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Deficit Reduction Act of 2005

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If passed, will pays less for home O2…

WHSV | One Act, One Less Breath
An act of Congress could take many people’s breath away, literally. A section of the “Deficit Reduction Act of 2005” will force patients who are on home oxygen to foot more of the bill. Currently, Medicare pays for the machine, supplies, and maintenance of the tanks; but the bill will stop the coverage after three years. This leaves many wondering what they would do without it.

“If I didn’t have it I’d be laying out on the floor passed out waiting for someone to find me which may never happen,” said Linda Kidd of Harrisonburg.

Linda Kidd has been depending on an at home oxygen tank for more than 10 years. Medicare covers the cost now but not if a new bill come through Congress.

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Alpha One Antitrypsen Deficiency

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Vail Daily News for Vail and Beaver Creek Colorado – News

In Denver, a respiratory therapist suggested a blood test. A positive result would explain everything. And what if it is? Canada wanted to know. What is the cure?”There is no cure,” replied the therapist. “Only a lung transplant.”

Dean Canada is among an estimated 100,000 Americans who were dealt a pair of bad cards, two corrupted genes that produce a condition called Alpha One Antitrypsen Deficiency.

This disorder causes the livers of its victims to work improperly. The liver prevents the release of a protein needed for healthy functioning of the lungs. Most victims begin suffering when they are 39 or 40.

More at http://www.alphaone.org/

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Hyperbaric Chambers

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Inside Bay Area – San Mateo County Times – Local News
It’s called a hyperbaric chamber and it outputs oxygen at much higher pressure than what we normally breath. Eden is the only Sutter health care facility with such a chamber, and according to staff at Eden, it has improved the health of many.

High concentrations of oxygen help keep oxygen-starved tissues alive. It is used to treat more than a dozen illnesses including carbon monoxide poisoning, decompression sickness, severe anemia, sports injuries and stubborn wounds. Advocates of alternative healing believe the chamber is also useful for brain healing in dementia, cerebral palsy, stroke and Lyme Disease patients.

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