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KELLY MCCARTHY, right, corporate director of memory care at LCB Senior Living in Norwood, Mass., served as the keynote address speaker at the Alzheimer's Association Caregiver's Journey conference two years ago. She is pictured with Jerome Morgan, who has Alzheimer's disease and attended the conference. / COURTESY ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION

Alzheimers’ Association to host Caregiver’s Journey conference

WARWICK – About 23,000 Rhode Islanders are living with Alzheimer’s disease, cared for by roughly 53,000 unpaid caregivers, whose quality of life will be...
THE HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN named the Providence VA Medical Center Rhode Island's only Healthcare Equality Leader in its 2018 LGTBQ Healthcare Equality Index. Four Lifespan hospitals were also named Top Performers this year. / COURTESY HRC

Report: Providence VA Medical Center R.I.’s leader in LGBTQ health care...

PROVIDENCE – Providence VA Medical Center earned a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Healthcare Equality Index 2018, the only hospital in the...

Top Doctors List names 279 local physicians to ranks for 2017-18

PROVIDENCE – About 279 physicians in Rhode Island and Bristol County, Mass., have been named by their peers to the Top Doctors List for...
PREPARED: R.I. State Police Trooper Brendan Morgan with his opioid overdose kit and supply of naloxone that he needs to have for his patrol. / PBN PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO

State making strides curbing opioid abuse

A 9 percent decline in opioid-overdose deaths during the first eight months of 2017 compared with the same period the previous year shows Rhode...
SURPLUS: With most Rhode Island hospitals experiencing a decline in patients since 2006, and falling demand for inpatient services, the state has a surplus of hospital beds. Shown above is a patient room from The Miriam Hospital in Providence. / COURTESY ­LIFESPAN CORP.

Hospital demand falls, industry groups differ on whether to embrace trend

Officials and an expert analysis agree Rhode Island has a hospital-bed surplus coupled with a trend toward diminishing demand for inpatient services, but local...
A DIAGRAM showing the difference between a healthy brain and one with advanced Alzheimer's disease. / COURTESY NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH

Butler Hospital, Rhode Island Mood & Memory Research Institute join Alzheimer’s...

PROVIDENCE — Butler Hospital’s Memory and Aging Program and the Rhode Island Mood & Memory Research Institute are participating in Novartis Pharmaceuticals’ international Alzheimer’s disease prevention...
FURTHER STUDY: Dr. Gregory D. Jay, owner of Lubris LLC, has been investigating lubricin, a glycoprotein recently licensed to Novartis for use as a dry-eye treatment. Jay is looking into lubricin’s potential as a treatment for damaged joints and abdominal scarring prevention. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

R.I. hospitals’ dilemma: Nurture innovation or be downsized by it

Medical innovation saves and improves otherwise desperate lives and lends prestige to the hospitals nurturing it, while attracting new patients, funding, and top researchers...
MANAGED CARE: Dr. Kevin Baill is unit chief of intensive inpatient adult treatment services in the ambulatory detox clinic at Butler Hospital, which recently added a center of excellence for opioid-addiction treatment. / PBN PHOTO/STEPHANIE EWENS

Butler treating opioid addiction as disease

Rhode Island added a fourth center of excellence for opioid-addiction treatment at Providence’s Butler Hospital in November, part of a statewide effort to focus...
BUTLER HOSPITAL will be the site of a new 24-hour opioid treatment center, funded through the Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities, and Hospitals using a federal grant. / COURTESY BUTLER HOSPITAL

Raimondo, Butler officials detail $242K opioid-treatment program

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Gina M. Raimondo and Care New England representatives, along with officials from Butler Hospital, The Providence Center, and Continuum Behavioral Health, announced...
BROWN UNIVERSITY'S Humanity-Centered Robotics Initiative is partnering with Hasbro to add artificial intelligence to the toy maker's Joy For All Companion Pets interactive toy cats and dogs to help senior citizens with medication reminders and other tasks. / COURTESY HASBRO INC.

NSF grant funds Hasbro-Brown robot-pet program to benefit elders

PROVIDENCE – A National Science Foundation grant of $1 million will fund work by Brown University’s Humanity-Centered Robotics Initiative to design a smart-robot animal...
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