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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Green Space and Health

Categories: Environment,Great Britain,Health/Medical,Mental Health,Science/Technology,Urban Issues

Summarizes the evidence for physical and mental health benefits from contact with nature.  From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology


Creating Age-Friendly Cities

Categories: Elderly,Environment,Great Britain,Housing/Homelessness,Science/Technology,Transportation,Urban Issues

By 2050 89% of the UK’s population will live in cities and 24% will be over 65.  This report examines how housing, outdoor spaces, and transportation can be made more age-friendly.  From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology


Student Loan Statistics

Categories: Education-Higher,Govt Finance,Great Britain,Statistics

Discusses recent developments relating to student loans in Great Britain including background information about the program, the estimated rise in loan levels, repayment requirements, and arguments for reform.  House of Commons Library Briefing Paper Number 1079

(education, higher     govt finance     Great Britain     statistics)


Annual Statistical Report on the Social Security Disability Insurance Program, 2015

Categories: Disability,Govt Finance,Statistics,Welfare/Social Services

Provides program and demographic information about the people who receive Social Security disability benefits.  Includes number of current beneficiaries, benefits awarded, withhold or terminated, the income of disabled beneficiaries and more.   From the Social Security Administration


Assessing the Effect of the Affordable Care Act on Part-Time Employment

Categories: Health Insurance,Labor/Employment,Laws/Regulations

Considers whether penalties in the Affordable Care Act for large employers who do not offer health insurance to full-time workers has brought about an increase in the use of part-time labor.  From the Richmond Federal Reserve Bank


Out-of-Pocket Health Care Expenses in the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population by Age and Insurance Coverage, 2014

Categories: Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Medicare/Medicaid,Statistics

Shows estimates according to age, family income, and insurance coverage.  Finds that an average of $688 was paid out of pocket for health care among people with some health care expenses. From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality


MDA Discrimination

Categories: Defense/Military,Homeland Security,Science/Technology

Newly released summary of a secret 2010 document on the difficulty of defending against intercontinental ballistic missiles.  Calls for more independent reviews of U.S. anti-missile programs by independent experts.  From the JASON Scientific Advisory Panel to the Defense Department, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Global Human Settlement Layer

Categories: Environment,European Union,Maps/Geography,United Nations,Urban Issues

New global database which focuses on the spatial distribution of the earth’s population and the development of built-up areas, population, and settlement patterns over the past 40 years.  From the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre


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