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Identifying and Controlling Pulmonary Toxicants

Identifying and Controlling Pulmonary Toxicants

Date: June 1992
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This Background Paper examines whether the agencies responsible for administering Federal environmental and health and safety laws have taken this concern for respiratory health to heart. This paper provides a partial response to the committees’ request for an assessment of noncancer health risks in the environment and follows OTA’s previous work on carcinogenic, neurotoxic, and immunotoxic substances.
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Home Drug Infusion Therapy Under Medicare

Home Drug Infusion Therapy Under Medicare

Date: May 1992
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This report deals with the drug and biological infusion treatments (including blood transfusions) being used in the home but not yet explicitly covered by Medicare in that setting. Medicare does cover total parenteral nutrition (TPN) in the home for individuals with long-term disabilities that prevent them from being able to digest food. TPN has many similarities to the therapies discussed in detail in this report, and many providers of HDIT also provide TPN and other nutritional products and services.
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Police Body Armor Standards and Testing, Vol. II—Appendixes

Police Body Armor Standards and Testing, Vol. II—Appendixes

Date: August 1992
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This report is an extension of volume one, that discusses the standards for body-armor. The report describes the origin of the standard, the rationale for particular provisions, and the main points of controversy, which concern acceptable risks, the validity and discrimination of the test, and the reproducibility of results.
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Green Products by Design: Choices for a Cleaner Environment

Green Products by Design: Choices for a Cleaner Environment

Date: September 1992
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: In this report, OTA provides a conceptual overview of how designers might integrate environmental concerns with traditional design objectives, and how policymakers can best take advantage of such opportunities. Although the concept of “green” design is gathering momentum, a number of technical, behavioral, economic, and informational barriers need to be addressed.
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Special Care Units for People With Alzheimer's and Other Dementias: Consumer Education, Research, Regulatory, and Reimbursement Issues

Special Care Units for People With Alzheimer's and Other Dementias: Consumer Education, Research, Regulatory, and Reimbursement Issues

Date: August 1992
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This report analyzes the available information about special care units for people with dementia. It discusses ways in which the Federal Government could encourage and support what is positive about special care units and at the same time protect vulnerable patients and their families from special care units that actually provide nothing special for their residents.
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Managing Industrial Solid Wastes From Manufacturing, Mining, Oil and Gas Production, and Utility Coal Combustion

Managing Industrial Solid Wastes From Manufacturing, Mining, Oil and Gas Production, and Utility Coal Combustion

Date: March 1992
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This background paper examines wastes generated by industrial activities that play a dominant role in our national economy-oil and gas production, mining and mineral processing, coal combustion, and manufacturing. In previous reports on municipal solid waste and medical waste, OTA examined other solid wastes not classified as hazardous.
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Technology Against Terrorism: Structuring Security

Technology Against Terrorism: Structuring Security

Date: January 1992
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This report is devoted primarily to three other topics: interagency coordination of efforts in counterterrorist research and development, integrated security systems, and the role of human factors in aviation security. In addition, it furnishes details on a number of technologies that play a role in counterterrorism.
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Performance Standards for the Food Stamp Employment and Training Program

Performance Standards for the Food Stamp Employment and Training Program

Date: February 1992
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This report on proposed performance standards for the Food Stamp Employment and Training Program (FSET) responds to a mandate in the Hunger Prevention Act of 1988 (Public Law 100- 435). This report, then, goes beyond the original mandate and analyzes successful employment and training programs. Based on this analysis, the report identifies several alternative approaches to increasing the impact of FSET.
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Lessons in Restructuring Defense Industry: The French Experience

Lessons in Restructuring Defense Industry: The French Experience

Date: June 1992
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This background paper first describes the structure and management of the French defense-industrial base and then reviews a variety of strategies the French Government and industry are pursuing to rationalize the base, while preserving key technological assets and strengthening the competitive position of French defense contractors in world markets.
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Dismantling the Bomb and Managing the Nuclear Materials

Dismantling the Bomb and Managing the Nuclear Materials

Date: September 1993
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This report presents the results of OTA’s investigations and analyses regarding the types of adverse environmental and health impacts that resulted from nuclear weapons production in the past. In this report, OTA suggests various initiatives that Congress could consider to establish a national policy, determine the next steps in warhead dismantlement and nuclear materials management, approach decisions on the ultimate disposition of nuclear materials, enhance the institutional capabilities necessary to ensure success, and encourage sound dismantlement and materials management in Russia.
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