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

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The Pulse
2:39 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Putting The State Alzheimers Plan To Work

Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts
Credit Office of the Lt. Governor

I spoke with Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts this afternoon about her work on the state Alzheimers plan, what she calls a "living document" meant to guide  and coordinate Rhode Island's efforts to care for those with Alzheimers and those who care for them.

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The Pulse
12:32 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

What's Next For Landmark

The deal still has to close, which officials expect by sometime in December. But now some of the hard work begins. How exactly do you turn a faltering hospital around?

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The Pulse
11:06 am
Fri October 25, 2013

The Waiting Room: A System Broken In So Many Places

Production still of an ER resident and director of the film "The Waiting Room."
Credit The Waiting Room project

Last night I watched the beautifully crafted documentary "The Waiting Room." It captures 24 hours in a single hospital's waiting room, following the stories of a diverse cast of patients and staff. There's no narration except how the characters tell their own stories and how those weave into the larger story this documentary tells.

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The Pulse
3:04 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

The Doctor Is In...Central Falls

Central Falls City Hall
Credit Ryan T. Conaty

Last night I attended one of what could be the first of 39 more public forums, put on by the state's health department, around Rhode Island. And it wasn't what I thought it would be.

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The Pulse
2:35 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

United And Medicare: When Insurers Drop Your Doctor

You may have heard about United Healthcare's decision to cut a number of doctors from its Medicare Advantage plan in Rhode Island and some surrounding states. That means that, for some seniors, their doctor may no longer be considered "in network" - and, therefore, no longer affordable for some, since "out of network" doctor visits cost more.

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The Pulse
12:10 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Ticknado: Coming To A Yard Near You

Sharknado? For wimps. Ticknado? Run for cover!

But it's no laughing matter, says Tom Mather, resident tick expert at the University of Rhode Island. Fall means the return of disease-carrying deer ticks for a bit before the coldest temperatures finally send them underground. And that means there's still a risk of catching Lyme and other tick-borne diseases.

The Pulse
12:02 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

The Safer Way To Donate, Use Breast Milk

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 coverage of that study.

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The Pulse
3:19 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Football And Concussions In Rhode Island

Have you watched any of the PBS Frontline series "League of Denial?" If so, has it changed how you feel about letting your kids play football, watching football, or football in general?

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The Pulse
11:36 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Brown Researchers' "BrainGate" Wins $1M Prize

BrainGate trial with robotic arm
Credit BrainGate team / Brown University

BrainGate is a research project based primarily at Brown University, but with scientist, physician, and engineer team members at Massachusetts General, Stanford University, and the Providence VA, focused on developing technologies that help people with neurologic disease or injuries regain the ability to move and communicate.

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The Pulse
4:37 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

RI Rolls Out Integrated Care Initiative For Elderly, Disabled

Rhode Islanders who are covered by both Medicare and Medicaid - the so-called "dual eligibles" - take note: you're being enrolled in a new health plan designed to coordinate your primary care and long term care needs a bit better. It's called the Integrated Care Initiative, it could affect nearly 28,000 Rhode Islanders, and it's not without controversy.

But first, what's it about?

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