The Pulse

The Pulse is written by Kristin Gourlay, an award winning health care reporter for Rhode Island Public Radio.

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The Pulse
5:08 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Tripling In Teen E-Cigarette Use: Reason To Worry?

At the Providence Place mall, an island displays e-cigarette wares for sale, promoting the benefits for quitting smoking.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that the trend in smoking traditional cigarettes among teens is down. That's great news on many levels. But as traditional cigarette smoking has declined, the use of electronic cigarettes has tripled over the past few years.

Wondering whether to worry? Or even what the heck an e-cigarette actually is? I've been combing the latest research to help answer those questions.

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The Pulse
11:46 am
Wed April 15, 2015

Medical Marijuana Program: At A Crossroads?

Credit Laurie Avocado / Creative Commons license

Several caregivers and patients participating in the state's medical marijuana program have reached out to me recently, offering to educate me about their role and the benefits of the program.

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The Pulse
2:32 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

Mass. Public Health Looks To Rhode Island Overdose Prevention Model

Massachusetts public health officials are looking to Rhode Island for some new ideas to combat drug overdose deaths. They're interested in a program that connects emergency room patients with addiction recovery coaches.

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The Pulse
11:12 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Providence VA Makes Progress Reducing Wait Times

The Providence VA
Credit RIPR

An Associated Press analysis finds some veterans are waiting longer than the VA’s 30 day goal for a medical appointment. But at the Providence VA, just two percent of appointments fail to meet that goal. That's an improvement from six months ago, when about six percent of wait times failed to meet the timeliness goal.

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The Pulse
5:04 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Debating The Data On Medicaid Spending (Updated)

Is Rhode Island spending more than other states caring for the elderly? Or not enough?

(See update, below, plus a reminder: the final Reinvent Medicaid public town hall meeting is scheduled for tonight at 6 pm at the East Bay Family Health Center in Newport.)

That's a question that's come up for debate at the recent "Reinventing Medicaid" town hall meetings around the state, and in statements from groups with a stake in the outcome of Gov. Gina Raimondo's plans to trim nearly $180 million dollars in state (and federal) Medicaid spending.

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