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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...

Online platform gives sufferers place to share

When it comes to a devastating illness or injury, doctors often represent lifelines for people whose daily routines no longer resemble their former lives. Physicians...
DEDICATED STAFF: Dr. Ana Tuya Fulton, back left, head of a special unit dedicated to seniors at Kent Hospital, speaks with, from left foreground, Dr. Julio Defillo Draibe; Leyda Urugutja-Cante, medical social worker; and Kim Jones, occupational therapist. Fulton said Rhode Island is among the top 10 states for its older adult population.

Hospitals, health systems prepare to accommodate influx of older patients

Since February, when Kent County Memorial Hospital’s Acute Care for Elders unit opened, the 10-bed section has been full of patients age 75 and...
GOOD FIT: Guillermo Perez, right, helps Gary Balletto get hooked up to a stationary bike made for people with paralysis at an adaptive gym Balletto created inside the Cranston YMCA. Balletto has a spinal cord injury and wanted to give others with similar injuries and disabilities a chance to work out with everyone else.

With specialized equipment, many now can find fitness and social interaction...

Noise, chatter and a feeling of camaraderie are typical of most fitness center visits. Gym-goers are rarely alone, sweating it out, even if conversation...

PBN Healthiest Employers Awards 2019 special section

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CLOSE COORDINATION: Dr. David Bourassa, right, chief medical officer for Thundermist Health Center, speaks with medical assistant Aminata Gassama. Bourassa said primary care doctors can coordinate a patient’s care better than a CVS MinuteClinic because they know a patient’s medical history.

Docs worry CVS clinics coming between them, patients

When it comes to minor health care issues, scheduling a doctor’s office visit can sometimes be more of a headache than many people can...
TAKING CONTROL: Sailing Heals takes cancer patients and their caregivers for a sail aboard the schooner Madeleine in Newport.

For the very sick, sailing a chance to ‘refuel their souls’

Katelyn McSherry’s memories of her mother on the water stretch back to when she was growing up in Portsmouth. “Growing up, we always had a...
NEW PROTOCOLS: Jenn Anderson with her son Brandon, 10. Brandon has had sepsis several times, but new protocols at Hasbro Children’s Hospital help him get treatment more quickly.

With new protocols, early diagnosis, treatment improve outcomes

Jenn Anderson knew her son had pneumonia when he was admitted to the intensive care unit at Hasbro Children’s Hospital two years ago. She’d become...
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