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Weight Loss Gets Harder, But Still Possible After 50

June 16, 2017
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Weight Loss Gets Harder, But Still Possible After 50

By Karen Weintraub Last fall, Sharon Boland was worried she’d never lose the extra 70 pounds she was carrying. At age 54, everyone told her, it would be nearly impossible to slim down. iStock Photo. Combating weight gain requires speeding up your metabolism, doctors say. “I’ve probably carried weight most of my life,” said...

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Connecticut Fines Six Nursing Homes Following Residents’ Deaths, Care Lapses

June 9, 2017
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Connecticut Fines Six Nursing Homes Following Residents’ Deaths, Care Lapses

By Cara Rosner 48 mins ago Six nursing homes have been fined for violations, including two incidents where residents died. The Reservoir in West Hartford was fined $3,000 after a resident died and investigators found staff did not administer CPR for the required period of time, according to the state Department of Public Health...

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Yale Study: Minority Breast Cancer Patients Less Likely To Have Genetic Test

May 31, 2017
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Yale Study: Minority Breast Cancer Patients Less Likely To Have Genetic Test

By Cara Rosner A genetic test that helps doctors determine how best to treat breast cancer—and whether chemotherapy is likely to help—is significantly more likely to be administered to white women than blacks or Hispanics, a Yale study has found. iStock Photo. Women of color have less access to the Oncotype Dx test, mammography...

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Connecticut Community Health Centers Face Uncertain Financial Future

May 23, 2017
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Connecticut Community Health Centers Face Uncertain Financial Future

By Cara Rosner Federally Qualified Community Health Centers (FQHCs) in Connecticut have expanded services, upped their staffing and renovated their facilities mostly due to increased revenue streams from the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Connecticut and the 30 other states that opted for the ACA Medicaid expansion program have benefitted from billions of dollars in...

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