Health

Measles Cases Surge Globally Putting Many Lives at Risk

GENEVA — The World Health Organization (WHO) says that measles outbreaks and deaths are surging globally, putting years of progress made in reducing the killer disease at risk. The WHO is calling for urgent action to stop the spread of the highly contagious but fully preventable disease. The WHO says a safe, effective vaccine, which has been around for 50 years, has protected millions of children. But WHO Director of Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals Katherine O’Brien says progress is at risk because of the failure to vaccinate many children in all regions of the world. “Measles as a virus is one…
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More Than 1 Billion People Risk Hearing Loss from Loud Music

VOA News/Lisa Schlein GENEVA, SWITZERLAND —  agencies warn that more than 1 billion people ages 12 to 35 risk losing their hearing from listening to loud music on their audio devices. The World Health Organization, and the International Telecommunication Union, are launching new international standards to make smartphones and other devices safer for listening. Listening to music is one of life’s greatest pleasures. health experts say they do not want to deprive younger people of the enjoyable experience of listening to music regularly on their headphones. But they warn listening to loud music is unsafe and can cause permanent damage…
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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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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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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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