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Feb 12th

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Klobuchar touts bill to prevent medicine shortages; ban synthetic drugs

The U.S. Senate recently passed a bill that proponents such as Senator Amy Klobuchar believe will promote healthy living and help save lives by preventing medication shortages and banning synthetic drugs.

“Patients who are dealing with serious illnesses should not have to worry about whether or not the medicine they depend on for treatment will be available tomorrow,” said Klobuchar.  “They should be able to simply focus on getting better. And the Senate's passage of this legislation will make it easier for them to do so.”

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Congresswoman McCollum states strong support of Affordable Care Act and Eliminating the Medical Device Tax

Congresswoman McCollum states strong support of Affordable Care Act and Eliminating the Medical Device Tax

Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Betty McCollum (MN-04) voted in support of legislation that eliminates a 2.3 percent excise tax on companies that manufacture medical devices.  This medical device tax was part of the Affordable Care Act, which Congress passed in 2010. 

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MDH grant to Sabathani seeks to reduce health disparities

MDH grant to Sabathani seeks to reduce health disparities

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) recently awarded Sabathani Community Center an Eliminating Health Disparities Initiative (EHDI) grant totaling nearly $177,000. 

Sabathani is expected to use the grant money to work with community partners to address health disparities in the African-American and Latino communities in the areas of diabetes, teen pregnancy, unintentional injury and violence. 

Hue-Man committee left to right: Clarence Jones, Del Gates, Sam Simmons, Ron Bell, Clyde Turner

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Healthy Foods: The Affordable Choice

Fresh fruits and vegetables? Key elements of a healthy diet, for sure. But many people of modest means, including those served by USDA’s nutrition assistance programs, wonder if they can afford to buy healthy foods like the wonderful fresh produce that can be found in summer abundance at America’s farmers’ markets.

As USDA Undersecretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services, I find that perception a source of concern because we work hard to encourage all Americans to make healthy food choices – particularly those participating in USDA’s nutrition assistance programs, from kids in school to the more than 46 million people participating in USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

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Obama administration working to close racial, ethnic gap on asthma

Asthma disproportionally affects minority children, children living below poverty level

WASHINGTON – U.S. federal agencies unveiled the Coordinated Federal Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Asthma Disparities. White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) Chair Nancy Sutley, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Shaun Donovan discussed the new plan during an event at Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus (THEARC), which houses The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington along with other community groups.

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EarthTalk®: Chemicals in umbilical cord blood

EarthTalk®: Chemicals in umbilical cord blood

A 2009 study sponsored by the Environmental Working Group and Rachel's Network found traces of 232 synthetic chemicals in umbilical cord blood samples from 10 different babies of African American, Asian and Hispanic descent born in 2009 in different parts of the U.S.

Dear EarthTalk: A few years back a study found over 200 chemicals in the umbilical cords of newborns, particularly African American, Asian and Hispanic babies. What are the causes of this phenomenon and what can be done about it?                -- Bettina Olsen, New York, NY

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One family's journey with Alzheimer's

One family's journey with Alzheimer's

The police were called to Ann Small’s home a couple times before her husband was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Small didn’t know why he was acting so differently, and at times, violently. She rationalized that perhaps the two were just spending too much time together and becoming frustrated with each other. The truth was more devastating. James Small, 82, had Alzheimer’s disease.

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