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April 26, 2007

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This is terrific connecting the dots work, EW. There is another insidious problem that no one has yet discovered - the absence of professional nursing care has a direct impact on delayed recovery time, a rise in complications, a rise in preventable deaths - and it's the thread that links the poor outcomes of the outpatients at Walter Reed, the poor outcomes of military wounded with traumatic brain injuries, PTSD/acute mental illness, complex wounds and infectious diseases contracted while serving on the war fronts, the rise in infant deaths in Mississippi, the rise in Native American rape victims who go untreated, the rise in patients with heart disease, and on and on ad nauseum.

No one reports the effects of the lack of professional nursing. Heck, no one reports anything about professional nursing, except in the rare case of whining about the nursing shortage.

But the NIH flat funding hit the National Institute of Nursing Research hard. The Nursing Workforce Development Act is the sole federal funding source for nursing education/faculty loans (there is no grant support at all), and it's been cut.

So no nurses, no nursing education, research and practice support, and no support to educating the public about the critical impace nursing has on both individual and public health - the trifecta of really, really bad things.

As you well know, one of the most effective ways to lower the risk of breast cancer is to have a child at a young age (<19). By working to outlaw abortion, Bush is really trying to reduce the risk of breast cancer in American women. The phony counselling will have to do until such time as the Supremes come through for him, but really, it's a noble lie. Maimonides and Leo Strauss all rolled into one.

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