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Ten companies in Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts have been recognized as “fit-friendly” worksites by the American Heart Association for helping employees eat better and move more. The “fit-friendly” worksites program is intended to be a catalyst for change in the American workforce by helping worksites make their employees’ health and well-being a priority. more
Meg Wirth was studying deaths related to childbirth in Indonesia when one of her colleagues, an obstetrician, died of childbirth complications at a hospital. She calls the death sobering because it highlights how easily childbirth-related … more
Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott was named director of the state's Department of Health in spring 2015, bringing a wealth of experience to the post, including working as a specialist in infectious diseases for children and adults at Rhode Island hospitals … more
(Updated, 11:18 a.m., Dec. 22) Drug overdoses took the lives of 247 people in Rhode Island last year, according to statistics released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. more
Bristol County, Mass., is one of 14 newly designated counties in 10 states that have been named High Density Drug Trafficking Areas, according to Michael Botticelli, director of the National Drug Control Policy. more
(Updated 6:02 p.m. and 2:33 p.m., Feb. 9) Sixty Optum employees will be laid off here in April, according to a notice on the state Department of Labor and Training’s website. more
HealthSource RI said 36,004 individuals have signed up for coverage through the exchange as of Feb. 20, a 0.5 percent increase from the week before. more
More babies are being born with exposure to opioids in Rhode Island, the annual KIDS COUNT Factbook has found. more
Newport Hospital is hosting a free community lecture on understanding and managing medications, a challenging problem for many in the modern era. The lecture will take place in the hospital’s Gudoian Conference Room from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Dec. 15. more
Dr. Susan Koelliker was recently appointed as the new chief of diagnostic imaging at Women & Infants Hospital. more
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