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CONCERNED: Paul Adam, a longtime American Cancer Society volunteer, worries about the impact of the COVID-19 health crisis on cancer treatment. His twin brother, Peter Adam, was diagnosed with leukemia shortly after the virus appeared in Rhode Island. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Pandemic adds obstacles to fight against cancer

Paul Adam didn’t think cancer would strike so close to home again. Because of his work as vice state lead ambassador of the American Cancer...

Hospital workers getting own brand of aid

Music performed by the group Healing Through ­Harmony, made up of students from the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, plays softly in...
GROWING ­CONCERN: Crisis phone screeners Alechi Wali, left, and Lydia Villafana take calls at the state-run BH Link call center in East Providence. The center, which fields calls from people experiencing a mental health or behavioral health need, has seen calls related to the COVID-19 pandemic increase in recent weeks. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Pandemic raises workload for mental health agencies

During the first week of March at the BH Link call center in East Providence, about 3.5% of the roughly 40 calls that came...
SILENT ONSET: Dr. Jonathan Drake, associate director of the Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorders Center at Rhode Island Hospital, says Alzheimer’s develops decades before a person shows the first ­symptoms. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

New Alzheimer’s drug trial at R.I. Hospital a source of comfort...

Brightly colored images of a patient’s brain, taken with a specialized scan, glow on Dr. Jonathan Drake’s computer screen as he points out deposits...

Don’t ignore chance to avoid an outbreak in R.I.

The effects on daily life of the COVID-19 pandemic and efforts to limit its spread locally will only grow in the coming weeks, but...

Coronavirus raises workplace issues

Fears of a coronavirus pandemic are growing by the day, but employers looking to limit the chances of an outbreak in their workplaces could...
LAB WORK: Research associates Mitchell McAlister and Olivia Morin work in the lab at EpiVax in Providence. The biotechnology company recently began working on a coronavirus vaccine. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

EpiVax devises ‘recipe’ for coronavirus vaccine

Staying current on the frantic pace of the coronavirus outbreak means following reports by major news outlets for most people, but analysts at EpiVax...
TACTICAL TECH: Dr. Richard Terek, right, chief of musculoskeletal surgery at Rhode Island Hospital, and Qian Chen, director of the hospital’s Center for Biomedical Research Excellence in Skeletal Health and Repair, have developed nanoparticles to deliver medicine to limit the growth of bone cancer tumors. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

R.I. researchers test nanoparticles in fight against rare bone cancer

For the past 26 years, Dr. Richard Terek has been treating bone cancer patients at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence. Some forms of the disease...
SOME GOOD NEWS: Lee-Ann Quinn’s son, Zach, just turned 21 and his family learned recently that the state will continue to cover the nursing care that he needs to stay at home. About 15 other families are waiting for word on similar benefits for children who’ve recently aged out of pediatric benefits. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Anxious R.I. families await decision on special medical coverage

Like most kids, Zach Quinn and Corinna Calise lived at home with their families for their entire lives. But the two, both of whom...
RESCUE CHIEF: Cranston Fire Department Deputy Chief Paul A. Casey, director of the city’s emergency medical services, says Cranston handles billing for rescue-vehicle rides the same way as other Rhode Island communities: Insurers are billed; city residents are not. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Some ambulance rides can end with surprising bill

Emergencies that lead to ambulance rides are nerve-racking enough, but sometimes the bill that follows can be almost as stressful. Although ambulance and rescue-vehicle services...

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