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RECORD TIME: Brown University researchers have published a study showing that electronic health records are more stressful for physicians than they are helpful. At Coastal Medical, practice nurses, such as Margaret Hatzpanian, right, now handle most clinical documents and administrative tasks previously handled by doctors. At left is Stephanie Nunes, nurse practioner.
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RUPERT WHITELEY

Brown researcher: Electronic health records create high stress for physicians

Physicians say electronic health records are stressful, but a survey of Rhode Island doctors and promising strategies suggest compromises between round-the-clock accessibility and reasonable...
IMMUNOTHERAPY TREATMENT: Roger Williams Medical Center physicians Dr. Steven Katz, left, and Dr. N. Joseph Espat are developing a high-pressure application of their immunotherapy treatment for cancer cells. It has been demonstrated to be an effective way to administer the drugs to tumors that are usually resistant to treatment.
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DAVE HANSEN

High-pressure application breakthrough aids RWMC’s immunotherapy ambitions

T-cells genetically altered to seek and kill cancer don’t do much good if the tumor’s density stops it from contacting the offending tissue, a...
BETTER METHOD: Carl Saab, an associate professor of neuroscience and neurosurgery at Brown University and Rhode Island Hospital, and a team of Brown researchers have developed and patented a new way to diagnose and manage pain.
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Brown researchers find brain waves an accurate method for measuring pain

A team of Brown University researchers has developed and patented a new, objective measure of pain using a noninvasive electroencephalograph of theta-band brain waves,...
TAKING ADVANTAGE: Ortho Rhode Island’s new building being constructed along Crossings Boulevard in Warwick will be the state’s first to take advantage of legislation exempting medical-tourism-themed facilities from the R.I. Department of Health’s certificate-of-need process.
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Groundwork in place to nurture R.I. medical tourism

RHODE Island is poised to capitalize on medically inspired travel between cities and countries, with Ortho Rhode Island Inc.’s pending three-story building next to...
ALL IN THE WRIST: Leonard Nihan is owner and CEO of Sea-Band International, a manufacturer of drug-free, acupuncture-pressure wristbands to combat dizziness and nausea for travelers, pregnant women and cancer patients. The company is working to lower prices, create smaller packaging and enter local stores and travel centers.
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Wristband offers drug-free nausea treatment

Sea-Band International creates drug-free, acupuncture-pressure wristbands to combat dizziness and nausea for travelers, pregnant women and cancer patients.Washable and reusable, the wristbands use natural...
VITAL RESEARCH: ­Rachel Mulligan, director of lab operations at MedCure in Cumberland, said the company provides access to more people who want to donate their bodies for research who would otherwise be turned away by learning institutions.
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Body donors aid research, medical training in private, public sector

Donating one’s body to science can be arranged through learning institutions for some, but is much more accessible through private, for-profit “body brokers,” each...
BETTER ­RANKINGS: Shayla Durfey, third-year medical student at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, is a co-author of a study that finds that federal rankings for cost-saving Medicare Advantage Plans improve when adjusted for race, neighborhood poverty and social risk.  
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MICHAEL SALERNO

Brown study: Adjusting Medicare Advantage Plan scores for race, poverty a...

Federal rankings for cost-saving Medicare Advantage Plans improve when adjusted for race, neighborhood poverty and social risk, increasing reimbursement rates for companies offering them,...
PRELIMINARY SHOT: Gladys Torre, a medical assistant at Brown Medicine, administers the yellow-fever vaccine to Dr. Jacob Babu, an orthopedic surgery resident at Brown Medicine, before he travels to Africa. 
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Yellow fever vaccine shortage puts strain on Brown Medicine as only...

When the nation’s sole yellow-fever vaccine manufacturer paused production in April during a global outbreak, local travelers had one spot for shots, a recurring...
DISCOVERY: Life­span researchers Chathuraka T. Jayasuriya, left, and Qian Chen, both of Rhode Island Hospital and the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, have discovered aberrant stem cells that may play a role in osteoarthritis. / PBN PHOTO/
MICHAEL SALERNO

Osteoarthritic stem cell discovery hints at disease’s first drug treatments

A May report by a team of researchers from Rhode Island Hospital and Brown University shows that a portion of unspecialized stem cells in...
DIFFICULT PREDICAMENT: Dr. John Miskovsky, an internist in Pawtucket who served on the Memorial Hospital medical executive committee, says the patients of his private practice are finding it difficult to care for their health without nearby hospital services following the closure of ­Memorial Hospital. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

City seeks waiver to direct rescue runs to local clinics in...

CharterCARE Health Partners remains hopeful of its bid to restore the recently shuttered Memorial Hospital emergency room, but Pawtucket officials may try for a...
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