Statements about Public Health
Says it's "estimated that 300 babies a year are sent home from the hospital with an unrecognized congenital heart defect; it is the most common birth defect in America."
Says that in 2007, "Oregon ranked 25th -- or 7th from the bottom -- in percentage of children with untreated decay compared to 32 other states with similar data."
New Virginia regulations on abortion clinics "provide the same sanitary environment we expect of dental offices."
If an individual is determined "to commit suicide, the availability of a gun is not a factor" because they will find a way.
Says "If you compare the Portland Metro area to the CDC’s statewide cavity rates ... the Portland Metro area would actually rank as having the 15th lowest cavity rate in the U.S."
Says uncompensated health care costs absorbed by Texas hospitals are adding $1,800 a year to Texas private insurance rates.
Says Texas lawmakers in 2011 ordered school districts to test every student on their respiratory system and weight.
Says "a pack-a-day smoker who quits because of the tax increase will save about $1,650 a year."
"Within the three miles surrounding the University Circle area, infant mortality exceeds some Third World countries."
Says "A baby in Coos County is two times as likely to be born to a mother who is someone who used tobacco during her pregnancy as is the average baby born in Oregon or the U.S."
"Only three in 10 Texas doctors are currently accepting new Medicaid patients."
Says Houston is "home to more doctors, more nurses, more researchers than any other place in the world."
"There is no clinical evidence that vaccinating healthcare workers protects patients."
Says indoor workers get "less UV than outdoor workers, but they get more melanomas."
"In Wisconsin, only half of all the adults with serious psychological distress received mental health treatment or medication."
If the sequester hits, "hundreds of thousands of Americans will lose access to primary care and preventive care like flu vaccinations and cancer screenings."
Says, "Statistics indicate that one in eight children, and one in 18 adults in Oregon suffers from mental illness."
"Ohio companies export more goods and services globally than 41 other states."
Says Texas ranks first among the states in the amount of carbon dioxide emitted and toxic chemicals released into water.
"Three in four low-income workers don’t have any paid sick days available."
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