New Strain On State Nursing Homes: Keep Patients Out Of Hospitals

January 17, 2017
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New Strain On State Nursing Homes: Keep Patients Out Of Hospitals

By Lisa Chedekel 11 hours ago At the Fresh River Healthcare nursing home in East Windsor, the chance that a short-stay patient will end up back in the hospital within 30 days of arriving at the facility is less than eight percent. Meanwhile, 12 miles away at the Greensprings Healthcare and Rehabilitation nursing home...

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FBI Reaches Out For Victims Of Subsys Scheme

January 10, 2017
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FBI Reaches Out For Victims Of Subsys Scheme

By Lisa Chedekel In an unusual move, the FBI is reaching out publicly to patients who were prescribed the powerful narcotic medication Subsys, which federal agents allege was improperly dispensed by practitioners across the country, including a nurse in Derby. In a posting on its Victim Assistance Program website, the FBI asks people who...

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14 Connecticut Hospitals Penalized For Infection Rates, Injuries

January 5, 2017
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14 Connecticut Hospitals Penalized For Infection Rates, Injuries

By Cara Rosner Nearly half of Connecticut hospitals – 14 out of 31 – will lose a portion of their Medicare payments in 2017 as a penalty for having too many patients who acquired preventable infections and injuries while hospitalized. The hospitals are among 769 nationwide that will lose one percent of their Medicare...

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Thousands Give DNA To Further Crowdsourced Breast Cancer Research Project

January 3, 2017
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Thousands Give DNA To Further Crowdsourced Breast Cancer Research Project

By Cara Rosner Thousands of metastatic breast cancer patients nationwide have given researchers access to their tumors and DNA in the hopes it will lead to breakthrough treatments and therapies for one of the most deadly forms of cancer. As the groundbreaking study enters its second year, more than 2,900 women and men have...

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Connecticut Studies Could Help Keep Elderly Drivers On The Road Longer

December 31, 2016
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Connecticut Studies Could Help Keep Elderly Drivers On The Road Longer

By Maryellen Fillo As the number of elderly drivers steadily increases, the decision about when it’s time to stop driving often falls to their children, who must make the gut-wrenching choice to take away the car keys, and often, their parents’ independence. But two Connecticut doctors are studying various aspects of elderly driving and...

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Five Connecticut Nursing Homes Fined

December 31, 2016
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Five Connecticut Nursing Homes Fined

By Cara Rosner The state Department of Public Health has fined five nursing homes for various violations, including two in which residents went missing. Blair Manor in Enfield was fined $3,000 after a resident with dementia and neurocognitive disorder left the facility. Staff noticed the resident was missing around 7:20 p.m. on Oct. 4,...

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OSHA Penalties Drop Nearly 50 Percent In Five Years

December 31, 2016
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OSHA Penalties Drop Nearly 50 Percent In Five Years

By Sujata Srinivasan Penalties levied against Connecticut companies for violations of occupational safety rules dropped by more than half between 2011 and 2015, and the number of cases with penalties fell by 40 percent in the same time period, according to a C-HIT analysis of federal Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) data. Data...

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Lawmakers Plan To Rein In Weaponized Drones

December 31, 2016
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Lawmakers Plan To Rein In Weaponized Drones

By Gary Stoller December 26, 2016 When Clinton resident Austin Haughwout uploaded YouTube videos of his pistol and flamethrower-equipped drones last year, he triggered a national debate over the use of weaponized drones that is expected to result in new state legislation. Eight states, including Vermont and Maine, now have laws prohibiting or limiting...

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Connecticut Leads 20 State Coalition Filing Federal Antitrust Lawsuit against Heritage Pharmaceuticals, other Generic Drug Companies

December 15, 2016
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Ct Attorney General George Jepsen today joined with 19 other state attorneys general in filing a federal lawsuit against generic drug-makers Heritage Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Aurobindo Pharma USA, Inc., Citron Pharma, LLC, Mayne Pharma (USA), Inc., Mylan Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. alleging that they entered into illegal conspiracies in order to unreasonably...

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