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Economists caution: ACOs may not end wasteful health spending

Two of the nations’ top health care economists have condensed many of the causes and challenges of America’s rising health care costs into one 29-page paper with a snappy title: “Aspirin, Angioplasty, and Proton Beam Therapy: The Economics of Smarter Health Care Spending.” Harvard’s Katherine Baicker and Amitabh Chandra presented the paper last week at […]

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Poison control center warns of carbon monoxide from portable generators

With people using portable generators in the wake of tropical storm Irene, the Connecticut Poison Control Center has been receiving calls about carbon monoxide poisoning. Portable generators produce carbon monoxide, and the poison control center, part of the UConn Health Center, has issued safety advice about the generators and food safety. “CO cannot be seen, […]

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Marijuana decriminalized, but pot on campus is still a risk

After the decriminalization of marijuana this summer, students at the state’s four-year colleges face more lenient sanctions under the law if caught with a small amount pot, but they can expect unchanging disciplinary standards on campus. The University of Connecticut and the Connecticut State University System will not change their judicial proceedings or possible sanctions […]

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New ‘cyberbullying’ law poses challenges as school year starts

As students head back to school after summer vacation, educators, free-speech advocates and anti-bullying activists are gearing up for implementation of the state’s new “cyberbullying” law that will make on-line statements subject to academic disciplinary proceedings. The new law puts school officials in the position of having to pass judgement on off-campus speech with little […]