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R.I. legislators propose tax on sugary beverages

Rhode Island legislators proposed a pair of bills that would impose a 1.5-cent-per-ounce tax on sugary beverages such as non-diet soda, sports drinks and fruit drinks with added sugars. The revenue from the tax would go toward providing a 50 percent discount on fruits and vegetables to those who qualify ...


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Connect for Health finds ways to assist patients remotely

Last March, before Rhode Island locked down for the pandemic, a woman with two daughters walked into the Hasbro Adolescent Healthcare Center, where Connect for Health Program Coordinator Hilda Castillo was working.  “The little girls were freezing,” Castillo said. “They were wearing flip-flops ...




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First LGBTQ+ health clinic opens in Rhode Island

Open Door Health opened March 2 and is now Rhode Island’s first health clinic that specializes in primary care, sexual health and other health initiatives for the LGBTQ+ community. The clinic is located at 7 Central Street in Providence. Open Door Health provides services “for individuals looking ...


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Quarter of undergrads sleep 6 hours or less

Sleep rejuvenates the body and the mind, and drooping eyelids, nodding heads and the temptation to succumb to a nap in lecture point to the potential risks caused by lack of sleep among some at the University. Nearly a quarter of undergraduate students who participated in The Herald’s spring 2019 ...


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Mayor launches menstrual product pilot program

Providence city officials announced the launch of a pilot program Feb. 20 that aims to make free menstrual hygiene products more accessible for Providence Public School students. The program aims to address stigma around menstruation and promote self-esteem in students, wrote Ben Smith, spokesperson ...


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Study evaluates success of weight loss surgery

In an attempt to understand what makes some patients with obesity respond better to surgery than others, Professor and Chair of Epidemiology Alison Field and her team analyzed over 10,000 patients who received weight-loss surgery. They found that patients that binge ate were able to lose weight more ...


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UHIP improves timeliness, efficiency

Last week, Cranston Mayor and Republican candidate for Governor of Rhode Island Allan Fung released a television advertisement attacking incumbent Gov. Gina Raimondo for mismanaging the United Health Infrastructure Program, a Department of Human Services and Executive Office of Health and Human Services ...


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Med School promotes humanistic medicine

At the end of a year dissecting and studying cadavers, first-year students at the Alpert Medical School host an annual Ceremony of Gratitude. Each May, they meet and thank the families of those who donated their bodies to help students understand human anatomy. During the ceremony, students express ...


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Anti-overdose drug made available to bystanders

Six months after the installation of Rhode Island’s first anti-overdose drug dispenser, around 50 additional NaloxBoxes have been installed in different municipalities and cities in the state, said Claudia Rebola, NaloxBox designer and former RISD professor. The boxes, which distribute Naloxone, are ...


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University changes student healthcare option

In April, the University switched its health insurance provider, forcing some students who previously qualified to waive the plan and use their own insurance to enroll in the new $3,615 plan. Facing a price increase, the Insurance Office switched from Consolidated Health Plans to Gallagher Student Health ...





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