Posts Tagged ‘Rhode Island Department of Health’

Rhode Island Health Officials and Health Executives Urge Public to Get Flu Shots

Last week, Rhode Island health officials and the state’s top health care executives kicked off the state’s 2018-2019 flu vaccination campaign to educate the Rhode to get their annual flu shots to reduce the risks of getting the infectious disease.  Although 480,000 Rhode Islanders were vaccinated last year. the event’s goal was to increase the…

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Prescribing Dementia Drugs

AARP Puts the Spotlight on Prescribing of Dementia Drugs

  Seventy percent of elderly dementia patients prescribed dementia drugs are on them long-term despite the lack of evidence that they provide any benefit beyond one year, says a new report released by the AARP Public Policy Institute.  Reducing overuse of dementia drugs could result in substantial savings, estimating $20,000 per patient, for patients insurers.…

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The Month of August Puts Spotlight on Vaccines

National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) is an annual observance held every August to spotlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages. Communities across the nation country use the month each year to raise awareness about the important role vaccines play in preventing serious, sometimes deadly, diseases across the lifespan.  The annul NIAM is sponsored by…

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RI’s Medicaid Policy Expands Access to Life-Saving HCV Treatments

This week Rhode Island Expands Access to Life-Saving Hepatitis C Treatment, announces the state’s Executive Office of Health & Human Services (EOHHS) and advocates for patients with Hepatitis C (HCV).  With the publishing of the July 12 changes to the state’s Medicaid policy, there will now be access to lifesaving treatments for older Rhode Islanders…

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seniors in heat wave

Heat-Related Illnesses Soar in Summer Months

Over the years, there have been higher-than-average temperatures, warmer summers, and more extreme-heat days. These changing conditions can cause more illnesses and deaths, especially for older Rhode Islanders and for those who have cardiac or breathing problems. According to States at Risk: America’s Preparedness Report Card, the Ocean State has more than 26,000 people who…

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