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Citing Environmental Concerns, Puerto Rico’s Governor Rejects U.S. Insecticide To Fight Zika

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Puerto Rico’s governor announced Friday that he will not authorize aerial spraying with the insecticide naled to fight an increase in Zika cases as U.S. health officials have urged.

Instead, Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla said he will support the spraying of Bti, an organic larvicide. He said it should be sufficient to fight the mosquito-borne virus along with other ongoing efforts, but hoped no child would be “born with congenital defects because of the decision I took.”

Zika can cause microcephaly, a rare defect in which babies are born with abnormally small heads and brain damage.

Puerto Ricans in recent weeks have organized several protests against the use of naled, ...

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Thousands Of Children Suffer From Lead Poisoning, Many Not Tested

HARTFORD, CT - Feb 23, 2016 Three year old Angely Nunez watches as nurse Lauren Frazer applies a topical anesthetic to Angely's arm before a blood draw to check for levels of lead in her bloodstream at the Connecticut Children's Primary Care Center in Hartford. Tests revealed elevated levels of lead in Angely's blood and she began treatment with Dr. Hilda Slivka at the center. ( Photo by Tony Bacewicz / C-Hit.org - For use with C-Hit.org story by Jennifer Frank)

HARTFORD, CT – Feb 23, 2016 Three year old Angely Nunez watches as nurse Lauren Frazer applies a topical anesthetic to Angely’s arm before a blood draw to check for levels of lead in her bloodstream at the Connecticut Children’s Primary Care Center in Hartford. Tests revealed elevated levels of lead in Angely’s blood and she began treatment with Dr. Hilda Slivka at the center. ( Photo by Tony Bacewicz)

 

Even though Connecticut has some of the strictest lead-screening laws in the country – requiring every child to be tested twice, once a year, before age 3 – DPH figures show that only half were screened twice, as mandated....

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Federal Report Finds Wide Disparities Among Medicare Recipients

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Blacks and Hispanics are less likely than whites to get flu vaccines, have a preventive health care visit, or receive follow-up care after being hospitalized for a mental health disorder, according to a first-of-its kind federal report that looks at health disparities among people on Medicare Advantage plans.

“While these data do not tell us why differences exist, they show where we have problems and can help spur efforts to understand what can be done to reduce or eliminate these differences, ” said Dr. Cara James, director of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of Minority Health, which released the report.

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