mulroe-ff-manningThe role of firefighters in our communities has drastically changed over the last few decades. Firefighters are now considered our primary first responders. They are our EMTs during accidents, tragedies and times of crisis. They mitigate the challenges of natural disasters, hazardous materials incidents and even acts of terrorism.

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Mulroe-3DtomocoachA new public health measure was signed into law on Friday that will increase awareness of a life-saving new medical tool: 3D mammograms.

The law, sponsored in the Illinois Senate by John G. Mulroe (D-10), requires the Illinois Department of Public Health to include information on the newest form of breast cancer detection in their pamphlets. That new form of breast cancer detection is 3D mammography.

3D mammography is a relatively new technology that is able to more quickly and accurately detect breast cancer, especially among women who have dense breast tissue.

“Lives will be saved by making information on this technology available,” said Mulroe, who is Chairman of the Senate Public Health Committee. “Women, especially those with dense breast tissue, will receive more accurate results from this kind of mammogram and will have fewer instances of return visits and unnecessary biopsies.”

Experts believe 40 percent of women in the United States have dense breast tissue.  Because dense breast tissue can make cancerous masses more difficult to detect on a regular 2D mammogram, this new law will give women important information about alternative mammogram options if they have dense breast tissue.

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Lead Free KidsCHICAGO — A measure sponsored by Sen. John Mulroe (D-Chicago) clarifying and tightening Illinois’ Lead Poisoning Prevention Act was signed into law yesterday by the governor.

The Illinois Department of Public Health requested technical changes better defining locations considered as “regulated facilities” where lead exposure is suspected. The changes also refined the age range of children to whom sections of the act apply and address violations and enforcement of the act.

Sen. Mulroe, chairman of the Senate Public Health Committee, co-sponsored the legislation with Rep. Robyn Gabel (D-Evanston). Mulroe said the new provisions reflect current federal and industry standards necessary for Illinois to be eligible for federal lead abatement funding.

“Even though lead poisoning has declined, children in metropolitan areas and in public or private housing built before 1978 are still at risk for lead poisoning,” Sen. Mulroe said. “Continuing to improve prevention efforts and tracking blood lead levels can help us keep reducing and potentially eliminate exposure.”

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, dust and soil contaminated with lead from old paint, leaded gasoline emissions, lead pipes, paint and dust from old toys, furniture, hobby materials and children’s metal jewelry are the most common causes of lead poisoning in children.

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