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Black And Latino Children Have More Health Problems Than Whites

Black and Latino schoolchildren in the United States have "substantial inequalities" in their health compared with whites, according to a study published today in the magazine ' New England Journal of Medicine'. The research, funded by the Center for Disease Prevention and Control, led at Children's Hospital in Boston, and focused on the socio-economic conditions and health risks of children in the fifth school year in different regions of the country. The study found that the children of all ethnic groups have better health if their parents have higher education and higher income, or if they have had the advantage of attending certain schools. Although white…
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AG Kilmartin Submits Legislation Requiring National Background Checks for Personal Care Attendants

Citing patient safety and the need for the proper tools to fight Medicaid fraud, Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin has submitted legislation that would require national background checks and licenses for personal care attendants. The legislation – H7442, sponsored by Representative Eileen Naughton (D-District 21, Warwick) is scheduled to be heard before the House Committee on Health, Education and Welfare today, Wednesday, March 19, 2014. The senate companion bill (S2665) is sponsored by Senator Frank S. Lombardi (D-District 26, Cranston). Under the Global Medicaid Waiver, the State of Rhode Island received permission from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid to…
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Teen Zombies invade Downtown Providence as Part of National Kick Butts Day

With the first-ever Rhode Island Zombie Walk, the Rhode Island Department of Health's Tobacco Control Program, Tobacco Free Rhode Island, Tobacco Free Providence, and local teens affirmed their commitment to finding innovative ways to reduce tobacco use. Dozens of teens from across Rhode Island gathered to motivate smokers to quit—zombie style! Dressed as the zombies of dead smokers, the teens marched from the State House to Kennedy Plaza to offer tobacco users information on how to quit. Cancerous lesions on their faces and stomas on their necks helped the teens make a dramatic statement about the effects of tobacco-related disease.…
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New Method Detects Early Stage Pancreatic Cancer

Researchers from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, developed a new method to diagnose early cancer of the pancreas. "We have high hopes that the method allows us to detect early cases (...) in a phase in which cancer can still be treated or stopped", declared a doctor of Sahlgrenska University hospital in Gothenburg, Karolina Jabbar. It is like an ordinary endoscopy, with the difference being that a tube emits an ultrasound and allows you to see the organ much better to remove fluid. This is very valuable because doctors can determine what stage the cancer is at. This procedure, which allows…
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Doctors Reconstruct A Face Using a 3D Printer

A British man whose face was severely injured in a motorcycle accident underwent facial reconstruction surgery made ​​using three-dimensional printer parts. Stephen Power, 29, has become the first person to be operated with this technology . Power two years ago had an accident with his motorcycle and although wearing a helmet, the upper jaw, nose, and cheekbones broke and he suffered a fractured skull. After spending four months in the hospital, he came out with a partially disfigured face hiding behind hats and sunglasses . To return to his usual appearance, first a three-dimensional model of Power's skull was created…
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New Device Can Reduce or Prevent Migraines

Cefaly is a band that is worn on the forehead and sends electric shocks to one of the nerves of the brain. The invention developed by a Belgian company, has just received approval from the Food and Drug Administration ( FDA), after several studies, the institution considered it safe and effective in the prevention and treatment of migraines. Using Cefaly is very simple, the band goes on the forehead and just above the ears standing. When activated, electrical impulses are sent to the the trigeminal nerve associated with migraine attacks. In a high percentage of patients, the result after a period…
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Being Born Small or Premature Can Lead to Infertility

It is increasingly clear that fetal development influences subsequent life events. Since the cardiovascular risk to the possibilities of developing different diseases may be influenced by what has been experienced in the womb or shortly after leaving it. Now, a study published in the journal BMJ Open, shows that the physical characteristics of girls at birth can affect the chances of being infertile when they become older . Specifically, the study says, a birth weight less than expected (low weight for gestational age) or smaller in size could double the risk of not being able to have children as adults.…
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New WHO Guidelines for Sugar Intake

The World Health Organization (WHO ) wants you to stop eating too much sugar. Based on new guidelines proposed this week, WHO is encouraging people to consume less than 5% of their total daily calories from sugars. Current guidelines from the organization, published in 2002, recommend consuming less than 10% of total daily calories from sugars. "There is growing concern that consumption of sugars, particularly in the form of sweetened beverages ... may result in an increase of total caloric intake , leading to an unhealthy diet , weight gain and increased risk of noncommunicable diseases" the WHO said in…
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A New Blood Test May be Able to Predict Alzheimer’s 3 Years Before Onset

A new blood test could detect with 90 % accuracy whether a person will develop Alzheimer's or mild cognitive impairment three years in advance, according to a study released by the journal Nature Medicine. The research, conducted by a group of experts from the Georgetown University Medical Center in the Washington DC, found that some changes observed in the blood may mean that the patient is suffering from Alzheimer's in its earliest stage. Scientists examined for five years over 70,525 healthy people and identified ten main phospholipids which could be used to predict whether patients will develop mild cognitive impairment…
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HealthSource RI to Open Temporary Contact Center in Warwick

PROVIDENCE – HealthSource RI, the state’s health benefits exchange, will open a temporary satellite Contact Center at 250A Centerville Road in Warwick. The temporary location will open Monday, March 10, and will remain open until the end of April. HealthSource RI will open the satellite center to provide a convenient alternative walk-in location to Rhode Islanders from communities outside the immediate Providence area. The Warwick center will be open seven days a week, from 8 to 9 , Monday through Saturday and from noon to 6 on Sunday. Consumers interested in learning more about health care coverage options available through…
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