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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. Several bills proposed in the 2017 session of the General Assembly would make recreational use...

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Pediatric Psychiatric Cases Continue Climbing, Swamping ERs In Connecticut

February 23, 2017
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Pediatric Psychiatric Cases Continue Climbing, Swamping ERs In Connecticut

By Lisa Chedekel The state’s efforts to direct children in mental health crisis away from emergency rooms, to other services, have fallen short, with major hospitals reporting staggering increases in patient visits since 2013: Up 32 percent at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, and 81 percent at Yale New Haven Hospital.The children’s hospital (CCMC) reported...

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Menopause Puts Women At Higher Risk Of Fall-Related Injuries

February 13, 2017
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Menopause Puts Women At Higher Risk Of Fall-Related Injuries

By Cara Rosner A growing number of women are getting hurt by falling, and they are much more likely to suffer fall-related injuries than men, data show. From 2011 to 2014, 51 women per 1,000 population were hurt in falls, up from 47 per 1,000 from 2005 to 2008, according to recent data from...

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Inpatient Mental Health Coverage Rare For Connecticut Insurance Plans

February 11, 2017
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Inpatient Mental Health Coverage Rare For Connecticut Insurance Plans

By Lisa Chedekel February 9, 2017 The state’s top insurers were more likely to approve claims for mental health services in 2015 than the year before, but rates of rejection for residential care remained high, a new state report shows. About 6.4 percent of claims for mental health services were rejected by eight top...

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