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6:00 am
Thu January 8, 2015

At The Crossroads, Part 8: Fueled By Opioid Abuse, New Hep C Infections Rise

A rapid hepatitis C test requires only a finger prick for a drop of blood and about a 20 minute wait to find out if you have been exposed to hepatitis C. A follow up confirmatory blood test is required to determine whether you've developed chronic hepatitis C infection.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

In 2014, hundreds of Rhode Islanders died from accidental drug overdoses.  Thousands more remain addicted to prescription painkillers and heroin. For those who inject the drugs, there’s another risk: hepatitis C.

In the final story in our series “At the Crossroads,” we meet a team of outreach workers determined to find new infections before it’s too late.

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Bringing disease prevention to the streets

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Health Care
5:32 am
Wed January 7, 2015

Bishop Tobin Offers Suggestions To Keep Flu At Bay

Bishop Thomas Tobin offers some suggestion to keep the flu at bay among area churches.
Credit Providence Diocese

We’re in the midst of flu season. It’s officially been declared widespread by the state health department.  And Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin is urging churches to take precautions to keep the flu from spreading.

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Health Care
6:00 am
Thu January 1, 2015

New Law Takes Effect To Keep Guns From Seriously Mentally Ill

A new law takes effect today aimed at keeping guns out of the hands of the seriously mentally ill. The state will now begin sending more information to a national criminal background check database.

Anyone who wants to buy a gun from a gun store must submit to a background check. Store owners run the buyer’s information through a few national databases, including the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS. Until recently, Rhode Island shared only criminal records with NICS.

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Health Care
12:00 am
Mon December 29, 2014

Documenting The Evolution Of Emergency Medicine

A new documentary about the evolution of emergency medicine airs tonight (MONDAY) on Rhode Island public television. The documentary was produced by a Rhode Island-born ER doctor and inspired by Rhode Island Hospital’s emergency medicine chief.

Before the 1970s, there was no 911. No ambulance service like we know today. Emergency medicine, says Dr. Mark Brady, wasn’t even a specialty until 1979.

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Health Care
6:00 am
Sun December 28, 2014

Brown Researcher: Hospital Quality Improvements Reduce Disparities

A rising tide lifts all boats. That’s the finding of a Brown University researcher who investigated whether hospital quality improvements brought better care for minority patients as well as white.

Brown University professor Amal Trivedi wanted to know if improved standards at hospitals have helped all patients equally.  Medicare asked hospitals to start reporting certain quality measures in 2005. Trivedi said that at that time, there were significant disparities between the care whites and minorities got at hospitals around the country.

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