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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Lifespan’s Comprehensive Cancer Center Launches Program To Target Upper Gastrointestinal Cancers

The Comprehensive Cancer Center at Rhode Island, The Miriam and Newport hospitals has opened the Upper Gastrointestinal Multidisciplinary Clinic (UGMDC) for the treatment of esophageal, stomach, pancreatic, liver and bile duct/gallbladder cancers. It is the only program of its kind in Rhode Island, and is designed to make diagnosis and treatment easier and more convenient for patients. Through a streamlined approach to cancer care, clinicians are able to more quickly and seamlessly provide patients with treatment options and initiate their care plan. In some cases, patients have gone from initial appointment and diagnosis to surgical treatment within one week. “Receiving…
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Brown Medical Student Gretel Terrero, MD

LPR’s host of Medical Apprentice, Dr. Pablo Rodriguez, interviewed Gretel Terrero who is a 3rd year student at Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University. Miss Terrero discussed the issues of premature labor and answered questions from listeners that called in. “Aprendiz Medico” (Medical Apprentice) is a partnership between Latino Public Radio, Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University and Women & Infants Hospital, to invite students focusing on obstetrics and gynecology to produce the contents and be interviewed on the radio show as part of their hospital clerkships.
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MEMORIAL HOSPITAL OF RHODE ISLAND RECOGNIZES THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION’S NATIONAL WEAR RED DAY

Pawtucket – February is Heart Month. Members of the Cardiovascular Medicine Department at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island wore red on February 7, 2014, along with other employees of the hospital, in honor of the American Heart Association’s 11th Annual National Wear Red Day, raising awareness of the mission to fight heart disease and stroke. The Memorial Hospital Cardiovascular Center specialty physicians and cardiologists provide both in-patient and out-patient cardiovascular care. Care New England hospitals’, Memorial and Kent, have established a clinical affiliation with Brigham and Women’s Hospital of Boston, bringing expert cardiac care and services in a convenient local…
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Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island Invites Businesses to Apply for 20th Annual Worksite Health Awards Awards Recognize Local Business’ Efforts to Promote Employee Health

PROVIDENCE, RI (February 7, 2014) – Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) announced that the call for applications for the 20th Annual Worksite Health Awards, which recognize Rhode Island companies with successful workplace wellness programs, is open now through Friday, February 28. In partnership with the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, BCBSRI invites Rhode Island businesses to apply for a Worksite Health Award. All Rhode Island companies are eligible, including small (100 or fewer employees) and large businesses (over 100 employees), and applicants must demonstrate exceptional health and wellness programs and health-oriented workplace policies. Winning companies will…
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Shivering May Be Just As Efficient As Exercise

When it comes to burning fat, new research shows that 10-15 minutes of exercise may be just as effective than one hour of moderate exercise. Dr. Paul Lee, an endocrinologist at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Sydney and lead author of a new study, said in a press release that the new findings build on previous research into so-called brown fat — a type of fat tissue that essentially burns energy instead of storing it. What makes brown fat so special is that while 100 grams of white fat may store 600 calories, that same amount of brown…
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Langevin Statement on CVS Decision Not to Sell Tobacco Products

Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI), a member of the House’s Health Care Innovation Task Force, issued the following statement in response to the announcement that CVS will no longer sell tobacco products in their retail stores: “CVS has long been a good corporate citizen and a pillar of the Rhode Island community, and this decision to change their business practice in the interest of public health is yet another example of CVS’s leadership. CVS is dedicated to increasing access to health care, and removing tobacco products from their stores is a step forward in improving health outcomes for their customers. With…
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Google Working on Contact Lenses to Measure Glucose

In a recent collaboration, Google and University of Washington researchers have teamed up to develop a new way of measuring a person's blood glucose levels using contact lenses. The idea is that these contact lenses would be able to measure glucose levels found in tears and send the reading to the person's mobile phone. If their endeavor is successful, then it may be possible that diabetics may stop drawing blood to measure their sugar levels. Worldwide, diabetes affects about 400 million people. Untreated, the disease can lead to complications such as blindness, nerve damage, cardiovascular problems, and in the most…
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CVS Caremark to Stop Selling Tobacco at all CVS/pharmacy Locations

WOONSOCKET, , Feb. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --CVS Caremark (NYSE: CVS) announced today that it will stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products at its more than 7,600 CVS/pharmacy stores across the by October 1, 2014, making CVS/pharmacy the first national pharmacy chain to take this step in support of the health and well-being of its patients and customers. "Ending the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products at CVS/pharmacy is the right thing for us to do for our customers and our company to help people on their path to better health," said Larry J. Merlo, President and CEO, CVS Caremark.…
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FDA Launches New Anti-Smoking Campaign

The Food and Drug administration is launching a new campaign geared towards teens in hopes of stopping them from smoking and encouraging them to quit. This $115 million multimedia education campaign called "The Real Cost" will use adds depicting yellow teeth, wrinkled skin, and other costs at-risk teenagers face if they smoke cigarettes. Beginning February 11, advertisements will run in over 200 markets throughout the US for at least one year. Ads will air on TV stations like MTV and be found in magazines such as Teen Vogue. They will also use social media, which today's youth heavily uses. "Our…
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