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  • New Dietary Guidlines
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    New Dietary Guidlines

    Secretary Thompson and Secretary Veneman spoke about new dietary guidelines to improve the nation’s public health. Among the topics they addressed were prevention of obesity and chronic…

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  • Nursing Home Care Quality
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    Nursing Home Care Quality

    Health officials spoke to reporters about the status of programs to improve the quality of health care in facilities for the aged. Among the topics they addressed were the physical…

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  • Influenza Vaccine Supply
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    Influenza Vaccine Supply

    Secretary Thompson talked to reporters about recently available doses of influenza vaccine and distribution of the new doses. Following his remarks he and Mr. Crawford answered questions…

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  • HHS Secretary Resignation
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    HHS Secretary Resignation

    Secretary Thompson announced his resignation from the Department of Health and Human Services. He talked about his political career, including being governor of Wisconsin. He said he had…

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  • Influenza Vaccine Supply
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    Influenza Vaccine Supply

    Officials spoke to reporters about the influenza vaccine supply problems resulting from the discovery of a contaminated batch manufactured in Great Britain. Among the topics they addressed…

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  • Report on Bone Health
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    Report on Bone Health

    Officials talked to reporters about a first-ever report on the nation’s bone health and the impact of osteoporosis and low bone mass on the health care system. They noted that osteoporosis…

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  • Influenza Vaccine Supply
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    Influenza Vaccine Supply

    Health officials spoke about the availability of influenza vaccines. They discussed the recent announcement that a British vaccine manufacturer, Chiron, will be unable to supply vaccines…

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  • Medicare Drug Discount Program
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    Medicare Drug Discount Program

    Secretary Thompson and Dr. McClellan spoke about the new Medicare prescription drug program. They spoke in support of the plan, and called for it to be implemented permanently. They spoke…

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  • Cancer Drug Review Process
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    Cancer Drug Review Process

    Secretary Thompson and health experts talked with reporters about cancer drugs and their reviewing process. The secretary announced that the Federal Drug Administration would unveil a new…

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  • Medicare Drug Discount Cards
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    Medicare Drug Discount Cards

    Secretary Thompson announced the enrollment kickoff event for the Medicare Prescription Drug Discount cards. He explained how the cards will work for Medicare patients. The secretary…

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  • Health Disparities Among Minorities
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    Health Disparities Among Minorities

    Mr. Brennan spoke about the importance of funding early treatment of illness before introducing Secretary Thompson. The secretary spoke about the importance of eliminating the disparities in health…

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  • Medicare Prescription Drug Sponsors
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    Medicare Prescription Drug Sponsors

    Officials talked about the sponsors of drug discount cards. Twenty-eight private sponsors were selected. The discount cards were a temporary measure, to be put in place from June 1 until…

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  • Obesity Issues
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    Obesity Issues

    Officials talked about their plans to combat obesity in America. Recent studies projected that obesity would soon overtake tobacco as the number one cause of preventable deaths in the…

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  • Health and Human Services Budget
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    Health and Human Services Budget

    Secretary Thompson briefed reporters about the proposed fiscal year 2005 health and human services budget, spending priorities, and allocation of resources. Following his remarks he…

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  • Bioterror Threat
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    Bioterror Threat

    Secretaries Thompson and Ridge talked about the 2005 budget provisions for defenses against bioterrorism at the Health and Human Services Command Center. They announced and outlined the new…

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  • Ephedra Use
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    Ephedra Use

    Secretary Thompson and Mr. McClellan spoke to reporters about the decision to ban the dietary supplement Ephedra. They talked about the guidelines they used in reaching the decision and…

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  • Home Health Quality
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    Home Health Quality

    Secretary Thompson and others talked about a national initiative to improve the quality of home health care. They highlighted the educational and service aspects of the campaign. Following…

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  • Protecting US Food Supply
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    Protecting U.S. Food Supply

    Officials talked about the safety of the U.S. food supply, focusing on actions designed to protect the food supply from terrorism. Two new rules were announced: food importers must give the…

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  • Medicare Midwest Tour
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    Medicare Midwest Tour

    On August 13th, 14th, and 15th, the officials traveled to cities in the Midwest to promote President Bush’s Medicare plan. They visited hospitals and healthcare centers in Columbus, Ohio,…

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  • Food Safety and Security
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    Food Safety and Security

    Secretary Thompson and Mr. McClellan spoke to reporters about efforts to keep food supplies safe and inspecting food imports and manufacturing plants. Following their remarks they answered…

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