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US Abortion Rights Supporters Rally Nationwide

VOA News Dozens of protests supporting abortion rights unfolded across the United States on Tuesday, including one held outside the Supreme Court in Washington. Gracie Burke, 19, center, a student at American University, joins other in a protest against abortion bans, May 21, 2019, outside the Supreme Court in Washington. The demonstrations targeted a recent array of anti-abortion laws being adopted by conservative state legislatures that have voiced the hope that the ensuing legal battles over the strict abortion curbs will eventually push the court to overturn its landmark 1973 decision that legalized abortion in the country. Supporters of abortion…
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CVS Health Officials Questioned Over Potential Health Care Rationing

Free Enterprise Project Probes Role of Outside Advisory Group in Determining Patient Care Woonsocket, RI/Washington, DC - CVS Health executives were asked today to clarify their partnership with a controversial organization that appears to be trying to ration patient care and distort the market for pharmaceutical pricing, potentially paving the way for a Medicare-for-All system. Free Enterprise Project (FEP) Director Justin Danhof, Esq., questioned CVS Health CEO Larry Merlo over the company's relationship with Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER), a nonprofit group that bills itself as a medical review board, at today's annual meeting of CVS Health shareholders held at the…
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Hush Recalls Anesthetic Gels, Sprays and Foam Soaps Due to Failure to Meet Child Resistant Closure Requirement; Risk of Poisoning

Recall Summary Name of Product: Hush gels, sprays and Hush foam soaps Hazard: The packaging is not child resistant as required by the Poison Prevention Packaging Act. The products contain lidocaine, posing a risk of poisoning to young children if they put the product on their skin or ingest it. Remedy: Replace, Refund Consumers should immediately place the recalled products out of the reach of children and contact Hush for a full refund, a free replacement product or free replacement child-resistant cap. Consumer Contact: Hush toll-free at 888-723-3730 from 9 to 5 ET, email online at ;and click on “Recall” for more information. Recall…
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Governor Raimondo Introduce Womazetta Jones as Nominee for Secretary of the Rhode Island Executive Office of Health and Human Services

PROVIDENCE, RI – Governor Gina M. Raimondo today announced veteran social services leader Womazetta Jones as her nominee for Secretary of the Rhode Island Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS). Jones has nearly 30 years of hands-on human services experience and is currently the Director of Social Services for Ramsey County, Minnesota. “Throughout her career Womazetta has advocated for and led the types of transformational health and human services efforts that create opportunities and improve quality of life for all people. There’s no question she will be an asset to Rhode Island,” said Governor Raimondo. “Over the past…
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Michigan Legislature to Vote to Ban Abortion Procedure

VOA News-Associated Press FILE - Supporters of Planned Parenthood rally outside a Planned Parenthood clinic in Detroit, Michigan, Feb. 11, 2017. LANSING, MICH. — Michigan's Republican-led Legislature planned to vote Tuesday to ban a common second-trimester abortion procedure, pushing ahead with legislation that would likely be vetoed by Democratic Gov. Gretchen bills would prohibit physicians from performing a "dismemberment abortion," the non-medical term for dilation and evacuation used by anti-abortion advocates, except to save a woman's life. The procedure, in which the fetus is removed with a surgical instrument such as forceps, was used in 1,777, or , of abortions…
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Jury Awards $2 Billion to Couple Claiming Roundup Weed Killer Caused Cancer

FILE - Containers of Roundup are displayed on a store shelf in San Francisco, Feb. 24, 2019. VOA News For the third time in less than a year, a jury has ruled the main ingredient in a popular weed killer caused cancer in its users. A San Francisco jury Monday awarded more than $2 billion to a couple in their 70s who say glyphosate in Roundup weed killer gave them non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The couple say they used Roundup for 35 years. Attorneys for the couple say numerous scientific studies show glyphosate led to cancer in both animal and human populations.…
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Rhode Island State Police to Participate in DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday

Colonel James M. Manni, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Director of the Department of Public Safety, announces that the Rhode Island State Police will again join other law enforcement agencies participating in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day this Saturday, April 27. This annual event, sponsored by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), is designed "to provide a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential abuse of medications." Anyone with unused, unnecessary and/or unwanted prescription medication can drop them off at designated collection sites from…
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Flu No Longer Widespread in Rhode Island

The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) has alerted healthcare providers that the flu is no longer widespread in Rhode Island, which means that healthcare workers who have not been immunized against the flu are no longer required to wear surgical masks during direct patient contact. The flu had been declared widespread in Rhode Island on January 2, 2019. 'Widespread' is the highest tier in the five-tier system that RIDOH uses to categorize flu activity in the state. "Although the flu is no longer widespread in Rhode Island, it is still present in the state. Anyone who has not been…
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Target Recalls Wooden Toy Vehicles Due to Choking Hazard

Recall Details Description: This recall includes the Bullseye’s Playground toy vehicles. The vehicles were sold individually in stores and as an 8-pack assortment ; The vehicles include a caboose, Santa in sleigh, ice cream truck/food truck, train, police car, fire truck, taxi, and digger. The item number, DPCI (model number), and UPC can all be found on a white sticker placed on the bottom of each vehicle. Item numbers included in the recall include: NameItem#DPCI (Model Number)UPCCaboose89304234-18-0100765940893043Santa in Sleigh89297234-18-0100765940892978Ice Cream Truck/Food Truck89298234-18-0100765940892985Train89301234-18-0100765940893012Police Car89303234-18-0100765940893036Firetruck89302234-18-0100765940893029Taxi89300234-18-0100765940893005Digger89299234-18-0100765940892992Toy Vehicles 8-Pack AssortmentNA234-20-0189765940893159  Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled toys away from children and return the…
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UN: Smartphones, Digital Technology Can Improve Health Care

FILE - A doctor uses a smartphone to take a photo of a child with facial deformity before surgery at the Vietnam Cuba hospital in Hanoi, Vietnam. VOA News- Lisa Schlein GENEVA — The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued its first guidelines on digital health intervention. The agency said governments can improve the health of their citizens by using digital technology to make health systems more efficient and responsive to their patients. The United Nations said 51 percent of the world's population has access to broadband internet service. Chief WHO scientist Soumya Swaminathan said increased availability and use of…
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