Is Corrosive Groundwater In Connecticut Leaching Lead Into Your Well Water?

December 13, 2016
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Is Corrosive Groundwater In Connecticut Leaching Lead Into Your Well Water?

By Pete Madden Connecticut is one of 11 states with a very high prevalence of potentially corrosive groundwater, increasing the risk that water running out of the taps of homes with private wells might be tainted with lead, a study conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) found. USGS researchers analyzed nearly three decades...

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Top Managers Of Pharma Co. Tied To Derby Nurse Charged With Racketeering

December 8, 2016
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Top Managers Of Pharma Co. Tied To Derby Nurse Charged With Racketeering

By Lisa Chedekel Six top pharmaceutical executives and managers, formerly employed by Insys Therapeutics, Inc., were arrested Thursday on charges that they led a nationwide conspiracy to bribe medical practitioners, including a nurse at a pain clinic in Derby. In a sweeping indictment filed in U.S. District Court in Massachusetts, federal prosecutors charged the...

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Overdoses In Connecticut Fuel Increase In ‘Preventable’ Accidental Deaths

December 8, 2016
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Overdoses In Connecticut Fuel Increase In ‘Preventable’ Accidental Deaths

By Lisa Chedekel Connecticut saw one of the highest increases in the nation in preventable deaths from unintentional injuries from 2010 to 2014, mainly because of a spike in opioid overdoses, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). An analysis of the report shows that the state’s...

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Raising Awareness And Support For Male Victims Of Sexual Assault In The Military

November 29, 2016
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Raising Awareness And Support For Male Victims Of Sexual Assault In The Military

By Peggy McCarthy Robert Hunter was raped in the Navy when he was 19, a memory he repressed for 32 years. When the memory returned, he drank heavily and endured mental health problems. After receiving help from the VA Connecticut Healthcare System, he decided to build “something good from something horrible” and bring attention...

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Connecticut Fines Four Nursing Homes

November 28, 2016
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Connecticut Fines Four Nursing Homes

By Cara Rosner The state Department of Public Health (DPH) has fined four nursing homes for various violations, most of which resulted in injuries to residents. Groton Regency Center was fined $2,260 for two incidents that happened in September. On Sept. 12, two staff members reported that a nurse’s aide was seen swearing and...

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TB Cases Rise In Connecticut, Nationally First Increase In 23 Years

November 17, 2016
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TB Cases Rise In Connecticut, Nationally First Increase In 23 Years

By Jenifer Frank Reported cases of tuberculosis jumped 17 percent in Connecticut from 2014 to 2015, mirroring a national and global trend and prompting federal officials to ask primary care providers to be on the alert for at-risk patients. The state Department of Public Health (DPH) said 70 people, in 29 towns, were reported...

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Connecticut Disciplines Four Nurses

November 17, 2016
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Connecticut Disciplines Four Nurses

By Kate Farrish The Board of Examiners for Nursing on Wednesday disciplined four nurses, including three for their abuse of alcohol or drugs. The board suspended the registered nursing license of Lori Riley of Sharon after finding that she posed a clear and immediate danger to the public. Records show that in 2015, while...

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CT To Help PTSD Vets Upgrade ‘Bad Paper’ Discharges

November 17, 2016
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CT To Help PTSD Vets Upgrade ‘Bad Paper’ Discharges

By Peggy McCarthy Frustrated by Pentagon efforts, Connecticut groups that work with veterans have informed some 1,500 veterans that they can apply for upgrades of “bad paper” military discharge statuses if they have been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Although tens of thousands of veterans nationwide are eligible to apply for PTSD-related...

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Med Board Revokes Doctor’s License, Rejects Penalty For Stonington Physician

November 16, 2016
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Med Board Revokes Doctor’s License, Rejects Penalty For Stonington Physician

By Lisa Chedekel The state Medical Examining Board on Tuesday revoked the medical license of a Bristol doctor who had inappropriate sexual conduct with female patients while working in Maine. Also, the board rejected a consent order that would have reprimanded and fined Dr. David Burchenal of Stonington $3,000 for failing to provide adequate...

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