March is Hemophilia Awareness Month.
In 1986, President Ronald Reagan designated the month of March as Hemophilia Awareness Month to bring awareness and attention to those living
with a bleeding disorder. Hemophilia Federation of America (HFA) along with chapter organizations across the country commemorates March as National
Hemophilia Awareness Month.
Hemophilia is a sex-linked, hereditary blood clotting disorder that affects about 19,000 people nation-wide. In about one-third of the cases,
there is no family history of the disorder.
LifeScience Moment: The U.S. Senate authorized the National Academy of Sciences to investigate methods of Federal aid in discovering a cure for cancer.
On March 7, 1928, Senator Matthew Neely (D) of West Virginia introduced S. 3554, "To authorize the National Academy of Sciences to investigate
the means and methods for affording Federal aid in discovering a cure for cancer and for other purposes.
On Febrary 4, 1927, Senator Neely proposed a bill that would offer a $5 million reward for the discovery of a cure for cancer.
Senator Neely's "reward" bill did not pass, but it was among the first in a series of proposed legislation that laid the groundwork for the 1937 National
Cancer Institute Act.
In 1937, Senator's Matthew Neely and Homer Bone, with representative Warren Magnuson, introduced the National Cancer Institute Act, which was
signed into law by Franklin Roosevelt on August 5 of that year.
It's a Small World
"When people thought the Earth was flat, they were wrong. When people thought the Earth was spherical they were wrong. But if you think that thinking the Earth is spherical is just as wrong as thinking the Earth is flat, then your view is wronger than both of them put together."
Isacc Asimov, American writer