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Barack Obama Proclaims September 2009 As National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Posted by Paul Cacciatore on September 1, 2009

Yesterday, U.S. President Barack Obama designated September 2009 as National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.  National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month helps educate women and men about the importance of knowing the early warning signs and symptoms of the disease, scheduling routine doctor visits, and continuing robust scientific research.

Yesterday, U.S. President Barack Obama designated September 2009 as National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.  The official proclamation issued by the White House is set forth below.  National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month helps educate women and men about the importance of knowing the early warning signs and symptoms, scheduling routine doctor visits, and continuing robust scientific research.

White House SealTHE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary

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For Immediate Release August 31, 2009

NATIONAL OVARIAN CANCER AWARENESS MONTH, 2009

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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

Ovarian cancer remains the leading cause of death from gynecologic cancer among women in the United States. Every year, thousands are diagnosed and go on to fight the disease with grace and dignity. National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month honors all those affected by this cancer and renews our commitment to fighting an illness that takes the lives of too many in our Nation.

Women are often diagnosed with ovarian cancer when it is already at an advanced stage. This problem can be attributed to a lack of effective early detection technologies and minimal or no specific symptoms associated with the disease. By learning more about risk factors and maintaining regular physician consultations, women have their best chance of early detection of ovarian cancer.

Science continues to expand our knowledge about this illness, promising hope to those who, years ago, would be without it. Through dedicated research, treatment outcomes have improved for many, and we are building a foundation for the development of evidence-based screening, which can help diagnose the disease at the earliest possible stage when the likelihood of cure is high.

This month we recommit to supporting the women who continue to battle valiantly against this malady as well as all families who are affected. National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month helps educate women and men about the importance of knowing common signs and symptoms, scheduling routine doctor visits, and continuing robust scientific research. As a Nation, we are united in our resolve to reduce incidence and improve the lives of all those affected.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim September 2009 as National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. I encourage citizens, Government agencies, private businesses, nonprofit organizations, and other interested groups to join in activities that will increase awareness of what Americans can do to prevent and control ovarian cancer.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirty-first day of August, in the year of our Lord two thousand nine, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fourth.

BARACK OBAMA

Source: NATIONAL OVARIAN CANCER AWARENESS MONTH, 2009, By the President of the United States of America, A Proclamation, Office of the Press Secretary For The President of the United States of America, The White House, August 31, 2009.

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Health Insurance Essential for Health and Well-Being, Report Says; Action Urgently Needed from President Obama and Congress

Posted by Paul Cacciatore on February 25, 2009

“The evidence shows more clearly than ever that having health insurance is essential for people’s health and well-being, and safety-net services are not enough to prevent avoidable illness, worse health outcomes, and premature death, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine [IOM]. Moreover, new research suggests that when local rates of uninsurance are relatively high, even people with insurance are more likely to have difficulty obtaining needed care and to be less satisfied with the care they receive. …”

“Date: Feb. 24, 2009

Contacts: Christine Stencel, Media Relations Officer

Luwam Yeibio, Media Relations Assistant

Office of News and Public Information

202-334-2138; e-mail <news@nas.edu>

for immediate release

Health Insurance Essential for Health and Well-Being, Report Says; Action Urgently Needed from President and Congress to Solve Crisis of the Uninsured

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"America's Uninsured Crisis: Consequences for Health and Health Care;" A Report By the Institute of Medicine

WASHINGTON — The evidence shows more clearly than ever that having health insurance is essential for people’s health and well-being, and safety-net services are not enough to prevent avoidable illness, worse health outcomes, and premature death, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine [IOM]. Moreover, new research suggests that when local rates of uninsurance are relatively high, even people with insurance are more likely to have difficulty obtaining needed care and to be less satisfied with the care they receive.

The number of people who have health insurance continues to drop, and employment-based coverage — the principal source of insurance for the majority of Americans — is eroding, a situation that is getting worse with the current economic crisis, the report notes. In 2007, nearly one in 10 American children and one in five non-elderly adults had no health insurance. The average amount employees paid per year for family coverage in an employer-sponsored plan rose from $1,543 in 1999 to $3,354 in 2008. If there is no intervention, the decline in health insurance coverage will continue, concluded the committee that wrote the report.

The committee called on the President and Congress to begin efforts immediately to achieve health coverage for all Americans. Steps must be taken to reduce the costs of care and the rate at which health care spending is rising to make that coverage sustainable for everyone, the report adds.

‘Policymakers and the public can no longer presume that those without health insurance are getting the care they need through safety-net services such as charity care and emergency departments,’ said committee chair Lawrence S. Lewin, an executive consultant in health care policy and management. ‘The evidence clearly shows that lack of health insurance is hazardous to one’s health, and the situation is getting worse because of the erosion of employment-based health coverage due to the current economic crisis. The nation must act now to solve the uninsurance problem.’

The report responds to key questions being raised in the national debate about health care reform, including whether having insurance is essential for gaining access to necessary services given the availability of charity and free emergency care, and whether lack of coverage has wider ripple effects on whole communities. Written by a committee of experts in medical care, emergency medicine, health policy, business, economics, and health research, the report provides an independent assessment of published studies and surveys as well as newly commissioned research on the impacts of lack of coverage.

A significant amount of new evidence about the health consequences for individuals — particularly from comparisons of participants’ health before and after they enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid, and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program — has emerged since the IOM last studied the consequences of uninsurance in 2004. In addition, new research suggests that that high rates of uninsurance in communities can have spillover effects on the insured.

With health insurance, children are more likely to gain access to a regular source of care, immunizations and checkups, needed medications, asthma treatment, and basic dental services. Serious childhood health problems are more likely to be identified early, and those with special needs are more likely to have access to specialists. Insured children experience fewer hospitalizations and improved asthma outcomes, and they miss fewer days of school.

Adults without health insurance are much less likely to receive clinical preventive services that can reduce unnecessary illness and premature death. Chronically ill, uninsured adults delay or forgo checkups and therapies, including medications. They are more likely to be diagnosed with later-stage cancers that could have been detected earlier, and to die when hospitalized for trauma or other serious conditions, such as heart attack or stroke. Uninsured men and women with cancer, heart disease, serious injury, stroke, respiratory failure, pulmonary illness, hip fracture, and seizures are also more likely to suffer poorer outcomes, greater limitations in quality of life, and premature death. New evidence demonstrates that obtaining coverage lessens or reverses many of these harmful effects.

Based on the available evidence, the committee concluded that when a community has a high rate of uninsurance, the financial impact on health care providers may be large enough to affect the availability, quality, and cost of local services for everyone, even people who have insurance. For example, survey data show that privately insured, working-age adults in areas with higher uninsurance rates are less likely to report having a place to go for care when sick, getting a checkup or routine preventive care, and seeing a specialist when needed. They are also less likely to be satisfied with their choice of physicians or to trust their doctors’ decisions.

This report follows a series of six reports the IOM issued between 2001 and 2004 that evaluated how children, adults, families, and communities are affected by lack of health insurance. The series established principles for expanding coverage and culminated with a call for the President and Congress to act by 2010 to achieve coverage for all Americans. The current report reiterates the call for efforts to ensure everyone has access to effective health care services, a need that has not been met through reliance on safety-net services. The committee underscored the urgent need to begin now, given that coverage nationwide continues to decrease as more people lose their jobs and employer-based plans.

The study was sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Established in 1970 under the charter of the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine provides independent, objective, evidence-based advice to policymakers, health professionals, the private sector, and the public. The National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council make up the National Academies. A committee roster follows.

Pre-publication copies of America’s Uninsured Crisis: Consequences for Health and Health Care are available from the National Academies Press; tel. 202-334-3313 or 1-800-624-6242 or on the Internet at http://www.nap.edu. Additional information on the report can be found at http://iom.edu/americasuninsuredcrisis. Reporters may obtain a copy from the Office of News and Public Information (contacts listed above). In addition, a podcast of the public briefing held to release this report is available at http://national-academies.org/podcast.

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[ This news release and report are available at http://national-academies.org ]

INSTITUTE OF MEDICINE

Board on Health Care Services

Committee on Health Insurance Status and Its Consequences

Lawrence S. Lewin, M.B.A. (chair)
Executive Consultant
Chevy Chase, Md.
Jack Ebeler, M.P.A. (vice chair)
Consultant
Reston, Va.
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John Z. Ayanian, M.D., M.P.P.
Professor of Medicine and Health Care Policy
Department of Health Care Policy
Harvard Medical School
Boston
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Katherine Baicker, Ph.D.
Professor of Health Economics
School of Public Health
Harvard University
Boston
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Christine Ferguson, J.D.
Research Professor
School of Public Health and Health Services
George Washington University
Washington, D.C.
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Robert S. Galvin, M.D.,
M.B.A.Director, Global Health
Global Health
General Electric
Fairfield, Conn.
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Paul Ginsburg, Ph.D.
President
Center for Studying Health System Change
Washington, D.C.
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Leon L. Haley Jr., M.D.
Deputy Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs and Chief of Emergency Medicine
Grady Health System; and
Associate Professor and Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs
Grady Department of Emergency Medicine
School of Medicine
Emory University
Atlanta
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Catherine McLaughlin, Ph.D.
Senior Fellow
Mathematica Policy Research Inc.; and
Professor of Health Management and Policy
School of Public Health
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor
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James J. Mongan, M.D.
President and CEO
Partners HealthCare System
Boston
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Robert D. Reischauer, Ph.D.
President
The Urban Institute
Washington, D.C.
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William J. Scanlon, Ph.D.
Senior Policy Adviser
Health Policy R&D
Oak Hill, Va.
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Antonia Villarruel, Ph.D.
Professor and Associate Dean for Research
School of Nursing
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor
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Lawrence Wallack, Dr.P.H.
Dean
College of Urban and Public Affairs, and
Professor of Public Health
Portland State University
Portland, Ore.
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INSTITUTE STAFF
Jill Eden, M.B.A., M.P.H.
Study Director”
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Quoted Source:  “Health Insurance Essential for Health and Well-Being, Report Says; Action Urgently Needed from President and Congress to Solve Crisis of the Uninsured,Office of News and Public Information, The National Academies, Press Release, February 24, 2009.

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Libby’s H*O*P*E*(tm) Adds New Cancer Video Archive Courtesy of Vodpod.com

Posted by Paul Cacciatore on February 22, 2009

Yesterday, Libby’s H*O*P*E* added a new cancer video archive to the weblog courtesy of Vodpod.com.  Currently, the archive contains approximately 90 videos that address many general cancer and ovarian cancer issues, as well as the personal voices of those affected by cancer. The new video archive is located on the homepage right sidebar.  All you have to do is “click and play.”

vodpod-logoYesterday, Libby’s H*O*P*E* added a new cancer video archive to the weblog courtesy of Vodpod.com.  Currently, the archive contains approximately 90 videos that address many general cancer and ovarian cancer issues, as well as the personal voices of those affected by cancer. The new video archive is located on the homepage right sidebar.  All you have to do is “click and play.”  The video arrangement is set to “random order” so that new videos appear on the homepage sidebar each time you visit Libby’s H*O*P*E*.

If you are aware of a general cancer/ovarian cancer video that is educational, heartfelt, inspirational, humorous, poignant, or is simply dedicated to the one you love, please provide us with the URL address of the video.  The URL video address can be sent to us by email (click on the “contact” button located at the top of the homepage), or by comment (post a comment under this post).  Upon receipt of the video URL address, we will add the referenced video to the new archive.  We appreciate your participation in adding to our video archive and hope you find the archive helpful.

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Presidential Proclamation Begins National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, September 2008

Posted by Paul Cacciatore on August 28, 2008

“During National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, we remember those whose lives have been affected by this deadly disease, and we underscore our commitment to battling ovarian cancer for the sake of women around the world. …”


“For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
August 26, 2008

National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, 2008
A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America

During National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, we remember those whose lives have been affected by this deadly disease, and we underscore our commitment to battling ovarian cancer for the sake of women around the world.

Each year, thousands of American women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Many will lose their lives to this disease. Because ovarian cancer is often diagnosed at an advanced stage, it is vital for women to make regular visits to their doctors for screenings and to discuss risk factors and warning signs. Early detection is the best way to help doctors diagnose cancer before it has a chance to spread. It also makes treatment more effective and increases the chances for survival. I encourage all women to learn more about preventive measures and screening options that may help to save their lives.

America leads the world in medical research, and my Administration remains dedicated to the fight against ovarian cancer. I signed the “Gynecologic Cancer Education and Awareness Act of 2005,” or “Johanna’s Law,” that helps to raise awareness among women and health care providers about female reproductive cancers. Additionally, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are conducting important research to help make the innovative advances we need in order to eradicate this disease. NIH’s Cancer Genome Atlas is also helping researchers gain a greater understanding of the genetic sources of cancer. Together, we will continue building on our progress until there is a cure for cancer.

As we observe National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, we honor those who have fought this disease. We also recognize the compassionate caregivers, doctors, and researchers who are dedicated to preventing, detecting, and treating ovarian cancer.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim September 2008 as National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. I call upon government officials, businesses, communities, health care professionals, educators, volunteers, and the people of the United States to continue our Nation’s strong commitment to preventing and treating ovarian cancer.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-sixth day of August, in the year of our Lord two thousand eight, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-third.

GEORGE W. BUSH”

Quoted Source: National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, 2008, Proclamations Archive, Office of the Press Secretary, The White House, August 26, 2008

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2008 Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act Signed Into Law By President Bush

Posted by Paul Cacciatore on May 22, 2008

“For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
May 21, 2008

President Bush Signs H.R. 493, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008

Oval Office

2:05 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT: I want to thank the members of Congress who’ve joined us as I sign the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, a piece of legislation which prohibits health insurers and employers from discriminating on the basis of genetic information. In other words, it protects our citizens from having genetic information misused, and this bill does so without undermining the basic premise of the insurance industry.I also want to pay homage today to — and not only to members of the Congress who are behind me, but also to Senator Ted Kennedy, who has worked for over a decade to get this piece of legislation to a President’s desk. All of us are so pleased that Senator Kennedy has gone home, and our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.

Now it’s my honor to sign the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act.

(The Act was signed.)

Thank you. (Applause.)

END 2:06 P.M. EDT”

[Quoted Source: "President Bush Signs H.R. 493, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008," White House Press Release, May 21, 2008.]

Comment: The enactment of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) of 2008 is momentous. Yesterday marks the start of the genetic medicine era – an era made possible by the Federal privacy protection extended to each individual under GINA. For additional GINA background, see Federal Enactment of the 2008 Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) As Law Appears Imminent, by Paul Cacciatore, H*O*P*E*™ Weblog posting dated April 30, 2008.

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