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RIDOH to receive $1.5M in funding to combat diabetes, heart disease

PROVIDENCE – Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., announced Thursday that the R.I. Department of Health’s Diabetes, Heart Disease and Stroke Program will receive $1.5 million...
DRUGMAKERS ARE PREPARING to raise prices Jan. 1 following promises that they wouldn’t raise their prices in 2018. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/KIYOSHI OTA

CDC: R.I. opioid death rate drops to 11th in U.S.

PROVIDENCE – Friday’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention opioid overdose report showed a decrease in overall deaths from 326 in 2016 to 320...
THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE Control and Prevention recommends getting immunized against flu. Above, the map shows that the current rates of flu are sporadic in R.I. but higher in Connecticut and Massachusetts. / COURTESY CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION

DOH urges flu shots as region starts to see increased activity

PROVIDENCE — Flu activity is about level with this time last year in Rhode Island, accounting for 0.59 percent of physician office visits, but...
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. 
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

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...

Thundermist Health Center offers free HIV testing June 27

WARWICK – The only way to know for sure if you have HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, is to get tested, and there...
THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE Control and Prevention has notified travelers that vaccinations against yellow fever are required before entering 135 countries. / COURTESY CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION

Yellow fever outbreak prompts vaccine requirements for entry to 135 countries

EAST PROVIDENCE – A large, ongoing outbreak of yellow fever that recently reached level 2 alert status in multiple states in Brazil has prompted...
CVS HEALTH has announced plans to improve early diagnosis of and in-home treatment of kidney failure, the latter of which is the subject of an upcoming clinical trial. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL NAGLE

CVS developing early intervention for kidney disease, new home dialysis machine

WOONSOCKET —  CVS Health Corp. plans to provide earlier intervention for people most at risk for kidney disease and will launch a clinical trial...
THE CDC reports the current flu vaccine is more than 59 percent effective for children up to eight-years-old against the H3N2 flu virus, the most common strain this season. / COURTESY CDC

Vaccines still recommended as flu season wanes

PROVIDENCE — Flu vaccinations remain your best defense as Rhode Island’s reported influenza-like illnesses continue to wane.Flu-like illnesses comprised of 2.2 percent of all...
THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE Control and Prevention recommends the shingles vaccine Shingrix, now available at all CVS Pharmacy locations, for adults 50 years and older. / COURTESY CDC

CVS offers new shingles vaccine at all pharmacy locations

WOONSOCKET – About 99 percent of people 50 and older are at risk for shingles, a painful rash also known as herpes zoster, and...
The CDC reports Rhode Island is one of five states in the nation showing a decline in opioid-related emergency room visits over the 12 months ended Sept. 30, 2017. /BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/DHIRAJ SINGH

CDC: Rhode Island among five states showing decline in opioid emergency...

PROVIDENCE – A recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report shows Rhode Island is one of the five states in the United States...
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