babies en Women & Infants Sees Surge In Opioid-Addicted Newborns <p>The rising number of Rhode Islanders struggling with an addiction to prescription painkillers and heroin has brought an increase in babies born addicted to these substances. And Women &amp; Infants Hospital is treating a growing number of them.</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 31381 at Women & Infants Sees Surge In Opioid-Addicted Newborns Researchers Find Brain Changes In Babies At Risk For Alzheimer's <p>Scientists have come a step closer to understanding <em>when</em> the signs of Alzheimer’s begin. Brown University researchers and their colleagues have found some of the earliest evidence yet.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 21:28:35 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 25336 at Researchers Find Brain Changes In Babies At Risk For Alzheimer's Women & Infants Labor Dispute Over Definition Of "Delivery" <p>A labor dispute at Women and Infants Hospital in Providence has erupted over the layoff of 16 staff members. The layoffs, and the dispute, turn on the definition of a single word: deliveries.</p><p>Members of the Service Employees International Union local 1199 are picketing outside Women and Infants over the hospital’s decision to cut several cleaning, lab, and clinical staff. Union spokesman Patrick Quinn says his members dispute the hospital’s claim that the number of deliveries – and therefore the need for as many staff – has dropped below 8500 over the past year.</p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 19:22:02 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 23668 at The Safer Way To Donate, Use Breast Milk <p>You may have heard about a new study to be published in the journal of the American Association of Pediatrics about finding high levels of harmful bacteria in breast milk bought from online sources. Here's USA Today's <a href="">coverage </a>of that study.</p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 16:02:38 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 23529 at Women & Infants Researcher Counters Critics of Premature Baby Study <p>Women and Infants Hospital is responding to allegations that a research study of premature babies in which it participated didn’t properly inform parents of the risks.</p> Fri, 10 May 2013 19:13:35 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 15023 at Women & Infants Researcher Counters Critics of Premature Baby Study No more babies for Westerly hospital <p>The Westerly Sun reported earlier this month that the attorney in charge of Westerly Hospital since it entered receivership had declared the struggling hospital’s obstetric services safe. But the paper is now reporting that Westerly Hospital will deliver its last babies by this June. Deliveries at the community hospital have fallen over the years, and the hospital may not be able to sustain a large enough roster of doctors to keep the maternity ward doors open.</p> Thu, 17 Jan 2013 23:21:24 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 8743 at Breastfeeding Report Card: RI Behind the Curve <p>No pun intended. Well, OK, maybe a little bit intended.</p><p>But seriously, folks. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has published its 2012 breastfeeding report card for all 50 states. And Rhode Island seems to be making progress in some areas. But not all. We’re lagging behind on a few key measures. For example, the report shows that about 34% of Rhode Island babies were fed breast milk, exclusively, through the age of three months. The national average is 36%.</p><p>First, here’s how the CDC describes what the report aims to tell us and how states play a role:</p> Fri, 03 Aug 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 8316 at Diapers? Check. Bottles? Check. Pets? Check. <p>Rhode Island pet lovers and potential/current parents, perk up your ears!</p> Wed, 11 Jul 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Person: Kristin Gourlay 8331 at