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PTSD Is Top Diagnosis Among Women Vets Treated By CT VA

March 24, 2017
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PTSD Is Top Diagnosis Among Women Vets Treated By CT VA

By Peggy McCarthy The top diagnosis of women veterans treated in the VA Connecticut Healthcare System is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and it is usually accompanied by other mental health illnesses, according to VA officials. Most women veterans suffer from a mental illness, studies show, and the VA is taking steps to focus...

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Connecticut Med Board Fines Fairfield Doc For Improper Opioid Prescribing; Another For Stealing Drugs

March 22, 2017
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Connecticut Med Board Fines Fairfield Doc For Improper Opioid Prescribing; Another For Stealing Drugs

By Kate Farrish 19 hours ago The state Medical Examining Board Tuesday disciplined a Fairfield pulmonologist for improperly prescribing opioids and a former UConn Health doctor who had stolen medication from the health center for his private practice. Dr. Igal Staw, who works at...

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Connecticut Ranks High In Opioid-Related Visits To Hospitals

March 21, 2017
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Connecticut Ranks High In Opioid-Related Visits To Hospitals

By Lisa Chedekel 12 hours ago In less than eight hours last June, Yale New Haven’s emergency department treated 12 patients who had overdosed on opioids. Three died; nine were saved. With opioids in wide circulation, Dr. Gail D’Onofrio, chief of emergency medicine at...

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Risk Of Death In Connecticut Linked To Where You Live

March 14, 2017
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Risk Of Death In Connecticut Linked To Where You Live

By Lisa Chedekel Connecticut has seen significant reductions in deaths from breast and colon cancer in the last three decades, but the state exceeds the national mortality rate for uterine cancer and three other cancers, as well as for...

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Clinicians, Experts Team Up for C-HIT Forum On Women’s Addiction, Recovery

March 13, 2017
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Clinicians, Experts Team Up for C-HIT Forum On Women’s Addiction, Recovery

By Cara Rosner Connecticut has seen a continued rise in opioid-related addiction among women, with more than 420 women dying of drug overdoses in 2015 and 2016. To address the crisis and stir community discussion about prevention, intervention and...

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Connecticut Task Force Proposed To Study ‘Custody For Care’ Concerns

March 9, 2017
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Connecticut Task Force Proposed To Study ‘Custody For Care’ Concerns

By Lisa Chedekel 4 hours ago The legislature’s Committee on Children has proposed creating a task force to study the state’s so-called “custody for care” controversy, in place of a bill that would have barred the Department of Children...

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LGBTQ Advocates Lobby For Passage Of Bill Banning Conversion Therapy In Connecticut

March 6, 2017
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LGBTQ Advocates Lobby For Passage Of Bill Banning Conversion Therapy In Connecticut

By Cara Rosner State lawmakers are considering a bill that would prohibit licensed professionals from performing conversion therapy on minors, a practice designed to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. Medical and mental health experts have widely...

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DPH Fines Three Connecticut Nursing Homes Following Lapses In Care

February 28, 2017
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DPH Fines Three Connecticut Nursing Homes Following Lapses In Care

By Cara Rosner The state has cited and fined three nursing homes for various violations, including mismanagement of medication. The state Department of Public Health fined Apple Rehab Rocky Hill $3,000 for seven incidents. One incident on Oct. 27,...

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The Dope On Cannabis: Five Things To Know

February 28, 2017
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The Dope On Cannabis: Five Things To Know

By Colleen Shaddox Is marijuana a harmless way to relax or a dangerous gateway drug? The science says “No” and “We don’t know,” respectively. Arguments for and against legalization often misrepresent the medical effects of cannabis, some experts say....

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