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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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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