SUPPORTING THE GOALS AND IDEALS OF A NATIONAL EPIDERMOLYSIS BULLOSA AWARENESS WEEK; Congressional Record Vol. 152, No. 135
(House of Representatives - December 08, 2006)

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  SUPPORTING THE GOALS AND IDEALS OF A NATIONAL EPIDERMOLYSIS BULLOSA 
                             AWARENESS WEEK

  Mr. BARTON of Texas. Mr. Speaker, I ask unanimous consent that the 
Committee on Energy and Commerce be discharged from further 
consideration of the resolution (H. Res. 335) supporting the goals and 
ideals of a National Epidermolysis Bullosa Awareness Week to raise 
public awareness and understanding of the disease and to foster 
understanding of the impact of the disease on patients and their 
families, and ask for its immediate consideration in the House.
  The Clerk read the title of the resolution.
  The SPEAKER pro tempore. Is there objection to the request of the 
gentleman from Texas?
  There was no objection.
  The Clerk read the resolution, as follows:

                              H. Res. 335

       Whereas epidermolysis bullosa is a rare disease 
     characterized by the presence of extremely fragile skin that 
     results in the development of recurrent, painful blisters, 
     open sores, and in some forms of the disease, in disfiguring 
     scars, disabling musculoskeletal deformities, and internal 
     blistering;
       Whereas approximately 12,500 individuals in the United 
     States are affected by the disease;
       Whereas data from the National Epidermolysis Bullosa 
     Registry indicates that of every one million live births, 20 
     infants are born with the disease;
       Whereas there currently is no cure for the disease;
       Whereas children with the disease require almost around-
     the-clock care;
       Whereas approximately 90 percent of individuals with 
     epidermolysis bullosa report experiencing pain on an average 
     day;
       Whereas the skin is so fragile for individuals with the 
     disease that even minor rubbing and day-to-day activity may 
     cause blistering, including from activities such as writing, 
     eating, walking, and from the seams on their clothes;
       Whereas most individuals with the disease have inherited 
     the disease through genes they receive from one or both 
     parents;
       Whereas epidermolysis bullosa is so rare that many health 
     care practitioners have never heard of it or seen a patient 
     with it;
       Whereas individuals with epidermolysis bullosa often feel 
     isolated because of the lack of knowledge in the Nation about 
     the disease and the impact that it has on the body;
       Whereas more funds should be dedicated toward research to 
     develop treatments and eventually a cure for the disease; and
       Whereas the last week of October would be an appropriate 
     time to recognize National Epidermolysis Bullosa Week in 
     order to raise public awareness about the prevalence of 
     epidermolysis bullosa, the impact it has on families, and the 
     need for additional research into a cure for the disease: 
     Now, therefore, be it
       Resolved,  That the House of Representatives--
       (1) supports the goals and ideals of a National 
     Epidermolysis Bullosa Awareness Week to raise public 
     awareness and understanding of epidermolysis bullosa;
       (2) recognizes the need for a cure for the disease; and
       (3) encourages the people of the United States and 
     interested groups to support the week through appropriate 
     ceremonies and activities to promote public awareness of 
     epidermolysis bullosa and to foster understanding of the 
     impact of the disease on patients and their families.

  The resolution was agreed to.
  A motion to reconsider was laid on the table.

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