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04/04/2014 15:30 EDT
Providence: On March 28, the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) issued a press release stating that a water sample taken from a residential well on Wapping Road in Middletown, RI was found to have nitrate levels above the National Primary Drinking Water Standards. Since then, HEALTH has...
04/03/2014 15:45 EDT
Providence: Director of Health Michael Fine, MD, has issued emergency regulations requiring Rhode Island health care professionals and hospitals to report all opioid overdoses or suspected overdoses to the Department within 48 hours. The reporting requirement is immediately necessary to combat...
04/02/2014 14:45 EDT
Providence: A water sample taken from a residential well on Wapping Road in Middletown, RI was found to have nitrate levels above the National Primary Drinking Water Standards as set by the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH). As a result, HEALTH...
03/27/2014 15:15 EDT
Providence: The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) has learned of a nationwide recall by Oscar's Smokehouse Inc. on eleven (11) of its 7-oz "CHEESE SPREAD" varieties with 3 digit lot numbers from 719-959 or that was purchased since March 21, 2013. The recall was based on the possible...
03/26/2014 16:15 EDT
Providence: Bristol County ranks as the healthiest county in Rhode Island, according to the fifth annual County Health Rankings. The rankings, based on 29 factors that influence health, including smoking, high school graduation rates, employment, physical inactivity, and access to healthy foods,...
03/21/2014 08:30 EDT
An influenza strain, different from the flu strain that is most common this season, is causing an increase in the flu in Rhode Island. This latest strain, H3, causes more severe illness and has a greater impact on the elderly. This year's flu vaccine protects against both these strains of the...
03/20/2014 16:30 EDT
Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin and Director of Health, Michael Fine, MD, are warning the public of a possible scam in which individuals, primarily women, are being called by a "medical compensation company" or "the state department of health" asking about recent surgeries and other personal...
03/19/2014 13:45 EDT
With today's first-ever Rhode Island Zombie Walk, the Rhode Island Department of Health's Tobacco Control Program, Tobacco Free Rhode Island, Tobacco Free Providence, and local teens affirmed their commitment to finding innovative ways to reduce tobacco use. Dozens of teens from across Rhode Island
03/17/2014 14:45 EDT
PROVIDENCE: Two hundred twenty-five fewer Rhode Island children had elevated lead levels* in 2013, with housing improvements in Providence accounting for about half of the gains in lead poisoning prevention. "This is great news. Lead not only affects a child's health, but it also impacts a...
03/14/2014 18:15 EDT
Providence: The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) has learned of a voluntary recall of bagged salads due to possible health risks, and advises people not to consume any of the recalled products from Dole Fresh Vegetables, which include: Dole Italian Blend (UPC 7143000819), Fresh...
03/12/2014 16:15 EDT
First Lady Michelle Obama, Governor Lincoln Chafee, and Director of Health Michael Fine, M.D. have all reached out to the leadership in Rhode Island's cities and towns calling on them to join Let's Move! Cities, Towns, and Counties. Let's Move! is a national campaign to address the childhood...
03/02/2014 23:00 EST
The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) is working with Rhode Island Hospital and Roger Williams Medical Center to notify patients who may have been exposed to a person with measles who was in both of these facilities last week. The first potential exposure took place on February 25 at...
02/27/2014 15:30 EST
The flu is no longer widespread in Rhode Island, Director of Health Michael Fine, M.D. announced today, while also reminding everyone who has not yet been vaccinated that it is not too late to get a flu shot. Healthcare workers who had not been vaccinated against the flu had been required to...
02/04/2014 08:15 EST
The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) reports today that two influenza-related deaths occurred in January, the state's first two of the 2013-2014 flu season. The first individual, a male in his 50s who had underlying medical conditions, died on January 1. The second individual was a...
01/17/2014 12:30 EST
Today the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) reports that there have been 22 deaths due to apparent accidental drug overdose since the first of the year. This alarming number is twice the number of deaths seen for this same time period last year. The deaths were geographically spread...
01/08/2014 16:30 EST
Michael Fine, MD, Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) declared today that flu is widespread in Rhode Island. This declaration triggers Rhode Island's regulation requiring all healthcare workers who have not been immunized against the flu to wear surgical masks during direct...
01/08/2014 14:00 EST
WHAT: A press conference announcing the declaration of influenza to be widespread in Rhode Island. This declaration will require healthcare workers in the state who have not been vaccinated to wear surgical masks when involved in direct patient care, as required by Rhode Island regulations. WHO:
01/08/2014 09:15 EST
With the number of influenza cases circulating throughout Rhode Island and the country continuing to rise, the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) has organized a series of no-cost vaccination clinics throughout the state over the next three weeks. Influenza has hospitalized 25 Rhode...
01/06/2014 14:45 EST
Dr. Michael Fine, Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH), announced today that Sarah Harrigan has been named HEALTH's new Chief of Staff. In this role, Mrs. Harrigan will oversee staff management and the oversight of hiring at the state agency with approximately 435 employees.
12/31/2013 16:15 EST
1. Spend time with people you love. 2. Find easy and enjoyable ways to exercise 30 minutes a day. (http://www.health.ri.gov/healthyweight/about/physicalactivity/) 3. Drink water from a cup or a glass rather than a plastic bottle, and find ways to cut back the sugar, one drink at a time. (...

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