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Clinical Trials In Need Of Diversity

May 11, 2017
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Clinical Trials In Need Of Diversity

By Sujata Srinivasan Edith Baker of Plainville faced a devastating reality that patients with advanced cancer inevitably confront. She had stopped responding to conventional treatment. Radiation and chemotherapy could no longer contain her stage 4 bladder cancer.But there was a ray of hope. Baker’s oncologist at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center referred her...

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Number Of Lead-Poisoned Connecticut Children Drops, But More Showed Higher Levels

May 9, 2017
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Number Of Lead-Poisoned Connecticut Children Drops, But More Showed Higher Levels

By Jenifer Frank Nearly 1,400 new cases of lead-poisoned children under age 6 were reported in Connecticut in 2015, a slight drop from the year before, but more children showed higher levels of poisoning. A child whose blood test shows 5 micrograms of lead per deciliter or higher is considered poisoned. The 2015 numbers...

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Three Connecticut Nursing Homes Fined Following Resident’s Death, Care Lapses

May 8, 2017
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Three Connecticut Nursing Homes Fined Following Resident’s Death, Care Lapses

By Cara Rosner State health officials have fined three Connecticut nursing homes for various incidents, including one in which a resident died last year. Apple Rehab Farmington Valley in Plainville was fined $2,140 for three violations that occurred in 2016. In one case, a resident died Oct. 23 after choking during dinner. The resident,...

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Independent Willington Living Facility Fined After Resident Was Found Dead In Pond

May 4, 2017
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Independent Willington Living Facility Fined After Resident Was Found Dead In Pond

By Cara Rosner State health officials have fined a Willington independent living facility $1,500 after a resident left the facility last fall and was found dead in a nearby pond several days later. In addition to the fine, High Chase LLC agreed in a consent order with the state Department of Public Health (DPH)...

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