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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 ...
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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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Any Conn. labor deal needs rank-and-file support - Forbes
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Monday, 09 May 2011
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Any Conn. labor deal needs rank-and-file support
Forbes
Dannel P. Malloy's labor negotiators have been meeting privately with the leaders of 15 state employee unions, trying to come up with $2 billion in labor savings over two years to help balance Connecticut's budget. But a deal with the State Employees ...
Budget signed, some plan to
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Despite Threats, States Moving Forward with Medical Marijuana - Opposing Views
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Sunday, 08 May 2011
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Despite Threats, States Moving Forward with Medical Marijuana
Opposing Views
Connecticut: Members of the Joint Standing Committee on Public Health on Tuesday decided in favor of Governor's Bill 1015, which amends state law to “authorize an individual to use marijuana for medical purposes as directed by a physician. ...

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More than 1000 people finish Connecticut Race for Cancer - TopNews United States
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Sunday, 08 May 2011
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More than 1000 people finish Connecticut Race for Cancer
TopNews United States
The race – which benefits the CT Breast Health Initiative as well as provides funds for in-state research and support for breast cancer - had 414 finishers in the men's event and 786 finishers in the women's event. In addition, there were thousands of
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CT Watchdog: Beware improper use of credit cards - TheDay.com
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Sunday, 08 May 2011
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CT Watchdog: Beware improper use of credit cards
TheDay.com
Please check out his site, www.ctwatchdog.com, for comprehensive consumer, health, finance, nutrition, Connecticut grown food, elderly issues, media, Internet, computer, travel and education tips.

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YMCA promotes Healthy Kids - Torrington Register Citizen
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Sunday, 08 May 2011
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YMCA promotes Healthy Kids
Torrington Register Citizen
Hubschman, the aquatics, camp and physical education director for the Northwest Connecticut YMCA's Torrington branch, said that he hoped for more of a turnout next year; Saturday was his first year running the event. The YMCA's Family Health Snapshot ...

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Honoring The Nightingales - Patch.com
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Sunday, 08 May 2011
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Honoring The Nightingales
Patch.com
The annual event began 10 years ago in New Havan by the Visiting Nurses Association of South Central Connecticut and grew to include Stamford, Hartford and New London-Norwich in 2003. The award is open to nurses in all health care settings.

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Rules and Reality Test Chefs Who Think Locally - New York Times
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Saturday, 07 May 2011
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New York Times

Rules and Reality Test Chefs Who Think Locally
New York Times
But, she said, it sometimes seems that the Connecticut Department of Public Health, which oversees food protection and designates approved and unapproved food sources for restaurants, would rather see her cooking processed food than local farm stuff. ...

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Background checks on health aides not always foolproof - Ct Post
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Saturday, 07 May 2011
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Background checks on health aides not always foolproof
Ct Post
In Connecticut, such checks aren't required for workers in most sectors of long-term care, including nursing homes and home health aides. Many agencies, like Home Choice, do their own checks. Last year, the state received $1.9 million from the US ...

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Bill regulating Conn. hookah lounges faces legislative committee vote - The Republic
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Saturday, 07 May 2011
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Bill regulating Conn. hookah lounges faces legislative committee vote
The Republic
A bill that prohibits smoking in Connecticut hookah lounges, except those open before the end of last year, is facing a key legislative vote. The General Assembly's Planning and Development committee is meeting Monday to vote on the legislation, ...

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Disparities In Minorities' Health Care Is Focus Of Seminar - TMC Net
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Saturday, 07 May 2011
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Disparities In Minorities' Health Care Is Focus Of Seminar
TMC Net
In Connecticut, the state medical society has been given a $400000 grant from the Connecticut Health Foundation to train 1200 doctors in cultural awareness. The foundation gave the medical society another $100000 to provide training for residents and ...

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Former Milford assistant city attorney gets pension, full health benefits - Ct Post
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Friday, 06 May 2011
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Former Milford assistant city attorney gets pension, full health benefits
Ct Post
The Connecticut Post received a copy of the agreement Friday in response to a Freedom of Information Act request. The document prohibits the parties from making public comments. When she was fired, the reason given was she had "raised her voice" to ...

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Around the County: Deadline for Job-Saving Concessions and More
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Friday, 29 April 2011
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Sunny this morning...then partly sunny with a chance of showers this afternoon. Highs in the mid 60s.
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Video: Cause of Attic Fire Remains Under Investigation
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Friday, 29 April 2011
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The homeowners of 3 Saint Andrews Dr. heard a noise in the attic. When they looked into the attic, they saw smoke, so they called the Avon Volunteer Fire Department at about 10:50 p.m., according to Avon Fire Marshal James DiPace.
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UPDATE 1-Magellan Health Services Q1 beats on higher segment profit
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Friday, 29 April 2011
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Magellan Health Services Inc posted a quarterly profit that beat market expectations, helped by higher segment profit, and raised its full-year profit outlook.
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Conn. Police Collecting Unused Prescription Drugs
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Friday, 29 April 2011
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Connecticut state police and federal agents will be collecting unused prescription drugs in an effort to prevent pill abuse, theft and potential health hazards.
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Fire Damages Home In Avon
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Friday, 29 April 2011
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Emergency crews responded to a fire in Avon Thursday night. Fire was reported at 3 St.
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Fire Heavily Damages Avon Home
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Friday, 29 April 2011
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AVON Fire heavily damaged a home at 3 St. Andrews Drive Thursday night. The two adults and two children in the home at the time of the fire escaped without injury, fire officials said.
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Supreme Court: State can cut medical benefits to legal noncitizens
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April 8, 2011

The Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled that the state can cut off medical assistance to legal noncitizens who have been in the country fewer than five years, clearing the way to implement a 2009

 
Annual dental clinic gives free care, but need not going away
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April 17, 2011

WATERBURY--Robin Stewart and her husband got to Wilby High School around 10:30 Friday night, early enough to secure a parking spot and a place in line. The Stonington couple had packed their car with

 
Supreme Court justices question states' global warming lawsuit
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April 19, 2011

WASHINGTON--The Supreme Court waded into the political and environmental thicket of global warming Tuesday, in a case that will determine whether Connecticut and other states can force power plants to

 
Disparity called the greatest health risk
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April 19, 2011

One prominent doctor called it the greatest risk to health. Another called it a threat to national security. U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal called it a scandal.

 
Incoming DSS commissioner: 'We have a complete system to overhaul'
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April 20, 2011

The barriers state residents face in reaching the state Department of Social Services are unacceptable, and the options they have for accessing services are "woefully inadequate," incoming

 
Advocates for elderly oppose Malloy move on assets
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April 20, 2011

Advocates for seniors are fighting a proposal by the Malloy administration that aims to save close to $30 million a year by reducing the amount of assets a person can keep if his or her spouse is in

 
SustiNet deal reached, but without a 'public option'
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April 20, 2011

The Malloy administration and Democratic legislative leaders have reached an agreement on the proposed SustiNet state-run health plan, with a deal that calls for opening the state employee health

 
Budget deal restores some social services cuts, leaves others
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April 21, 2011

The budget agreed to by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Democratic legislators restores funding to several health and social services programs that the governor initially proposed trimming.

But it also

 
SustiNet backers not giving up on public option
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April 22, 2011

Supporters of the proposed SustiNet state-run health plan were meeting Wednesday night when word trickled in that lawmakers had reached an agreement on the proposal. It would not include offering

 
Berwick: Connecticut can be a prototype in health system changes
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April 25, 2011

Connecticut can be a prototype for the country in implementing federal health reform and transforming the health care system, a key Obama administration official said during a visit to the state

 
Health care reform forum draws thin crowd with broad concerns
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April 26, 2011

DANBURY--Two women worried about losing their health insurance wondered what they could do. An insurance broker asked how more money could be squeezed out of insurance companies that he said make

 
Fight for 'public option' goes on, Donovan tells SustiNet rally
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April 27, 2011

A week after lawmakers reached a compromise that leaves SustiNet backers short of their goals, leaders of the push for the proposed state-run health plan told supporters that the fight isn't

 
Physicians: Are small practices going the way of the house call?
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April 7, 2011

NEW BRITAIN--Dr. Lawrence Koch began practicing medicine in what he calls "the golden era." For 27 years, he cared for patients in his private practice.

But in the mid-1990s, as payment rates from Medicare and private insurers declined and paperwork increased, requiring more employees to handle

 
Hospitals facing a double hit from Hartford, Washington
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April 25, 2011

WASHINGTON--Frank A. Corvino, the CEO of Greenwich Hospital, is still reeling from the fiscal punch from Hartford, in the form of a proposed new tax on hospitals across Connecticut. Now, he's girding for a second hit from Washington, where federal Medicare

 
SustiNet backers dispute analysis saying plan would cost millions
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April 5, 2011

Opponents of the proposed SustiNet state-run health insurance plan say a nonpartisan report showing the plan could cost the state hundreds of millions of dollars a year will be a significant blow to

 
A prayer of consensus?
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Friday, 29 April 2011
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Liberals claim that the founding fathers separated church and state, while conservatives argue that the founders made faith a foundation of our government.
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Manchester: ECHN Offers New Surgical Treatment Approach For Chronic Sinusitis
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Friday, 29 April 2011
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Biz Buzz Submitted by Amy Lantaigne, Eastern Connecticut Health Network, on 2011-04-28.   Sinusitis affects 37 million people each year, making it one of the most common health problems in the U.S. Eastern Connecticut Health Network is offering a new treatment approach for patients who suffer from chronic sinusitis, an inflammation of the
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Connecticut police and DEA collecting unused prescription drugs in safety effort - The Republic
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Friday, 29 April 2011
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Connecticut police and DEA collecting unused prescription drugs in safety effort
The Republic
Connecticut state police and federal agents will be collecting unused prescription drugs in an effort to prevent pill abuse, theft and potential health hazards. Troopers are urging the public to bring unwanted or expired prescription drugs to one of ...

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SustiNet: Dead, Dying or only Sleeping ?
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Friday, 29 April 2011
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Like a scene out of a Monty Python skit we hear that SustiNet is not dead after all.
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Chocolate Milk Wars
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Friday, 29 April 2011
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Does chocolate milk have as much sugar as soda? A lot of people are cheering the fact that celebrity chef Jamie Oliver convinced the Los Angeles School District's superintendent John Deasy to ban flavored milk in L.A. schools.
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Naval Hopital Bremerton takes pharmaceuticals out of landfill waste
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Friday, 29 April 2011
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Naval Hospital Bremerton Monday received an award for its work to clean toxic waste from the overall waste stream of the 36-bed acute care hospital.
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Questions about top Berkshire exec's exit linger
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Thursday, 28 April 2011
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Warren Buffett is sure to face tough questions about former Berkshire Hathaway executive David Sokol at this weekend's shareholders meeting.
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ER Visits Keep Increasing, Survey Finds - Los Angeles Times
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Thursday, 28 April 2011
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ER Visits Keep Increasing, Survey Finds
Los Angeles Times
More than 80 percent of Connecticut doctors responding to a new poll by the American College of Emergency Physicians said that emergency visits are increasing at their hospitals, and more than 95 percent expect increases next year. ...

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Aetna Rises After Insurer Increases 2011 Profit Forecast - Bloomberg
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Thursday, 28 April 2011
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MiamiHerald.com

Aetna Rises After Insurer Increases 2011 Profit Forecast
Bloomberg
The stock is up 36 percent over the past 12 months, compared with a 14 percent rise for the Standard & Poor's Health Index. The Hartford, Connecticut-based insurer forecast profit of $4.20 to $4.30 a share for 2011, more than a previous outlook of as
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Windham One Of Three Hospitals In State To Be Awarded Grant - Hartford Courant
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Thursday, 28 April 2011
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Windham One Of Three Hospitals In State To Be Awarded Grant
Hartford Courant
The Windham Hospital Foundation was awarded a grant of $4960 from the Connecticut Office of Rural Health to improve outcomes for patients served by the hospital. The grant will assist Windham Hospital's efforts to reduce the number of readmissions to ...

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Memorial for CT workers killed on job - WTNH
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Thursday, 28 April 2011
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Memorial for CT workers killed on job
WTNH
The president of the Connecticut AFL-CIO argued in favor of a pending piece of legislation called The Captive Audience. "It gives us a right to not be held captive and told by employers that unions are bad and let me say this about health and safety, ...

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