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UP IN THE AIR: Grace Berg, left, Breathe Providence project coordinator, and Meredith Hastings, Brown University professor, check on one of the group’s air sensors in the Jewelry District in Providence. 

Clearing the air: Brown study focuses on local air quality

Rhode Island may be the smallest of the 50 states, but it stands out among the rest in at least one category: asthma rates. Approximately...
STAYING PUT: Joseph J. Trunzo, professor of psychology and assistant director for the School of Health and Behavioral Sciences at Bryant University, says having Rhode Island join PSYPACT will help keep psychologists from leaving the state.

R.I. part of interstate pact key to mental telehealth

Providing mental health care to patients out of state has been a conundrum facing Rhode Island practitioners for as many years as there have...
MAKING THE ASSIST: Vanderbilt Rehabilitation Center patient Andrea Blair, right, of Cumberland, wears the ­EksoNR exoskeleton and moves through a walking session with the guidance of physical therapist Allissondra Dutra. 

High-tech exoskeleton lending a hand, arms and legs

Early last December, Chuck Allen was enjoying a lazy afternoon at home in North Kingstown. His wife, Becky, had run out for a few...
OUTREACH PREP: Emergency physician Dr. Rebecca Karb, third from left, speaks with health officials and House of Hope Community Development Corp. outreach workers before going to meet with homeless clients.

Amid housing shortage, access to care wavers

Sitting next to a campfire in a homeless encampment in a wooded area in Providence, emergency room physician Dr. Rebecca Karb found herself looking...
GOING BIG: This is a rendering of the planned building for Providence College’s new School of Nursing and Health Sciences, which will feature 60,000 square feet of classrooms, laboratories and collaboration space. It is scheduled to be completed by December 2024. 

PC poised to feed R.I.’s health worker pipeline

Rhode Island is about to get a new source of nurses and other health care professionals. Plans for Providence College’s new School of Nursing and...
GETTING IT RIGHT: Dr. Pablo Rodriguez, owner of Nuestra Salud Productions LLC, says he launched a health care-related radio show and website geared toward Spanish-speaking people to help them find the right care at the right place.

Bridging gaps to help patients get proper care

Dr. Pablo Rodriguez has been trying to bridge gaps in health care his whole life. Born in Puerto Rico, he came to the United States...
COVID COVERAGE: Dr. Philip Chan, consultant medical director at the R.I. Department of Health, says downgrading the emergency status for the COVID-19 pandemic will not change the availability of vaccines and treatments. 

Health insurers will soon have option to start charging for COVID...

For the past three years, grabbing an over-the-counter or laboratory COVID-19 test has been easy, relatively quick and entirely free. But soon, some Rhode...
HONING IN: Dr. Abbas El-Sayed Abbas, chief of thoracic surgery at Lifespan Corp., uses the Ion machine, a robotic-assisted navigational bronchoscopy system at Rhode Island Hospital that allows doctors to perform biopsies on small lung nodules.

Faster tumor diagnosis with robotic assistance

Dr. Andrew Foderaro has performed countless bronchoscopies over his career, but even he can find it tricky. The procedure requires a doctor to maneuver a...
EARLY ­SUPPORT: New England Medical Innovation Center co-founder Lydia Shin Schroter, right, leads an international team at the organization’s Providence headquarters. 

NEMIC programs helping draw global startups to Providence, break into U.S....

John Cho was not very familiar with ­Providence a few months ago. As a South Korean entrepreneur in the health care sector, he never...
GOOD NEWS, BAD NEWS: Dr. Jared Anderson, standing outside Rhode Island Hospital, where he works as an emergency physician, says electronic health records are beneficial for care but interfaces need to be optimized so doctors aren’t spending so much time on data entry. 

Are electronic health records burning out doctors?

Dr. Oliver Mayorga recalls one time attending to a patient in the Westerly Hospital emergency room who was suffering from cancer. The patient, a Rhode...
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