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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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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