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The Pulse is written by Lynn Arditi.

Full archive of The Pulse can be found here.

Karen Brown / NEPR/NENC

Massachusetts is one of about 40 states where someone who abuses drugs or alcohol to an extreme can be legally committed to a locked treatment facility -- along with Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire. Rhode Island allows legal commitment only for alcohol addiction. In most cases, a worried family member has to go to court to make that happen.

But one recent trend that has surprised even court officials is how many addicts are appealing directly to a judge — willing to give up their civil rights in exchange for some help.

Your Weekly Briefing: Health In Rhode Island, Nov. 1

Nov 1, 2016
Brown Medicine Magazine

Here’s what’s happening in health in Rhode Island, Nov. 1:

  • OPEN ENROLLMENT: Today (Nov. 1) is the beginning of open enrollment for health insurance plans sold on the state’s Obamacare exchange, HealthSource RI.

Your Weekly Briefing: Health In Rhode Island, Oct. 25

Oct 25, 2016
RIPR file photo

Here’s what’s happening in health in Rhode Island:

The Pulse: Bringing Mental Health Care To Kids In School

Oct 20, 2016
Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Accessing mental health care can be tough for kids in Rhode Island. There’s a shortage of practitioners and programs and a growing need for care. This week on The Pulse, we explore how schools and communities are bridging some of the gaps, bringing mental health services right into the school building.

Your Weekly Briefing: Health In Rhode Island, Oct. 18

Oct 18, 2016
Public Doman

Here’s what’s happening in health in Rhode Island:

Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

South County Hospital may be the first in Rhode Island to bring back laughing gas for women in labor. It hasn’t been used in the U.S. for decades. We delve into what happened to nitrous oxide, and why it’s making a comeback.

Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

The search is underway for a new director of the state’s Department of Children, Youth, and Families. For this week’s The Pulse, Rhode Island Public Radio’s Kristin Gourlay sits down with outgoing director Jamia McDonald to learn what’s changed for children and staff since she took the reins a year and a half ago

Your Weekly Briefing: Health In Rhode Island, 10/4

Oct 4, 2016
Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island

Here’s what’s happening in health care in Rhode Island:

The Pulse: Clinton And Trump, What About Health Care?

Sep 29, 2016
National Cancer Institute

The presidential candidates debated for the first time Monday night, and health care barely got a mention. Health care hasn’t exactly been in the spotlight throughout this presidential campaign. 

Your Weekly Briefing: Health In Rhode Island, 9/27

Sep 27, 2016
Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Here’s what’s happening in health care in Rhode Island.

The Pulse: Changing Behavior, One Step At A Time

Sep 22, 2016
Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Dr. James Prochaska heads the Cancer Prevention Research Center at the University of Rhode island. Decades ago, while researching how people quit smoking, Prochaska began paying attention to the stages of behavior change.

The Pulse: A New Path For Opioid Addiction Treatment

Sep 15, 2016
Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Rhode Island health officials estimate nearly 20,000 Rhode Islanders are addicted to opioids – whether prescription painkillers or heroin. But only a few thousand are receiving something called “medication assisted treatment.” 

Kathleen Gorman

Hundreds of thousands of Rhode  Islanders receive state assistance like food stamps and Medicaid. The agency that helps connect them with those benefits - the Department of Human Services - is in the midst of a major reorganization. 

Benjamin Bouvier, Elliott Liebling / RIPR

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates nearly a third of Americans are pre-diabetic. Many more are already diabetic. 

Your Weekly Briefing: Health In Rhode Island

Aug 30, 2016
Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Here's what's happening in health care in Rhode Island, including opposition to a proposed power plant, an Alzheimers study, fewer deer ticks, and remembering overdose victims.

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