Culture

Today in History: February 14 1929

Sir Alexander Fleming on this day in 1929 left a plate of staphylococcus bacteria uncovered, and he noticed that a mold that had fallen on the culture had killed many of the bacteria. He identified the mold as penicillium notatum, similar to the kind found on bread. Fleming introduced his mold by-product called penicillin to cure bacterial infections which was undoubtedly one of the greatest developments in health and medicine.
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Reed, Health, & Water Infrastructure Officials Taking Steps to Protect RIers & Prevent Drinking Water Problems Like Those in Flint, Michigan

PROVIDENCE, RI -- In an effort to ensure that tap water in Rhode Island remains clean and safe to drink, Senator Jack Reed today met with local, state, and federal officials at the Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank to ensure water problems like those in Flint, Michigan don’t spout up in Rhode Island. “Investing in clean water infrastructure must be a priority and the federal government needs to be a reliable partner when it comes to maintaining healthy, safe water in our communities. I am proud to have secured federal funding to help modernize our water infrastructure, reduce pollution, and protect…
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Events

Join Us for LPR’s 5K Walk/Run & Health Fair

join LPR for its first 5k run/walk and health fair LPR's 5K Run/Walk & Health Fair is right around the corner. On Saturday, August 22nd, 2015 at Roger William's Park Temple to Music, Latino Public Radio will host their very first 5K event. “Take One Step At A Time On The Road to Wellness” We believe this slogan encompasses what we at LPR are trying to achieve with our audience.  By hosting the 5K Run/Walk & Heath Fair we have the opportunity to continue promoting health, education and overall wellness by creating an experience that will give our community the tools they…
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US News

CVS stops selling tobacco, offers quit-smoking programs

CVS Caremark plans to stop selling tobacco products in all of its stores starting Wednesday — a move health experts hope will be followed by other major drugstore chains. CVS announced in February that it planned to drop tobacco by Oct. 1 as the sales conflicted with its health care mission. To bolster its image as a health care company, CVS will announce a corporate name change to CVS Health. Retail stores will still be called CVS/Pharmacy. CVS, which has 7,700 retail locations, is the second-largest drugstore chain in the USA, behind Walgreens. It manages the pharmacy benefits for 65…
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Flu Declared Widespread in Rhode Island Again; Masking Requirement In Effect For Unvaccinated Healthcare Workers

Providence: Director of Health Michael Fine, MD today declared the flu to be widespread again in Rhode Island. This declaration triggers the requirement that healthcare workers who have not been vaccinated against the flu wear surgical masks during direct patient contact. Rhode Island is seeing a second wave of flu that is even more intense than the first. The dominant strains in this late-season wave have been H3N2 -- which has a great impact on the elderly -- and influenza B. The majority of the 13 flu-related deaths this season have been people in their 80s and 90s. There have…
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Brown Medical Student Katie Brooks, MD

Katie Brooks is this week's Medical Apprentice. She speaks fluent Spanish and said that she decided to become a doctor later in life. While in college she majored in Political Science, taking classes in sociology and Hispanic Studies. She also worked as a social worker in Philadelphia, working primarily with AIDs patients. Through her interactions with these patients and their doctors, she decided that medical school was a good choice for her. Katie combines her educational and work experience into her work as a doctor and believe it shapes the way in which she executes her profession. Katie explains that…
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Influenza Deaths Climb; H3N2 taking toll on elderly

Providence: Thirteen people, most of them in their 80s and 90s, have died from influenza this season, many since the arrival of the H3N2 strain of flu in late March. Rhode Island is also seeing cases of Type B strains recently. There have been 392 hospitalizations, with 40 of those occuring in the last week with a spike in influenza activity, as part of a the late season second wave of influenza disease. “Thirteen Rhode Islanders have died from influenza this season, and the number of hospitalizations due to influenza has increased, with much of the activity occurring in the…
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Traumatic Experiences Can Be Inherited From Parent to Child

Can a traumatic experience, or any change in our lifestyle be transmitted genetically to our children? This phenomenon, called Epigenetic inheritance has been linked in a multitude of diseases, from obesity to psychiatric problems like bipolar disorder where there is a gene that is clearly identified. But up to this date, no mechanism by which this occurs has been identified. A team of scientists from the Institute of Brain Research at the University of Zurich Switzerland, offer the key in the magazine "Nature Neuroscience". Their work suggests that the environment leaves traces in the brain, organs and also in the gametes. And that it is through small fragments of RNA of…
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New Software Can Age the Face of a Child

In less than a minute, a child's face can be aged to show what he or she will look like when older. Researchers at the University of Washington have developed a software that automatically generates images of the face of a young child to age through life. The technique is the first fully automated approach for the aging of the image of a person since it is baby to an adult that works with bad lighting, expressions and poses. Ira Kemelmacher-Shlizerman, Professor of computer science and engineering, explains that aging very young children from a single photo is considered very difficult. "We took photos of children in…
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Community

Diabetes Awareness and Health Screening Initiative

Diabetes in the state of RI has increased in the past five decades and it is predicted that the numbers will continue to rise, especially among African American and Hispanic populations. Diabetes remains a chronic disease with no known cure, and without proper control and observations it can have a deep impact on a person's health and quality of life. Yet when managed correctly, health outcomes do improve and certain risk factors of the disease can be prevented.   On Wednesday, April 2, 2014 help kickoff a new initiative. Light refreshments will be offered at 10:00am, and the program will…
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