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“Our Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center aims to deliver and coordinate care for patients with IBD, particularly with a focus on serving adults, pediatric patients transitioning care into adulthood, and pregnant women. Our goal is to provide a well-functioning center where patients’ clinical and educational needs are met with the expertise and commitment from a multidisciplinary treatment team within our Brown Physicians network. This level of comprehensive care for people of all ages is unique to our community, and can eliminate the need for people to travel to Boston for care,” said Dr. Sean Fine, Brown Medicine IBD Center director and assistant professor of medicine with the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

The IBD Center is located at the Brown Physicians Patient Center, 375 Wampanoag Trail, Suite 202A in East Providence and is run by two physicians with specialized training in IBD: Dr. Sean Fine and Dr. Abbas Rupawala. Dr. Fine trained at Brown University and gained further experience in IBD at the University of California San Francisco and an IBD apprenticeship at Beth Israel Deaconess.

The Center’s care team consists of a nurse practitioner, nutritionist, and social workers along with other medical specialists the team works closely with to play an important role in delivering holistic care to patients diagnosed with the disease.

Twenty children were recently killed in Syria in a deadly gas attack. The images of the dead children sparked President Donald Trump to launch 59 Tomahawk missiles at a key military airport in response to the killings. Nearly 90 percent of Americans supported the American military response.

In Rhode Island, ten babies all under 18-months old, have died in the past 26 months, and at a recent State House hearing, it was disclosed by the state’s Child Advocate that two new “near deaths” are now under investigation. The disclosure was made during a House Finance sub-committee meeting in which most of the subcommittee’s members were missing for the majority of the meeting.

For those who have seen the recent legislative hearings reviewing the Child Advocate’s report, emotion and outrage have been void in the discussion. The dialogue between legislators reviewing the deaths with state bureaucrats often sounded more like the narrative between cartoon characters Chip ’n’ Dale — “after you, no-no, after you.”

"This evening, my mother (Audrey Loberti) kindly drove me to work, but unfortunately her car broke down en route. As a legally blind individual, I travel with a certified service animal, a Guide Dog for the Blind named Ingrid. Ingrid is a specially trained mobility aid who helps me safely navigate the world around me.

My mom called AAA roadside assistance, informed them of our situation, and that her fellow passenger (me) had a disability and was traveling with a licensed registered guide dog. AAA’s dispatcher, per the direction of three of her supervisors, told us that a service animal could not accompany us in the tow truck, which accommodated two passengers. I spoke with the dispatcher and the supervisors, as did my mom, to inform them that it is in violation of US law and state law to refuse access or service to a service animal and their disabled handler.

AAA offered us several arguments, including that a service dog would not fit inside the vehicle (see the photos below to prove that she, like all service dogs, is trained to do so), that a service dog would be a safety hazard for the driver, and more. They continually changed their story as to why they wouldn’t accommodate us.