The Dope On Cannabis: Five Things To Know

February 28, 2017
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The Dope On Cannabis: Five Things To Know

By Colleen Shaddox Is marijuana a harmless way to relax or a dangerous gateway drug? The science says “No” and “We don’t know,” respectively. Arguments for and against legalization often misrepresent the medical effects of cannabis, some experts say. Several bills proposed in the 2017 session of the General Assembly would make recreational use...

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Pediatric Psychiatric Cases Continue Climbing, Swamping ERs In Connecticut

February 23, 2017
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Pediatric Psychiatric Cases Continue Climbing, Swamping ERs In Connecticut

By Lisa Chedekel The state’s efforts to direct children in mental health crisis away from emergency rooms, to other services, have fallen short, with major hospitals reporting staggering increases in patient visits since 2013: Up 32 percent at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, and 81 percent at Yale New Haven Hospital.The children’s hospital (CCMC) reported...

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Menopause Puts Women At Higher Risk Of Fall-Related Injuries

February 13, 2017
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Menopause Puts Women At Higher Risk Of Fall-Related Injuries

By Cara Rosner A growing number of women are getting hurt by falling, and they are much more likely to suffer fall-related injuries than men, data show. From 2011 to 2014, 51 women per 1,000 population were hurt in falls, up from 47 per 1,000 from 2005 to 2008, according to recent data from...

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Inpatient Mental Health Coverage Rare For Connecticut Insurance Plans

February 11, 2017
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Inpatient Mental Health Coverage Rare For Connecticut Insurance Plans

By Lisa Chedekel February 9, 2017 The state’s top insurers were more likely to approve claims for mental health services in 2015 than the year before, but rates of rejection for residential care remained high, a new state report shows. About 6.4 percent of claims for mental health services were rejected by eight top...

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Proposed Connecticut Bill Would End ‘Custody For Care’

February 8, 2017
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Proposed Connecticut Bill Would End ‘Custody For Care’

By Lisa Chedekel State officials and parent advocates gave different versions Tuesday of how often, and why, the Department of Children and Families (DCF) takes custody of children with severe behavioral health problems – and whether the practice should continue. Advocates, including a group of adoptive parents, told the legislature’s Committee on Children that...

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Mix Of Connecticut Programs Helping Low-Income Families Build Healthy Eating Habits

January 26, 2017
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Mix Of Connecticut Programs Helping Low-Income Families Build Healthy Eating Habits

By Colleen Shaddox Connecticut doctors and health care workers are battling childhood obesity by helping low-income families make healthier food choices, and coaching busy parents on fast but healthy ways to feed their children. Children are more likely to be obese if they grow up in low-income families, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control...

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Derby Nurse’s Sentencing Delayed Until July

January 25, 2017
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Derby Nurse’s Sentencing Delayed Until July

By Lisa Chedekel A federal judge has agreed to a six-month delay in sentencing a Derby nurse who pleaded guilty to accepting kickbacks in exchange for prescribing a powerful opioid painkiller because she is cooperating in “numerous ongoing criminal investigations,” according to court records. U.S. District Judge Michael Shea approved a Jan. 17 agreement...

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Protein Sciences Struggles For Market Share Of Flu Vaccine

January 23, 2017
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Protein Sciences Struggles For Market Share Of Flu Vaccine

By Cara Rosner Almost four years after Protein Sciences began selling its innovative flu vaccine, the Meriden company still struggles to gain a foothold in a marketplace dominated by pharmaceutical powerhouses. Orders for Flublok – the only flu vaccine not derived from eggs – remain well below company goals, and officials haven’t been able...

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Despite High Price, IBM Finds Apple Computers a Bargain Because of Reliability

January 22, 2017
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Apple computers are more expensive to buy than PCs, but IBM says they come with less problems according to RESCUECOM’s Annual 2017 Computer Reliability Report. “Every Mac we buy is in fact continuing to make and save IBM money,” says Fletcher Previn, VP of Workplace as a Service at IBM. Apple’s high reliability may...

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