The Pulse

The Pulse is written by Kristin Gourlay, an award winning health care reporter for Rhode Island Public Radio.

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The Pulse
11:24 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Home Visiting Program Aims To Prevent Child Abuse

The state health department has announced more funding for a home visiting program for families and children at risk. The Healthy Families America program aims to prevent child maltreatment before it starts.                                                        

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Health Care
12:21 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Local Groups Could Benefit From Reed's Overdose Bill

Local efforts to prevent drug overdose deaths could get a boost, if Congress passes new legislation to expand funding to such programs.

Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) introduced a bill that would make funding available to community organizations and public health agencies to buy and distribute naloxone, or Narcan. That’s a life-saving drug that can reverse an overdose on prescription painkillers or heroin.

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The Pulse
4:37 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Recognizing That Caregivers Need Care, Too

There's an informal but vital network of health care providers, toiling away in neighborhoods and towns everywhere. They may not be doctors or nurses, or CNAs, or techs, but they care for elderly parents and spouses with dementia, children with disabilities, and relatives with injuries. They're family caregivers, and sometimes they need a break.

Here's some help, or at least some promising news, for them.

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The Pulse
12:55 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

On World Hepatitis Day, An Invitation

Baby boomers are five times as likely to have chronic hepatitis C as any other age group. That's why the CDC launched a public health campaign to encourage boomers to get screened for the disease. And so, in honor of World Hepatitis Day, I invite---no, I encourage--boomers to get tested for hepatitis C. Why C and not the others? Because we've got effective vaccines for hepatitis A and B, but not for hepatitis C. So let's focus on that one. More information for boomers, below.

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The Pulse
2:56 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Recovery "On Call" In the Emergency Room

A new program aims to connect people who have accidentally overdosed on opioids with addiction treatment – before they leave the emergency room. The state’s largest nonprofit mental health service organization, The Providence Center, is providing what it calls “recovery coaches” to Kent Hospital through a program called AnchorED.

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The Pulse
1:58 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Neglect And The Developing Brain

For babies, healthy brain development is like a tennis game. A caregiver "serves" up an interaction, like a facial expression, a coo, or a word, and the infant "returns" that serve, imitating the expression or sound.

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The Pulse
2:24 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Where ACA Dollars Have Flowed Into RI

CMS-funded innovation projects are taking place throughout Rhode Island.
Credit Screen shot / Centers for Medicare and Medicaid

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid have announced the second round of Health Care Innovation awards. These are big grants for projects that are trying to reduce the cost of health care and/or improve care delivery, often for some of the sickest or most complicated patients.

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The Pulse
2:51 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Getting The Lead Out: The Law Works, Except When It Doesn't

Cracking lead paint
Credit Bart Everson / Flickr

A law aimed at protecting children from unsafe levels of lead in their homes is working, according to a new study. But only when landlords comply with it.

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The Pulse
11:56 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Beach Bound? Get A Free Skin Cancer Screening

Are you beach bound this weekend? That is, after Hurricane Arthur clears out?

If so, you already know to pack the sunscreen, slather it on (a lot of it, two coats), and reapply after a couple of hours. But here's some more information about why to reapply, which kinds of sunscreens and what SPF are best (and what that means, anyway), and more about the latest developments in sunscreen technology - below.

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The Pulse
3:01 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Local Reactions To The Hobby Lobby Decision

Reactions are still coming in to today's U.S. Supreme Court decision in favor of Hobby Lobby (that decision, that the company is not required to cover contraceptives as part of employees' health insurance, can be read here.). Here are a few so far. Keep in mind, more decisions related to this one are expected.

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