairs,Nuclear Arms,Russia,Treaties

http://www.fas.org/nuke/control/ns/sfrc.pdf

Report urging the Senate to ratify the START treaty with Russia.  Explains the terms of the treaty, verification issues, implications for missile defense, and related subjects of concern.  Includes dissenting views from opponents of ratification.  From the Senate Foreign Relations Committee