U.S. Bill Would Establish Survey To Collect Health Data From Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders

May 28, 2009

Madeleine Bordallo, the U.S. delegate from Guam, has introduced legislation that would fund a survey to collect health data from Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders, the Pacific Daily News reports. The legislation would amend the Public Health Service Act to fund the survey through HHS.

Bordallo said, “Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities are eager to move forward with their efforts to improve public health. This scientific survey would establish baseline health information to inform health policy and interventions so that individual and community health can be properly tracked and evaluated.”
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U.S. Bill Would Establish Survey To Collect Health Data From Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders

May 28, 2009

Madeleine Bordallo, the U.S. delegate from Guam, has introduced legislation that would fund a survey to collect health data from Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders, the Pacific Daily News reports. The legislation would amend the Public Health Service Act to fund the survey through HHS.

Bordallo said, “Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities are eager to move forward with their efforts to improve public health. This scientific survey would establish baseline health information to inform health policy and interventions so that individual and community health can be properly tracked and evaluated.”
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Is There Any Medicine That Would Immediately Reduce Edema?

April 15, 2009

Question:

I treated my ankles which had a skin rash with some Clobetasol. About 4 days later, both knees and my lower thighs developed edema, which could be reduced with legs elevated. It hasn`t gotten any worse, but I think the edema is a result of perhaps applying too much Clobetasol. I was searching the web and found out not too worry unless the edema lasted longer than 2 weeks. I`m assuming the steroid will eventually work its way through my blood system. Is there any food or over the counter drug I should take to hasten this? Would a doctor be able to prescribe a medicine that would act immediately to reduce the edema? I hope this goes away on its own. The Clobetasol treatment was a one time application, but I covered both ankles perhaps too generously. I`ve had no other previous incidents of edema in my claves, knees and lower thighs. Thank you.

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Legislation Would Give 12 Years Of Market Exclusivity To Brand-Name Biologic Drug Manufacturers

March 20, 2009

Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.), House Energy and Commerce Committee ranking member Joe Barton (R-Texas) and Rep. Jay Inslee (D-Wash.) on Tuesday introduced legislation that would allow FDA to approve generic versions of biologic drugs, CongressDaily reports. The bill would give brand-name biologic drugmakers a 12-year period of exclusivity for their products before generic competition can be introduced. The measure also would require data from generic companies.
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Sen. Grassley Considers Proposing Legislation That Would Require Not-for-Profit Hospitals To Spend A Minimum Amount On Charity Care, More

January 16, 2009

Senate Finance Committee ranking member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) might propose legislation in the first quarter of 2009 that would attempt to hold not-for-profit hospitals accountable for the billions of dollars in tax exemptions they receive annually, according to members of Grassley’s staff, the Wall Street Journal reports. Grassley is working on the legislation with other Senate members, including Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.). The aides noted that Grassley first plans to urge the Treasury Department to reinstate charity care requirements that the Internal Revenue Service eliminated in 1969 before proposing new legislation.
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Strong Public Policy Measures On Alcohol Price And Availability Would Be More Effective Than Clinical Treatments, Say Experts

January 8, 2009

Three of Britain’s leading experts in alcohol policy and treatments say that strong public policy measures on price and availability of alcohol would be far more successful than clinical treatments or current Government initiatives in reducing alcohol-related harm. In the same way that doctors use evidence-based medicine to treat individual patients, the Government should use the overwhelming evidence we already have to implement stronger public policy measures on alcohol instead of persisting with measures that have little or no evidence of success.
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Illinois Gov. Blagojevich’s Amendatory Veto Could Jeopardize Bill That Would Grant Uninsured State Residents Discounts On Hospital Care

January 3, 2009

Final passage of a bill that would give Illinois residents without health insurance a discount on hospital care could be jeopardized because of an amendatory veto by Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D), the Chicago Tribunereports. The bill — which would have guaranteed uninsured Illinoisans the “most generous discounts in the U.S.,” capped their annual spending hospital care and applied to an estimated 775,000 families in the state — passed unanimously in the House and Senate last spring after extensive negotiations with the Illinois attorney general’s office.
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