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AT HER EXPENSE: It’s been three years since Barbara Baker was diagnosed with colon cancer. While her treatment was successful, it has cost her thousands of dollars and counting. / PBN PHOTO/ RUPERT WHITELEY

Cancer patients finding costs are overwhelming

Barbara Baker went to Rhode Island Hospital in 2017 for a routine colonoscopy and was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer. “I had to put...
CLOSE WATCH: Registered nurse Jessica Pace, left, who works in the Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital Emergency Department, checks the intravenous line of Dolce Contreras, 32, of Central Falls, who is receiving convalescent plasma therapy as part of a clinical trial on its effectiveness against COVID-19. / COURTESY LIFESPAN CORP./WILLIAM MURPHY

Clinical trial on plasma makes headway in R.I.

Rhode Island Hospital is one of 30 medical facilities nationwide testing whether a plasma-based treatment for COVID-19 that has been approved for emergency use...
AT THE READY: Julia Tiberi, CVS pharmacy manager in Cumberland, prepares a dose of the flu vaccine. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Flu season made more complex by COVID-19

State health officials and health care providers are bracing for a flu season that may further test a Rhode Island health care system already...
RETAINING PROVIDERS: Jennifer Gaviria, co-founder of the Latino Mental Health Network of Rhode Island, says salaries for multilingual mental health providers need to be raised to retain them.  PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Study: Diversity crucial in mental-health field

Racial and ethnic minorities in Rhode Island are facing many barriers when seeking mental health treatment and services, according to a report released recently...
LEADING THE CHARGE: Dr. Susan Duffy, left, and Susan Korber, associate chief nursing officer, both with Lifespan, are working to implement telemedicine for the long term. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Hospitals see benefits of adding telemedicine

Christopher Cowan has left his house only twice since COVID-19 hit the U.S. in March. The North Stonington, Conn., resident has serious underlying conditions that...
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...

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