AG Kilmartin Approves Affiliation Between LMW Healthcare (Westerly Hospital) and Yale-New Haven Health Services Corporation

RI - Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin today announced that the Office of Attorney General (RIAG) has approved, with conditions, the proposed affiliation between LMW Healthcare (Westerly Hospital) and Yale-New Haven Health Services Corporation. RIAG accepted an application from the parties for an expedited review on June 11, 2016 and held a public informational meeting concerning the affiliation on August 2, 2016. Under the Hospital Conversions Act, the Attorney General has 90 days to review and issue a decision on an expedited application. "This is the second time in three years my office has reviewed a sale of Westerly Hospital,…
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Fentanyl-related Drug Overdoses Continue to Cause Deaths in RI

RI - New overdose death data from the spring and reports from overdose survivors indicate that Rhode Island remains in the midst of a fentanyl-use crisis that is increasingly claiming victims who are unaware that the cocaine or heroin they have purchased has been altered with the synthetic drug. "Fentanyl is 30 to 50 times more lethal than heroin. Fentanyl kills and it kills quickly, often only moments after someone has snorted or injected a quantity the size of the head of a match," said Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH, Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH). "Governor Raimondo's…
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ONU advierte sobre altos niveles de contaminación del agua

Voz de América Más de 323 millones de personas en tres continents corren el riesgo de contraer enfermedades que pueden amenazar sus vidas como el cólera y la tifoidea. El programa del medio ambiente de Naciones Unidas alertó sobre altos niveles de contaminación del agua en tres continentes lo que pone en riesgo la vida de millones de personas. Según el más reciente reporte sobre la calidad del agua en el mundo, la mayor preocupación es que alrededor de 323 millones de personas están en riesgo de contraer enfermedades como el cólera o tifoidea. Pero la advertencia va más allá…
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Antibiotic Resistance Threatens Treatment of Sexually-transmitted Infections

Lisa Schlein VOA News GENEVA — The World Health Organization warns of a growing threat of antibiotic resistance to three common sexually transmitted infections. The WHO is issuing updated guidelines on treatments nations should follow to reduce their spread and improve sexual and reproductive health. Chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis are major public health problems. The World Health Organization estimates the three sexually-transmitted diseases together infect more than 200 million people globally every year. Chlamidya, which can cause infertility in both men and women, infects 131 million people. The WHO says those who come down with this common bacterial infection frequently also…
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Company’s Device Permits On-the-spot Gluten Tests

VOA News SAN FRANCISCO — A California startup has developed a portable technology that will allow consumers to test their food for gluten on the go. "Even when you go out and see these labeled menu items, you are still playing Russian roulette," said Shireen Yates, co-founder and chief executive of Nima, founded in 2013. Designed in San Francisco by a team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, Google and Nike, the company's namesake product, Nima, can analyze any type of food or beverage for gluten down to 20 parts per million, the Food & Drug Administration classification for…
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Study: Zika Linked to Hearing Loss

Add hearing loss to the list of health problems that could be caused by the Zika virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the study Tuesday, saying that out of nearly 70 children infected with the virus, four had hearing loss that appeared to be unconnected with any other health issue. This, the researchers say, could mean the hearing problems stem from Zika as the issue appears to be caused by damage to the nerve that links the ear with the brain. Zika is known to cause a form of birth defect called microcephaly, meaning having an abnormally…
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US Senators Demand Answers from EpiPen Maker

VOA News A group of 20 senators expressed their continued dissatisfaction with pharmaceutical company Mylan's handling of a price hike for their EpiPen product in a letter to the company's CEO. Having come under fire in recent weeks for unprecedented price hikes of the EpiPen, Mylan has announced coupons and generic versions of the drug. But the group of Democrat senators, which includes Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, remain unconvinced. "Your discount programs, however, represent a well-defined industry tactic to keep costs high through a complex shell game," the senators wrote. They elaborated that the high price of the drug…
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Weekly Advisory: Mosquito samples test negative for West Nile/EEE

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) today announced 96 mosquito samples from 26 traps set on Tuesday, August 9, 2016 have tested negative for both West Nile Virus (WNV) and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). Personal protection is the first line of defense against mosquitoes that may carry WNV, EEE, or other diseases – and the most effective way to avoid infection. Throughout the summer season, the public is encouraged to: • Eliminate mosquito breeding grounds from yards by removing anything that holds standing water, such as old tires, buckets, junk and debris. Just one cup of…
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Top Expert: US Can Expect Zika to ‘Hang Around’ for 2 More Years

The United States can expect the Zika virus to "hang around" as long as two more years, with the Gulf Coast states being the most vulnerable, according to one of the country's top medical experts. "I would not be surprised if we see cases in Texas, in Louisiana, particularly now where you have a situation with flooding in Louisiana," Dr. Anthony Fauci told ABC television's This Week broadcast Sunday. Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, believes the Gulf region is ripe for ZIka because it is a "sub-tropical or semi-tropical region with the right…
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New Research: Zika Could Also Affect Adult Brain

The Zika virus, which health officials have determined threaten fetal brain development, also could pose risks to adult brains – and not just those of infected pregnant women. New research, published in the journal Cell Stem Cell on Thursday, suggests the virus may damage cells that affect adults’ memory and learning. In experiments with mice, researchers at New York’s Rockefeller University and California’s La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology focused on neural progenitor cells. These cells, developing early in gestation, eventually specialize and become neural cells. "With the capability to replenish the brain’s neurons throughout its lifetime, these are…
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