Health Care

The Pulse
12:00 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Health benefits exchanges in the spotlight…literally

States that have chosen to make their own online marketplaces for health insurance are moving ahead, some more quickly than others. And there’s no time to lose: these exchanges have to come online in 2014, under the Affordable Care Act timeline. (Here’s an update on where states are with their exchanges.)

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Health Care
2:00 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Introducing Future Docs

Welcome! We're launching a new series here on Rhode Island Public Radio. It's called Future Docs. Part one airs October 3, 2012. But there's much more right here, online.

We hope you'll visit this site often to keep up to date on Future Docs and join the conversation. Feel free to:

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Health Care
1:00 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

About Future Docs

From Rhode Island Public Radio, Future Docs is a radio and online documentary project that follows the experiences of medical students and residents as they become doctors. They are our “Future Docs.” Our key question: what’s it like to become a doctor today in Rhode Island, and how is that changing? Along the way, we’re talking to experts, analyzing relevant news, and looking beyond Rhode Island’s borders to create a richer picture of doctor education today.

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Health Care
1:00 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Participants

Peter Kaminski

Peter Kaminski

In his words: The son of Polish refugees who left the country during the Cold War, I was born in Idaho in 1988 but I’ve spent most of my life growing up in Acton, Massachusetts. After high school I attended college at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, earning a bachelors degree in Microbiology and Public Health while working as an Emergency Medical Technician.

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Health Care
1:00 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Resources

Selected reading – an evolving list:

News

  • American Medical Association news about graduate medical education
  • Commentary in the Association of American Medical Colleges journal Academic Medicine, “Education the Present and Future Health Care Workforce to Provide Care to Populations”
  • NY Tim article: “Luring students into family medicine,” (Sept. ’12)

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The Pulse
12:00 am
Tue September 11, 2012

The health costs of post-9/11 wars

On this solemn anniversary, an update on the terrible costs of war, including the toll on veterans’ and their families’ lives, from the Brown University-based “Costs of War” project. The ongoing project taps academics of all stripes to tally up the myriad costs of post-9/11 wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other locations, from the invisible and previously unaccounted for costs to taxpayers to the vastly under-reported costs in civilian lives, economies, and environments.

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The Pulse
12:00 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Affording end of life and long term care

A new study in the Journal of General Internal Medicine finds that nearly a quarter of Medicare recipients spend more than their total household assets on out-of-pocket health care costs in the last five years of their lives. That’s in co-payments, home health care, things Medicare doesn’t cover.

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The Pulse
12:00 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Recovery news round-up

Addiction is a debilitating disease. It’s progressive, chronic, and can kill you.

But it’s also treatable. And there’s been increasingly good news on that front. So, I thought it might be a good time to share a handful of recent stories I’ve come across. Plus, September is Recovery Month, sponsored by the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

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The Pulse
12:00 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Tick-borne diseases and the blood supply

Tomorrow morning (Thurs., Sept. 6) I’ll be joining our Morning Edition host Chuck Hinman to talk about the rising number of transfusion-acquired babesiosis infections.


Testing blood serum samples at Yale’s School of Public Health

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The Pulse
12:00 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Ticks, disease, and the environment

This week, we’re all about Block Island here on RIPR. It’s the focus of our annual “One Square Mile” series, where we bring you stories on a variety of angles about one particular part of Rhode Island. As we started exploring this beautiful island, it became clear to me that one of the biggest health stories is how ticks have come to be such a menace. So, I invite you to listen to the three stories I’ve reported about the problem:

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