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Heroin Overdose Deaths Are A Public Safety Issue, Eric Holder

Concerned about the increase in heroin overdose deaths , Attorney General of the United States, Eric Holder, called for increased efforts to fight what he considered an "urgent public health crisis." In a video released Monday, Holder said the increased efforts include not only law enforcement, but also treatment and efforts to keep people away from the deadly drug . "It is clear that opium addiction is urgent - and - growing public health crisis. Which is why the authorities of the Department of Justice and other local leaders, state and federal code, are fighting it aggressively" Holder said, adding…
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A New Blood Test May be Able to Predict Alzheimer’s 3 Years Before Onset

A new blood test could detect with 90 % accuracy whether a person will develop Alzheimer's or mild cognitive impairment three years in advance, according to a study released by the journal Nature Medicine. The research, conducted by a group of experts from the Georgetown University Medical Center in the Washington DC, found that some changes observed in the blood may mean that the patient is suffering from Alzheimer's in its earliest stage. Scientists examined for five years over 70,525 healthy people and identified ten main phospholipids which could be used to predict whether patients will develop mild cognitive impairment…
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HealthSource RI to Open Temporary Contact Center in Warwick

PROVIDENCE – HealthSource RI, the state’s health benefits exchange, will open a temporary satellite Contact Center at 250A Centerville Road in Warwick. The temporary location will open Monday, March 10, and will remain open until the end of April. HealthSource RI will open the satellite center to provide a convenient alternative walk-in location to Rhode Islanders from communities outside the immediate Providence area. The Warwick center will be open seven days a week, from 8 to 9 , Monday through Saturday and from noon to 6 on Sunday. Consumers interested in learning more about health care coverage options available through…
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Scientists Warn That Climate Change Could Increase Malaria Cases

Malaria affects millions of people every year. A group of British scientists and researchers warned that climate change could bring a significant increase in cases of malaria around the world, as well as the spread of the disease to mountainous areas of Africa and South America. The study, published in the journal Science, says that even a small increase in temperature in the future could result in millions of cases of disease. The researchers found evidence that mosquitoes that transmit the disease are moved to higher ground as the temperature rises. People living in high altitude areas lack adequate immune…
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Scientists Successfully Reprogram HIV Cells

In the world there is a very small group of people who is immune to the HIV virus that causes AIDS . For years, scientists have attempted to replicate this natural resistance. Now researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, in the United States, managed to genetically engineer the immune cells of 12 patients with HIV to make them resistant to the virus. Using a relatively new techniques, scientists edited the genome of the cells in the immune system and removed a protein that makes most people susceptible to the virus. To do this, patients who participated in the research published…
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Local Hospitals Contacting Patients Who May Have Been Exposed to Measles

The Rhode Island Department of Health is reporting that both Rhode Island Hospital and Roger Williams Medical Center are working to notify patients who may have been exposed to measles. On February 25, a man was treated at Roger Williams Medical Center for a sore throat and fever. He was then seen on the 28th at a CVS Minute Clinic in North Attleboro for a rash. That same day the patient was sent to Rhode Island Hospital. Any patients who were in the Emergency Room on the Friday, February 28th between 5:30 and 3:30 Saturday may have been exposed. The hospitals…
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Older Men Are Linked to Diseases In Children

A wide variety of diseases and psychological disorders in school-age children are linked to the fact that they are children of older men. So says an extensive joint investigation by Indiana University and the Karolinska Institute in Sweden where million people were studied. The researchers noted that these diseases are caused by mutations in sperm in older men. Among the diseases that were included in the study, high rates of autism, bipolar depression, schizophrenia, attention deficit disorder with hyperactivity among others were reported. This study has been defined as one of the most comprehensive and rigorous on the topic.
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Polio-like Symptoms Seen In California

Within the last eighteen months, a small group of children have been admitted to hospitals in California  with polio-like symptoms, but without the disease. Cases have occurred in a diameter of 100 miles,  so the research team does not believe the virus outbreak represents a single or group. However, the possibility remains that many more could be infected and not have developed serious symptoms , such as what happens with polio. The patients displayed severe weakness or paralysis that appeared quickly, sometimes after breathing problems. The scans done to the spinal cord showed damage, similar to what is seen in…
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Drug overdose takes seven more lives

Rhode Island - Rhode Island Health officials say 7 more people died from drug overdose in 5 days, bringing the total deaths so far this year to 45. Dr. Michael Fine, Director of the Department of Health of Rhode Island, announced the deaths on Wednesday during a community meeting on the prevention of overdose held at the Miriam Hospital in Providence and attended by police and health authorities. Fine said the painkiller, fentanyl is available only by prescription, was detected in the blood of 28 people who died. Fentanyl is blamed for dozens of overdose deaths recently reported in the…
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The Learning Community and Collaborators Receive $75,000 Blue Cross Grant to Lead Nutrition and Physical Activity Program for Youth & Families

CENTRAL FALLS, RI (February18, 2014) – Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) announced today that it has awarded The Learning Community, a K-8 public charter school serving Central Falls, Providence and Pawtucket, a $75,000 grant to fund Not Just Gym, a nutrition and physical activity program to engage students and their families in a lifelong commitment to exercise and healthy living. In collaboration with local partners, The Apeiron Institute for Sustainable Living and Shri Yoga Studios’ Shri Service Corps, The Learning Community will use funding for Not Just Gym to deepen their health and fitness programs. New…
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