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Further Action in Africa To Prevent Spread of Ebola

Measures are being taken in West Africa to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus after an outbreak in Guinea. It was reported that the authorities in Mauritania closed its border with Senegal and Mali due to fears of infection. The Ministry of Health in Guinea banned the sale of bats because the animals carry the virus. So far the only confirmed cases occurred in southern Guinea, but it is suspected that there are other cases in Sierra Leone and Liberia. A man who returned from Liberia to Canada fell ill with symptoms of the hemorrhagic fever. Five people died with…
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Attorney General and Director of Health Warn Consumers of Possible Medical Phone Scam

Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin and Director of Health, Michael Fine, MD, are warning the public of a possible scam in which individuals, primarily women, are being called by a "medical compensation company" or "the state department of health" asking about recent surgeries and other personal information. The targets of the calls appear primarily to be women, some, but not all of whom, may have had a recent surgery. Based on the information provided to the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) by individuals who have been contacted, the caller will often hang up when asked why they are calling,…
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Different Strain of Influenza Causing Illness in Rhode Island; Elderly More at Risk

An influenza strain, different from the flu strain that is most common this season, is causing an increase in the flu in Rhode Island. This latest strain, H3, causes more severe illness and has a greater impact on the elderly. This year's flu vaccine protects against both these strains of the flu. "If you haven't been vaccinated yet, it is not too late to get a flu shot," said Director of Health Michael Fine, "Getting vaccinated not only protects you, but also protects those around you, including senior citizens who are now most vulnerable." There is still plenty of flu…
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Body of Pakistan Polio Campaign Worker Found

Police in Northwest Pakistan found the body of a health worker in a field near the city of Peshawar. Salma Ghani was taken by force from her residence on Sunday by a group of unidentified armed men. According to the authorities, Ghani was tortured and shot several times. Her family believes that she was kidnapped because of her work in a local polio immunization program. It is believed that in the past 15 months that over forty people of vaccination teams have been killed. Islamist militants oppose the vaccination programs because they believe that they are part of a plan…
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Why There Are More Than Twice As Many Children With Tuberculosis Than Previously Thought

Each year millions of people die unnecessarily of tuberculosis (TB). The lack of education and health care access, poverty and armed conflicts are some of the reasons. But perhaps the most serious is the lack of knowledge. On World TB Day, it is important to shine a spotlight on this devastating disease. The World Health Organization (WHO) considers that more than 3 million people have TB and don't know it. Experts estimate that there are one million children suffering from the disease, double what the WHO calculates and three times more than what is diagnosed a year. In Latin America, one out of…
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Video For World Down Syndrome Day Goes Viral

An expectant mother received news that the son that she is expecting has Down syndrome, worried, she sent a letter to the organization CoorDown looking for a guide or comforting phrase. However, she never imagined what she would receive in response. During the two and a half minutes that the video lasts, 15 young people with special needs of different European countries are responsible for reminding us that they possess the same qualities as the rest of the people and there is no reason to think that their life will be different. In the video the young people address the mother who sent…
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AG Kilmartin Submits Legislation Requiring National Background Checks for Personal Care Attendants

Citing patient safety and the need for the proper tools to fight Medicaid fraud, Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin has submitted legislation that would require national background checks and licenses for personal care attendants. The legislation – H7442, sponsored by Representative Eileen Naughton (D-District 21, Warwick) is scheduled to be heard before the House Committee on Health, Education and Welfare today, Wednesday, March 19, 2014. The senate companion bill (S2665) is sponsored by Senator Frank S. Lombardi (D-District 26, Cranston). Under the Global Medicaid Waiver, the State of Rhode Island received permission from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid to…
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Teen Zombies invade Downtown Providence as Part of National Kick Butts Day

With the first-ever Rhode Island Zombie Walk, the Rhode Island Department of Health's Tobacco Control Program, Tobacco Free Rhode Island, Tobacco Free Providence, and local teens affirmed their commitment to finding innovative ways to reduce tobacco use. Dozens of teens from across Rhode Island gathered to motivate smokers to quit—zombie style! Dressed as the zombies of dead smokers, the teens marched from the State House to Kennedy Plaza to offer tobacco users information on how to quit. Cancerous lesions on their faces and stomas on their necks helped the teens make a dramatic statement about the effects of tobacco-related disease.…
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New Method Detects Early Stage Pancreatic Cancer

Researchers from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, developed a new method to diagnose early cancer of the pancreas. "We have high hopes that the method allows us to detect early cases (...) in a phase in which cancer can still be treated or stopped", declared a doctor of Sahlgrenska University hospital in Gothenburg, Karolina Jabbar. It is like an ordinary endoscopy, with the difference being that a tube emits an ultrasound and allows you to see the organ much better to remove fluid. This is very valuable because doctors can determine what stage the cancer is at. This procedure, which allows…
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Doctors Reconstruct A Face Using a 3D Printer

A British man whose face was severely injured in a motorcycle accident underwent facial reconstruction surgery made ​​using three-dimensional printer parts. Stephen Power, 29, has become the first person to be operated with this technology . Power two years ago had an accident with his motorcycle and although wearing a helmet, the upper jaw, nose, and cheekbones broke and he suffered a fractured skull. After spending four months in the hospital, he came out with a partially disfigured face hiding behind hats and sunglasses . To return to his usual appearance, first a three-dimensional model of Power's skull was created…
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