HealthSource RI opening Warwick satellite center

HealthSource RI opening Warwick satellite center

WARWICK, R.I. (AP) – Rhode Island’s health insurance marketplace is opening a temporary consumer center in Warwick as another sign-up deadline approaches.

HealthSource RI’s satellite center on Centerville Road will be open from Mondaythrough the end of April.

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Fighting the cultural stigma of addiction

Fighting the cultural stigma  of addiction

SOUTH COAST — Kendra Raposo’s experience with substance abuse was one that began early in her life.

“I started really young with alcohol and weed,” she said. “Probably like when I was 12 or 13.”

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More than 300,000 face famine in Mozambique

More than 300,000 face famine in Mozambique

MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) — Mozambique agriculture minister José Pacheco says that more than 300,000 people in the southern African state face famine this year.

Speaking on state radio on Sunday, Pacheco said the famine, which affects mainly the central and

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New healthy market program gives food for thought

New healthy market program gives food for thought

NEW BEDFORD — Five neighborhood markets with strong ties to the Portuguese community are stepping up to the plate to help city officials promote healthy eating among New Bedford residents.

Proprietors have filled prominent spots in their establishments with displays … Read Full Story

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Local heart attack survivor among spokeswomen for Go Red

Local heart attack survivor among spokeswomen for Go Red

NEW BEDFORD — Lauriann DeSouza, an avid runner, was 39 years old when she collapsed on the side of the road suffering from a heart attack.

“I was healthy and running five times a week,” said DeSouza, of New Bedford, … Read Full Story

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EU: True sangria wine comes from Spain, Portugal

EU: True sangria wine comes from Spain, Portugal

BRUSSELS (AP) — Not all sweet red wine blended with fruits may claim to be genuine sangria.

The European Parliament on Tuesday passed legislation requiring tougher geographical labeling rules to establish that true sangria comes from Spain or Portugal.

In

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Unleashing new pet health care pawsibilities

Unleashing new pet health care pawsibilities

DARTMOUTH — It’s hard to imagine how busy the Anchor Animal Hospital in Dartmouth can get from the outside.

“This is typical. Actually, this time of the year tends to be slower,” said Dr. Nuno Carreiro, an Azorean-born veterinarian who … Read Full Story

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Good Samaritan Medical Center opens new inpatient unit

Good Samaritan Medical Center opens new inpatient unit

BROCKTON — Good Samaritan Medical Center (GSMC) has opened a new inpatient unit adding 16 new rooms.

The new unit provides an additional 6 semi-private and 10 private rooms to the hospital.  Along with the recent expansion of  a Same … Read Full Story

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Obama to discuss health care law at Faneuil Hall

Obama to discuss health care law at Faneuil Hall

BOSTON (AP) – President Barack Obama plans to use Boston’s historic Faneuil Hall as a backdrop for a speech touting the federal health care law.

The White House says Obama will travel to Boston on Wednesday as his administration continues to deal … Read Full Story

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Fanning the flames of controversy

Fanning the flames of controversy

NEW BEDFORD — For Dawn Blake Souza and her husband, Dr. Joseph Souza, the idea of being involved in a marijuana dispensary is not one that they naturally felt comfortable with.

“My son came to us in November when the … Read Full Story

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Women must listen to their bodies, says breast cancer survivor

Women must listen to their bodies, says breast cancer survivor

WESTPORT — When Rita Vasconcellos joined a clinical study on disease in women in the 1990s, developing breast cancer was the last thing she expected.

“We had strong genes; we had high blood pressure, but no cancer in the family,” … Read Full Story

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Genetic testing offers insight into mutations that can cause breast cancer

Genetic testing offers insight into mutations that can cause breast cancer

Actress Angelina Jolie’s public disclosure that she underwent a preventive double mastectomy has raised public awareness about genetics, an area of medicine that is “exploding,” said Dr. Beth Herrick, a radiation oncologist and medical director of the Southcoast Center for … Read Full Story

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Life after breast cancer

Life after breast cancer

ACUSHNET — Maria Gomes is a perfect example how prevention and one’s attitude can turn a battle into a victory.

About two years ago, the 49-year-old Acushnet resident found a lump on her left breast during a self-examination.

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Mass. trying to mesh state health law with federal

Mass. trying to mesh state health law with federal

BOSTON (AP) – Massachusetts finds itself in a unique position as states gear up to launch new insurance marketplaces under President Barack Obama’s health care law.

It was Massachusetts that created the blueprint for the marketplaces when it passed its … Read Full Story

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Mass. doctors concerned about online pot companies

Mass. doctors concerned about online pot companies

BOSTON (AP) – Doctors in Massachusetts say they’re concerned about the companies cropping up online promising to match patients with doctors who will certify they need marijuana for health reasons.

The Massachusetts Medical Society says some of the companies are … Read Full Story

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Navigating the Affordable Care Act

Navigating the Affordable Care Act

WASHINGTON D.C. — Like it or not, the health care exchanges mandated by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will begin the open enrollment period on Oct. 1 of this year.

Yet, many are not even aware of the laws’ existence … Read Full Story

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Southcoast Health Van announces October schedule for community screenings and vaccinations

Southcoast Health Van announces October schedule for community screenings and vaccinations

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — The Southcoast® Health Van announces the October schedule for community screenings and vaccinations.

Free mobile health services available by the Southcoast Health Van staff include:

  • Cancer screenings & education.
  • Blood pressure screening.
  • Cholesterol screening
  • Teen
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West Nile found in mosquitoes in Barrington

West Nile found in mosquitoes in Barrington

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Another batch of mosquitoes in Rhode Island has tested positive for West Nile virus.

The state Department of Environmental Management and the Department of Health said Wednesday that a sample from a trap set near Barrington

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