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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Handful Of Connecticut Prescribers Responsible For Large Share Of Opioids

November 15, 2016
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Handful Of Connecticut Prescribers Responsible For Large Share Of Opioids

By Lisa Chedekel Ten Connecticut prescribers, including a Derby nurse who is at the center of a federal kickback probe, were responsible for more than 23 percent of the state’s Medicare spending on opioids in 2014, suggesting that the largest share of those prescriptions is concentrated among a small number of clinicians. Recently released...

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Yale Study: Monitoring Brain Activity Key To Autism Treatment, Outcomes

November 15, 2016
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Yale Study: Monitoring Brain Activity Key To Autism Treatment, Outcomes

By Cara Rosner Observing the brain activity of preschool children with autism can help predict their response to treatment for the disorder, according to a study by Yale University researchers. The finding is groundbreaking because it can help match children with a treatment that will work for them, said Pamela Ventola, senior author of...

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Medical Errors Decline In Connecticut By 3 Percent In 2015

November 4, 2016
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Medical Errors Decline In Connecticut By 3 Percent In 2015

By Cara Rosne Connecticut hospitals reported increases in patient deaths or serious injuries due to falls and medication errors in 2015 compared to 2014, but an overall drop in “adverse events,” according to a new state report. The report, by the Department of Public Health (DPH), shows that the total number of medical errors...

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Working Long Hours Is Bad For Women’s Health

November 1, 2016
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Working Long Hours Is Bad For Women’s Health

By Cara Rosner Women who spend many years working long hours have significantly higher chances of developing heart disease, cancer and other chronic diseases, according to new research. The study found that women who worked more than 60 hours per week were nearly three times more likely to develop heart disease, non-skin cancers, arthritis...

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Connecticut DCF Routinely Takes Custody Of Kids With “Specialized Needs”: Data

October 28, 2016
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Connecticut DCF Routinely Takes Custody Of Kids With “Specialized Needs”: Data

By Lisa Chedekel The state has taken custody of more than 860 children since 2011 because their families could not access or provide “specialized care” for their mental health or physical conditions, according to judicial department data. The data show that the Department of Children and Families (DCF) has regularly used “uncared for” petitions,...

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Connecticut Orders Rocky Hill Nursing Home To Hire Consultant

October 28, 2016
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Connecticut Orders Rocky Hill Nursing Home To Hire Consultant

By Cara Rosner State health officials have fined the operator of a Rocky Hill nursing home $5,000 and ordered it to hire an independent nursing consultant after finding dozens of violations, most of which involved the care of residents. Under the order, Apple Rehabilitation of Rocky Hill must hire an independent consultant who is...

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Health Insurance Open Enrollment Brings Fewer Options, Higher Premiums In Connecticut

October 25, 2016
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Health Insurance Open Enrollment Brings Fewer Options, Higher Premiums In Connecticut

By Cara Rosner Consumers can begin shopping for 2017 health insurance through Access Health CT (AHCT) starting Nov. 1, but they will encounter fewer options and steeper prices than in previous years. Now in its fourth year, the state’s health insurance marketplace looks different than it has in the past. Most notably, it has...

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More Connecticut Adolescents Getting HPV Vaccinations, But Gender Gaps Persist

October 24, 2016
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More Connecticut Adolescents Getting HPV Vaccinations, But Gender Gaps Persist

By Cara Rosner A growing number of adolescents in Connecticut and nationwide are protecting themselves from human papillovirus (HPV), new data show, but disparities persist in who is getting vaccinated. Statewide and nationally, adolescent girls were vaccinated at much higher rates than boys in 2015. In Connecticut, 55 percent of girls received all three...

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