Why so many RI elderly are in nursing homes?

Kali Thomas, assistant professor of health services, policy and practice at the Brown University School of Public Health, offers commentary on ways Rhode Island can reduce its far-above-average Medicaid spending on elderly residents.

(Distributed December 10, 2014)

AIDS crusader Amy Nunn takes her case to the state house

The number continues to rise among men who have sex with men. Rhode Island Public Health Institute director Dr Amy Nunn said part of the reason for that increase is that so many of the people who are newly infected are meeting their partners online. "What the internet and mobile phone apps have done is really expedite the process in which people can meet partners. And a lot of those are often for anonymous sexual encounters," said Nunn. 

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(Distributed December 3, 2014)

AIDS epidemic only worsens for young African women

Young women in sub-Saharan Africa are particularly vulnerable to HIV/AIDS despite inroads made as the world marks the 26th annual World AIDS Day. Abigail Harrison, professor of behavioral and social sciences and an HIV/AIDs and reproductive health researcher said “What we really see in this population is girls who have multiple disadvantages in their lives so they can't implement the strategies needed to prevent infection". 

(Distributed December 2, 2014)

World AIDS Day

World AIDS day is held each year on December 1st to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS. This day is an opportunity for people across the globe to work together and fight against the HIV epidemic. December 1st is a time to show support for those who are living with HIV and honor those who have passed away. This year learn more about HIV/AIDS and what you can do to make a difference.

In 2013 there were 35.3 million people living with HIV worldwide. In 2013, 1.5 million people died from AIDS related illness.

(Distributed November 25, 2014)

November is American Diabetes Month

Nearly 30 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes. Another 86 million Americans have pre-diabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total national cost of diagnosing diabetes in the United States is $245 billion.

Estimates suggest that as many as one in three American adults will have diabetes in 2050 unless we take the appropriate measures to fight diabetes.

(Distributed November 24, 2014)

HIV risks high in Mexico City’s male sex trade

The prevalence of sexually transmitted infections, including HIV, and risky behavior are high among Mexico City’s male sex workers, a new study reports. Among the findings is that sex workers can make 34.5 percent more money for forgoing condoms. The researchers hope to counteract that incentive with one of their own. The study appears in the Journal of the International AIDS Society.

(Distributed November 17, 2014)

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer in both men and women in the United States.  More people die of lung cancer than the next three most common cancers combined (breast, prostate, colon/rectum and pancreatic). Despite these statistics, lung cancer has not gained enough recognition to be established as a national health priority (American Lung Cancer Association). 

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(Distributed November 11, 2014)
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