Veterans Discharged For Misconduct Often Suffer From Mental Health Illnesses

May 17, 2017
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Veterans Discharged For Misconduct Often Suffer From Mental Health Illnesses

By Peggy McCarthy A federal report has found that 62 percent of military personnel discharged for misconduct from 2011 through 2015 had been diagnosed with mental illnesses that could have caused their behaviors. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) report concluded that the military failed to follow policies designed to prevent inappropriate discharge of service...

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Med Board Fines Yale Doctor $10,000, Cites Five Others

May 17, 2017
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Med Board Fines Yale Doctor $10,000, Cites Five Others

By Kate Farrish The state Medical Examining Board Tuesday fined a Yale New Haven Hospital doctor $10,000 for abandoning a patient who was detoxing and reached an agreement with a Norwalk doctor to stop practicing medicine because his lapse in care contributed to the death of a patient. Dr. Martin Perlin of Norwalk admitted...

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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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‘Model’ Rocky Hill Nursing Home For Paroled Inmates To Get Federal Funds

April 26, 2017
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‘Model’ Rocky Hill Nursing Home For Paroled Inmates To Get Federal Funds

By Adam Wisnieski Inside the 60 West nursing home in Rocky Hill, two residents played solitaire to the sound of soul music. Others sat in wheelchairs beneath a simulation of rolling clouds, while one got a haircut in a barbershop decorated with Red Sox posters. From the outside, the 95-bed, single-story facility set back...

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Medicaid, ACA Uncertainty Threaten Success Of Connecticut Ex-Offenders’ Health Care Programs

April 21, 2017
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Medicaid, ACA Uncertainty Threaten Success Of Connecticut Ex-Offenders’ Health Care Programs

By Adam Wisnieski 12 hours ago Since 2011, Connecticut has issued more than 39,000 new Medicaid cards to prisoners returning to communities, connecting them to health care services with the goal of keeping them healthy and out of prison. This initiative, which gives ex-offenders the opportunity to see a primary care physician on a...

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EastHartford Nurse Gets Probation Following Baby’s Death, Three Other Nurses Disciplined

April 21, 2017
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EastHartford Nurse Gets Probation Following Baby’s Death, Three Other Nurses Disciplined

By Kate Farrish 18 hours ago The state Board of Examiners for Nursing Wednesday placed an East Hartford nurse’s license on probation for two years in connection with the death of a 13-month-old girl she was caring for in Manchester in 2014. A 2016 investigative report found that Shirley A. Powell, a licensed practical...

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