Posts Tagged ‘President Obama’

Congenital Heart Futures Act REBORN!

December 21, 2009

Ch-ch-changes…. – David Bowie, Changes (1972)

A version of the Congenital Heart Futures Act was inserted into the Senate healthcare bill last night by primary sponsor Senator Richard Durbin!

The new version was “stripped down” somewhat, but the two major points remain intact: Creating a national database of Congenital Heart Defect patients and treatments; and more research led by the National Institutes of Health. Mended Little Hearts has a good summary on their website.

The problem – and it could be a major problem – is that the House version does not contain any version of the Congenital Heart Futures Act. If the bill passes the Senate, the House and the Senate bills will have to be “reconciled” – combined into one bill – before being forwarded to President Obama. With one legislative body containing the provision and the other one without it, there is a good chance that it could be dropped.

Will it survive Reconciliation? How will this affect plans to lobby for the Act in Washington on April 22? If it were to be dropped, is the original version still in committee or do we have to start all over? The only answer I have right now is “I don’t know.” – a lot hinges on the bill coming through the Senate and then the Reconciliation process. The answers will become more apparent in the future.

Saturday Flu Update

April 25, 2009

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Saturday Press Briefing and analysis. Read this link, it’s pretty informative, and in simple English.

CDC Main Swine Flu Page.

CDC Health Advisory (.pdf link)

Cases detected in New York City and Kansas.

The Swine Flu in Mexico is genetically similar to the Unites States cases, but the Mexican version is much worse. No one is exactly sure why.

Unusually enough, an archaeologist who met President Obama while he was in Mexico City died a week later of “Flu like symptoms“. President Obama is reported to be in good health.

It is not time to panic, but it is time to use caution. Cover your mouth when you sneeze, wash your hands often, and report to the doctor if you start developing symptoms.


April 25, 2009

This is something that you really do need to keep your eyes on, especially if you have a chronic illness: There is a new version of the Swine Flu in Mexico, Texas, and California.

This isn’t just your usual late season flu outbreak. The cases in California and the cases in Mexico are genetically similar, but the cases in Mexico seem to be much worse. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is on alert; the World Health Organization (WHO) is getting involved, and President Obama has been alerted to the situation.

If you’ve ever read Stephen King’s short story Night Surf, the hair on the back of your neck just stood up. Is this the big one? The end of everything? I’m not a doctor and I don’t know… but the people who do know are worried. Thankfully, these “superbugs” tend to burn themselves out pretty quickly; I hope that is what will happen here.

But if you have a chronic illness, you need to take extra precautions. With my bad heart, illnesses take their toll and chest colds really knock me for a loop. I often have to sleep in the recliner for a few nights because I’m too congested to breathe while lying down. And a “average” flu is like a chest cold on steroids with a bad attitude! So wash your hands, leave the area if someone is coughing or sneezing, or even wear a mask if feel that you need to.