S.1708 - Lyme and Tick-borne Disease Prevention, Education, and Research Act of 2007

A bill to provide for the expansion of Federal efforts concerning the prevention, education, treatment, and research activities related to Lyme and other tick-borne diseases, including the establishment of a Tick-Borne Diseases Advisory Committee. view all titles (3)

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  • Short: Lyme and Tick-borne Disease Prevention, Education, and Research Act of 2007 as introduced.
  • Short: Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Prevention, Education, and Research Act of 2007 as introduced.
  • Official: A bill to provide for the expansion of Federal efforts concerning the prevention, education, treatment, and research activities related to Lyme and other tick-borne diseases, including the establishment of a Tick-Borne Diseases Advisory Committee. as introduced.

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Official Summary

Lyme and Tick-borne Disease Prevention, Education, and Research Act of 2007 - Requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to establish the Tick-Borne Diseases Advisory Committee. Requires the Committee to advise the Secretary and the Assistant Secretary for Health regarding how offi

Official Summary

Lyme and Tick-borne Disease Prevention, Education, and Research Act of 2007 - Requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to establish the Tick-Borne Diseases Advisory Committee. Requires the Committee to advise the Secretary and the Assistant Secretary for Health regarding how officials can:
(1) ensure interagency coordination and communication and minimize overlap regarding efforts to address tick-borne diseases;
(2) identify opportunities to coordinate efforts with other federal agencies and private organizations addressing such diseases;
(3) ensure interagency coordination and communication with constituency groups;
(4) ensure that a broad spectrum of scientific viewpoints is represented in public heath policy decisions and that information disseminated to the public and physicians is balanced; and
(5) advise relevant federal agencies on priorities related to Lyme and tick-borne diseases. Requires the Secretary, acting through the appropriate federal officials, to provide for the coordination of all federal programs and activities related to Lyme and other tick-borne diseases, including:
(1) developing sensitive and accurate diagnostic tools and tests,
(2) improving the efficient utilization of diagnostic testing currently available;
(3) accurately determining the prevalence of such diseases;
(4) evaluating the feasibility of creating a national uniform reporting system;
(5) providing and promoting access to a clearinghouse of information on such diseases;
(6) increasing public education related to such diseases;
(7) creating a physician education program;
(8) establishing epidemiological research objectives to determine the long term course of illness for Lyme disease; and
(9) determining the effectiveness of different treatment modalities by establishing treatment outcome objectives

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