Meningitis Fever with signs and symptoms of meningeal involvement Encephalitic signs may be present order generic montelukast canada. Myocarditis Starts with non-specic symptoms such as fever and aches then progresses to breathlessness purchase montelukast line, palpitations and chest pain discount montelukast 4mg otc. Pericarditis Presents with retrosternal chest pain montelukast 10mg with visa, aggravated by movement, fever and malaise. Skin rashes Rashes are common including a ne pink rubella-like rash or petechial, purpuric, vesicular, bullous or urticarial rashes. Enteroviruses may also from several Asian countries and was associ- spread indirectly via environmental water and ated with occasionally fatal neurological in- sewage. Acquisition Laboratory conrmation Theincubationperiodis35daysandaperson Coxsackieviruses may be isolated in tissue cul- will be infectious during the acute illness and ture from faeces or other clinical specimens. Two groups are recog- nised, group A (23 serotypes) and group B (6 serotypes), which are now classified in three species along with other enterovirus and Prevention echovirus serotypes. Evidence of past infection is common with seroprevalence rates of 2035% reported Response to a case in Europe. Response to a cluster and Cryptosporidiosishasamarkedseasonalpat- control of an outbreak tern: in Western Europe peaks occur in the spring and late autumn (Fig 2. Rates may also be higher Characteristic clinical appearance with or in rural areas. The age profile of cases in immunosuppressed patients is higher than that shown in Table 3. Its main public health im- portance lies in the severe illness caused in Table 3. Under 1 6 14 39 Suggested on-call action 514 17 1524 13 If case in risk group for onward trans- 2534 13 mission (Box 2. The main routes of spread are as cus but rarely blood, may be profuse and may follows: waxandwane. Thediarrhoeaisoftenpreceded by anorexia and nausea, and accompanied by Person to person cramping abdominal pain and loss of weight. Headache, myalgia, fever or vomiting may oc- Cryptosporidiosis can be transmitted by cases cur in a proportion of cases. Secondary spread in vidualshaveaprolongedandfulminantillness households is common and may occur after which may contribute to death. Laboratory conrmation Animal to person The mainstay of diagnosis is microscopy of stoolsamplestodetectcryptosporidiaoocysts. Human infection with genotype 2 may occur It is important that such microscopy be un- from contact with farm or laboratory animals dertaken by experienced personnel, both to and, occasionally, household pets. In addi- maximise ascertainment and because a wide tion to agricultural and veterinary workers, variety of microscopic structures (e. A number of out- Individual cases are sometimes diagnosed by breaks associated with such visits have been intestinal biopsy. Oocysts passed in faeces can cases, and genotype 2, found in animals survive in the environment for months. About 1% of hu- are resistant to chlorination and their removal man cases are caused by cryptosporidia other relies on physical methods of water treatment than C. Clinicaldiseaseandmost Other oocyst excretion are thought to occur mainly in young animals. Transmission to humans is Infection has been reported via food and by faecooral spread from animals or other milk. Genotype 1 may be associated with travel Guidelines for farm visits by children have abroad. All dividuals the immune response successfully diarrhoeal samples should be examined for limits the infection. Home post- increased risk of acquisition and increased codeshouldbecollectedonallcasestobeplot- severity. Relative immunosuppression due ted on water supply zone maps, which can to chickenpox and malnutrition has also provided by water providers and need regular been associated with infection, but renal pa- updating. Trigger levels can be calculated for tients do not appear to be at increased risk. A seasonal baseline can Oocyst excretion may be very high in the be set based on historical data with 95% or immunosuppressed. High figures for 1 week only may be the result of reporting delay (look at dates of onset). Anappropriateresponsewouldbe(basedonHunter,2000): Collect information for risk assessment: When and where sample taken. For a low oocyst count in a supply in which oocysts frequently detected and not associated with previous outbreaks, further action may not be necessary. Third report of the group of experts to: Department of Environment, Transport, and the Region and the Department of Health. If genotype 1, look Suggested case-definition for for potential humans sources; if genotype 2, analytical study of outbreak consider animal and human sources. Water needs only to be brought to the Diarrhoea plus oocysts (of correct geno- boil: prolonged boiling is not necessary. If poten- onset since commencement of increase in tially serious, add appropriate experts (e. Should a cluster of cases occurwithinEurope,askeachcaseabouttravel abroad: if no history of travel, then take a Epidemiology foodhistoryaskingspecificallyaboutrawfruit, salad and vegetables and imported food. Suggested on-call action Diagnosis No person-to-person spread under normal conditions,thereforenoneedforurgentac- Cyclosporiasispresentswithwaterydiarrhoea, tion. If Cyclospora is suspected, inform the laboratory so that stool concen- Approximately half the adult population in tration can be carried out. Clinical features Transmission and acquisition Congenitalinfectionmaycausestillbirth,peri- nataldeath,presentascytomegaloviruriainan Humans are so far the only host species iden- otherwise normal infant or as a disease with tified for C. Oocysts are excreted fever, hepatitis, pneumonitis and severe brain in a non-infective unsporulated form; sporu- damage. Infectionacquiredpostnatallyorlater lation takes about a week in the environment inlifeisoftenasymptomatic,oranacutefebrile and infection results from ingestion of mature illness, cytomegalovirus mononucleosis, may sporulatedoocysts. No need to report individual cases, other than through routine laboratory surveillance. Laboratory conrmation Virus particles may be excreted by individuals Response to a case without active disease, and a positive culture mustbeinterpretedwithcaution. Dengueisafebrilediseasecausedbyaflavivirus Acquisition with four distinct serogroups and is transmit- ted by the bite of Aedes mosquitoes. Virusexcretionisirregularandthevirusmay Suggested on-call action remain latent for long periods. Dengue haemor- mosquitonettinguntilthesecondboutoffever rhagic fever is most common in children less has abated. Surveillance Clinical features Public health officials should be informed of Dengue presents with an abrupt onset of fever, individual cases. Fever and symp- Response to a case tomspersistfor4896hours,followedbyrapid defervescence, and after about 24 hours a sec- Isolation not required. Laboratory conrmation Suggested case definition Serologic diagnosis may be made by haemag- glutination inhibiting and complement fixa- A clinically compatible case confirmed by tion tests using paired sera. Human-to-human spread of dengue has not been recorded, but people are infectious to 3. Diphtheria is an infection of the upper res- Prevention piratory tract, and sometimes the skin. It is caused by toxin-producing (toxigenic) strains Avoidance of mosquito bites, e. Itisararein- Control or eradication of the mosquito vec- fection, although when a case does occur it tor. The effects of for immediate swabbing, chemoprophy- thistoxinareirreversibleandsolatetreatment laxis and vaccination of close contacts. Laboratory conrmation It is usually the identification of a Corynebac- Epidemiology terium sp. Most laboratory for confirmation and toxigenicity of these are imported from the Indian sub- testing. Where the diagnosis seems likely, an continent and many are mild cases in vacci- acute serum specimen should be obtained be- nated individuals.

The word cure in the title was chosen cheap montelukast 4 mg with visa, rather than treat- ment best montelukast 4mg, because it is scientifically accurate safe 4mg montelukast. When the true cause of an illness has been found and buy montelukast 5 mg on-line, by removing it, the illness can be stopped or prevented, a true cure has also been found. When the cause is not found but the symptoms can be removed, helpful as this is, you have only found a treatment. My research was a search for the causes of cancer, how they might be removed, and whether their removal would lead to relief from the disease. I did not search merely for relief from the disease as most regular cancer research does. Even research into gene-replacement does not address the cause of numerous mutations in cancer. Permission is hereby granted to make copies of any part of this document for non-commercial purposes provided this page with the original copyright notice is included. By making these copies available the author wishes to eliminate the difficulties readers may have in gaining access to these materials. Notice to the Reader The opinions and conclusions expressed in this book are mine alone. They are based on my scientific research and on specific case studies involving my patients. Be advised that every person is unique and may respond differently to the treatments described in this book. Again, remember that we are all different and any new treatment should be ap- plied in a cautious, common sense fashion. The treatments outlined herein are not intended to be a re- placement for other forms of conventional medical treatment. I have indicated throughout this book the existence of seri- ous pollutants in food, dental materials and even medicine and intravenous supplies. These pollutants were identified using a testing device of my invention known as the Syncrometer. Complete instructions for building and using this device are contained in my first book The Cure For All Cancers. The Syncrometer, an audio frequency oscillator is more ac- curate and versatile than the best existing testing methods. However at present it only yields positive or negative results, it does not quantify. The chance of a false positive or a false negative is about 5%, which can be lessened by test repetition. It is in the public interest to know when a single bottle of a single product tests positive to a serious pollutant. If one does, the safest course is to avoid all bottles of that product entirely, which is what I repeatedly advise. These recommendations should be interpreted as an intent to warn and protect the public, not to provide a statistically significant market analysis. It is my fervent hope that manufacturers use the new electronic tech- niques in this book to make purer products than they ever have before. It is also in the public interest to disseminate the information about cancer in this book, even before clinical evaluations of properly blinded treatment protocols are made, because the advice in this book does not interfere with existing treatment. Since avoidance of certain foods and products is central to my method for pursuit of health, it is my hope that many per- sons train themselves in Syncrometer use. See Sources for some that use the latest technology and are willing to test supplements, foods, body products, and biological specimens (such as surgery and biopsy specimens) for the pollutants I discuss in this book. Special Tribute This work is dedicated to the unsung heroes of so-called alternative cancer therapies, both past and present. With their own money, and on their own time, they chose to do battle against humanitys most tragic mystery disease, cancer. Al- though this disease dates back to antiquity, its wild acceleration in the past 100 years has baffled us all. Facing the mythical monsters of the Greek literature in ancient times with mere rocks or swords could not have been more daunting than this disease. This challenge was often undertaken or continued even with the ridicule of peers, impending bankruptcy, and on-going lawsuits. I am deeply grateful to all these persons for their sacrifice of lifes comforts to further the cause of truth and to describe their work: Max Gerson, Virginia Livingston Wheeler, Harold W. Acknowledgments The smallest coincidence can be the hinge on which future events turn. It turned out to be the ma- lignancy-causing parasite as described in The Cure For All Cancers. The rabbit fluke turned out to be the true source of Clostridium, the tumor causing bacterium. In 1996, the collaboration with Patricia Connolly-Gorzen made possible our discovery of dental toxins and better dental practices. Gratitude is also due to Elizabeth Sorrells, whose dedication was equally amazing. Thanks are due to the entire staff of the International Diagnostic Center, especially the pathologist, Dr. Without their expertise, none of our terminally ill cancer pa- tients could have recovered. I am truly grateful to this forward- looking country that made this venture possible. At one time scurvy, a vitamin C deficiency disease, was so life threatening it required medical care, but it no longer does. It took 400 years from the discovery of its cure (1535) to utilization of the cure by the public in the early 1900s. It took the unrelated orange juice industry to bring it to the publics attention in the early 1900s. Why did it take so long to put into practice a simple truth, like the importance of eating fresh fruit and vegetables? Be- cause ordinary people, not able to read the medical journals, had no way to learn of it. Unless the public has access to the great truths uncovered by scientists, they can not learn them even now. But these discoveries were ignored rather than treasured, as be- fell the scurvy cure. Patients now have easy access to information just like doctors and researchers do. No experiments were done on age-matched pa- tients with similar cancers comparing my treatments to chemo- therapy, radiation or surgery. The good news is that this new method is not incompatible with clinical treatments in most respects. But the use of certain vitamins may be considered undesirable by your oncologist if she/he is planning certain chemotherapies. There is a very large body of research literature that discusses the use of 6 supplements in cancer. Your oncologist may wish to peruse some of the references cited in this research report as well as throughout this book. Most victims of cancer have been given an accurate diagno- sis, meaning a label for their cancer. After this a protocol (procedure) for this particular cancer was applied, taken from a scientifically acquired bank of data. All this data and its efficacy is undoubtedly correct, taken within the boundaries of the varied assumptions made to get them. A huge catalog of such data exists, with the precise protocol for each category and sub-category of cancer. Your doctor may still be creative and flexible within this protocol or use a new 6 Jaakkola, K.

At the end of the trial purchase 4mg montelukast with amex, the subjects who were treated with glucosamine had an average of 11 generic 10mg montelukast with visa. Overall buy montelukast with american express, when compared with placebo montelukast 4 mg mastercard, glucosamine showed a 28% improvement in pain and 21% improvement in function using the Lequesne Index. When the analysis was restricted to eight studies with the highest quality utilizing adequate allocation concealment, there was no improvement in pain or function (68). One study involved 120 subjects who took daily chondroitin in the form of 800 mg bovine chondroitin sulfate mixed in water or placebo for Months 0 to 3 and 6 to 9. The treatment group also had less radiographic changes than the placebo group (69). In subgroup analysis of subjects with moderate to severe pain, the combi- nation of glucosamine and chondroitin, but neither alone, was better than placebo at relieving symptoms. This apparent benefit, however, must be interpreted with caution because the positive control group of patients treated with celecoxib did not show improvement. There was a very high placebo-response rate of 60% and most of the patients had a mild degree of pain. Both of these effects may make it more difficult to detect differences between treatment arms. Other concerns raised included limitations induce the high attrition rate of 20% and the lack of sophisticated methodological analysis. Finally, the prepa- ration of glucosamine used in the study was glucosamine hydrochloride rather than glucosamine sulfate. Glucosamine sulfate is the form that is widely available in the United States and has been the preparation used in other studies reporting efficacy (11,71). The significance of using glucosamine hydrochloride preparation, rather than glucosamine sulfate, in this trial remains uncertain. Furthermore, the dosages are standardized based on rigorous efficacy and safety trials, and the 102 Part I / Introduction to Rheumatic Diseases and Related Topics manufacturers are required to collect and report their post-marketing experiences. Supplement preparations may or may not contain the correct dosages or even the advertised ingredients. Many of the herbal and dietary supplements have not undergone trials showing proof of efficacy or safety. Nonetheless, clinical trials have been carried out on several plant-based supplements. Ground up willow bark has been used as an analgesic and antipyretic remedy since ancient times dating to Egyptian, Greek, and Roman civilizations. Aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid) is a refined product of the willow bark extract salicin. In a 4-week randomized double-blind study, 210 patients with low back pain received low-dose (393 mg) or high-dose (786 mg) dry willow bark extract or placebo daily. The principle outcome measure was the number of patients who were pain-free and did not use a rescue analgesic for at least 5 days by the end of the study. After 6 months, both the high- and low-dose treatment groups (39 and 21%, respectively) were significantly less likely to have used the rescue analgesic than the placebo group (6%) (75). In this study, 78 patients were randomized to receive two tablets of willow bark (240 mg salicin per day) or placebo for 2 weeks after a washout period of 4 to 6 days with placebo. The efficacy of this agent needs further confirmation especially in trials longer than 4 weeks. The tubers of this perennial plant are used in African folk medicine for relief of pain caused by rheumatism. Significantly higher numbers of patients were pain-free in the treated groups compared with the placebo group (45). Ginger has a long history of medicinal use in the Chinese and Ayurvedic traditions. Rhizomes of several ginger species, in both oral and topical forms, are used to treat a variety of inflammatory and arthritic conditions. Extracts of ginger have been reported to decrease joint pain and swelling in patients with arthritis. Anti-inflammatory effects have been shown in in vitro and animal model experiments (77). The study was a double- blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial that spanned 6 weeks of treatment with ginger extract or placebo. The treatment group had greater improvement in primary outcome of reduction in knee pain on standing (63 vs 50%; p = 0. Patients who received the ginger extract had more gastrointestinal complaints (59 vs 21%), but the symptoms were mild. Based on these measurements the efficacy was ibuprofen ginger extract placebo. However, statistically significant effect of ginger extract was seen only by explorative statistical methods in the first period of treatment before crossover (79). Its long history of use dates back to 16th- century China, when its roots, leaves, and flowers were used for medicinal purposes. The modern-day medicinal form of the herb is derived from the root, not the flower or the vine (45). The therapeutic and adverse effects are likely due to diterpenoid compounds with epoxide structures. These compounds have been shown to have immunosuppressive and anti-inflammatory effects in in vitro and in vivo studies. Patients were randomized to placebo, low-dose (180 mg per day), or high-dose (360 mg per day) of Tripterygium extract. Beneficial effect was also seen in the low-dose group when compared with the placebo group (80). The number of patients who withdrew because of side effects was similar in both groups. Considerable toxicity has been associated with the use of Thunder God Vine in anecdotal reports. This herb has been used as an antipyretic and anti- inflammatory folk remedy for centuries. Its use dates back to ancient Greek civilization when it was prescribed to treat inflammations and hot swellings (45). The leaves can be chewed fresh or dried and made into tablets, which are available in the United States and Europe. It inhibits, in a dose-dependent fashion, the production of prostaglandins and leukotrienes by human polymorphonuclear leukocytes. Both crude feverfew extracts and purified parthenolide can inhibit adhesion molecule expression on rheumatoid synovial fibroblasts. Feverfew has an additional molecular mechanism of inhibiting the release of nuclear factor- B, an important transcription factor in the expression of multiple genes involved in the inflammatory process (45). Feverfew may increase bleeding time, thus, it should be avoided in patients with coagulopathy or on warfarin. This compound has produced beneficial results in laboratory studies, as well as in clinical trials. Significant improvements were seen in pain and functional parameters in the groups 1 and 2 compared with group 3, and there was a trend toward greater improvement with higher dose. Further subgroup analysis divided the subjects into two groups based on baseline severity of radiographic joint disease. It has also been used as a medicinal agent for centuries in these regions of the world. Curcumin is the principle curcuminoid compound that gives turmeric its yellow color and is considered the most active constituent. Curcumin has been shown to have anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer activities. It blocked cyclooxygenase and lipoxygenase activities in cultured cells, reducing inflam- matory mediators including prostaglandins, thromboxane, and leukotrienes (87). Synovial fibroblast-like adherent cells were incubated with curcumin and celecoxib alone or in combination. Curcumin also synergistically potentiated the growth inhibition and apoptosis of the synovial cells induced by celecoxib. Two small preliminary unblinded studies showed an anti-inflammatory effect of curcumin (90,91). No large, double- blind, placebo-controlled studies have been performed to evaluate the clinical efficacy of this agent in rheumatic diseases. A Phase I clinical trial of curcumin in patients with premalignant disease in Taiwan showed that curcumin is well tolerated even in doses up to 8 g per day (89).

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Prospective benefits from these initiatives are: Lines of Business-Geospatial: Promotes coordination and alignment of geospatial data collection and maintenance among all levels of government: provides one-stop web access to geospatial information through development of a portal; encourages collaborative planning for future investments in geospatial data; expands partnerships that help leverage investments and reduce duplication; and, facilitates partnerships and collaborative approaches in the sharing and stewardship of data. Up-to-date accessible information helps leverage resources and support programs: economic development, environmental quality and homeland security. Lines of Business-Grants Management: Supports end-to-end grants management activities promoting improved customer service; decision making; financial management processes; efficiency of reporting procedure; and, post-award closeout actions. Lines of Business Financial Management: Supports efficient and improved business performance while ensuring integrity in accountability, financial controls and mission effectiveness by enhancing process improvements; achieving cost savings; standardizing business processes and data models; promoting seamless data exchanges between Federal agencies; and, strengthening internal controls. However, despite the new recommendation large numbers of school-aged children remain unvaccinated. This expansion added 26 million children and adolescents to groups recommended for routine influenza vaccination. In addition, interventions are not usually targeted only by race/ethnicity, but also along other risk dimensions (e. Homeless individuals were enrolled in a number of interventions and "runaway youth" were targeted in at least one intervention. This information is critical to understanding the impact of Hepatitis epidemics and for targeting limited resources for greatest impact. Item Hepatitis Testing The Committee recognizes the high incidence of Hepatitis and its often undocumented state. Program consultants have informed grantees of the benefit of lowering indirect costs, including reallocation of funding toward prevention and control activities (i. Some states and large cities have negotiated a lower indirect cost rate with the Department of Health and Human Services. Data from the web site can be downloaded and entered into any statistical software program to analyze results. This serum repository will be available to qualified investigators developing tests that may improve upon the currently recommended two-tiered method. This revised case definition provides public health officials the flexibility to determine a more complete measure of the surveillance burden. This includes providing assistance to state health departments in identifying and investigating possible outbreaks including resistant organisms in healthcare and community settings. At the completion of the pilot, in early 2010, all healthcare facilities in the U. Item Breast Cancer Awareness for Young Women Within the total for breast and cervical cancer, the Committee includes $5,000,000 for breast cancer awareness for young women. Current activities support tobacco prevention and control by focusing on preventing young people from starting to smoke, eliminating exposure to secondhand smoke and promoting quitting among young people and adults. In 2009, program activities included a national epilepsy awareness media campaign that focused on minority populations and underserved groups; expansion of an educational curriculum for middle school and high school students to include Web site partnerships; expansion of a school nurse training program to include access to online materials; piloting of a toolkit to support caregivers of seniors with seizures; an outreach strategy to promote a first responders curriculum for police, corrections officers, and emergency responders; integration of epilepsy related curriculum into school health programs; development of materials to promote understanding of cognition issues and to address traumatic brain injury and post traumatic epilepsy; and initiation of a research and educational outreach agenda addressing sudden unexplained death in epilepsy. Intramural and extramural research is underway in order to better understand the epidemiology of epilepsy, specifically the incidence and prevalence of the condition in diverse populations in the United States; risk factors and severity of epilepsy in these populations; access to specialty care; health disparities among people with epilepsy; and predictors of outcomes such as age, socioeconomic status, burden of concurrent illness. This research will provide data that could be used to inform development of outcome measurement protocols. Multiple systematic reviews of the scientific literature have shown that youth exposure to alcohol advertising is associated with both the initiation of alcohol consumption by youth and the amount consumed per drinking occasion. The campaign develops and disseminates evidence-based educational materials for patients, and such resources have been tested for low literacy audiences and adapted into Spanish to make them accessible to a wide range of audiences. Item Healthy Brain Initiative Studies have indicated that cumulative risks for vascular disease and diabetes also increase the risk of cognitive decline and Alzheimers disease. The Road Map is a call for action and a guide for implementing an effective and coordinated approach to addressing cognition as a public health issue. Ten priority actions were identified in the Road Map, including the need for state and community-level data on the perceived impact of cognitive impairment. Additionally, the Healthy Aging Program is collaborating with state and national partners to create a series of reports to facilitate the application of the data derived from the module. Item Heart Disease and Stroke Recognizing that cardiovascular disease is the number one killer in the U. The Committee is concerned that only 14 States receive basic implementation funding, nine States receive no funds, and many States have been stalled at the capacity building level for yearsa few for a decade. These states facilitate collaboration among public and private sector partners; define the burden of heart disease and stroke in the state; develop and update statewide plans for heart disease and stroke prevention; identify culturally appropriate approaches to promote cardiovascular health with racial, ethnic, and other priority populations; and increase awareness of the signs and symptoms of heart attack and stroke. While the majority of states are at the baseline funding level, these states are eligible to apply, through a competitive process, for limited additional funding to implement specific interventions. Item Infant Mortality The Committee is concerned that declines in infant mortality have stalled in the United States. Each year 12 percent of babies are born too early, and 8 percent are born with low birth-weight, putting them at higher risk for infant death and for developmental disabilities. The Committee notes that many experts believe that prenatal care, which usually begins during the first 3 months of a pregnancy, comes too late to prevent many serious maternal and child health problems. The overall health status of women prior to conception is an important factor in improving health outcomes of mothers and babies. Factors such as obesity, hypertension, and diabetes have all increased in recent years among women of reproductive age, threatening to erode gains in maternal and infant outcomes. While current evidence indicates that the expected impact of investments in preconception care will likely be most directly linked to improved maternal and infant health rather than infant mortality per se, preconception care represents one more opportunity to advance the health of women of reproductive age. This project is an incident cohort of all newly diagnosed adults and pediatric patients in the state of Rhode Island. Item Maternal and Child Health The Committee is concerned that declines in infant mortality have stalled in the U. Each year, 12 percent of babies are born too early, and eight percent are born with low birth-weight, putting them at higher risk for infant death and for developmental disabilities. The Committee notes that many experts believe that prenatal care, which usually begins during the first three months of a pregnancy, comes too late to prevent many serious maternal and child health problems and are calling for improved preconception care. The five sleep measures are: hours of sleep; snoring; insufficient sleep; daytime sleepiness; and drowsy driving. These documents will review the scientific evidence and policy and environmental actions that states and communities might implement. Item Obesity and Built Environments The Committee recognizes the importance of the built environment for promoting healthy behaviors. Another important outcome of the Transportation 101 meeting was the creation of a transportation white paper developed by the American Public Health Association and Transportation 4 America. The white paper provides specific suggestions for the Federal transportation bill reauthorization that would create policies and programs that concurrently address both transportation and public health priorities, such as active transportation and light rail systems. Item Oral Health The Committee recognizes that reducing disparities in oral disease will require additional and sustained support in proven strategies at the State and local levels.

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