Friday, March 21, 2008

Massachusetts has it right-Senator Coburn has it wrong.

I found this article in the Boston paper today. It sounds like we need to support Cong. Frank's efforts. Too bad he isn't in the Senate and could counter the negative thrust of Senator Coburn who has the ALS Registry legislation on hold in spite of 73 of his colleagues from both parties co-sponsoring the legislation.

HEALTH TRACKING PROPOSAL - Suzanne Dube, chairwoman of the Middleborough Citizens Environmental Health Impact Committee, hopes federal legislators will support a bill cosponsored by US Representative Barney Frank to create a nationwide health network, that will expand on federal and state public health surveillance data collection. Such a network would allow for better tracking of chronic diseases such as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also called ALS and Lou Gehrig's Disease. That disease is of interest to Middleborough residents because the rate of incidence of ALS in Middleborough is 72 percent higher than it is nationwide. State health officials have been looking at possible links to two hazardous waste sites in town. In January, Massachusetts became the first state in the country to establish an ALS registry. - Christine Legere

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