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Harvard School of Public Health
Faculty at the Harvard School of Public Health recently conducted a study of medical donations for emergencies and proposed uniform standards for drug donations in such situations. Professor Michael Reich's review of corporate pharmaceutical donations for relief in Armenia, Haiti, and Tanzania found that inappropriate donations were not as pervasive as anecdotal reports had previously suggested; up to two-thirds of drug types were specifically requested by the countries to which they went. Still, roughly 6 per cent of the drugs were due to expire in 100 days or less. The complete report is available from the URL above.
USGS announces comprehensive publications database
The US Geological Survey (USGS) has announced World Wide Web availability of the survey's publications database. The online database includes comprehensive bibliographic information on USGS reports and maps published from 1880 to the present and references for non-USGS publications with USGS authors published from 1983 to date - a total of approximately 110,000 publications. Each reference includes searchable keywords and some have abstracts. The text of the USGS documents is not included; however, access to online publications of the survey is.
The database is a searchable subset of the GeoRef database produced and owned by the American Geological Institute and was created under contract with the USGS. Free public access to the database is provided as a public service by the Survey.