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Blumenthal Hosts Discussion On Use Of Antipsychotic Drugs

October 1, 2014
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Blumenthal Hosts Discussion On Use Of Antipsychotic Drugs

By: Lisa Chedekel US Sen. Richard Blumenthal said Wednesday that while he is pleased that the state has cut its rate of antipsychotic prescribing in nursing homes, he wants to see more progress. He made the comments after meeting with a group of elder care representatives to discuss a recent news report showing that...

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Ct Hospitals Required To Tell Patients Of Observation Care Status

September 30, 2014
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Ct Hospitals Required To Tell Patients Of Observation Care Status

By: Susan Jaffe Starting Wednesday, a new state law requires Connecticut hospitals to tell all patients when they are being kept in the hospital for observation instead of being admitted and to warn them about the financial consequences. Anyone who goes to the hospital can be placed on observation status, so that doctors can...

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Infant’s Death Leads To Discovery Of Mystery Family Illness By Yale Researchers

September 25, 2014
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Infant’s Death Leads To Discovery Of Mystery Family Illness By Yale Researchers

By: Cara Rosner  For more than 40 years, Erik Drewniak has been plagued by high fevers and chills and never knew why. Whenever he got a 104 or 105-degree fever that would linger for a day or two, he and his family always figured that was just “how he got sick.” He still was...

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Antipsychotic Use Drops In Ct Nursing Homes, New Data Show

September 20, 2014
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Antipsychotic Use Drops In Ct Nursing Homes, New Data Show

By: Lisa Chedekel Connecticut still ranks high among states in the use of antipsychotic drugs for elderly nursing home residents, but its rate of use has dropped 21.6 percent since 2011 – more than the national average — new government data show. The data, released Friday by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services...

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