State Government Press Releases

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06/24/2011
The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) advises consumers of Dole Italian Blend Salad that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The Food and Drug Administration initially reported that the affected salads were not distributed in Rhode Island; however, it was determined that the...
06/24/2011
The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) announces that the Whitmarsh Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Clinic located at 557 Broad Street in Providence will be closing as of June 30, 2011. For years, the Whitmarsh Clinic has been funded by HEALTH and managed by the Providence Community...
06/21/2011
The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) is advising school and municipal officials to institute “smart scheduling” of outdoor activities during the summer and fall months to avoid mosquito bites and tick bites. Any outdoor activity planned for dawn, dusk or evening should be relocated or...
06/03/2011
The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH)’s recent Provider Immunization Awards Breakfast was highlighted by the presentation of a Director’s Award to Dr. Paul Del Guercio, a family physician who practices in Middletown. Dr. Del Guercio’s swift diagnosis of a case of the measles in his office...
06/01/2011
Just as every individual’s fingerprint is unique, the genetic fingerprint and management of each case of cancer is also unique. Slight differences can determine how well a patient’s cancer might respond to a specific treatment. Physicians in Rhode Island and across the country are now utilizing...
05/23/2011
The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) informs consumers that the FDA has advised parents, caregivers, and healthcare providers to not feed SimplyThick, a thickening agent used for management of swallowing disorders, to infants born before 37 weeks. Use of this product may cause...
05/23/2011
The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) has released the results of its 2011 survey of physician HIT use. The number of Rhode Island-licensed physicians using HIT (including electronic health records and e-prescribing) has increased nearly 12% since 2009. Of the 2,132 physicians who...
05/12/2011
The Department of Health (HEALTH) and the Department of Environmental Management (DEM) advise Rhode Islanders that the seasonal increase in reports of potential rabies exposures has started. Most recently, there were several people in Hopkinton who were evaluated for exposure to a fox, and six...
05/04/2011
The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) today released the results of its study on the effects partial replacement of lead service lines has on the levels of lead in drinking water. The study demonstrates that replacing even portions of underground water pipes (service lines) made of lead...
04/28/2011
The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) advises consumers that A & J Bakery, located at 1458 Park Avenue in Cranston, is voluntarily recalling chocolate five-ounce Easter bunnies that were sold in cellophane bags with no labels and were purchased in the store because they may contain the...