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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...
R.I. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH has received a petition from B&B Consulting to add opioid addiction to the list of conditions that can be treated by medical marijuana. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/DHIRAJ SINGH

B&B Consulting asks state to allow medical marijuana as opioid addiction...

WARWICK — B&B Medical Marijuana Evaluation Center/B&B Consulting has petitioned the R.I. Department of Health to add opioid addiction to the list of conditions...

RIDOH: Flu widespread, masks required for unvaccinated health workers

PROVIDENCE – The number of flu cases in Rhode Island has been designated widespread with about 2.7 percent of patient visits at sentinel sites...
RACE VILLAGE: Crowds gather in Newport for the Volvo Ocean Race stopover in May 2015. The 2017-2018 race stopover marked the second time Newport served as the sole North American locale to host the around-the-world yacht race. In the first week, the race village at Fort Adams State Park saw more than 40,000 ­visitors. / COURTESY VOLVO OCEAN RACE/MARC BOW

Marketing and sailing rewards, but departures too in 2018

R.I. Commerce Corp. last year unveiled a much-anticipated statewide tourism marketing campaign that included an updated website and digital ad initiative.Both centered on what...
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...

Women’s Resource Center elects new board members at annual meeting

PROVIDENCE – The Women’s Resource Center, the nonprofit domestic violence and prevention services agency serving Newport and Bristol counties, elected new officials to its...
CUSTOMER SERVICE: Aaliyah Perez is a customer service representative at HealthSource RI’s walk-in center in East Providence. The state’s health insurance exchange had enrolled 31,771 people for coverage in 2019 as of Dec. 10.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

HealthSource RI enrollment ahead of last year’s pace

HealthSource RI is running ahead of last year in enrolling Rhode Islanders for health insurance coverage in 2019.With the deadline approaching on open enrollment,...
PBN PHOTO/Michael Salerno

Five Questions With Dr. James McDonald

Dr. James McDonald | Medical director, R.I. Department of Health1. What is the science behind medical marijuana? Marijuana plants contain different chemicals that are...
PARTNERS HEALTHCARE has only R.I. Department of Health’s review of its intended merger with Care New England remaining before it can proceed with the deal.

FTC: No challenge for Partners, CNE merger

NEW YORK —The Federal Trade Commission is not opposing the merger of Partners HealthCare of Massachusetts and Care New England, the commission confirmed today.Betsy...
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...
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