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R.I. Senate passes bill requiring insurers to cover biomarker cancer testing

PROVIDENCE – Legislation requiring all Rhode Island health insurance plans to cover biomarker testing for cancer treatment has passed the R.I. Senate. Sponsored by Sen....
TECH SUPPORT: Dr. Subhashini Ayloo sits with the da Vinci surgery system that helps her perform complex liver surgery. Ayloo joined Brown Surgical Associates in February. / COURTESY LIFESPAN CORP./BILL MURPHY

Robot-assisted surgeon performs a first in R.I.

With the precision of slender robotic tools, Dr. Subhashini Ayloo can look inside someone’s abdomen with three-dimensional accuracy. A small incision can be all she...
TENDING THE DRIPBAR: Shannon Petteruti is the owner and CEO and Ben Crosbie is the chief development officer of THE DRIPBaR in Warwick, a medical spa that features IV therapy, in which vitamins are pumped into the bloodstream intravenously.  / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

DRIPBaR serves up vitamins through IV therapy

IV drips are typically used to cure one’s hangover, rehydrating someone with vitamins after a night of one too many, and are popular in...
Denise Chakoian is a 14-year veteran of Rhode Island’s fitness industry and a cancer survivor. Last year she saw her business grow by merging two studios into a 7,000-square-foot space in Providence’s Wayland Square, doing business as CORE Cycle.Fitness.Lagree Studio.  / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Build a community to grow business

Denise Chakoian | CORE Center of Real Energy LLC owner and president When I began 14 years ago, I focused on building a business, thinking...

To Market, to Market

Two researchers are developing a device to stabilize newborns being tested for meningitis. Another two are growing human tissue for post heart-attack repair. Others...
TAKING CONTROL: Sailing Heals takes cancer patients and their caregivers for a sail aboard the schooner Madeleine in Newport.
 / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

For the very sick, sailing a chance to ‘refuel their souls’

Katelyn McSherry’s memories of her mother on the water stretch back to when she was growing up in Portsmouth. “Growing up, we always had a...

The Translator

With 25 years of research and treatment under his belt, medical oncologist and colorectal cancer specialist Wafik El-Deiry, MD, PhD, FACP (above), knows a...

Lifespan Cancer Institute among 6 groups studying digital symptom reporting benefit

PROVIDENCE – The Lifespan Cancer Institute is among six cancer programs nationally participating in the $9 million SIMPRO study investigating whether electronic reporting of...
ACTIONABLE DATA: From left, Niru Chennagiri, director of informatics at Medley Genomics, and Patrice Milos, CEO, review notes on genetic information at the company’s Providence office. 
 / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Medley Genomics looks to engineer cancer treatment, one tumor at a...

Innovative Companies | Biotechnology and Life Sciences We’ve all heard of data analytics. But what if this data could be used to treat what may...
A bout with cancer strengthened Rhode Island Quality Institute President and CEO Laura Adams’ belief in a statewide health-information exchange and provided her a roadmap 
for how to improve it. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Insight can come in unexpected ways

Laura Adams | Rhode Island Quality Institute president & CEO “I’m sorry, it’s cancer.” I felt shock and dread. That’s impossible – I’m so healthy!...

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