CDC en Highest ADHD Rate In New England? Rhode Island. <p>The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is highlighting <a href="">new data </a>(published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry) about reported ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) rates among kids aged 4 - 17.</p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 18:00:01 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 25322 at Mandated flu vaccines?–UPDATE <p><strong>UPDATE</strong>: As of today, October 5, 2012, the Rhode Island Department of Health has issued a ruling that it will mandate flu vaccines for all health care workers and volunteers. You can get a medical exemption with a note from your doctor, or fill out a form saying you refuse to get the shot but understand you’ll have to wear a surgical mask when interacting with patients during flu season. <a href="">Link </a>to the state regulation (it’s a .pdf).</p> Thu, 27 Sep 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 8288 at Breastfeeding Report Card: RI Behind the Curve <p>No pun intended. Well, OK, maybe a little bit intended.</p><p>But seriously, folks. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has published its 2012 breastfeeding report card for all 50 states. And Rhode Island seems to be making progress in some areas. But not all. We’re lagging behind on a few key measures. For example, the report shows that about 34% of Rhode Island babies were fed breast milk, exclusively, through the age of three months. The national average is 36%.</p><p>First, here’s how the CDC describes what the report aims to tell us and how states play a role:</p> Fri, 03 Aug 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 8316 at Pertussis Cases Up; Vaccine Losing Steam? <p>We’re seeing a few more cases of pertussis (whooping cough) in Rhode Island than usual right now (the total is eight as of Friday, July 20). But in the state of Washington, it’s reached official epidemic status. The Centers for Disease Control reports today in its weekly <a href="">Morbidity and Mortality Report </a>that, although the pertussis incidence rate is higher in Washington, there’s a national trend emerging in terms of what <em>age</em> groups are getting sick:</p> Fri, 20 Jul 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 8327 at