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Northeast contains highest percentage of elderly in the U.S.

The Northeast represents the region with the highest percentage of its population aged 65 and older at 14.1 percent, according to new 2010 U.S. Census data released Wednesday. Connecticut also makes the top five states possessing the largest percent of the total population aged 85 and older. The Northeast’s elderly population is the highest percentage […]

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Griffin Hospital requires flu shots for workers, reports full compliance

All Griffin Hospital employees have complied with a new policy requiring them to get flu shots, the Derby Hospital announced Wednesday. Between Sept. 27 and Nov. 1, 1,275 full and part-time employees got the flu vaccine, which was provided free. Volunteers, students and physicians were also required to get vaccinated. The hospital allowed exemptions for […]

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Thinking About Job Creation? Look Close to Home

We are delighted that the Connecticut legislature and Governor Malloy have approved a $1.1 billion jobs bill that will foster economic growth and job creation. We are especially pleased that the jobs bill focuses on small businesses, and includes money for loans and tax credits for new hires and job training. While for many, however, […]

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Report: 5 people on average die each year while being arrested

Thirty-one people in the last six years have died while being arrested in Connecticut, of which two-thirds were killed by law enforcement, according to a report by the U.S. Department of Justice. Other deaths in the state are attributed to suicide, intoxication and natural causes. Nationwide, the culprit of arrest-related deaths are similar to Connecticut’s […]

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Report: 20% of young children are screened for special education needs

Just one out of every five children under four years old in the state are properly screened to identify their special education needs and even fewer actually get early education services, reports a national report card by a disability advocacy group. Of the 16,000 children three years old and younger at risk of having developmental […]

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Flu shot policy leads to 2,900 vaccines, 5 terminations at Connecticut Children’s

Close to 2,100 employees at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center got flu vaccines in recent weeks following a new hospital policy that requires all employees to get vaccinated. Five employees failed to get vaccinated before the deadline and will be terminated, according to the hospital. In all, more than 2,900 employees, community physicians, contractors and volunteers […]

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Critics seek ethics inquiry into exchange board

Eight groups have signed a letter asking the Office of State Ethics to look into what they say are possible conflicts of interest among members of the board that oversees the state’s health insurance exchange. The request, written on the letterhead of Citizens for Economic Opportunity, points to board members Mickey Herbert, Robert Scalletar and […]

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Replacement SNAP benefits available for storm-related food losses

Current recipients of SNAP–Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps–can apply for replacement benefits if they lost food because of a storm-related power outage. Recipients must have lost food costing more than 15 percent of their October SNAP benefit amount. To report a loss, call 2-1-1 or visit before midnight Saturday. The […]

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Quinnipiac names medical school for “medicine’s Michelangelo”

Quinnipiac University’s medical school will be named after Dr. Frank Netter, a surgeon and prolific medical illustrator whose work has long been used in medical education, the school announced this week. The Frank H. Netter, M.D., School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University is scheduled to open in the fall of 2013. The naming is the […]

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Deadline extended for exchange CEO applications

Interested in running the state’s health care exchange but behind on the application? You’re in luck. The Connecticut Health Care Exchange has extended the deadline for candidates to apply to be CEO of the quasi-public agency, which is charged with developing a marketplace for buying health insurance as part of federal health reform. Applications had […]

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Cancer society offers resources for patients affected by snow storm

Cancer patients and caregivers affected by this weekend’s snow storm and power outages can get information on resources for food, shelter, transportation and medical assistance by calling the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345. Cancer information specialists, including oncology nurses, are available to answer calls 24 hours a day, every day. Zana Baruch, the cancer society’s […]

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With power out, experts warn of carbon monoxide risk

With much of the state without power, hospitals are warning people to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Many of the ways people try to keep warm without electricity–furnaces, stoves and fireplaces–produce carbon monoxide. The Connecticut Poison Control Center has received 50 calls asking about carbon monoxide in the past two days, and Hartford Hospital has seen […]