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CDC Data Show High Incidence Of Food-borne Illness Outbreaks In Connecticut

July 29, 2016
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CDC Data Show High Incidence Of Food-borne Illness Outbreaks In Connecticut

By Jenny Blair Connecticut had the highest total number of foodborne illness outbreaks in New England from 2005 to 2014, according to federal data – a distinction that experts say is fueled by better reporting, while higher rates of certain pathogens also may contribute. An analysis of data from the Centers for Disease Control...

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Connecticut Nursing Homes Fined After Resident’s Death, Undocumented Injuries

July 25, 2016
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Connecticut Nursing Homes Fined After Resident’s Death, Undocumented Injuries

By Cara Rosner The state has fined an Avon nursing home where a resident died and a Bristol home where staff did not document how 10 residents suffered a total of 47 injuries.In all, four nursing homes were recently fined by the state Department of Public Health (DPH) for various violations.Apple Rehab Avon received...

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Military Sex Assault Survivor Fights Discharge Status

July 19, 2016
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Military Sex Assault Survivor Fights Discharge Status

By Peggy McCarthy Bianca Cruz’s Navy career started with a job she loved on a ship in Japan, but after she was sexually assaulted by a sailor, her military life spiraled downward, ending with a “bad paper” discharge after serving 20 months. “If it weren’t for the sexual assault, I would still be in...

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Acute Drug Shortages Forcing Workarounds In Hospitals

July 11, 2016
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Acute Drug Shortages Forcing Workarounds In Hospitals

By Cara Rosner In hospitals across Connecticut and nationwide, workarounds to compensate for medication shortages are daily routines for treating patients – and health experts say it’s not about to change any time soon. Some acute-care drugs in short supply nationally are antibiotics, antipsychotics, intravenous saline, and morphine, according to the most recent shortage...

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