Health

Today's Visionaries

Rhode Island is on the cutting edge of a revolution in eye surgery, says Dr. Paul E. Koch, chief medical officer of Claris Vision. It’s laser-assisted refractive cataract surgery, which builds on two previous innovations in eye surgery: the development of cataract surgery with small incisions in the 1980s, and the invention of LASIK (laser in-situ keratomileusis) surgery to improve…

Filling Backpacks in Pawtucket

A Pawtucket-based organization is working to make sure kids don't go home hungry.

Joanne Bonollo started last year with the elementary schools in Pawtucket, assembling bags of food for hungry children to eat on the weekends, and Pawtucket Backpackers was born. Then the Pawtucket school committee member got a call from one of the city’s junior high schools, which had about a dozen students who really needed help. Then Bonollo received an email…

"Life According to Sam" Airs on HBO

The story of two local doctors and their fight to save their son's life aired on HBO last night.

In our May 2013 Top Doctors issue, we ran a story called "A Mother's Momentum," which profiled Dr. Leslie Gordon, a mother, researcher, doctor, advocate and overall superhero based in Providence and Boston. Gordon's seventeen-year-old son, Sam, has a rare, fatal disease called progeria. There is no cure for this rapid aging disease; the young victims in its grasp, intellectually…

Get Your Ride on This Weekend

Providence is hosting a series of events for cycling enthusiasts this weekend, from races to a builders' ball.

This weekend should be beautiful and no one will likely appreciate it more than the cycling enthusiasts gathering in Providence this weekend for Bike Week. Participate yourself or come out and cheer the riders on. Here’s a breakdown of the events: New England Bike-Walk Summit. This all-day gathering features panels of cycling advocates, academics, politicians, planners and retailers discussing everything…

Sailing Toward Sustainability in Newport

The Ocean State is well known for its delicious seafood, fresh from the dock. But how long will it last? Top local chefs, commercial fishermen and marine biologists are coming together in Newport next month to raise money to help sustain our local seafood supply. Eating with the Ecosystem, a grassroots educational project that combines the wisdom of scientists and…

Eye for Design: Healing Through Glass

Hospitals are increasingly looking to create more welcoming environment through art.

Paul Housberg was never interested in making sun catchers. The Jamestown resident has long been fascinated with the use of glass as an artistic medium in contemporary architecture. His most recent work is one of his highest profile yet: a two-story glass art installation at the new Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston’s Charlestown neighborhood, where some of the victims of…

"Living RIght" TV Show Premieres Sept. 1

Living RIght, a new lifestyle television show starring New England's premiere experts in food, home, family, style and fitness, will premiere on FOX Providence Sept. 1.

There’s a new local lifestyle TV show coming to your flat-screen this summer, and it stars some familiar faces. Design expert Ken Maccarone and fashion maven and mom blogger Audrey McClelland, both native Rhode Islanders and frequent "The Rhode Show" contributors, are teaming up to host “Living RIght,” premiering on FOX Providence Sept. 1 at noon. The show will cover…

Local Events Celebrate World Breastfeeding Week

August 1−7 marks World Breastfeeding Week, and there are several events happening in Rhode Island to raise awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding and the need for global support.

August 1−7 marks World Breastfeeding Week, and there are several events happening in Rhode Island to raise awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding and the need for global support. Little ones who are not breastfed are at increased risk of infant morbidity and mortality, adult obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis and premenopausal breast cancer and ovarian cancer (both mom and…

Back to the Old Days of Play

Providence Children's Museum hosts free outdoor programming to inspire young minds.

For the second summer in a row, Providence Children’s Museum is asking parents and kids to unplug and join in on free, spontaneous fun in parks across the city. It's the nostalgic sort that existed before tablets, computer games and other easy entertainment – the type of play that kids, with boundless energy and bubbling imaginations, could really enjoy. Play…

Rhode Island Running Clubs

Make running a team sport by joining one of these running groups.

Running may be a solitary sport, but there are many local groups that turn it into a team effort. Join one of these running clubs or weekly races and meet people just as obsessed with pounding the pavement as you. Rhode Runner Running Club The Rhode Runner running club meets on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. and on Saturdays at 8…