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Health Care
4:18 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Obesity Down In Younger RI Kids, Unchanged In High Schoolers

Childhood health experts gather at a policy roundtable discussion of Rhode Island Kids Count's new issue brief on childhood obesity. From far left, RI Kids Count's Elizabeth Burke Bryant, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island's Peter Andruszkiewicz, and Kids Count analyst James Beasley.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Fewer elementary and middle school students in Rhode Island are obese. That’s according to a new analysis from Rhode Island Kids Count. But the needle isn’t budging on obesity in high schoolers.

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Health Care
6:00 am
Tue August 19, 2014

With Latino Kids' Asthma Rates High, Researchers Turn To Peer Mentors

Andy Darius, a high school asthma mentor, shows off one of his team sweaters.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Childhood asthma rates are on the rise across the country. In Rhode Island, it’s about 12 percent, according to the state health department - one of the highest rates in New England. Hiding in that statistic: in some inner city schools, almost half the kids have asthma. Now, a new program aims to help some of the most vulnerable kids manage their asthma better in school, with a little help from their peers.

An athlete with asthma

If you’ve never had an asthma attack, here’s what it’s like:

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Health Care
4:16 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Rhode Island Kids Rank 26th In Well-Being

Children are worse off in Rhode Island than in the rest of New England. But there are some bright spots in an annual report about kids’ well-being.

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The Pulse
1:18 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Should Unvaccinated Kids Stay Home?

Flu vaccine-filled syringes ready for administering at a workplace vaccine clinic.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

That depends on your priorities. But first, here's what's at issue:

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Health Care
11:33 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Should Flu & HPV Shots Be Required For School Kids?

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.

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Health Care
5:00 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Concern Growing That Low Income Parents Can't Afford Health Insurance

Many of the state's poorest residents may run into trouble under Obamacare.
Credit Aaron Read / RIPR

About 4500 parents who used to have health insurance through RIte Care, the state’s Medicaid program, will have to reapply for insurance if they want to remain covered after the end of the month. The biggest concern is that the poorest Rhode Islanders may not be able to afford it.

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The Pulse
4:10 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Diabetes Rising In RI + A Diabetic Teddy Bear

Interactive map of diabetes rates by county, over time.
Credit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

On this World Diabetes Day, I decided to look into the prevalence of diabetes in Rhode Island and find out whether diagnoses are on the rise. They are, unsurprisingly. Check out this interactive map from the CDC that shows the increase in diabetes rates over time in each Rhode Island county.

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The Pulse
12:46 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

New Data On How Poverty Hurts Kids' Brains

Areas of the brain involved in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Credit National Institute of Mental Health

Stress can affect developing brains, including the kind of stress that poverty can create. But a strong caregiver can mediate those effects. Those are the findings of a new study in the Journal JAMA Pediatrics. It's not news that stress and poverty can have negative effects.

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Health Care
2:16 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

RI falls behind on some kids' dental health measures

(PROVIDENCE, RI) A new report from the Pew Center on the States finds that Rhode Island is falling behind when it comes to meet children’s dental health needs.

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