disease

PROGRESSIVE ANIMAL WELFARE SOCIETY / Creative Commons License

Bats eat an enormous amount of bugs. It’s the kind of feeding that keeps pests down and agriculture stable. But a newly updated report from the Connecticut Council on Environmental Quality says the cave-dwelling bat population is down, and that’s a reason for concern.

Five Facts About Norovirus In Rhode Island

Mar 17, 2016
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

With the recent suspected outbreaks at an elementary school in Coventry and, now, Wright's Farm restaurant in Burrillville, you might be wondering what's going on. But norovirus is one of the most common stomach bugs. Here are a few facts to put things in perspective.

Rhode Island Prisons Prepping For Possible Ebola Cases

Oct 8, 2014

It’s not just hospitals in Rhode Island that are preparing for the possible arrival of Ebola cases. The state’s prison system is also getting ready.

The department of corrections is responsible for the health care of more than three thousand inmates on any given day.  The institution takes in whomever the justice system sends – regardless of their health. That’s why corrections medical director doctor Fred Vohr says they must be ready for anything.

Should Flu & HPV Shots Be Required For School Kids?

Jan 28, 2014

The state’s health department is considering updates to its immunization policy for school kids from preschool through college. The proposals would require flu shots for kids up to age five and the HPV vaccine for kids entering ninth grade.

Is Obesity a Disease?

Jun 12, 2013
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

UPDATE: The AMA voted yes on calling obesity a disease, despite a committee's recommendations against it.

Violence as contagious disease

Oct 15, 2012

Sometimes it’s a new way of thinking, a new model, an idea out of left field, or, as I like to think of it, using the map of one universe to navigate another – that helps solve some of our most intractable problems. I like to highlight that kind of new thinking from time to time, so here’s a recent example.