The August heat may be as intense as ever, but government and health
officials across the country are preparing for the coming flu season
and the possibility that the H1N1 (swine) flu virus could affect half the US population,
according to a presidential health panel. In Maryland, state
government, public health officials and the state's 46 hospitals have
created a statewide computerized system
for tracking the disease, which will help government and health
officials mobilize a quick response in the event of an outbreak.
Even as Planned Parenthood, MTV and the Kaiser Family Foundation team up in a campaign to prevent sexually transmitted diseases (STD), state legislatures are acting to ensure students' access to comprehensive sex education and are rejecting federal funding for failed abstinence-only programs. Half of all sexually active people will have an STD by the age of 25 with 19 million new STD cases occurring each year. These statistics highlight the need for improving youth sex education.
Prior to last Monday's White House health care forum in Des Moines, Iowa, one of fiveregional forums being held across the country, the Iowa Senate passed two significant
health care reform measures - one symbolic and one substantive.