Connecticut Ranks High In Opioid-Related Visits To Hospitals

March 21, 2017
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Connecticut Ranks High In Opioid-Related Visits To Hospitals

By Lisa Chedekel 12 hours ago In less than eight hours last June, Yale New Haven’s emergency department treated 12 patients who had overdosed on opioids. Three died; nine were saved. With opioids in wide circulation, Dr. Gail D’Onofrio, chief of emergency medicine at the hospital and chair of emergency medicine at Yale School...

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Risk Of Death In Connecticut Linked To Where You Live

March 14, 2017
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Risk Of Death In Connecticut Linked To Where You Live

By Lisa Chedekel Connecticut has seen significant reductions in deaths from breast and colon cancer in the last three decades, but the state exceeds the national mortality rate for uterine cancer and three other cancers, as well as for mental health and substance use disorders. An analysis of data compiled by the Institute for...

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Clinicians, Experts Team Up for C-HIT Forum On Women’s Addiction, Recovery

March 13, 2017
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Clinicians, Experts Team Up for C-HIT Forum On Women’s Addiction, Recovery

By Cara Rosner Connecticut has seen a continued rise in opioid-related addiction among women, with more than 420 women dying of drug overdoses in 2015 and 2016. To address the crisis and stir community discussion about prevention, intervention and treatment, the Conn. Health I-Team, in collaboration with Wheeler Clinic, will host a free community...

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Connecticut Task Force Proposed To Study ‘Custody For Care’ Concerns

March 9, 2017
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Connecticut Task Force Proposed To Study ‘Custody For Care’ Concerns

By Lisa Chedekel 4 hours ago The legislature’s Committee on Children has proposed creating a task force to study the state’s so-called “custody for care” controversy, in place of a bill that would have barred the Department of Children and Families (DCF) from pushing parents to relinquish custody when seeking inpatient mental health treatment...

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LGBTQ Advocates Lobby For Passage Of Bill Banning Conversion Therapy In Connecticut

March 6, 2017
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LGBTQ Advocates Lobby For Passage Of Bill Banning Conversion Therapy In Connecticut

By Cara Rosner State lawmakers are considering a bill that would prohibit licensed professionals from performing conversion therapy on minors, a practice designed to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. Medical and mental health experts have widely denounced conversion therapy, which also is known as sexual reorientation therapy, as being ineffective and...

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DPH Fines Three Connecticut Nursing Homes Following Lapses In Care

February 28, 2017
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DPH Fines Three Connecticut Nursing Homes Following Lapses In Care

By Cara Rosner The state has cited and fined three nursing homes for various violations, including mismanagement of medication. The state Department of Public Health fined Apple Rehab Rocky Hill $3,000 for seven incidents. One incident on Oct. 27, 2016, involved a resident’s hospitalization for an uncontrolled nosebleed. DPH found staff had mismanaged the...

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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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