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CHICAGO – Fitch Ratings said last week that it has affirmed an ‘A+’ rating for a $21.2 million fixed-rate revenue bond issued by the R.I. Health and Educational Building Corporation on behalf of Newport Health Care Corp., the parent company of Newport Hospital. The rating outlook is stable. more
Demand for Edesia Inc. products – ready-to-use therapeutic food and ready-to use supplemental food for malnourished children – keeps surging, says founder and CEO Navyn Salem. more
EpiVax Inc., a biotech firm in Providence’s Knowledge District, is an innovator in the field of computational immunology, which involves feeding data into computers that apply mathematical approaches to ultimately develop vaccines and defeat disease. more
In the dry language of the health care bureaucracy, core clients of the innovative Living Rite program are called “dual eligibles.” They are the neediest patients, battling chronic diseases or disabilities, supported by both Medicare and Medicaid. The Living Rite program’s goal is to provide comprehensive and preventive health care to its long-term care clients. This can include people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or with chronic illnesses. These people are among the most costly to the health care system. more
ShapeUp Inc. began eight years ago with a simple idea: shine a public light on a person’s health by embracing it in a public and social way. No stepping on scales in the bathroom with the door closed. No hiding diet shakes behind the sodas in the fridge. No more doing it on your own. more
The history of Coventry-based Preventure Inc. goes back to the 1990s, when it operated as a network of fitness clubs. But when the company transformed into the corporate-wellness-plan administrator that it is today, the business really started to take off. more
While most large employers don’t intend to change their health-insurance plans with the opening of the health-benefits exchange Oct. 1, small businesses struggling with the affordability are trying to understand what their options will be on the new exchange. more
According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2012 Current Population Survey released Sept. 17, about 125,000 nonelderly Rhode Islanders did not have health insurance from 2011-2012, including about 13,000 children. more
A Rhode Island company is now partnering with McGraw-Hill Higher Education to distribute an online program to help college students to “liveWell” — as the program is called — through regular exercise, healthy eating, and stress management. more
Brown researchers say that their recent findings are important because lead exposure has serious health consequences, especially for children. more
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