As we head into the autumn, public health advocates say it’s not too early to think about flu shots.
Often available at doctors’ offices, public health departments and pharmacies, the flu vaccine is the most effective way to avoid getting … Read Full Story
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – The heroin epidemic that has been taking the lives of teenagers for years is creeping into even younger age groups and putting pressure on the nation’s schools to keep a fast-acting overdose antidote within reach of … Read Full Storyread more
WASHINGTON (AP) – A change in government procedures has led to a big jump in people losing coverage under the Obama health care law because of immigration and citizenship issues.
More than 400,000 had their insurance canceled, nearly four times … Read Full Storyread more
NEW YORK (AP) – Your heart might be older than you are. A new government report suggests age is just a number – and perhaps not a very telling one when it comes to your risk of heart attack or … Read Full Storyread more
CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — The number of uninsured people in Rhode Island has dropped by more than half since 2012, according to a survey released Thursday by the state’s health insurance exchange.
Fewer than 50,000 people in Rhode Island now … Read Full Story
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) – Jada Hickerson’s day begins at 5:30 a.m. and typically doesn’t end until midnight. And even that schedule leaves barely enough time for school, homework and her job at a local fast food restaurant.
“It’s stressful,” … Read Full Storyread more
PROVIDENCE — National HIV Testing Day is Saturday, June 27, and AIDS Project Rhode Island is expanding its weekly free, anonymous, rapid HIV testing schedule to noon to 3 p.m. on that day on a walk-in basis at 9 Pleasant Street, Providence.
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Contrary to public perception and horrific cases that make headlines, serious mental problems are declining among the nation’s youth, and there has been a big rise in how many are getting help, a new study finds.
The study is mostly … Read Full Storyread more
BOSTON (AP) – A group representing 25,000 doctors in Massachusetts is issuing new guidelines for the prescribing of pain medication, citing an epidemic of opioid abuse.
The Massachusetts Medical Society said Thursday that it was launching a major campaign to … Read Full Storyread more
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Scientists have figured out all the steps to make morphine and similar painkillers without using opium poppies, opening the door for home-brewed drugs and even wider abuse.
While no one has yet reported making morphine in … Read Full Storyread more
BOSTON (AP) – The state was aware for more than a year that the updated version of its health connector website was well behind schedule and may have tried to conceal that knowledge from the public and the federal government, … Read Full Storyread more
SAN JOSE, Calif.–A new survey of doctors from different ethnic groups found that language and cultural factors are major barriers to their ability to help many of their patients face and plan for the end of their lives.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Prick a finger and have the blood checked for parasites — by smartphone? Scientists are turning those ubiquitous phones into microscopes and other medical tools that could help fight diseases in remote parts of the world.
In … Read Full Story
Free skin cancer screenings
BROCKTON — Good Samaritan Medical Center will partner with South Shore Dermatology Physicians in North Easton to offer free screenings for Skin Cancer on Tuesday, May 12, and Wednesday, May 13, at Good Samaritan Radiation Oncology … Read Full Story
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — One enterprising team of physicians at Rhode Island Hospital experimented with Google Glass to gauge the effectiveness, security and patient acceptance of a real-time, video dermatological consultation. The research results were published last month in JAMA Dermatology.… Read Full Storyread more
WARWICK, R.I. (AP) – The lives of Rhode Island’s children are improving in some areas despite declines in others, particularly among racial and ethnic groups, according to an annual fact book released Monday by a children’s advocacy agency.
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State working with Health Care For All to contact non-English speakers
SPRINGFIELD — While undergoing an overdue process of evaluating which MassHealth enrollees are no longer eligible for the health insurance coverage, state officials have taken steps to ensure people … Read Full Storyread more