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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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