It’s not just hospitals in Rhode Island that are preparing for the possible arrival of Ebola cases. The state’s prison system is also getting ready.

The department of corrections is responsible for the health care of more than three thousand inmates on any given day.  The institution takes in whomever the justice system sends – regardless of their health. That’s why corrections medical director doctor Fred Vohr says they must be ready for anything.

The state’s health department is considering updates to its immunization policy for school kids from preschool through college. The proposals would require flu shots for kids up to age five and the HPV vaccine for kids entering ninth grade.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

UPDATE: The AMA voted yes on calling obesity a disease, despite a committee's recommendations against it.

Sometimes it’s a new way of thinking, a new model, an idea out of left field, or, as I like to think of it, using the map of one universe to navigate another – that helps solve some of our most intractable problems. I like to highlight that kind of new thinking from time to time, so here’s a recent example.