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updated January 9, 2009

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Hospital Conversions / Mergers Program
Hospital Conversions Act Initial Application on the Sale of the Rehabilitation Hospital of Rhode Island [Withdrawn 12/03/08]

Fire Safe Cigarette regulation status
The Fire Safe Cigarettes regulations implementation has been indefinitely postponed. Do not submit certifications at this time. Change in status will be posted on this site. Please check periodically. For more information contact: Jan Shedd, Team Lead for Health Promotion and Wellness (222-5927).

Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program Draft State Plan pdf
The goal is to launch and sustain a statewide coordinated effort to prevent and control heart disease and stroke. The program is committed to furthering policies and systems that: sustain individual behavior change, enhance access to effective medical care, and improve health status with a special focus on the elimination of racial and ethnic disparities in heart disease and stroke prevention. See also: Stroke Task Force Report to the General Assembly pdf

State HEALTH Laboratories: Laboratory Services 2007 pdf
This report was developed to provide a consolidated overview of the diverse laboratory services provided by the State Health Laboratories, a division of the Rhode Island Department of Health.

Food Safety Inspections
Health Department food safety inspection reports completed since January 2007 are available online for all retail establishments including restaurants, markets and health care facilities. These reports consist of all inspection types including routine and reinspections, illness investigations and preoperational inspections. Some inspections may not contain violations.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Women with high levels of estrogen not only look and feel prettier -- but they may act on those feelings by moving from man to man, U.S. researchers reported on Tuesday.

(PCA) on Tuesday voluntarily recalled peanut butter produced in its Blakely, Georgia processing facility because it could be contaminated with Salmonella food poisoning.

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Obese women may have a higher risk of developing ovarian cancer than their thinner counterparts, a large study of U.S. women suggests.

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AP - Scientists begin recruiting mothers-to-be in North Carolina and New York this week for the largest study of U.S. children — aiming eventually to track 100,000 around the country from conception to age 21.

Kristen Kemp, left, has a cup of herbal tea with her three-year-old twin daughters, Annabelle, right, and Estelle at their home in Montclair, N.J., Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008.  Kemp uses home remedies and herbal medicine for her kids' sore throats and colds instead of prescription medications to cut costs.(AP Photo/Mike Derer)AP - The choice between $75 prescription sleeping pills or a $5 herbal alternative is a no-brainer for Cathy and Bernard Birleffi, whose insurance costs have skyrocketed along with the nation's financial woes.

AP - Sexually spread diseases — for years on the decline — are on the rise, with reported chlamydia cases setting a record, government health officials said Tuesday.


People age 60 and older should be vaccinated against shingles, or herpes zoster, a condition often marked by debilitating chronic pain...

More than half of adults with diagnosed diabetes also have arthritis, a painful condition that can be a barrier to physical activity—an important health strategy for managing diabetes...

Half of the estimated 328,500 infants 12 months of age or younger who were treated for injuries in hospital emergency departments each year from 2001 to 2004 were injured as a result of a fall, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


The vast majority of prisoners who could benefit from drug abuse treatment do not receive it, despite two decades of research that demonstrate its effectiveness, according to researchers at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Raynard S. Kington, acting director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), today announced the publication of the first Biennial Report of the Director, a document that provides an integrated portrait of NIH research activities.

The National Institutes of Health announced today that the National Children's Study will begin recruiting volunteers to take part in its comprehensive study of how genes and the environment interact to affect children's health.


7 January 2009 -- The health services in Gaza, already depleted and fragile, are on the point of collapse if steps to support and protect them are not taken immediately. WHO has called for immediate improvement in the situation to make humanitarian health services accessible by the local people.

29 December 2008 -- WHO calls for an immediate end to hostilities in the Gaza strip and urges Israel to ensure immediate provision of fuel and critical life-saving/trauma care supplies.

10 December 2008 -- A widespread cholera outbreak, an under-resourced and under-staffed health system, and inadequate access to safe drinking water and hygiene are threatening the wellbeing of thousands of Zimbabweans.


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