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Report on CT Early Care and Education Says State is Reversing Progress; Lacks Overall Coordination and Evaluation

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A report by Connecticut Voices for Children, “Connecticut Early Care and Education Progress Report, 2010,” finds that the state has already reversed progress in early childhood funding in recent years. The report also finds that a lack of central coordination of early childhood programs leaves child care providers and parents confused by a diverse array […] [Read More]
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New Rule Ensures Students Get Health Insurance Protections of the Affordable Care Act

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A new proposed regulation announced today by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) would ensure students enrolled in health insurance coverage through their college or university benefit from critical consumer protections created by the Affordable Care Act. Students enrolled in college plans would have the freedom from worrying about losing their insurance, or […] [Read More]
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Businesses Can Innovate to Reduce Toxic Chemical Use

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The Environment Connecticut has released Safer By Design: Businesses Can Replace Toxic Ingredients through Green Chemistry, a new report that highlights 14 businesses across the country that are innovating to cut toxic chemicals from their products, while creating green jobs and boosting the economy. “Currently, these businesses are the exception and not the rule. But […] [Read More]
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LED products billed as eco-friendly contain toxic metals

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Those light-emitting diodes marketed as safe, environmentally preferable alternatives to traditional lightbulbs actually contain lead, arsenic and a dozen other potentially hazardous substances, according to newly published research. “LEDs are touted as the next generation of lighting. But as we try to find better products that do not deplete energy resources or contribute to global […] [Read More]
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Don’t Hide High Fructose Corn Syrup Behind Misleading ‘Corn Sugar’ Name

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The nation’s oldest consumer group told the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today that allowing a name change of High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) to “Corn Sugar” would be misleading to consumers and possibly expose the agency to future dilemma, depending on how scientific research and public perception may continue to evolve. “Regardless of where […] [Read More]
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Secretary Clinton needs to recover her prophetic voice

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Following is commentary by Jeffrey Laurenti, senior fellow and director of foreign policy programs at The Century Foundation. – – – – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton seemed to be speaking in a prophetic voice last month, when she told Arab leaders in Doha that “people have grown tired of corrupt institutions and a stagnant […] [Read More]
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New Report: San Francisco Paid Sick Days Legislation Benefits Employers and Employees

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44 Million U.S. Workers Lacked Paid Sick Days in 2010. Many employees could not take time off when sick, including up to four out of five food service workers. As the Connecticut General Assembly considers paid sick days legislation, a new study from San Francisco sheds light on how businesses and employees view the nation’s […] [Read More]
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Coalition Offers Better Choices to Close Budget Deficit

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As state policymakers face the challenge of a major state revenue gap and the Governor prepares to release his budget proposal next week, a statewide coalition proposed several revenue reforms to help close the deficit and reduce the need for severe budget cuts at a news conference today. Better Choices for Connecticut made up of […] [Read More]
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Catholics for Choice

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This week’s congressional hearing on HR 3, the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” is notable for many reasons. The proposed legislation would enact unreasonable obstacles to reproductive healthcare for millions of American women. It would grant a right to refuse to provide abortion or contraception to insurance companies, HMOs and hospitals based on a […] [Read More]
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Latest Health Research And Me

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I try not to let reports like this discourage me: (And I keep taking statins and Vitamin D): Why Almost Everything You Hear About Medicine Is Wrong In just the last two months, two pillars of preventive medicine fell. A major study concluded there’s no good evidence that statins (drugs like Lipitor and Crestor) help […] [Read More]
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