Browsing: Winter 2019

Music as Medicine

After private mini-concerts, hospice patients report less pain and anxiety and request fewer opioids. You’d expect to hear the high,…

Gut Check

Diet is an important component of patient care across a multitude of conditions, from diabetes to heart failure, and it…

Richard W. Besdine, MD. Photographed by Kathleen Dooher
For the Ages

A one-time interim dean dedicated his career to improving how we care for older people. You could say he’s been…

Vocal Advocate

Sarah Wakeman ’05 MD’09, an addiction medicine specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital, is describing one of her patients. He was…

General Practice

The chief medical officer for the Office of Inspector General (OIG) for the US Department of Health and Human Services…

Close Call

A surgeon becomes the patient. The bedside manner of surgeons is stereotypically cut and dry, but a near-death experience—his own—gave…

Back to Bangladesh

Volunteers work to stem the tide of TB among the Rohingya. It was mid-morning when the bus slowed down. An…

Illustration: Chris Gash
Birds of Prey

Doctor and patient connect over a shared passion. On a sun-drenched evening last summer, I admitted an elderly woman with…

Illustration by Infomen
Priming the Pump

An NIH-funded collaboration is kick-starting research on the No. 1 killer of humans Across the city of Providence, an unlikely…

Right At Home

A new center focused on inflammatory bowel disease brings high-quality care to Rhode Islanders. Melissa Cote started feeling sick a…

Illustration: Courtesy of Visible Body
Body Double

A cadaver’s spine crippled by severe scoliosis may be a sight only an aspiring doctor could love. And it enthralled…

Light the Spark

Local teens get a firsthand look at health careers. Before last summer, Esther Duran, a high school student from Warren,…

It’s Complicated

There may be no one cure for ALS, which affects patients in different ways. ALS causes the death of motor…

Slow Burn

Electronic health records are stressing doctors out. In a survey of Rhode Island physicians, more than a third who practice…

Boosting the Signal

The human brain contains about 90 billion neurons, but Stephanie Jones, PhD, associate professor of neuroscience, doesn’t let that number…