2010 promises to be a better year than 2009. With the onset of a new year and a new decade, we are filled with renewed hope and promise that things will get better. This New Year will bring lots of change. We will see new leaders, new policies and hopefully new peace and prosperity. With all this hope, my thoughts turn to liver transplantation and all of our neighbors out there who could benefit from this medical miracle.
Liver transplantation has rapidly advanced over the past two decades to become standard therapy for patients with end-stage liver disease. Children and adults with congenital and acquired disorders are candidates for transplantation. The most common indications for liver transplantation in the United States include viral hepatitis B and C, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, primary biliary cirrhosis, primary sclerosing cholangitis, alcoholic liver disease, in-born errors of metabolism, autoimmune disease, fulminant hepatic failure and liver tumors.
Liver transplantation involves removing the diseased liver from a patient with advanced liver disease and replacing it with a new, healthy liver from a donor. The surgery is performed in very specialized centers by surgeons dedicated to this operation. Unfortunately, the number of people waiting for a liver transplant far outnumbers the supply of donor livers. This leads to long waiting times and many patients do not survive their liver disease while on the list awaiting liver transplantation. We are getting better, however.
What do the following have in common? Asthma, Cancer, Crohn’s Disease, Cystic Fibrosis, Degenerative Disc Disease, End Stage Renal Disease, Hepatitis C, Hypoglycemia, Idiopathic Dilated Cardiomyopathy, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Leg-Calvé-Perthes, Marfan Syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis, Migraines, Polycystic Kidney Disease, Scoliosis and Supraventricular Tachycardia.
If you guessed that they were all physical illnesses, you are correct. However, another common thread is they are illnesses that a group of young people in the radical-alternative DIY (do-it-yourself) community have been diagnosed with and have written about (along with a few young people who care about them) in a publication entitled Sick, a compilation zine on physical illness.
Traditionally a time of celebration, the holidays may be exceptionally hard for families who have endured the devastating effect of a drunk-driving crash. Their coping skills may be tested and the need for additional support is crucial.
In the early summer there is an outbreak of infantile paralysis (“polio”) in New York City, and by late-July it has spread into Nassau County. Within one month, there are more than 150 cases in North Hempstead. There are at least four cases in the Herricks-East Williston area, but some neighborhoods are hit much harder, including Westbury (25 cases) and Mineola (12 cases). A quarantine is declared in North Hempstead, and between the hours of 7 a.m. and 11 p.m., there are health inspectors on every road leading in or out of the township checking all children for symptoms. Families with an infected child are kept under surveillance. Former President Theodore Roosevelt, a resident of Oyster Bay, forms a special committee to combat the threat. He meets with wealthy estate owners in the Wheatley Hills area, which includes the northern portion of the Herricks district, and receives pledges of $40,000 to fund inspectors and emergency facilities. Isolation hospitals are set up at Roslyn, Hicksville and Hempstead. By the end of September, the epidemic subsides, the quarantine ends and schools are finally opened for the fall term.
Especially with the economy continuing to be in a slump, it is proactive for Roslyn’s merchants to group together with a goal toward growth and vitality. Living near town, I am continuously struck by the Village’s unique beauty. It may sometimes seem contrary to good business, but the Village’s strict architectural codes have maintained its historical and unique environment. There are no chain stores or bargain basements but I always feel happier when I am in town as a pedestrian than in a mall or other poorly designed structure. It must be my city roots. I recently visited the Roslyn Theater Company’s new bright and happy location, tucked behind Transitions, above Knit and across from Ananda Nine. It actually reminded me of a side street in Europe, it was so scenic and humanly scaled after barreling on the LIE and other congested, rush hour boulevards.
Thank you very much for publishing Congressman Ackerman’s interview with the Anton Newspapers’ editors (“Taking a Look at The Health Care Bill,” The Roslyn News, Nov. 19). The interview underlines the need for the congressman to hold a town meeting so that he can elaborate on his positions.
It’s the time of the year when students attending the State University of New York will be heading home for the holidays to be with their families. While parents will be expecting good grades from their sons and daughters, the financial grade of the State University they attend suffers by comparison.
SUNY is failing, under the weight of a massive $410 million in state budget cuts in 18 months. That includes the $90 million midyear reduction ordered by the governor in October. The $410 million represents 17 percent of the University’s operating budget.
I would like to thank the voters of the 11th District for re-electing me to my second term as your Nassau County legislator. I appreciate the confidence you have placed in me. As your legislator, I have worked hard to serve you and I would like to thank you for the opportunity to continue working for you.
Legislation that would help reduce costs for local governments passed the state Senate during last week’s extraordinary session, Senator Craig M. Johnson, (D-Nassau), announced.
The measure would allow municipalities to save money on health insurance, highway maintenance, staffing, procurement, and financing.
“This is good legislation that will help contain costs and ease tax-hiking unfunded mandates on municipalities,” Senator Johnson said. “It is my hope that this will be the first of several significant steps we take to help local governments reign in spending and reduce the burden to property taxpayers.”
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