Lynn Arditi

Healthcare Reporter

Arditi joins RIPR after more than three decades as a reporter, including 28 years at the Providence Journal, where she has covered a variety of beats, most recently health care. A native of New York City, she graduated from Oberlin College with a degree in government and has worked as a staff writer for The Center for Investigative Reporting in Washington, D.C. and as a reporter for the former Holyoke Transcript-Telegram in Massachusetts.

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Rhode Island has the 15th highest rate of newly diagnosed lung cancer cases in the nation, though the smoking rate is about average, according to a new national study from the American Lung Association.

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Rhode Island’s largest hospital network -- Lifespan -- will now join with Care New England in its negotiations with Boston-based Partners Health Care.

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Rhode Island’s last independent hospital will remain independent for now.

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Rhode Island law enforcement officials announced Thursday a $50,000 grant to Rhode Island's first community center for teenagers recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. 

The Jim Gillen Anchor Youth Recovery Center, in Providence, is named after the late founder of Rhode Island’s first recovery center and a leader in the movement to bring services and compassion to people coping with addiction.

The money is from restitution payments made to the state by a convicted marijuana grower, Attorney General Peter Kilmartin said during a news conference.  

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Governor Gina Raimondo’s senior advisor on drug policy, Tom Coderre, said all options should be on the table to deal with the state’s opioid crisis, including safe injection sites. 

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A new study links a dramatic decline in drug overdose deaths with Rhode Island’s prison treatment program for opioid addiction.

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Larry and Loretta are my neighbor’s cats. And they love their canned cat food. To understand why just read the ingredients on the label. Ocean white fish. Fish broth. Tuna. Those ingredients are actually fish by-products. Fish guts. Fish  livers. Fish intestines. Fish skins. They’re what fish processors like Bergie’s Seafood in call “trash.”


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Patients or their doctors would be able to request that pharmacies partially fill prescriptions for opioids under a bill introduced in the General Assembly aimed at reducing the risk of opioid abuse. 

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A top CVS Health executive is leaving the Woonsocket-based pharmacy chain to become chief executive of a company that owns upscale retailers including Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord & Taylor.

Helena Foulkes, vice president of CVS Health and president of CVS Pharmacy, where she currently oversees the company’s retail stores, will become CEO of Toronto-based Hudson Bay Company effective Feb. 19, according to company news release. Foulkes will be responsible for HBC’s global strategy and operations, including more than 480 stores.

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Rhode Island’s health director has ordered Care New England Health System to pay a half-million dollars a year to the cities of Pawtucket and Central Falls for costs associated with transporting patients to area hospitals following this month's closure of Memorial Hospital in Pawtucket.

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Care New England Health System announced Thursday it is moving ahead with its planned sale to Massachusetts-based Partners Health Care.

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Fourteen Rhode Island cities and towns are joining a growing legal attack on the makers of prescription opioids.  Lieutenant Governor Dan McKee announced Monday he is leading the local leaders in filing a public nuisance lawsuit targeting makers and wholesalers of prescription opioids. 

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Large crowds of marchers packed the Rhode Island State House steps and lawn on Saturday, the one-year anniversary of the Women's March to protest the inauguration of President Donald Trump. 

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Governor Gina Raimondo has proposed cutting more than $70 million in state funding for Medicaid, the government health insurance for low-income residents, while preserving eligibility for the nearly one in three residents in the program.

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Brown University and a California for-profit hospital chain announced Thursday plans to make a rival bid for Rhode Island’s second-largest health system, Care New England.

The Ivy League university’s partnership with Prospect Medical Holdings comes as Care New England is negotiating a sale to the Boston-based Partners HealthCare.  

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