Nation & World

By Alyssa Mentzer
November 12, 2009

Shannon Keough

‘Deed for Lease’ to help Americans

The government is now assisting Americans that have been unemployed, along with home buyers and homeowners facing foreclosure. Fannie Mae, a federally controlled mortgage company, has offered a “Deed for Lease” program, where tenants can continue to live in their homes for at least a year, even if they are facing eviction.

Those at high-risk should receive Tamiflu first

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Tamiflu, the drug used to fight the H1N1 virus, should only be prescribed to patients with severe cases of the flu or patients in a “high-risk group.”

Patients experiencing a lower respiratory infection should take Tamiflu, as well as people with chronic diseases, like AIDS or lung disease, pregnant women, people over 65 and children under two years-old.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention is advising doctors to hold out on prescribing Tamiflu as a preventive measure and only prescribe it when necessary.

Proposed health care plan is passed in House

The Democrats finally got their way after lawmakers voted 220-215 to approve a plan that will provide relief to Americans that are struggling to buy and maintain their health insurance.

The plan will cost $1.1 trillion over 10 years, but will open the door to helping the health care issue in the United States.

The House measure will give coverage to 36 million people without insurance as well as end insurance company practices like not covering pre-existing conditions or dropping people when they become ill. As far as the Republicans are concerned, they said they will oppose the measure as it continues through legislation.

Sensor could prevent elderly injuries

More than one-third of people ages 65 and over fall each year. These falls physically harm the elderly as well as harm our economy. The estimated cost of falls each year is $75 billion.

Researchers are beginning to apply low-cost wireless sensors into the carpets of older people to monitor their activity.

The sensors track motion, not what the person is doing. The sensors measure walking speed, stride length, step width and body sway.

All these variables help to determine if the person is in danger of falling.

Army psychiatrist kills 13 in Fort Hood Army

An Army psychiatrist killed 13 people and wounded 30 more in Fort Hood Army post in central Texas.

The gunman was identified as Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, a 39-year old man, who had served in the military since 1995.

Major Hasan fired shots in the medical processing center, a place for returning soldiers or soldiers about to go over sea.

Hasan was shot four times leaving him in critical condition.

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