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THE RHODE ISLAND DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH published a report on the 1,251 fatal overdoses that took place from January 2016 through June 2020 in the Ocean State, breaking down this information based on the types of jobs held by decedent, showing that 26.4% of fatal overdoses in the state took the lives of those in construction, maintenance and natural resource-related occupations. / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

Report: R.I. construction workers hardest hit by fatal opioid overdose crisis

PROVIDENCE – Among all occupations in the Ocean State, construction and maintenance workers in Rhode Island continue to be hardest hit by the opioid...
Rhode Island Gov. Daniel J. McKee was joined by state public health officials on Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021, at Johnston High School to promote vaccination among student athletes and other high school students. / AP FILE PHOTO STEVEN SENNE

R.I. pushes youth vaccinations, expects approval for children under 12 by...

JOHNSTON – Rhode Island health officials said plans are in place to begin administering COVID-19 vaccines to children under 12 years old this year,...

Health department head Alexander-Scott tests positive for COVID-19

PROVIDENCE - Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott, director of the R.I. Department of Health, has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a spokesman for Gov. Gina...

Will vaccine panels work together?

The newly formed House COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force could offer some early insights into how Gov. Gina M. Raimondo and the presumptive next House...
REOPENING PRIORITIES: Dr. James McDonald, medical director of the R.I. Department of Health, says employers should rely more on health screenings and providing surgical masks for their employees returning to work rather than getting them tested for COVID-19. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Pediatricians say reopening R.I. schools safe

PROVIDENCE (AP) – Gov. Gina M. Raimondo has enlisted the help of two pediatricians to reassure parents that it is safe to reopen the...
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It’s up to us to make R.I.’s ‘new normal’ a better...

In these extraordinary times there is evidence of hope and generosity all around, just as there is uncertainty and urgent, extreme need. We are...
TOUGH TASKS: Participants on the first panel of the Health Care Summit at the Crowne Plaza Providence-Warwick discuss how to reintegrate into the workforce those who have experienced opioid overdoses and how to curb wasteful health care spending. From left: Landmark Medical Center CEO Michael Souza; UnitedHealthcare CEO Stephen Farrell; CVS MinuteClinic Chief Nurse Practitioner Officer Angela Patterson; and CODAC Behavioral Healthcare CEO Linda Hurley.
 / PBN PHOTO/PAMELA BHATIA

Overdoses, end-of-life care challenge health system

The next challenge in caring for those who experience opioid overdoses is long-term reintegration into the workforce and society, panelists said during Providence Business...

Rhode Island beach closures drop

PROVIDENCE - Rhode Island is having to close its beaches less due to elevated bacteria levels, according to new statistics from the state Department...
THE TURN OF THE CALENDAR YEAR triggered changes in Rhode Island tax law, minimum wage and transferred federally mandated ACA-related responsibilities to the Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner. / PBN FILE PHOTO/NICOLE DOTZENROD

With new year, new R.I. rules take effect

PROVIDENCE – With the advent of the new calendar year, new provisions from the fiscal 2018 budget have taken effect. The 2018 fiscal year budget...
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...
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