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WHORM - Health (HE)

(37.4 linear feet; 95 boxes)

A primary category containing information pertaining to Consultative Assistance for the Prevention and Control of Disease; Hospital Operation; Conducting Research in Biology and Medicine (NIH program); Blood Donations, enforcing Interstate Quarantine, Regulations and Conducting Medical and Hospital Care Programs; Pollution and Controls; Vivisection.


HE Health (4.2 ft.; boxes 1-11)

This category contains information on general health care issues including international and national public health and biomedical research on children, rational and cost-effective environmental policies, Medicare and veterans health care programs, mandatory health benefits, and improving infant health. This category also contains information on proposed legislation including the Safe Medical Devices Act, the Long-Term Health Care Bill, the Americas with Disabilities Act, the Public Health Service Act, the Catastrophic Health Care Act Medicine of 1988, the Trauma Care Systems Planning and Development Act of 1990, the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1992, and the Native Hawaiian Health Care Act of 1988. This category also includes correspondence and background material on Project Hope, the Life-Savers Foundation of America, The Decade of the Brain, the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research, a proposed Executive Order to ban smoking, the U.S.-Japan Cooperative Medical Science Program, the National Organ Donor Transportation Program, health care for people over 65, the National Bone Marrow Donor Program, and the report on U.S. Health 1988-1989.

HE001 Diseases - Disabilities (3.8 ft.; boxes 11-20)

A secondary subject category containing information about organizations, proposed legislation, and medical research programs. Proposed legislation includes correspondence and background information on the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1989, the Act for Better Child Care, the Medicaid Home and Community Quality Services Act of 1989, and the Tuberculosis Prevention Amendments. Organizations writing President Bush concerning particular legislation and disease research include Anorexia Bulimia Care, Inc., the National Commission on Orphan Diseases, the American Council of the Blind Federal Employees, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the Hope Rehabilitation and Research Institute for Brain Damaged and Comatose Patients, the World Federation of Hemophilia, the Helen Keller National Center for the Deaf-Blind Youth and Adults, the Autism Society of America, the Lyme Disease Association of New York, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and the Sickle Cell Center of Ohio. There is also information on particular diseases including Alzheimer's Disease, Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome, multiple sclerosis, thyroid disease, the Retina Tissue Transplant Research Program, Down Syndrome, and lead poisoning. Finally, this subcategory also contains information on the United Nation Decade of Disabled Persons, accessible public transportation for people with disabilities, bus access to handicapped individuals, brain tumor research, Donor Transplant Program, and biomedical research.

HE001-01 AIDS (1.1 ft.; boxes 20-23)

A secondary subject category containing correspondence and background materials on AIDS and AIDS related topics including ideas for AIDS awareness programs, the Ryan White C.A.R.E. Act, the Regional AIDS Interfaith Network (RAIN), the HIVAC 1-e Vaccine. These are also AIDS related publications including Cancer Control Compounds by the Theracel Corporation and the Report of the National Commission on AIDS discussing the removal of HIV-AIDS from the list of medical conditions barring entry the U.S.. Finally, this subcategory contains "Mothers Voices", notes sent by Mary Fisher.

HE001-02 Alcoholism (.3 ft.; boxes 23-24)

A secondary subject category containing information related to the use and abuse of alcohol, prevention of alcohol abuse and alcohol related problems including drunk driving, and the promotion of alcoholic beverages. Groups writing to President Bush concerning alcohol issues include BADD - Bartenders Against Drunk Driving, REACTS - Responsible Establishments Alcohol Consumption Trained Servers, Parent to Parent, the National Federation Target Program, Alameda County Health Care Services, and the National Council on Alcoholism. Issues covered in their correspondence includes Sandy Golden's Campaign against drunk driving, drunk driving, the advertising of alcoholic beverages. There are also student letters regarding alcohol related traffic accidents, Designated Driver Day, and a substance abuse survey and summary conducted by the Hamden Public Schools in Connecticut.

HE001-03 Cancer (.1 ft.; box 24)

A secondary subject category containing information about programs and various types of cancer including breast cancer, cervical cancer, lung cancer. Correspondents include American Cancer Society, the President's Cancer Panel, the National Cancer Institute, and the Association of American Cancer Institutes. There is also information on the American Stop Smoking Intervention Study for Cancer Prevention (ASSIST), the National Cancer Act of 1971, Gary Fitch and the "Ride for Life", children's cancer research, possible biological effects of weak ELF fields.

HE001-04 Heart Disease (.1 ft.; box 24)

A secondary subject category containing information about heart disease including correspondence from the American Heart Association and a Loma Linda University SCOPE magazine article entitled "Fetal Heart Conditions".

HE001-05 Mental Disorders (.1 ft.; box 24)

A secondary subject category containing information about youth suicide, community supported living arrangements. Correspondents include the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, the Alliance for the Mentally Ill of New York State. There is also information on Mental Illness Awareness Week, the District of Columbia Mental Health Program Assistance Act of 1991, and the Protection and Advocacy for Mentally Ill Individuals Amendments Act of 1991.

HE001-06 Physically Handicapped (.6 ft.; boxes 25-26)

A secondary subject category containing correspondence and background information on programs, reports, and proposed legislation concerning the handicapped including the hearing impaired, the blind, the deaf, people with speech impediments, and those with physical ailments. Correspondents include the National Commission on Education for the Deaf, the Helen Keller National Center for Deaf - Blind Youths, Center for the Visually Impaired, the Central Florida Lions Eye, and the Tissue Bank. These groups write President Bush concerning federal disabilities programs, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Talking Books Program, the Temporary Handicapped Children's Child Care and Crisis Nurseries Act, Deaf Awareness Week, retinal diseases, and judicial duties of blind persons. This subcategory also contains several reports produced by MDA including To Assure the Free Appropriate Public Education of all Handicapped Children, 1988-1990 and Education for Hearing Impaired.

HE002 Doctors - Dentists - Nurses (.2 ft.; boxes 26-27)

A secondary subject category containing correspondence and background information on programs, reports, and proposed legislation concerning the licensing of physicians, medical malpractice, patient - client relationships, and the education of nurses and doctors. Groups including the Opticians Association of Michigan, the Indian American Physicians, the Student Osteopathic Medical Association, and the National Federation of Licensed Practical Nurses, Inc. (NFLPN) write President Bush discussing various issues including the Physicians Comparability Allowances Reauthorization, the Access to Health Care Act of 1991, health care liability reform, the Quality Care Improvement Act of 1991, and the Reauthorization of the Nursing Shortage Reduction and Education Extension Act of 1988.

HE003 Nutrition - Hunger (.2 ft.; box 28)

A secondary subject category containing correspondence concerning several food related issues including ionizing gradation to control food poisoning from poultry, nutrition labeling, health safety warning for food, free lunches to all children, and international food relief. Groups writing the President include the National Nutrition Monitoring Advisory Council, the Agency for International Development, Ending Hunger Through Sustainable Development, the Ending Hunger The Cyprus Initiative. These is also information on specific legislation including the Mickey Leland Memorial Hunger Relief Act, The Hunger Emergency Assistance and Relief Trust Act, The Horn of Africa Recovery and Food Security Act, and the Education Act of 1990.

HE004 Health, Services (.8 ft.; boxes 28-30)

A secondary subject category containing information on cost effective health care including financing health care for the uninsured, professional liability on the cost of health care, access to health care, employee health plans, home dialysis treatments, trauma care systems, and health care reform. This subcategory also contains several reports including "Investing in America's Future: Financial and Economic Implications of an Aging Society", the Huntington Chiropractic Clinic's "Health Care in America is in the Midst of a Crisis", the 1990 Annual Report on the Indian Health Service Health Facilities Construction Priority System, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's annual report "A Surgical Perspective" by Dr. Michael E. Debakey, M.D., and the Ford Motor Company's Report "Financing the U.S. Health Care System - The Effect of Rising Health Care Costs on American Competitiveness". This subcategory also contains information on the Consolidated Maternal and Child Health Services Act of 1989, the Planning and Development Act of 1990, and the waiver for Oregon Basic Health Services Act.

HE004-01 Chronic Diseases - Health of Aged (.2 ft.; box 30)

A secondary subject category containing information on diseases and the elderly, specifically, the Environmental Protection Agency's plan to clean up lead contamination in Granite City, Illinois.

HE004-02 Environmental - Occupational Health (.2 ft.; box 30)

A secondary subject category containing reports on the environment including correspondence concerning the implications of environmental and fuel economy legislation for American industry and the American economy, regulatory relief regarding styrene, the environmental agenda of World Watch, and asbestos management legislation in the City of Chicago.

HE005 Hospitals (.1 ft.; box 30-31)

A secondary subject category containing information about employment of people with disabilities, hospital care and costs, and veterans hospitals. Correspondents include the Prenatal Care National Network to Prevent Birth Defects and the National Leadership Coalition for Health Care Reform. There is also information on the Medicare Catastrophic Coverage Repeal Act of 1989, Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) of 1988 Regulations on those Previously Unregulated Physician Office Laboratories, the Chernobyl Aid Plan - Children of Chernobyl, Hospital News Delaware Valley, Hospital Cost Containment in the 1990's, and the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital 1989 Annual Report.

HE006 Medicines - Drugs - Serums (1 ft.; boxes 31-33)

A secondary subject category containing information concerning prescription medication, the drug approval process, drug smuggling, government drug screening tests, federal health programs, and vaccination. Correspondents include the National Committee to Review Current Procedures for Approval of New Drugs for Cancer and AIDS and the Alexian Project, Making Medicine Work. Topics covered in this subcategory include drugs for patients with life-threatening diseases, air toxins and public health, generic medicines, the National Drug Control Strategy, and anabolic steroids. This category also contains correspondence on proposed federal legislation including the DES Education and Research Amendments of 1992, the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986, the Prescription Drug User Fee Act of 1992, the Federal Health Programs Pharmaceutical Privacy Act, the National Vaccine Inquiry Act, the Orphan Drug Act, and the Pharmaceutical Access and Prudent Purchasing Act of 1990.

HE006-01 Narcotics (9.2 ft.; boxes 34-56)

A secondary subject category containing information on drug abuse and drug abuse programs, drug education for young people, Just Say No programs, drugs and law enforcement, and cocaine use. Several organizations write President Bush discussing their anti-drug campaigns including Dallas Can! Saving Dallas County Kids, D.A.R.E. - Drug Abuse Resistance Education; Living Hope Mime Team, and Drug Tests for the Drug Testers. This subcategory also contains background information in federal legislation including the International Narcotics and Terrorism Control Act of 1989 and 1990, the Wilson-Heinz Provisions of the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988, the Alcohol Dependent Offenders Treatment Act, the National Drug Control Strategy Implementation Act of 1990, and the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988 and 1990.

HE007 Pollution Control - Sanitary Services (1.8 ft.; boxes 57-61)

A secondary subject category containing information about the global problem of pollution, environmental protection rules, lead pollution, aircraft noise levels, pesticides in food, ozone depletion, greenhouse gasses, regulations concerning sulfur dioxide, and incinerator regulations. This subcategory also contains information about specific legislation including the Hazardous Waste Law, the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, the Mandated Asbestos Hazard Abatement Act of 1984, the National Bottle Deposit Bill, and the Clean Air Act.

HE007-1 Air Pollution (10.6 ft.; boxes 61-87)

A secondary subject category containing information that relates to air pollution controls including the phase out of ozone depleting chlorofluorocarbons (CFCS), emission controls, the nation's air quality, the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990, acid rain issues, endangered forests, automotive methanol vapors and human health, alternative fuels, the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, clean coal technology, and the Acid Rain Advisory Committee.

HE007-02 Sewage Systems (.1 ft.; box 88)

A secondary subject category containing information on hazardous waste disposal, penalizing those illegally dumping hazardous and toxic waste, the Solid Waste Disposal Act, and the Tijuana sewage problem in San Diego.

HE007-03 Water Pollution - Water Purification (1.2 ft.; boxes 88-91)

A secondary subject category containing information on water problems and solutions including information on oil spills, aluminum and radon in water, the Federal Chemical Safety and Hazardous Investigations Board, the Rural Development Act, and the Clean Water Act.

HE007-04 Acid Rain (1.2 ft.; boxes 91-94)

A secondary subject category containing information on acid rain including the causes of acid rain, emissions control, a report from Environmental Defense Fund, clean coal regulatory incentives, clean coal technology, and papers on meetings and proposals for reducing acid rain.

HE008 Radiological Health - Radon (.2 ft.; box 95)

A secondary subject category containing information on radon-testing, radioactive contamination in the environment, low-level radio-active dumping, risk assessments associated with dioxin, the Radiation Exposure Act, and the Radon Awareness and Disclosure Act of 1991. This subcategory also contains the 1989 Annual Report on the Administration of the Radiation Control for Health and Safety Act of 1968, a report of the "Health Effects of Nonionizing Electromagnetic Radiation (N.I.E.R.) in the United States", and a report on "Opposing Deregulation of Radioactive Waste and Prohibiting the Disposal of Below Regulatory Concern Radioactive Waste from any County Solid Waste Facility or Recycling Center".

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