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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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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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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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