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RHODE ISLAND ranked No. 8 in the U.S. for worst drug problem. / COURTESY WALLETHUB

WalletHub: R.I. has No. 8 largest drug problem in U.S.

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island ranked No. 8 among the United States and Washington, D.C., with the largest drug problems, according to WalletHub report Monday.The...
ALEX AZAR, secretary of Health and Human Services, speaks during a press briefing at the White House after an event on lowering drug prices with President Donald Trump. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/ANDREW HARRER

Trump health secretary says drugmakers must help cut prices

NEW YORK - President Donald Trump’s top health official said the administration plans to turn up the heat on the pharmaceutical industry if it doesn’t...
SOUTHCOAST HEALTH OPENED its new wound center at St. Luke’s Hospital May 7. From left: Dr. Gerald Monchik, medical director, Wound Care Center, Charlton Memorial Hospital; Renee Clark, chief operating officer, Southcoast Health; Keith A. Hovan, president and CEO, Southcoast Health; Patricia Webster, area vice president, Healogics Inc.; Dr. Robert Sandfort, medical director, Wound Care Center, St. Luke’s Hospital; Cheryl Thompson, director, Southcoast Health Wound Care Center; Jason Rua, chair, Southcoast Health board of trustees; and Timothy Eixenberger, chief nursing officer, Southcoast Health. / COURTESY SOUTHCOAST HEALTH

Southcoast Health opens new wound care center at St. Luke’s Hospital

NEW BEDFORD – Southcoast Health opened a second Wound Care Center May 7 at St. Luke’s Hospital, the second such facility affiliated with Healogics...
DR. ELEFTHERIOS MYLONAKIS, chief of infectious diseases at Rhode Island Hospital, is researching new drugs to fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria. / COURTESY LIFESPAN

Five Questions With: Dr. Eleftherios Mylonakis

Dr. Eleftherios Mylonakis is chief of infectious diseases at Lifespan Corp. affiliate Rhode Island Hospital. He is also the Charles C.J. Carpenter professor of infectious...
THE YOUR BLUE STORE location in East Providence. Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island offers on-site nurse case managers at its Your Blue Store locations in East Providence, Warwick and Lincoln. / COURTESY BCBSRI

BCBSRI offers on-site nurse case managers at Your Blue Store sites

PROVIDENCE – Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island now offers full-time on-site nurse case managers at each of its Your Blue Store...
DR. TIM CAVANAUGH, a nationally recognized leader in LGBTQ health, will care for LGBTQ patients at Thundermist’s Woonsocket site. He will also teach colleagues about health concerns LGBTQ patients face. / COURTESY THUNDERMIST HEALTH CENTER

LGBTQ health expert joins Thundermist Health Center in Woonsocket

WOONSOCKET – Dr. Tim Cavanaugh, a nationally recognized leader in LGBTQ health, joined Thundermist Health Center as a family medicine provider, which will improve...
RHODE ISLAND COLLECTED more than 3,000 pounds of unused, discarded prescriptions during National Drug Take-Back Day on April 28. / COURTESY DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION

R.I. nets 3K lbs. of surplus prescriptions for National Drug Take-Back...

PROVIDENCE – The Drug Enforcement Administration’s New England Field Division collected 44 tons of expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs at 580 collection sites...
THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION released a blueprint called American Patients First that aims to increase competition for medicines and reduce patients’ out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/DHIRAJ SINGH

Trump promises aggressive campaign to cut U.S. drug prices

NEW YORK - President Donald Trump said he would propose the most sweeping plan in United States history to lower drug prices, an attempt...
ABSTRACT ART: University of Rhode Island students have been working with clients of Cornerstone Adult Services in Warwick this semester on an art project called “Opening Minds through Art.” Molly Richards, right, of Cape Cod, Mass., a URI sophomore in human development and family studies, with a minor in psychology, works with Margaret Pleau of Warwick on a watercolor painting. / PBN PHOTO/
MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. needs bigger elder-care workforce

Geriatrics, like pediatrics, provides care for a specific demographic.But the care for older adults – unlike the care for children – does not attract...
SIMULATED SCENE: University of Rhode Island nursing students at the new Nursing Education Center at South Street Landing in Providence attend to a patient during a simulated hospital scene in which the woman, played by an actor, is in labor. From left, URI junior Rachel Kane, of Braintree, Mass.; Rachel Winslow, patient actor; URI junior Sandy Vuong, of Danville, N.J.; URI senior Brittany Hunt, of Scituate; Jane Williams, dean of the School of Nursing at Rhode Island College; and Barbara Wolfe, dean of the College of Nursing at URI. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Nursing Education Center provides advanced tech, simulations for students

The woman on the hospital bed looked distressed and unwell. Sent over with a diagnosis of pre-eclampsia, she was 36 weeks pregnant with her...
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