Care Plans Best Made While Parents Are Still Healthy

July 6, 2017
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Care Plans Best Made While Parents Are Still Healthy

By Colleen Shaddox Adult children should talk with parents about health and end-of-life preferences long before these matters become urgent, experts in the field say. “If you can think early on about options, identify preferences, talk to people about what they would like done, you really tend to have more control over the process,”...

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Racial Disparities Persist Despite Decline In Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths

July 5, 2017
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Racial Disparities Persist Despite Decline In Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths

 By Cara Rosner 1 hour ago The rate of infants dying suddenly and unexpectedly has dropped in recent years, but data show that racial disparities persist. iStock Photo. In Connecticut, 22 infants died in 2015. Babies should be placed on their backs to sleep. Babies born to American Indian and Alaska Natives and African...

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Connecticut Task Force To Examine So-Called ‘Custody For Care’ Controversy

June 30, 2017
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Connecticut Task Force To Examine So-Called ‘Custody For Care’ Controversy

By Lisa Chedekel A task force created by state lawmakers will examine whether the Department of Children and Families (DCF) should be prohibited from requiring that parents give up custody of their children in order to access mental health and other services, under legislation signed by the governor. The newly formed panel, which is...

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Report: Many CT Consumers Don’t Understand Their Health Insurance Policies

June 26, 2017
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Report: Many CT Consumers Don’t Understand Their Health Insurance Policies

By Cara Rosner 55 mins ago Many consumers who obtain insurance through Connecticut’s health care exchange don’t understand the plans they buy—and can struggle to access care as a result, according to a new report. Insurance plans typically use complicated language that is difficult to understand, according to the Health Disparities Institute, UConn Health....

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Ansonia Nurse Accused Of Murder Loses License

June 23, 2017
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Ansonia Nurse Accused Of Murder Loses License

By Kate Farrish A licensed practical nurse from Ansonia who is accused of murdering an Eastern Connecticut State University student has lost his nursing license in an unrelated case involving a fight he had with a visitor in a patient’s home. The Board of Examiners for Nursing voted Wednesday to revoke the license of...

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DCF’s New Strategy: Treating Connecticut Children And Families In Their Own Homes

June 22, 2017
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DCF’s New Strategy: Treating Connecticut Children And Families In Their Own Homes

By Jenifer Frank Last May, Samantha Collins’ drug use, legal problems and dealings with the Connecticut Department of Children and Families forced her to strike a bargain with the agency. Tony Bacewicz Photo. Samantha Collins tells how the Family-Based Recovery program helped her stay at home to care for her children while receiving addiction...

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Connecticut Disciplines Eight Nurses

June 21, 2017
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Connecticut Disciplines Eight Nurses

By Kate Farrish The state Board of Examiners for Nursing on Wednesday disciplined eight nurses, including seven for cases involving the theft or abuse of drugs and alcohol. The board revoked the registered nurse license of Enrique Lopez of Washington Depot, finding that between September and December, while working at Life Spring Home Health...

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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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