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CVS Caremark to Stop Selling Tobacco at all CVS/pharmacy Locations

WOONSOCKET, , Feb. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --CVS Caremark (NYSE: CVS) announced today that it will stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products at its more than 7,600 CVS/pharmacy stores across the by October 1, 2014, making CVS/pharmacy the first national pharmacy chain to take this step in support of the health and well-being of its patients and customers. "Ending the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products at CVS/pharmacy is the right thing for us to do for our customers and our company to help people on their path to better health," said Larry J. Merlo, President and CEO, CVS Caremark.…
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Sugar and Its Link to Increased Heart Disease

There is a consensus among experts that the average US diet contains too much added sugar. In other words, added sugar is the kind that does not occur naturally and is introduced during food processing. A new study published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine found that eating added sugar increased a person's risk of dying as a result of cardiovascular disease. “Compared with those who consumed approximately percent of calories from added sugar, participants who consumed approximately 17 percent to 21 percent … of calories from added sugar had a 38 percent higher risk of CVD mortality,” Dr. Quanhe Yang,…
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Massachusetts Grants 20 Medical Marijuana Dispensary Licenses

Last November voters approved a ballot initiative to legalize medical marijuana in the state of Massachusetts. Now it has granted the first 20 dispensary licenses across 10 of its 14 counties. Despite being permitted to award up to 35 licenses, the state has only decided to grant 20, leaving many wondering about the Registered Marijuana Dispensary Selection Committee's strategies. Despite being awarded a license, these companies will still have to pass a final inspection by the state health department and must comply with local requirements before opening. There are still mixed feeling among residents about medical marijuana. Some local officials…
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‘Invisible Group’ of Teens Could Face Psychiatric Risks

Anxiety and depression are just a few of the mental health conditions that teens who use substances experience when compared to teens who do not use substances. But according to a new study, certain lifestyle habits could contribute to psychiatric risks. Researchers from the Karolinska Institutet found that there is an "invisible risk" group of teens. They tend to be characterized by high media use, low exercise levels, and low sleep. These teens have a higher risk of psychiatric conditions, such as anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts, The study included 12,000 teens from 11 different European countries. The teens were…
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HEALTH Announces First Flu Deaths of the Season

The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) reports today that two influenza-related deaths occurred in January, the state’s first two of the 2013-2014 flu season. The first individual, a male in his 50s who had underlying medical conditions, died on January 1. The second individual was a male in his 80s who also had underlying medical conditions and passed away on January 25. The delay in reporting the deaths was a result of the time needed to conduct tests to confirm that the flu was the cause of death. “This is a very sad reminder that influenza is a serious…
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Clay Pell RI Gubernatorial Candidate tiene una buena táctica – has a Good Strategy: Spanish

Pell interview Fue en Español - Yes. Pell is hoping to win over a large chunk of Latino voters by speaking to them directly – en Español Pell interview LPR No candidate for governor currently has a Spanish-language campaign website Clay Pell 2014 Campaign Launch Video QUESTIONS FOR CLAY PELL IN “HABLEMOS” 02/01/14 WRNI-LATINO PUBLIC RADIO 1- WHO IS CLAY PELL AND WHY DO YOU WANT TO BE GOVERNOR? WHAT QUALIFES YOU FOR THE POSITION? 2- MANY PEOPLE QUESTION THE FACT THAT YOU HAVE NOT LIVED IN RI MOST OF YOUR LIFE, AND IF NOT FOR YOUR NAME WE WOULD…
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Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island Opens Up Recruitment

Pawtucket, RI - Can aspirin prolong a healthy life? Researchers at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island are recruiting trying to find out. The Aspirin in Reducing Events in the Elderly (ASPREE) study aims to assess whether aspirin can not only prolong life, but a life free of physical disability and/ or dementia for healthy older people. This study's sponsor is The National Institute on Aging and Memorial’s Principal Investigator is Charles Eaton, MD, Director, Center for Primary Care and Prevention. This study is investigating whether the potential benefits of aspirin in reducing the risk of heart attack, stroke, memory loss,…
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Memorial Hospital of RI Employee Installed As President

Pawtucket, RI -  Ewa Dzwierzynski, PharmD, BCPS, BCNSP, pharmacy site manager at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, was installed as the President of the Rhode Island Society of Health-System Pharmacists (RISHP) on Saturday, January 25th at the 45th RISHP Annual Installation Dinner held at the Renaissance Providence Hotel. Presiding over the event was Gerry Meyer, PharmD, MBA, FASHP, President of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Ewa served as the President-Elect for RISHP and, prior to that, as the Director for Legislation. She will serve as the President for the coming year and will then serve the following year as…
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Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island Participates in 2014 Corporate Equality Index Score of 90 reflects company-wide commitment to a diverse and inclusive workplace

PROVIDENCE, RI (January 27, 2014) –  Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) received a score of 90 out of 100 on the 2014 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and relating to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. BCBSRI’s score reflects a commitment to LGBT workplace equality with respect to tangible policies, benefits, and practices. BCBSRI was recognized for its workplace practices including a non-discrimination policy, providing protections to LGBT employees, and offering employee health benefits to spouses and domestic partners. …
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The new health insurance marketplace extends date

Rhode Island - The new health insurance marketplace in Rhode Island says it will accept late registrations for coverage starting next month. Thursday was the official deadline to register and pay the first month's premium for plans offered by HealthSource RI coverage from 01 February. But the final entries and payments will be accepted until 29 eneroHealthSource RI has 11,770 people enrolled in private plans from 1 October, when the market opened, and on 4 January. A federal registration objective of 12,000 was established through the end of the first registration period to 31 March. One third of the members…
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