rhode island department of health http://ripr.org en Brown, Health Department To Screen Documentary "Shored Up" http://ripr.org/post/brown-health-department-screen-documentary-shored <p>The critically-acclaimed documentary “Shored Up” will be playing at Brown University this evening.</p><p>The school’s Center for Environmental Studies and the Rhode Island Department of Health are sponsoring the movie screening and a panel discussion after the movie.</p><p>The documentary looks at how different coastal communities along the eastern seaboard are trying to deal with rising sea levels.</p><p>Policy and environmental science experts will sit on the panel, including the town planner of Westerly, where four natural disasters have hit in the past four years.</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 14:18:34 +0000 Ambar Espinoza 29676 at http://ripr.org Brown, Health Department To Screen Documentary "Shored Up" Should Flu & HPV Shots Be Required For School Kids? http://ripr.org/post/should-flu-hpv-shots-be-required-school-kids <p>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.</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 16:33:16 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 28277 at http://ripr.org Flu Now Officially Widespread In RI http://ripr.org/post/flu-now-officially-widespread-ri <p>It was only a matter of time…</p><p>The flu is now widespread in Rhode Island.</p><p></p><p></p><p>That means there are outbreaks of the flu in more than half the state. It also kicks into effect a state requirement that health care professionals who have NOT been vaccinated wear surgical masks whenever they’re in contact with patients. The health department reports that flu-related hospitalizations are up as well.</p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 18:19:00 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 27391 at http://ripr.org Flu Now Officially Widespread In RI Flu Spreads In Rhode Island, Hospitalizations Increase http://ripr.org/post/flu-spreads-rhode-island-hospitalizations-increase <p>While the flu is now widespread in Massachusetts, it’s still sporadic in Rhode Island. But 16 Rhode Islanders have already been hospitalized, and officials expect the number of cases to spike.</p><p>Health department officials say so far there have been no flu deaths, but in past years flu has killed well over a hundred people in Rhode Island. They say one of this year’s dominant strains in Rhode Island and nationally is H1N1, but that’s also one of the strains this year’s vaccine protects against.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 16:38:45 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 27019 at http://ripr.org Flu Spreads In Rhode Island, Hospitalizations Increase RI Smoking Rates Down, But Costs Still High http://ripr.org/post/ri-smoking-rates-down-costs-still-high <p>The Department of Health has a <a href="http://www.health.ri.gov/publications/burdendocuments/2013AdultTobaccoUse.pdf">new report </a>out on how many Rhode Islanders smoke. While the number of adult smokers has declined, nearly one in five Rhode Islanders still smokes.</p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 20:09:18 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 25072 at http://ripr.org RI Smoking Rates Down, But Costs Still High Kilmartin, Fine Urge United Healthcare To Reinstate Doctors http://ripr.org/post/kilmartin-fine-urge-united-healthcare-reinstate-doctors <p>Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin and Health Department director Michael Fine have sent a letter to the CEO of United Healthcare New England expressing their concern over the insurer’s dropping of dozens of doctors from its managed Medicare plan in the state. They want United to reinstate doctors until they submit a plan to handle the transition.</p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 21:13:47 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 24901 at http://ripr.org Landmark's New Owner Must Use Rx Monitoring Program, Invest In Primary Care http://ripr.org/post/landmarks-new-owner-must-use-rx-monitoring-program-invest-primary-care <p>California-based Prime Healthcare Services won approval earlier this week to buy Woonsocket’s Landmark Medical Center. But the approval came with conditions. One is that the company keep Rhode Island regulators abreast of a federal investigation it’s under for allegedly over-billing Medicare. Another is that Prime invest in primary care and in preventing hospital re-admissions. The Department of Health expressed some concern about Prime’s practices at other hospitals, but department head Michael Fine said the terms of the deal to acquire Landmark should allay those concerns.</p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 09:00:00 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 24035 at http://ripr.org Landmark's New Owner Must Use Rx Monitoring Program, Invest In Primary Care The Doctor Is In...Central Falls http://ripr.org/post/doctor-incentral-falls <p>Last night I attended one of what could be the first of 39 more public forums, put on by the state's health department, around Rhode Island. And it wasn't what I thought it would be.</p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 19:04:49 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 23730 at http://ripr.org The Doctor Is In...Central Falls Block Island Asks State For Help Combatting Lyme http://ripr.org/post/block-island-asks-state-help-combatting-lyme <p>Block Island Health Service officials say the state Department of Health has agreed to meet with them about the steep increase in Lyme disease on the island. Island officials want the state to take a more active role in fighting the disease.</p><p>Block Island Health Services officials say they’ve seen 68 cases of Lyme disease through August of this year. That’s up from 48 for all of the previous year. Health service head Barbara Baldwin says she decided it was time to ask for some help<strong>.</strong></p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 20:57:36 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 23556 at http://ripr.org Block Island Asks State For Help Combatting Lyme First Human Case of West Nile Diagnosed in RI http://ripr.org/post/first-human-case-west-nile-diagnosed-ri <p>An Exeter man has been treated for the first human case of West Nile in Rhode Island this year.</p><p>The Rhode Island Department of Health said the 33-year-old Exeter man first started developing symptoms on September 11.&nbsp; Two days later he was at South County Hospital, diagnosed with viral meningitis caused by West Nile Virus. He was released a few days later and is recovering at home.</p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 18:12:00 +0000 Catherine Welch 22166 at http://ripr.org First Human Case of West Nile Diagnosed in RI