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RHODE ISLAND was granted $17.1 million in federal funding to combat the opioid crisis, HHS announced Wednesday. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/JOHN MOORE/GETTY IMAGES

R.I. to receive $17M in federal funds for opioid crisis

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island will receive $17.1 million in federal funds to combat the opioid crisis, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services...
THE FIRST case of EEE in Rhode Island since 2010 has been confirmed in a resident in West Warwick, according to RIDOH.

First human case of EEE in R.I. since 2010 confirmed

PROVIDENCE – The first human case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis in Rhode Island was found in a person over the age of 50 in...
SUPPLIES OF the Shingrix shingles vaccine in the area are low but improving. Above, a vaccination advertisement at the Walgreens located at 12 East Main Rd., Middletown. / PBN PHOTO/JANINE WEISMAN

Demand in R.I. outpaces CDC’s preferred shingles vaccine but supplies are...

MIDDLETOWN — Word had yet to get out about what was in a pharmacy refrigerator at the Walgreens on East Main Road in Middletown...

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...
RHODE ISLAND will receive $2.3 million in federal funding this year for immunization and vaccine programs. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO MATT NAGER

RIDOH receives $2.3M in federal funds for child vaccinations

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Department of Heath will receive $2.3 million in federal funds this year for immunization and vaccine programs, Sen. Jack Reed,...

Too early to call e-cigs unsafe

Whether they’re warning us about the risks of fat, salt, alcohol or electronic cigarettes, public health authorities tend to mislead – with the best...

R.I. Health Department to test 50 water systems for toxic PFAS...

PROVIDENCE – Next week, the R.I. Department of Health and Brown University will begin testing about 50 water sources, including public wells and licensed...

American Lung Association uses $30K CVS grant for school policies ...

PROVIDENCE – The American Lung Association is using a $30,000 grant from CVS Health Corp. to help Rhode Island schools design, implement and enforce...

Five Questions With: Dr. Michael Koster

Dr. Michael Koster, a pediatric infectious-diseases specialist and a hospitalist at Hasbro Children’s Hospital, is an assistant professor at the Warren Alpert Medical School...
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...
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