Centers for Disease Control en RI Teens Making Healthier Choices? That Depends. <p>It depends on what you define as progress, or on what you define as an acceptable risk.</p><p>Every two years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention puts out results from its latest Youth Risk Behavior Survey, or YRBS. Teens are surveyed about all kinds of risky and healthy behaviors, from how likely they are to wear a bike helmet to whether or not they've eaten fruits or vegetables in the past week, as well as the usual suspects like smoking and unprotected sex.</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 16:17:06 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 35251 at Hospital Infections Rise In Rhode Island <p>The CDC released an update today on the nation's and individual state's progress toward reducing the rate of infections acquired in hospitals. The headline, nationwide, is that we're making progress. In Rhode Island, not as much.</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 18:30:28 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 31078 at Hospital Infections Rise In Rhode Island 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 UPDATE: West Nile Virus Found In Rhode Island <p>The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management has announced the first finding of West Nile Virus in mosquitoes in the state this year.</p><p>The department routinely checks mosquitoes for both West Nile Virus, and Eastern Equine Encephalitis starting in the late spring.</p><p>Alan Getman of the DEM said West Nile Virus has been in Rhode Island for twelve years, and today’s reappearance was not unexpected.</p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 13:24:31 +0000 Catherine Welch & John Bender 19656 at UPDATE: West Nile Virus Found In Rhode Island New Study Highlights Increase in A.D.H.D Diagnoses <p><a href="">New data</a> from the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show nearly one out of every five high school boys has been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The data also show an&nbsp; overall 11 percent of American schoolchildren have received a diagnosis for the condition, which is characterized by difficulty paying attention and controlling impulsive behavior.</p> Mon, 01 Apr 2013 12:54:40 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 12863 at Flu Vaccine Less Effective but Still Urged for Seniors <p>The U.S. Centers for Disease Control <a href="">estimates </a>this year’s flu vaccine was effective about fifty percent of the time. But the vaccine was much less protective for older adults.</p><p>The CDC found that vaccinations against influenza types A and B were about 56 percent effective overall. But in people aged 65 and older, the vaccines only worked 27 percent of the time. But Rhode Island Department of Health director Doctor Michael Fine says that’s no reason NOT to get vaccinated.</p> Fri, 22 Feb 2013 20:23:48 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 10817 at Could New Obesity Guidelines Hike Insurance Rates? <p>The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently (end of June, 2012) issued revised guidelines for treating obesity. They recommend that doctors (1) screen all patients for obesity (defined as a body mass index of 30 or higher) and (2) refer obese patients for comprehensive behavioral “interventions” to help them lose the weight.That means some insurers could be asked to cover multiple group or individual behavioral counseling or weight management sessions for overweight patients. But could it mean your insurance rates go up? Tue, 10 Jul 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 8332 at