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Sen. Whitehouse: Obamacare is Working

Washington, DC – The Department of Health and Human Services announced that nearly million people selected health insurance plans using the Affordable Care Act marketplaces in January alone, bringing total marketplace enrollment to nearly million.  This news follows an announcement yesterday that more than 50,000 Rhode Islanders have obtained health insurance coverage since the state’s marketplace opened in October.  Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the statement below regarding the ongoing success of the health law: “The numbers in Rhode Island and across the country send a clear message: Obamacare is working.  Millions of Americans, including over 50,000 in Rhode Island,…
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Hasbro Children’s Hospital Pediatrician Angela Anderson, MD, Receives Milton Hamolsky Outstanding Physician Award

Hasbro Children’s Hospital pediatrician Angela Anderson, MD, has received the 2013 Annual Milton Hamolsky Outstanding Physician Award from the Rhode Island Hospital medical staff. Anderson was honored for her leadership, outstanding clinical skills and her commitment to medical education. The award is the highest honor the medical staff bestows on one of its own. Anderson has a role in many departments throughout the hospital. She is quadruple board certified in pediatrics, pediatric emergency medicine, clinical pharmacology/toxicology, and hospice and palliative care medicine. For nearly 18 years, Anderson was an attending physician in the Hasbro Children’s Hospital pediatric emergency department where…
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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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