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Segunda oleada de influenza azota a EE.UU.

VOA News AP Una segunda oleada de influenza azota a Estados Unidos convirtiendo a la actual temporada en una de las peores para los niños en una década. La cifra de muertes infantiles y la tasa de hospitalización de niños son las más altas registradas en esta fecha para cualquier temporada desde el severo brote de influenza de 2009-2010, dijeron el viernes funcionarios de salud. Y la oleada podría durar semanas. Los expertos dicen que es quizá un mal momento para una temporada larga de influenza debido a las inquietudes causadas por el nuevo coronavirus surgido en China, cuyos síntomas…
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US Prepares for Second Wave of Flu as Coronavirus Fears Rise

By VOA News health officials are preparing for a second wave of the winter flu season, complicated this year by similarities between flu symptoms and those of the coronavirus that has killed more than 1,500 in China and spread fear around the ; A first round of seasonal flu, caused by a strain of influenza B, named B-Victoria for the city in which it was discovered, peaked in the United States in late December and then dropped off, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.   However, the CDC says a second round of flu began in late January,…
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Climate vs. Economy: Four Lessons From a Year of Reporting

VOA News By Steve Baragona Does fighting climate change mean wrecking the economy?  That's the question my editor posed to me about a year ago. It has been the focus of my reporting ever ; The rhetoric from climate change skeptics suggests it would. President Donald Trump has made canceling Obama-era greenhouse gas regulations a central part of his tenure. Economic rationales are always front and ; Meanwhile, Democratic presidential candidates say they will create millions of jobs by transforming the energy system to carbon-free ; Job killer or job creator? Leaving aside for the moment the fact that climate change…
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Passengers on Wuhan Flights Shrug at ‘Temperature and a Form’ Screenings

VOA News By Michelle Quinn SAN FRANCISCO - health officials began screening at three airports — here, Los Angeles and New York — of passengers traveling from Wuhan, a city in central China, where a viral pneumonia has spread. As of Saturday, the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission said four more people were diagnosed with the virus. The total number of cases stands at 62, with five people in serious condition, 19 people who have been discharged and the rest in stable condition. Two people have died, officials said. On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it would send 100 people…
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Langevin Votes to Lower Prescription Drug Prices

WASHINGTON -- Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) today voted in favor of 3, the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act. The bill, which passed the House by a vote of 230-192, aims to provide relief to Americans struggling with high prescription drug prices by allowing Medicare to negotiate with pharmaceutical companies to achieve price reductions. The bill would also establish a new out-of-pocket expense limit for people on Medicare and enables taxpayer savings that will be reinvested into expanding Medicare benefits to include vision, dental, and hearing, addressing addiction, and researching new cures and treatments. “Every American should be able to…
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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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