health en Poor Air Quality Days In Rhode Island To Dwindle In The Future <p>Every Rhode Island county with an air quality monitoring device had slightly more smoggy days this year compared to last year, according to <a href="">a report</a> issued this year by the American Lung Association. The state will likely see those smoggy days dwindle in the future.</p><p></p> Thu, 01 May 2014 11:35:12 +0000 Ambar Espinoza 32908 at Brown 250: Fox Wetle On The Future Of Public Health <p>This week, Rhode Island Public Radio is recognizing Brown University’s 250<sup>th</sup> anniversary with a series of conversations with Brown leaders and alumni.&nbsp; We’re looking forward at what the future might hold for this institution of higher learning in our backyard.</p><p></p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 14:30:12 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 29934 at Brown 250: Fox Wetle On The Future Of Public Health Health Director To Speak On State Of Health In Rhode Island <p>Rhode Island’s department of health director doctor Michael Fine plans to brief state lawmakers Wednesday on the state of the state’s health.</p><p>Fine will update lawmakers on the state’s progress on certain health indicators. Smoking rates are down to about 17 percent. New cases of HIV are falling. But since his last briefing for the General Assembly, Fine said, the needle hasn’t moved in the right direction on another major health challenge – drug addiction and overdose.</p><p>“Drug overdose death is what’s keeping us up at night. That’s our single biggest slippage," said Fine.</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 14:14:00 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 29675 at Health Director To Speak On State Of Health In Rhode Island The Bottom Health Stories of 2013 <p>Lots of news organizations, including this one, are ticking off the year's top 10 stories. I'd like to run through some of Rhode Island's <em>bottom </em>health stories, meaning the ones <em>least </em>likely to have appeared on radar screens - but which should have. And don't worry: there's some good news in here too!</p><p>In no particular order:</p> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 17:27:29 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 26878 at Department of Health Cracking Down On Ambulance Company <p>Imagine riding in an ambulance without heat. That’s apparently been the reality for some people who use the New England Ambulance Company.&nbsp; The state Health Department is putting a stop to the practice.</p><p></p><p></p><p>The Rhode Island Health Department has ordered the New England Ambulance Company to stop running vehicles without heat.&nbsp; The department says it will issue fines of 100 dollars a day if the Johnston firm continues to do so.</p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 14:10:41 +0000 Flo Jonic 26097 at Westerly Zoning Board Takes Up Copar Quarry Expansion <p>Westerly’s Zoning Board is circling back to a cease and desist order against Copar and Westerly Granite. Tuesday's hearing picks up where the zoning board left off earlier this year.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Residents near Copar’s quary say it’s noisy and spews rock and dust into the air, causing health risks. Copar says the noise is no louder than a busy road.</p><p>Meanwhile, Copar and the Town of Westerly are locked in a lawsuit that the former town manager was hoping would be resolved in mediation.</p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 14:20:15 +0000 Catherine Welch 24320 at Rhode Island Drug Take-Back Event Beats Records <p>Rhode Island collected more than 23-hundred pounds of pharmaceuticals this past Saturday during a statewide prescription drug take-back event.</p><p>The Attorney General’s office says that beats the record of all six previous take-back events in Rhode Island.</p><p>Rhode Islanders were encouraged to bring unused or expired prescription medications to several locations throughout Rhode Island for authorities to dispose of safely.</p> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 11:07:54 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 14402 at URI Grant Winner Hopes to Spread Vaccine Awareness <p></p><p>A professor of pharmacy at the University of Rhode Island has just received a grant from the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer; the grant will be used to boost the rate of pneumonia vaccines in the state.</p><p></p><p>According Dr. Kerry LaPlante there has been a rise in cases of invasive pneumonia in RI, reaching 11.9 percent of the population, about 3 points higher than the national average.</p><p>LaPlante and her team plan to use the $700,00 grant to increase awareness and availability of the vaccine to those most at risk.</p> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 18:53:32 +0000 John Bender 12515 at URI Grant Winner Hopes to Spread Vaccine Awareness Thursday, January 31, 2013 <p>Heavy winds, heavy rain, and warmer than usual temperatures.&nbsp; We have an interesting start to&nbsp; the day.&nbsp; State education officials are defending standardized test scores as a requirement for high school diplomas. These stories and more on the RIPR Morning News Podcast.</p><p></p><p><br>Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you.&nbsp;<a href="mailto:"></a></p> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 15:25:35 +0000 Lydia Rogers 9525 at Miller: full agenda for state senate health committee <p>(PROVIDENCE, RI) State Sen. Josh Miller has been named chairman of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee. The senator representing Cranston and Providence is anticipating a full agenda for health-related legislation.</p><p>Josh Miller takes the helm of the health and human services committee from former chairwoman Rhoda Perry, who didn’t run for reelection. As the new chair, Miller will wield influence over the senate’s health legislation agenda. He says he hopes to consider, in particular, legislation to address disparities in hospital payments.</p> Thu, 03 Jan 2013 19:23:34 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 7125 at