Health Care

Health Care
4:18 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Obesity Down In Younger RI Kids, Unchanged In High Schoolers

Childhood health experts gather at a policy roundtable discussion of Rhode Island Kids Count's new issue brief on childhood obesity. From far left, RI Kids Count's Elizabeth Burke Bryant, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island's Peter Andruszkiewicz, and Kids Count analyst James Beasley.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Fewer elementary and middle school students in Rhode Island are obese. That’s according to a new analysis from Rhode Island Kids Count. But the needle isn’t budging on obesity in high schoolers.

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Health Care
3:15 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

HealthSource RI: Current Customers Must Re-Enroll To Keep Coverage

Open enrollment for Rhode Island’s online health insurance marketplace, HealthSource RI, begins November 15. Individuals who are already enrolled must renew their coverage.

Individuals and families who enrolled in a health insurance plan on HealthSource RI the last time around must renew their coverage or pick a new plan by December 23rd. Why? One reason is that their coverage will not automatically renew. Another , said Health Source RI head Christine Ferguson is the choices have changed.

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Health Care
6:00 am
Mon November 3, 2014

At The Crossroads, Part 2: Finding Hep C Infections Before It's Too Late

Credit Jake Harper / RIPR

Hepatitis C infects an estimated five million Americans, nearly 20-thousand Rhode Islanders among them. And most of them don’t know it. But many are about to find out. It takes about 20 years for most people to notice any symptoms from hepatitis C, and it was about that long ago most people got infected. Now doctors in Rhode Island and throughout the country are noticing a wave of patients with the kind of advanced liver disease hepatitis C can cause.                                                                               

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Ebola
5:30 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Liberians Face Ebola Stigma Here, Tragedy Back Home

The Ballah family, friends, and relatives, including (l to r) Nellie Ballah, Kumba Forkpa, Randell Dauda, Winnie Sackor, and Seaniah Ballah, plus little Mekhi Ballah and baby Nia.
Kristin Gourlay RIPR

Ebola continues to dominate headlines, across the nation and here in Rhode Island. This week the state’s hospitals began conducting Ebola preparedness exercises, and all eyes are on a nurse in Maine who defied a quarantine order. But for the thousands of Liberians living in Rhode Island, the real stories are unfolding, often tragically, back home. Now, many Liberians say the public’s fear of Ebola is affecting daily life.

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Health Care
1:05 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Health Dept. Conducts Ebola "Exercises" With Hospitals

The Rhode Island health department says it’s conducting exercises with hospitals to test their readiness for Ebola patients.

In a weekly update to reporters, state health officials say there are no cases of Ebola in Rhode Island, although they have investigated – and ruled out – "a number of" possible cases since August.

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Health Care
9:19 am
Wed October 29, 2014

New Hepatitis C Drugs May Push State Over Budget

Providing medical assistance to low income Rhode Islanders will cost the state more than projected. One of the major factors behind the increase is the cost of two new drugs.                   

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Health Care
4:31 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Ebola Patient Ashoka Mukpo: There Were Times When I Didn't Know If I'd Survive

Rhode Islander Ashoka Mukpo left The Nebraska Medical Center, where he was treated for Ebola, after spending about ten days in isolation.
Credit The Nebraska Medical Center

There were times when Ashoka Mukpo didn’t know if he would survive Ebola. Mukpo spent about two and a half weeks in a Nebraska hospital after coming down with Ebola while working as a freelance cameraman in Liberia

He is now back home in Providence.

Mukpo said even thought his symptoms got worse, he knew he was in good hands. After about twelve days he could see in his doctors’ eyes that he was probably going to make it.  “I felt that it was manageable, I never felt serious panic coming from any of the nurses,” he said. “So I felt that I was in relatively good hands.”

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Health Care
2:04 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Lifespan, CVS MinuteClinics To Share Electronic Medical Records

Credit CVS Health

Lifespan hospitals and CVS pharmacy’s walk-in health clinics say they’ve agreed to share patients’ electronic medical records.

Lifespan is Rhode Island’s biggest health system, and it’s in the midst of implementing a brand new electronic medical records system. A spokeswoman for Lifespan says there’s no timeline yet for the collaboration with CVS Health (formerly CVS Caremark), and the details still have to be worked out. But sometime after the system is live, the two organizations will be able to share information about patients.

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Health Care
2:40 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

For Now, Monitoring, But No Isolation For W. African Arrivals

The Rhode Island Department of Health says it’s currently monitoring several recent arrivals from West Africa to guard against Ebola. But some members of the West African community want the health department to do more.

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Health Care
9:00 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Rhode Islander Diagnosed With Ebola Better, Set To Be Released

Ashoka Mukpo is free of the Ebola virus, and is scheduled to be released from isolation Wednesday.
Credit facebook

The Rhode Islander who was the fifth American to return to the US to be treated for Ebola, is virus-free. Doctors say he will be released from isolation this morning.

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