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Lifespan’s Comprehensive Cancer Center Launches Program To Target Upper Gastrointestinal Cancers

The Comprehensive Cancer Center at Rhode Island, The Miriam and Newport hospitals has opened the Upper Gastrointestinal Multidisciplinary Clinic (UGMDC) for the treatment of esophageal, stomach, pancreatic, liver and bile duct/gallbladder cancers. It is the only program of its kind in Rhode Island, and is designed to make diagnosis and treatment easier and more convenient for patients. Through a streamlined approach to cancer care, clinicians are able to more quickly and seamlessly provide patients with treatment options and initiate their care plan. In some cases, patients have gone from initial appointment and diagnosis to surgical treatment within one week. “Receiving…
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Cancer Insurance Checklist will empower thousands of Spanish speakers touched by cancer as implementation of the Affordable Care Act continues

Peggy Rios, Program Director WASHINGTON - The Cancer Support Community and a group of 18 partnering cancer and patient advocacy organizations have launched a Spanish language version of the Cancer Insurance Checklist, a resource originally launched in September 2013 to help people who have cancer, a history of cancer or are at risk for cancer choose insurance plans in the new state-based health insurance marketplaces that opened on October 1. The Cancer Insurance Checklist guides consumers to review the coverage within each insurance plan they are considering, including coverage for services provided by their health care team, where care is…
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Brown Medical Student Gretel Terrero, MD

LPR’s host of Medical Apprentice, Dr. Pablo Rodriguez, interviewed Gretel Terrero who is a 3rd year student at Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University. Miss Terrero discussed the issues of premature labor and answered questions from listeners that called in. “Aprendiz Medico” (Medical Apprentice) is a partnership between Latino Public Radio, Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University and Women & Infants Hospital, to invite students focusing on obstetrics and gynecology to produce the contents and be interviewed on the radio show as part of their hospital clerkships.
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MEMORIAL HOSPITAL OF RHODE ISLAND RECOGNIZES THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION’S NATIONAL WEAR RED DAY

Pawtucket – February is Heart Month. Members of the Cardiovascular Medicine Department at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island wore red on February 7, 2014, along with other employees of the hospital, in honor of the American Heart Association’s 11th Annual National Wear Red Day, raising awareness of the mission to fight heart disease and stroke. The Memorial Hospital Cardiovascular Center specialty physicians and cardiologists provide both in-patient and out-patient cardiovascular care. Care New England hospitals’, Memorial and Kent, have established a clinical affiliation with Brigham and Women’s Hospital of Boston, bringing expert cardiac care and services in a convenient local…
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Shivering May Be Just As Efficient As Exercise

When it comes to burning fat, new research shows that 10-15 minutes of exercise may be just as effective than one hour of moderate exercise. Dr. Paul Lee, an endocrinologist at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Sydney and lead author of a new study, said in a press release that the new findings build on previous research into so-called brown fat — a type of fat tissue that essentially burns energy instead of storing it. What makes brown fat so special is that while 100 grams of white fat may store 600 calories, that same amount of brown…
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Google Working on Contact Lenses to Measure Glucose

In a recent collaboration, Google and University of Washington researchers have teamed up to develop a new way of measuring a person's blood glucose levels using contact lenses. The idea is that these contact lenses would be able to measure glucose levels found in tears and send the reading to the person's mobile phone. If their endeavor is successful, then it may be possible that diabetics may stop drawing blood to measure their sugar levels. Worldwide, diabetes affects about 400 million people. Untreated, the disease can lead to complications such as blindness, nerve damage, cardiovascular problems, and in the most…
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FDA Launches New Anti-Smoking Campaign

The Food and Drug administration is launching a new campaign geared towards teens in hopes of stopping them from smoking and encouraging them to quit. This $115 million multimedia education campaign called "The Real Cost" will use adds depicting yellow teeth, wrinkled skin, and other costs at-risk teenagers face if they smoke cigarettes. Beginning February 11, advertisements will run in over 200 markets throughout the US for at least one year. Ads will air on TV stations like MTV and be found in magazines such as Teen Vogue. They will also use social media, which today's youth heavily uses. "Our…
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Sugar and Its Link to Increased Heart Disease

There is a consensus among experts that the average US diet contains too much added sugar. In other words, added sugar is the kind that does not occur naturally and is introduced during food processing. A new study published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine found that eating added sugar increased a person's risk of dying as a result of cardiovascular disease. “Compared with those who consumed approximately percent of calories from added sugar, participants who consumed approximately 17 percent to 21 percent … of calories from added sugar had a 38 percent higher risk of CVD mortality,” Dr. Quanhe Yang,…
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Massachusetts Grants 20 Medical Marijuana Dispensary Licenses

Last November voters approved a ballot initiative to legalize medical marijuana in the state of Massachusetts. Now it has granted the first 20 dispensary licenses across 10 of its 14 counties. Despite being permitted to award up to 35 licenses, the state has only decided to grant 20, leaving many wondering about the Registered Marijuana Dispensary Selection Committee's strategies. Despite being awarded a license, these companies will still have to pass a final inspection by the state health department and must comply with local requirements before opening. There are still mixed feeling among residents about medical marijuana. Some local officials…
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Older Women Have Reduced Risk of Having a Child With Congenital Defects

As a woman gets older, there is a higher risk when it comes to pregnancy. Despite the fact that women who are 35 or older tend to have more babies born with Down Syndrome, new research reveals that they also give birth to children with fewer physical defects. Women ages 35 and older carry a greater risk of producing a child that carries a chromosomal abnormality, a result of nondisjunction during meiosis when chromosomes fail to separate. While there has been research on chromosomal abnormalities, not much has been researched concerning congenital defects which affect the heart, brain, kidneys, bones,…
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