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Make Health A Part of Your Thanksgiving

The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) encourages Rhode Islanders to take steps to make health a part of their holiday this Thanksgiving. Handling and preparing your food properly can help keep you and your family safe. Be sure to: Wash your hands before and after preparing or eating food. This is especially important if you have been handling raw wash counters, cutting boards, and utensils with warm, soapy water after they touch raw turkey. Use a separate cutting board for raw turkey and other raw meats if possible. Washing turkey before cooking is not raw meat and their juices…
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Cicilline, Nadler Introduce Bill to Lower Prescription Drug Costs

WASHINGTON – House Antitrust Subcommittee Chair David N. Cicilline (RI-01) and Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (NY-10) introduced The Affordable Prescriptions for Patients Through Promoting Competition Act of 2019 ( 5133) today to prohibit pharmaceutical companies from engaging in anticompetitive “product hopping.” The bill is scheduled to be marked up in the Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. “Big pharmaceutical companies have done everything they can to increase their profits regardless of who it affects. Their CEOs make millions in bonuses ever year while hardworking folks are forced to ration their medicine just so they can put food on the table for their…
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Drug Companies Reach $215 Million Settlement in US Opioid Case

By VOA News A major pharmaceutical company and three of the biggest drug distributors in the have reached a $260 million settlement with two counties in Ohio to avoid a trial over their role in the deadly opioid addiction crisis gripping America. The deal, struck Monday, came just hours before the opening arguments in a court in Cleveland, Ohio. The case has been viewed as a harbinger for similar lawsuits filed by more than  2,700 local and state governments across the country in hopes of recouping damages from the crisis. Drug distributors McKesson, Cardinal Health and AmerisourceBergen will pay $215…
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Whole Foods Market Recalling Dorset Cheese

The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) is advising consumers that Whole Foods Market stores in the northeast are recalling Dorset cheese because of a potential contamination of Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria monocytogenesis an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, pregnant women and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages, stillbirths and fetal infection among pregnant women. The affected product was sold at Whole Foods Market stores in Connecticut, Maine,…
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Rhode Islanders Urged to Take Precautions in Potter Pond

Warning comes after several people report jellyfish stings The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) is advising members of the public to take precautions when in Potter Pond in South Kingstown after five people were treated in the emergency department over the past three days for jellyfish ’ symptoms and their descriptions of the jellyfish suggest that they could have been stung by clinging jellyfish (Gonionemus vertens). This is a species that can have a very powerful wading through the pond, especially near aquatic vegetation, should wear boots or waders, and protective clothing. Clinging jellyfish are not known to inhabit…
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Food Bank & local businesses team up for summer food drive

PROVIDENCE, RI – On Tuesday, June 25, the Rhode Island Community Food Bank launched the 2019 Summer Food Drive to address the need for food assistance, particularly for children, all summer ; This year the Summer Food Drive was given a boost by Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, whose CEO Kim Keck announced a $10,000 donation to the Food Bank to acquire and distribute food this ; In addition, the staff at Blue Cross collected more than 3,600 pounds of snacks for kids during their Summer Snackdown. As Keck explained, “No child should experience hunger, especially during…
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BLACKSTONE VALLEY COMMUNITY HEALTH CARE DEDICATES NEIGHBORHOOD HEALTH CENTER TO CENTRAL FALLS COMMUNITY

47,000 S/F Neighborhood Health Station Centralizes Affordable Medical Services in One Location CENTRAL FALLS, RHODE ISLAND, June 17, 2019: The people of Central Falls had a reason to celebrate as dignitaries, elected officials, donors, medical staff and clients gathered to officially dedicate the Blackstone Valley Community Health Care’s Neighborhood Health Station to the community of Central Falls. With the Robertico Arias Y Alebreke salsa band in the background, the group celebrated the completion of a 22-month construction process and the transformation of a parking lot into a 47,000 s/f medical home to diagnosticians, a pharmacy, dentists and medical professionals, ready…
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Más de 100 personas reciben ayuda a la adicción en estaciones seguras de Providence

La ciudad de Providence y el departamento de bomberos lanzaron el programa estaciones seguras en enero del 2018, los adictos a las drogas llegan a las estaciones de bomberos que están abiertas las 24 horas, y son conectados con agencias que le brinda ayuda a la adicción. Adrienne Wood llego a una estación segura para buscar ayuda a la adicción a los opioides, ella resulto herida en un accidente automovilístico en la florida y le recetaron medicamentos para el , este programa me pude recuperar y sigo recibiendo ayuda.
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Delta Dental Clinic Opens at Blackstone Valley Community Health Care

CENTRAL FALLS, — The Delta Dental Clinic at Blackstone Valley Community Health Care (BVCHC) officially opened today during a ribbon-cutting event celebrating the dedication of Blackstone Valley Community Health Care’s Neighborhood Health Station to the Central Falls community. The state-of-the-art Dental Clinic, which provides critical oral health care to those in the Central Falls area, was established with a significant grant from the Delta Dental of Rhode Island Fund at the Rhode Island Foundation over the last four years. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, also with Representative David Cicilline and Central Falls Mayor James Diossa, attended the ribbon-cutting event.…
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Trial Begins in Oklahoma Lawsuit Against Opioid Maker Johnson & Johnson

State's attorney Brad Beckworth delivers an opening statement during the opioid trial at the Cleveland County Courthouse in Norman, Oklahoman, May 28, 2019. VOA NEWS A civil lawsuit brought by the state of Oklahoma against drugmaker Johnson & Johnson went to trial Tuesday over the company's alleged role in the opioid epidemic. The first-of-its-kind trial, which holds opioid manufacturers responsible for the drug crisis gripping the country, could have a large impact on other states seeking similar compensation. In opening statements, Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter called the prescription opioid epidemic the "worst man-made public health crisis in the history of our…
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