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Newport Hospital promotes Jeffrey Gaines, M.D., of Barrington, to serve as chief medical officer

NEWPORT, Newport Hospital has appointed Jeffrey Gaines, , a veteran of the hospital’s emergency department, to serve as vice president of medical affairs and chief medical officer, effective July 1. Hospital President Crista F. Durand announced on Tuesday, April 16 that Gaines will succeed Thomas M. McGue, , who served as the chief medical officer from 2013 until January 2019. “After a national search, Dr. Gaines emerged as the top talent to help champion our mission and move our quality platform forward,” said Durand. “His energy, vision and leadership skills, combined with his thorough understanding of the culture of Newport…
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Education

DC Nonprofit Helps Disadvantaged Children Learn Tennis, Life Skills

VOA NEWS-Faiza Elmasry WASHINGTON — After a long day at school, 10-year-old Andrea Nichelson likes to play tennis. She’s been doing this for five years now, and she loves it. “What I like most about tennis is the game. It really gets my attention than anything I do. It brings up the fire in me,” she said. She’s one of about 900 kids in the nation’s capital who benefit from the free services offered by the Washington Tennis and Education Foundation (WTEF). The foundation started in 1955 to give children ages 8 to 18 an opportunity to play tennis and gain a variety…
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Health

Langevin Votes to Reauthorize Violence Against Women Act

Bill adds stronger protections for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault WASHINGTON – Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) issued the following statement today after voting to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), legislation that improves services available to survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking . It passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 263-158. “Domestic violence and sexual assault are problems in every community, in every state. Despite the progress made since VAWA was first enacted, instances of abuse remain far too commonplace. “This reauthorization strengthens support for survivors and increases accountability for abusers. It…
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FDA Reports Some E-cigarette Users Are Having Seizures

Most Reports Involving Youth and Young Adults The Food and Drug and Administration (FDA) has become aware that some people who use e-cigarettes have experienced seizures, with most reports involving young people. The FDA and poison control centers receive voluntary adverse experience reports about tobacco products. After examining reports between 2010 and early 2019, the FDA determined that there were 35 reported cases of seizures mentioning use of e-cigarettes within that timeframe. Due to the voluntary nature of these case reports, there may be more instances of seizure in e-cigarette users than have been ; Seizures have been reported among…
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Langevin, McMorris Rodgers Lead Bipartisan Bill to Strengthen Support for Family Caregivers

Legislation would authorize $200 million over the next five years for the Lifespan Respite Care Program WASHINGTON – Representatives Jim Langevin (D-RI) and Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) today introduced the Lifespan Respite Care Reauthorization Act of 2019, a bipartisan bill that would authorize $200 million in funding over the next five years to continue building coordinated respite services for families caring for loved ones with chronic, disabling conditions. Langevin originally authored and introduced the Lifespan Respite Care Act in 2002, and he served as the lead Democratic sponsor when it was signed into law in 2006. “Caring for a loved one in…
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Community

Red Cross Calls for Volunteers to Install Free Smoke Alarms

Local events are part of national effort to install 100,000 alarms in 2 weeks PROVIDENCE, RI., April 2, 2019—The American Red Cross in Rhode Island seeks volunteers to help install 100,000 FREE smoke alarms during a two-week push of Sound the Alarm home fire safety events next month. People can register now at ;to volunteer at home fire safety and smoke alarm installation event in Greater Providence on Saturday, May 11 and raise donations to help save lives from home fires. These crises are the nation’s most frequent disaster and kill seven people each day—often in homes without working smoke alarms. “Neighbors vulnerable to home fires…
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Reed Statement on Trump’s Efforts to Strike Down All Affordable Care Act Protections

WASHINGTON, DC -- In its efforts to eliminate the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Trump Administration has now gone a major step further in asking the courts to throw out the entire law, which includes critical protections for people with pre-existing conditions. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), a strong supporter of the ACA, today warned that if the Trump Administration’s legal strategy succeeds and the courts dismantle the ACA, then millions of consumers would likely lose health care coverage or face higher ; Reed stated: “This is proof that President Trump was being dishonest when he tweeted last fall: “Republicans will totally protect…
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Health

DNC on Trump DOJ’s Latest Attack on Health Care

DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement after it was reported that the Justice Department issued a new filing in lawsuit challenging the individual mandate that calls on courts to strike down the entire Affordable Care Act: “Donald Trump and Republicans are obsessed with taking health care away from millions of Americans. For nearly a decade, Republicans have tried and failed to kill the ACA. This filing moves them one step closer to throwing the financial security and peace of mind of millions – not to mention one of the largest sectors of our economy – into a tailspin.…
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Health

South Africa’s Liberal Abortion Laws Hampered by Widespread Stigma

VOA NEWS- Anita Powell RUSTENBURG, SOUTH AFRICA — Twenty-six-year-old Precious, as she has asked us to call her to protect her identity, is 16 weeks pregnant. And so is her best friend, also by Precious’ boyfriend. That event turned her life upside down and brought her to the difficult decision to seek an abortion. She lives in South Africa, where abortion is legal without justification and available through a nurse through 12 weeks of pregnancy, and legal up to 20 weeks, when done by a doctor and with justification. But when she tried to get an abortion in her home city…
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Health

EU Parliament Urged to Strip ExxonMobil Lobbyists of Access Badges

VOA NEWS- Agence France-Presse BRUSSELS — The European Parliament faced calls Thursday to strip ExxonMobil lobbyists of their access badges after the US oil giant missed the assembly's first hearing into claims it knowingly misled the public on climate change. Greens deputy Molly Scott Cato told the hearing in Brussels she would formally make the request later Thursday to deny ExxonMobil its six registered parliament access badges. Activists and scientists told the hearing that ExxonMobil has for decades misled the public about the threat climate change poses to the world, comparing it the tobacco lobby's past campaign. Under parliamentary rules, Cato…
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