Health

ATTENTION SNAP Recipients

Due to the partial Federal Government Shutdown: February SNAP benefits will be issued in January Current SNAP Recipients: Your February SNAP benefits will be on your EBT card by Sunday, January 20, 2019. You will NOT get more benefits issued to your card, but you may continue to use your EBT card at any authorized retailer. Important Information about JANUARY Case Actions: If your case is not complete on January 16. 2019, approved recipients will receive your February benefits on February 1, 2019. SNAP Applications After January 15, 2019: If you apply and are approved to receive SNAP benefits on or…
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ATENCIÓN RECIBIDORES DE SNAP

Debido al cierre parcial del Gobierno Federal: Los beneficios SNAP de febrero serán emitidos en enero. Recipientes actuales de SNAP: Sus beneficios de febrero de SNAP estarán en su tarjeta EBT para el domingo 20 de enero de 2019. NO recibirá más beneficios emitidos a su tarjeta, pero puede continuar usando su tarjeta EBT en cualquier distribuidor autorizado. Información importante sobre ENERO Acciones de caso: Si su caso no está completo el 16 de enero de 2019, los beneficiarios aprobados recibirán sus beneficios de febrero el 1 de febrero de 2019. Solicitudes de SNAP después del 15 de enero de 2019: si solicita y recibe…
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RIDOH Cautions about Potential Risks of Traveling Abroad for Medical Care

The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) is reminding Rhode Islanders to be mindful of the potential risks associated with traveling to another country for medical care. Rhode Island hospitals have seen an increase in the number of Rhode Islanders who have traveled to other countries for medical procedures and returned with serious, antibiotic-resistant infections that require months to years of treatment. These infections have been associated with wounds that are painful, slow to heal, and often require draining. Such infections can also lead to permanent disfigurement. Although people travel to many countries to receive medical care, several patients with…
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Health

Rhode Island Hospital physician appointed chief of new physical medicine and rehabilitation departmen

PROVIDENCE, – Interventional physiatrist Alexios Carayannopoulos,, , FAAPMR, FAAOE, has been appointed chief of Rhode Island Hospital’s newly created physical medicine and rehabilitation department. An expert in clinical practice and research, Carayannopoulos is nationally known as a leader in both interventional spine and pain medicine.  The new department is focused on building upon existing patient programs to provide integrated, seamless patient care and to standardize care across the continuum with the goal of further reducing readmissions and improving patient outcomes. Carayannopoulos, a resident of both Barrington and Boston, serves as the medical director of the Comprehensive Spine Center at Rhode Island Hospital and Newport Hospital, and division director…
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Flu Activity Prompts Healthcare Worker Masking Requirement; Health Department Reminds Rhode Islanders of the Best Settings for Care

The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) announced today that the flu is "widespread" in Rhode Island, triggering the State's requirement for unvaccinated healthcare workers in hospitals and many other types of healthcare facilities to wear masks during direct patient contact. "The masking requirement helps protect healthcare workers from catching the flu, and helps protect patients who are often dealing with other serious health issues," said Director of Health Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH. "For people who have not been vaccinated yet, it is not too late. Flu vaccine is the single best way to keep yourself and the people you…
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10 Tips for Safer Winter Generator Usage for Home & Business Owners

Follow manufacturer’s instructions and ensure proper ventilation, says The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) Winter is here, and if your electricity goes out due to snow and ice, a generator can keep your power flowing to your home or business. The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) () , an international trade association representing small engine, utility vehicle and outdoor power equipment manufacturers and suppliers, reminds home and business owners to keep safety in mind when using generators this winter. “Not having power when you need it is frustrating, so a generator can provide emergency backup power at a reasonable cost,” says Kris…
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Education

Former West Virginia Coal Mines Turned into Carbon-sucking Forests

VOA News/Steve Baragona ELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA — Mist rises from the ripped-up and muddy earth as moist soil meets chilly morning air. This field deep within in West Virginia's Monongahela National Forest looks more like a Game of Thrones battleground than a woodlands restoration project. This is how Chris Barton is bringing forests back to Appalachia's old strip mines: with a bulldozer tearing up the soil with meter-long metal teeth. "We've had a lot of people kind of look at us twice," he laughed. Barton is a forest scientist at the University of Kentucky. On these former mines, he's found that before he…
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Red Cross Offers 25 Ways to Safely Cook and Travel this Thanksgiving

Cooking fires increase on Thanksgiving; Millions expected take to highways to visit loved ones PROVIDENCE, RI (November 14, 2018) — Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and millions of people will soon take to the road and kitchen to share the holiday with loved ones. Because Thanksgiving is a peak time for congested travel and home cooking fires, the American Red Cross asks everyone to follow the steps below to help stay safe this holiday. COOKING SAFETY Each year, Thanksgiving is one of the leading days for home cooking fires. You can help protect yourself and your family from home fires—the nation’s most frequent disaster—by…
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Community

Escasez severa de donaciones de sangre: La Cruz Roja emite unllamado inmediato a la comunidad para donar sangre y plaquetas

Durante este invierno, también se necesita coordinadores de campañas de donaciones de sangrepara evitar que estaescasez se prolongue DEDHAM, Mass. (13 de noviembre de 2018) —La Cruz Roja Americana está enfrentando una severa escasez de sangre y necesita urgentemente donaciones de sangre y plaquetaspara evitar retrasos en el cuidado médico que salvan vidas de pacientes. También hay una necesidad crítica de coordinadores voluntarios de campañas de sangre para evitar que la escasez empeore este invierno. August 27, 2017. Houston, Texas. DRO Cross employee Bob Otwell prepares blood products including FFP, Whole Blood and Platelets for distribution to nearby hospitals. These blood products…
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Family Service of Rhode Island, CODAC to support children impacted by opioid epidemic with $750,000 federal grant

Photo:  From left to right: Erin Albanese, Kate Prendergast, Sen. Jack Reed, Margaret Holland McDuff, and Sarah Kelly-Palmer Credit: Office of Sen. Jack Reed. PROVIDENCE, (November 7, 2018) — Children and youth who have been financially or emotionally impacted by their parents’ substance use disorder will now have support from a $750,000 federal grant awarded to Family Service of Rhode Island (FSRI). CODAC Behavioral Healthcare will work with FSRI to extend counseling, mentoring, and other support services as part of the Project Support Ocean State initiative, which is slated to commence immediately. The addiction of a parent and its effect on children…
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