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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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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Connecticut Disciplines Seven Nurses

May 17, 2017
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Connecticut Disciplines Seven Nurses

By Kate Farrish The Board of Examiners for Nursing today disciplined seven nurses, including five for abusing drugs or alcohol. The board members also recommended that the state Department of Public Health hold a hearing in the case of Mary Howe of Griswold, a registered nurse who has been accused of inappropriate care of...

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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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