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Rhode Island ranked 14th overall in report on nation’s health

Rhode Island ranked 14th overall in report on nation’s health

In this year’s “America’s Health Ranking” report, Mississippi and Louisiana traded places with each other, while Rhode Island ranked 14th among all 50 U.S. states.

The United Health Foundation, a nonprofit division of insurance giant United Health Group, released its latest annual health rankings on Thursday.

Rhode Island specifics provided by the report as mentioned ahead: obesity (26%), cardiovascular deaths per 100,000 people (230.4%), primary care physicians per 100,000 people (247.7%), and uninsured rate (6.6%).

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Researchers unravel “asparagus-odor-in-pee” mystery

Researchers unravel “asparagus-odor-in-pee” mystery

Researchers have identified hundreds of variants in multiple genes involved in the sense of smell that are linked with some people’s inability to detect scent of asparagus in their urine after they’ve eaten it.

While some people can smell the pungent odor in their urine after eating the vegetable, while others can’t. To find out why some people can’t smell the odor, a tem of researchers looked at data from nearly 6,900 individuals of European-American descent.

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FDA approves Pfizer drug Crisaborole for atopic dermatitis

FDA approves Pfizer drug Crisaborole for atopic dermatitis

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday approved the topical drug crisaborole for the treatment of mild to moderate itchy skin condition eczema or atopic dermatitis in patients aged two years and older.

Atopic dermatitis is a chronic inflammatory skin disease that causes red, flaking and crusted bumps on the patient's skin that are often extremely itchy.

Crisaborole, a Pfizer Inc. ointment to treat the itchy skin condition, will be sold under the brand name Eucrisa. Many health experts consider atopic dermatitis as a large market with an unmet need.

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Deep River recalls potato chips over possible risk of salmonella contamination

Deep River recalls potato chips over possible risk of salmonella contamination

Connecticut-based snack maker Deep River has confirmed that it has issued a voluntary recall for some of its potato chips due to possible risk of salmonella contamination.

The snack maker is recalling certain bags of its sour cream and onion kettle chips that are sold all over the country through food service and retail outlets. The company claimed that the recall was purely a precautionary step, and no illness related to the products was reported.

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Scalp-cooling device can help cancer patients avoid hair loss: study

Scalp-cooling device can help cancer patients avoid hair loss: study

A scalp-cooling device can help cancer patients avoid hair loss during neoadjuvant or adjuvant chemotherapy sessions, according to the results of a SCALP trial.

The so-called ‘cold cap,’ which is formally known as the Orbis Paxman Hair Loss Prevention System, is still seeking approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). However, the trial has already indicated that it can significantly help cancer patients avoid hair loss.

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Optimistic women live a longer life: study

Optimistic women live a longer life: study

Optimistic women or those women who generally believe that good things will take place in their coming life live longer than others, according to a new study.

The new study, conducted by researchers at the department of social & behavioral sciences of Boston-based Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, found an association between optimism and reduced risk of death from some deadly diseases like stroke and cancer.

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Knox Medical to start dispensing medical marijuana in Florida

Knox Medical to start dispensing medical marijuana in Florida

After being permitted by the Florida Department of Health earlier this week, Knox Medical is now preparing to dispense low-THC and medical marijuana to qualified patients in the state.

The company announced on Tuesday that it could begin initial deliveries of medical marijuana to qualified patients as soon as Friday this week.

Knox Medical is one of the six companies or groups in Florida that have been permitted by state regulators to cultivate, process and dole out low-THC cannabis as well as medical marijuana to qualified patients.

Hand hygiene is the simplest way to avoid infections: CDC

Hand hygiene is the simplest way to avoid infections: CDC

As the upcoming festive season will prompt millions of Americans to travel and get together with their friends and relatives across the nation, public health authorities have reminded people that hand hygiene is a an easy as well as effective way to avoid various contagious diseases like flu.

In flights, many passengers may feel that they can not get up to wash their hands before enjoying an in-flight meal. But, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) has stressed that washing hands is perhaps the simplest way to keep away from infections.

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Public health officials urging residents to get flu shots

Public health officials urging residents to get flu shots

Kane County Health Department officials continue to urge residents to get a flu shot ahead of a potential serious outbreak of the disease later this season.

Public health officials around the nation are observing National Influenza Vaccination Week, with a message that it is not too late to get vaccinated against the contagious disease. Tom Schlueter, a spokesperson for the county health department cautioned that immune system can’t immediately absorb the vaccine.

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Expansion of New York’s marijuana program being seen as ‘game changer’

Expansion of New York’s marijuana program being seen as ‘game changer’

The latest expansion of New York's medical marijuana program is a "game changer" as it will allow thousands of people to access the drug, the Dent Cannabis Clinic's Director Dr. Laszlo Mechtler said.

Supporting the expansion of the program, Mechtler pointed out that the introduction of chronic pain as the 11th approved indication for treatment could inflate the state's current number of patients from 10,730 to nearly 200,000.

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