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Science, policy must catch up with ticks

If your last hike in the woods ended with a tick trying to make a meal of you, you’re not alone: The tiny bloodsuckers...
NATIONAL BIRTHS hit a 32-year low in 2018, according to preliminary data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Above,a map of 2018 birth rates by state. / BLOOMBERG NEWS

CDC report: 10.5K born in R.I. in 2018 as national births...

PROVIDENCE – There were 10,506 live births in Rhode Island in 2018, according to a preliminary report Wednesday from the Centers for Disease Control...
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...
FOR THE FIRST EIGHT months of 2017, Rhode Island officials reported a 9 percent decrease in overdose deaths in the state. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/DHIRAJ SINGH

R.I. reports 9% drop in overdose deaths from January – August...

PROVIDENCE — As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report showing the 2016 national number of overdose deaths at 63,600, 21...
EPIVAX PRESIDENT AND CEO Dr. Anne S. De Groot. EpiVax has joined an National Institutes of Health partnership to research a vaccine for the influenza A (H7N9) virus. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

EpiVax leads NIH’s $5.8M bird-flu vaccine project

PROVIDENCE - Immunolgy engineering biotech firm EpiVax Inc. is leading a National Institutes of Health-funded $5.8 million collaboration developing a protective vaccine against avian influenza...
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