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Connecticut: A Study in Gray
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Sunday, 22 May 2011
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Connecticut has aged faster than the nation, and so the Nutmeg State has a greater demand for services for the elderly.
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Who's in, who's out, who's hot, who's not
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Sunday, 22 May 2011
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As the Republican Party scours the highways and the byways of the nation, looking for someone who can lead them out of the desert of presidential defeat, the cast of possibilities keeps changing.
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2012 Race Fuels Tension Among Republican Factions
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Sunday, 22 May 2011
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Some leading Republicans are trying to entice a more established candidate to jump into the presidential race, a courtship that's aggravating tensions between ultraconservative tea party supporters and the Republicans' traditional business wing, a deep-pocketed source of financial support in the campaign.
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Republicans are Off to a Slow Start
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Sunday, 22 May 2011
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Four years ago this week the old Kennett High School gym was rocking. The place was jammed, the crowd was on its feet, and all the way down Main Street, well past the Conway Cafe, the cars lined Route 16.
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2012 courting fuels tensions between GOP factions
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Sunday, 22 May 2011
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AP file photo Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels greets President Barack Obama upon his arrival in Indianapolis, Ind.
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Head Start of Northern Fairfield County gets an A-plus
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Sunday, 22 May 2011
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James Maloney, president and CEO of the Head Start of Northern Fairfield County program, left, and U.S. Sen.
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Connecticut workers question health care changes - Middletown Press
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Sunday, 22 May 2011
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Connecticut workers question health care changes
Middletown Press
By Mary E. O'Leary, New Haven Register Changes to the health care provisions in the tentative agreement with state workers are producing the most questions among union members. The Value Based Health and Dental Care Plan aims to lower the cost of ...

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'Jeopardy!'-winning computer delving into medicine
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Saturday, 21 May 2011
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Some guy in his pajamas, home sick with bronchitis and complaining online about it, could soon be contributing to a digital collection of medical information designed to help speed diagnoses and treatments.
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Coupling: Fools of engagement
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Saturday, 21 May 2011
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Why awkward proposals are so much better than storybook ones. I love a fascinating engagement story, the good, the bad, and the ugly - especially the ugly.
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'Jeopardy'-winning computer delves into medicine
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Saturday, 21 May 2011
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Some guy in his pajamas, home sick with bronchitis and complaining online about it, could soon be contributing to a digital collection of medical information designed to help speed diagnoses and treatments.
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Danbury woman, 90, blossoms with flower program
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Saturday, 21 May 2011
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Arline Hulton, a retired registered nurse who lives in New Milford, leads a flower-arranging program for residents of Bethel Health and Rehabilitation Center.
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Danbury Head Start a Top Scorer
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Saturday, 21 May 2011
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The perfect score is a result of the cooperation of many within Danbury's education system, as well as the resources made available by the schools and Board of Ed.
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IBMa s a Jeopardy!a -Winning Watson Computer Delving Into Medicine
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Saturday, 21 May 2011
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Some guy in his pajamas, home sick with bronchitis and complaining online about it, could soon be contributing to a digital collection of medical information designed to help speed diagnoses and treatments.
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GOP Looking for More Established Presidential Candidate
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Saturday, 21 May 2011
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Some leading Republicans are trying to entice a more established candidate to jump into the presidential race, a courtship that's aggravating tensions between tea partyers and the GOP's traditional business wing, a deep-pocketed source of financial support in the campaign.
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Bicycle Commuting: Is It Safe?
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Saturday, 21 May 2011
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National Bike to Work Week has a small hurdle. While it endorses endorphins, it doesn't celebrate certain perks to be found in the car - such as hot coffee or trunk space.
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Want to Charge Weed? What Credit Card are You Carrying?
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Saturday, 21 May 2011
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A growing number of states have passed laws legalizing marijuana, and more states are currently considering legalization bills of their own.
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Courting of Donor-Friendly Republicans Vexes Tea Party
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Saturday, 21 May 2011
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In this May 12, 2011, file photo New Jersey Governor Chris Christie speaks at a New York conference of the Committee of 100, group of business, government and civic leaders who work to bridge U.S.-China relations.
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Lansing Gets a New Talk Show Host
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Saturday, 21 May 2011
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Who would have believed it. A local Lansing Everett grad, Michigan State University alum, would branch off into the world of talk show radio.
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7 Supermarket foods to avoid: for your health
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Saturday, 21 May 2011
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A Making better choices matters By now, everyone has heard a common recommendation by health experts, shop the perimeter, in regards to supermarket shopping.
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Protesters disrupt Aetna's shareholders meeting in Center City | Philadelphia ... - Philadelphia Inquirer
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Saturday, 21 May 2011
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Protesters disrupt Aetna's shareholders meeting in Center City | Philadelphia ...
Philadelphia Inquirer
Protesters crashed Aetna Inc.'s annual shareholders meeting in Philadelphia on Friday morning, accusing the Connecticut-based health insurer of publicly supporting President Obama's health-care plan while privately funneling money
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The economic benefits of paid sick days - Ct Post
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Friday, 20 May 2011
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The economic benefits of paid sick days
Ct Post
... minimize layoffs, promote work-life integration, enhance economic security for working families, and create a level playing field among employers. Please protect and promote the health of Connecticut's workers, businesses and economy and vote to ...

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As Boomers swell Medicare rolls, Congress debates program's future - The Connecticut Mirror
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Friday, 20 May 2011
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As Boomers swell Medicare rolls, Congress debates program's future
The Connecticut Mirror
Connecticut's Democratic House members have collectively held more than a half-dozen town hall meetings on the issue in recent days, mostly to blast the controversial Republican proposal that would essentially privatize the program. ...

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Diversity/Quality of Life Award: A Healthy Approach To Building A Staff - Connecticut Law Tribune
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Friday, 20 May 2011
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Diversity/Quality of Life Award: A Healthy Approach To Building A Staff
Connecticut Law Tribune
(The company, Connecticut's largest health care provider, runs hospitals in New Haven, Bridgeport and Greenwich, and is the second-largest employer in New Haven after Yale University.) Assistant General Counsel Lisa Fay, who is also the company's
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Medicare, SustiNet and health care's future - Ct Post
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Thursday, 19 May 2011
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Medicare, SustiNet and health care's future
Ct Post
New proposals about Medicare have kept health care issues in the headlines. The national discussion about health reform is crucial to our health and economy. It is heartening to see that Connecticut is again on a path to be a leader in reforming how ...

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HHS Releases New Rule Governing Health Insurance Rate Hikes - Hartford Courant (blog)
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Thursday, 19 May 2011
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Los Angeles Times

HHS Releases New Rule Governing Health Insurance Rate Hikes
Hartford Courant (blog)
Health insurance rates are regulated by state insurance officials, such as the Connecticut Insurance Department. The new ruling by Health and Human Services requires that any proposed increase of 10 percent or more for health plans sold to
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Lead paint linked to lower test scores - Boston Globe
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Thursday, 19 May 2011
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Lead paint linked to lower test scores
Boston Globe
Educators worry that factor might be among many contributing to Connecticut's status as the state with the largest achievement gap between the races. Education and public health officials called the Duke study a stark reminder that although lead ...

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Malloy Wants Swift Legislative OK On Health Center Plan - Hartford Courant
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Tuesday, 17 May 2011
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Deseret News

Malloy Wants Swift Legislative OK On Health Center Plan
Hartford Courant
Dannel P. Malloy wants the legislature to take up his proposed transformation of the University of Connecticut Health Center as soon as possible, either during the current legislative session or, if necessary, during a special session. ...
From late Monday: Malloy
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Drug-Resistant Germ Scare Lures Biotechs to Antibiotics Drugmakers Ignore - Bloomberg
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Tuesday, 17 May 2011
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Drug-Resistant Germ Scare Lures Biotechs to Antibiotics Drugmakers Ignore
Bloomberg
US sales of the top five antibiotics were a combined $6 billion in 2010, according to IMS Health Inc., a Norwalk, Connecticut-based research company. Pfizer Inc. (PFE)'s cholesterol pill Lipitor, designed to cut the chances of a heart attack, ...

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Unions concede, purchasing decisions, CGA busy legislating - Connectcut Plus (blog)
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Tuesday, 17 May 2011
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Unions concede, purchasing decisions, CGA busy legislating
Connectcut Plus (blog)
The Connecticut Insurance Department announced on its website that it is pending a decision on Aetna Health, Inc.'s request, filed on May 6, 2011 to “decrease rates by an average of 10 percent on individual health policies,” which, the CID announced, ...

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Paid Sick Leave Bill supported by state academics - Torrington Register Citizen
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Tuesday, 17 May 2011
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Paid Sick Leave Bill supported by state academics
Torrington Register Citizen
Please protect and promote the health of Connecticut's workers, businesses and economy and vote to pass Bill No. 913. An Act Mandating Employers Provide Paid Sick Leave to Employees. Carol Clark, Professor of Economics, Trinity College Continued. ...
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Highlights of Connecticut labor savings deal - Norwich Bulletin
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Tuesday, 17 May 2011
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Highlights of Connecticut labor savings deal
Norwich Bulletin
Increase employee contribution to 3 percent for retiree health care, affecting all employees. Phased in beginning July 1, 2013. — Imposes $35 emergency room co-pay; preauthorization needed for some procedures. — Provides new, value-based health and ...

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Connecticut Union Heads Agree To Revolutionary Health Reform - Connecticut Watchdog
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Tuesday, 17 May 2011
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Connecticut Union Heads Agree To Revolutionary Health Reform
Connecticut Watchdog
In an enormously significant development, a handful of government officials and union leaders around the negotiating table have accomplished what politicians, civic leaders and health authorities have failed to do over the long years: They're putting ...

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Playing Wii Fit may ease COPD symptoms - ConsumerReports.org
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Tuesday, 17 May 2011
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MedIndia

Playing Wii Fit may ease COPD symptoms
ConsumerReports.org
“Finding an exercise routine that patients enjoy may help motivate them to exercise regularly,” said Jeffrey Albores, MD, of the University of Connecticut Health Center. For this study, patients used Wii Fit to run in place, step in place, ...
COPD patients benefit from Wii
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Sex Offender Doctor Can Treat Patients Again - NBC Connecticut
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Tuesday, 17 May 2011
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New Haven Independent

Sex Offender Doctor Can Treat Patients Again
NBC Connecticut
The Connecticut Medical Examining Board has decided to allow the gastroenterologist and internal medicine doctor to resume practicing medicine in Connecticut, Health I-Team reports. “It bothered me and it bothered other people on the board” Anne ...
Sex offender,
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SustiNet backers, Malloy administration reach agreement - The Connecticut Mirror
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Monday, 16 May 2011
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Kaiser Health News

SustiNet backers, Malloy administration reach agreement
The Connecticut Mirror
Keith Stover, a lobbyist for the Connecticut Association of Health Plans, which opposed SustiNet, said the agreement seems to rightly focus on planning for and implementing federal health reform. As for the evaluation of alternative insurance models,
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Wii Fit Exercises May Help COPD Patients - WebMD
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Monday, 16 May 2011
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Wii Fit Exercises May Help COPD Patients
WebMD
... during three to five minutes of specified Wii Fit exercises, indicating the Wii Fit may be a reasonable home-based exercise regimen for COPD patients,” Jeffrey Albores, MD, of the University of Connecticut Health Center, says in a news release. ...
COPD patients may breathe easier, thanks to the
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Region 15 Banning Sale of Unhealthy Foods - Patch.com
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Tuesday, 10 May 2011
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Region 15 Banning Sale of Unhealthy Foods
Patch.com
Region 15, along with the state of Connecticut, is cracking down on the quality of food served on school grounds and limiting students' choices to healthy foods. At a meeting Monday night the Board of Education voted on, and unanimously adopted, ...

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Economy Promising, Regulations Stifling, Small Businesses Say - Patch.com
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Tuesday, 10 May 2011
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Economy Promising, Regulations Stifling, Small Businesses Say
Patch.com
Connecticut Department of Labor economist Patrick J. Flaherty said small businesses in north central Connecticut have driven job growth statewide Travelers Institute, the public policy arm of Travelers Cos. Inc., whose operations span north central ...

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California hits 25B pothole - Politico
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Tuesday, 10 May 2011
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Politico

California hits 25B pothole
Politico
And the state is one of just a few, alongside Minnesota and Connecticut, to expand its Medicaid program voluntarily in advance of the required expansion in 2014. But the slowing of California's health reform implementation has some concerned about ...

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US health linkup is urged - Worcester Telegram
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Tuesday, 10 May 2011
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US health linkup is urged
Worcester Telegram
“If you're from Nashua and you have a medical emergency in Connecticut, you need treatment in Connecticut. And sometimes, it's in the nature of emergencies that treatment is time-sensitive. You have to be able to access that information simply and ...

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Backus nurses will hold union vote Wednesday - Norwich Bulletin
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Monday, 09 May 2011
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Backus nurses will hold union vote Wednesday
Norwich Bulletin
AFT, which represents nurses at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital in New London and Windham Hospital in Willimantic, views itself as an agent of positive change in Connecticut health care. “The right to form a union is a fundamental right of workers in ...

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Lyme Disease - My Fox 8
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Monday, 09 May 2011
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Milwaukee News Buzz

Lyme Disease
My Fox 8
Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever cases are more prevalent in North Carolina than almost anywhere in the nation, said Dr. Ward Robinson with the Guilford County Health Department. Lyme Disease is named after Lyme, Connecticut, the town where the disease was ...
New concerns over Lyme disease in Conn.Hartford
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Paid Sick Leave Bill Narrowly Passes House Committee
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Monday, 09 May 2011
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A controversial bill that would mandate paid sick leave won the narrow approval of the budget-writing appropriations committee Monday.
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UConn, Area Hospitals Make Breakthroughs Together - Hartford Courant
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Monday, 09 May 2011
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UConn, Area Hospitals Make Breakthroughs Together
Hartford Courant
A specialist in infectious diseases at the Connecticut Children's Medical Center, Dr. Juan Salazar has collaborated regularly with researchers at the University of Connecticut Health Center. ...

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Hookah lounge ban narrowly passes Conn. committee - NECN
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Monday, 09 May 2011
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Hookah lounge ban narrowly passes Conn. committee
NECN
(AP) — A bill that would ban smoking in Connecticut hookah lounges, except those establishments that opened last year or earlier, has narrowly cleared a key legislative committee. The Planning and Development Committee passed the bill Monday on an ...
Hookah lounge ban narrowly passes Conn.
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Healthy happenings - Danbury News Times
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Monday, 09 May 2011
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Healthy happenings
Danbury News Times
MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT GROUP: For family members, the group meets first and third Thursdays at 5 pm, Western Connecticut Mental Health Network, 78 Triangle St., Danbury. Call Paula Zigman at 203-448-3149 or 203-448-3200. ALZHEIMER'S/DEMENTIA SUPPORT ...

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Canton dancers benefit Connecticut Children's Medical Center - Foothills Media Group
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Monday, 09 May 2011
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Canton dancers benefit Connecticut Children's Medical Center
Foothills Media Group
Proceeds from the event went directly to the Connecticut Children's Medical Center, a full-service hospital that facilitates research and education of children's health issues. This is one of the few times all of the students of Canton's branch of Fred
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