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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...

Rhode to Health mobile unit to provide HIV/AIDS screening, outreach

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Health experts from the University of Rhode Island Academic Health Collaborative recently dedicated its new Rhode to Health mobile unit, a...

Brown receives Vanguard of the Arts award

SHERILYN BROWN, former education director for the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, recently received the Beacon Charter School’s 2018 Vanguard of the...
BLUE INNOVATION: Salve Regina University, in partnership with the Consulate General of Canada, will host the annual Blue Innovation Symposium, featuring more than 200 specialists and sponsors from the marine industry, Nov. 27-28.
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Editor’s Choice: Salve Regina University to host Blue Innovation Symposium

EDITOR’S CHOICE Salve Regina University to host Blue Innovation Symposium  SALVE REGINA UNIVERSITY, partnering with the Consulate General of Canada, will welcome for the...
WATER PATROL: R.I. Department of Environmental Management environmental police officer Harold Guise, above, recently arrested a recreational fisherman for exceeding the legal daily catch limit for tautog in the state.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

State struggles to curb fish poaching

Fish poaching is something the R.I. Department of Environmental Management doesn’t take lightly, as one East Greenwich man recently learned when he found himself...
THE R.I. DEPARTMENT of Health reports declining opioid overdose deaths in 2017 and 2018. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/KIYOSHI OTA

R.I. reports slight decline in opioid overdose deaths as national figures...

PROVIDENCE — The Ocean State has recorded a slight downturn in the number of opioid overdose deaths in 2017 and the start of 2018...
OCEAN STATE Job Lot has partnered with the R.I. Department of Health and the American Cancer Society to provide cancer screenings to its 700 employees.

Ocean State Job Lot, RIDOH, ACS partner for employee cancer screenings

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Ocean State Job Lot, a leading discount closeout retailer headquartered in Rhode Island with stores throughout New England, New Jersey and...

CDC recommends getting flu shot before October ends

PROVIDENCE – Flu season is near, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends getting vaccinated against the virus strains that cause the...
TAKING ADVANTAGE: Ortho Rhode Island’s new building being constructed along Crossings Boulevard in Warwick will be the state’s first to take advantage of legislation exempting medical-tourism-themed facilities from the R.I. Department of Health’s certificate-of-need process.
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Groundwork in place to nurture R.I. medical tourism

RHODE Island is poised to capitalize on medically inspired travel between cities and countries, with Ortho Rhode Island Inc.’s pending three-story building next to...
INFECTION PREVENTION: Lee Ann Quinn, right, director of infection prevention and control for South County Hospital in South Kingstown, speaks with Kristen Whelan, infection prevention, employee health analyst and flu clinic coordinator.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Number of R.I. health workers getting flu shot growing, room for...

Health care workers who engage with patients are strongly encouraged to get the flu vaccine. And if the virus becomes widespread in Rhode Island,...
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