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20 International Labor and Employment Government Leaders Agree

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U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis and labor and employment department heads from 19 other industrialized countries have put together a list of recommendations to meet the challenges that the economic crisis is posing for workers and their families worldwide. They make an awful lot of sense. A two-day meeting hosted by Secretary Solis, […] [Read More]
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AIDS Awareness Day Today

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Hundreds of people with HIV/AIDS will be converging on the state capitol for a rally and to meet with their legislators on today at 10 AM for the 10th Annual AIDS Awareness Day sponsored by the CT AIDS Resource Coalition (CARC). A number of legislators are expected to attend the rally. Speakers will include Shawn […] [Read More]
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More On Reducing Salt in the Diet

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Responding to the health threat posed by Americans’ over-consumption of sodium, experts in the department of nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) called today for sodium reduction strategies that are strong and effective—and that maximize the enjoyment people derive from food. “There is now overwhelming evidence […] [Read More]
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Jon’s Health Tips – Latest Research

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I will continue to try to get lots of vitamins in food and supplements – here is the latest evidence that keeps me going: Vitamin and calcium supplements may reduce breast cancer risk Vitamin supplements appeared to reduce the risk of breast cancer by about 30 percent. Calcium supplements reduced the risk of breast cancer […] [Read More]
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Rell’s Reluctance Re: Contract Review

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GOVERNOR’S DELAYS IN CONTRACTING STANDARDS DEMAND NEW FOCUS ON TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY The Connecticut Contracting Standards Board met today for the first time since 2007. The “Clean Contracting” law passed in 2007 created the reconstituted board, and the legislature intended it would begin work in 2009 reviewing contracting policies. However, Governor Rell delayed her appointments […] [Read More]
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Rosa DeLauro Urges FDA and USDA to Set Limits on Salt

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Legislators and public health groups yesterday praised a long-awaited report from the National Academies’ Institute of Medicine that calls for urgent, government action to reduce salt in packaged and restaurant foods. “Limiting salt in packaged and restaurant foods is perhaps the single most important thing that the Food and Drug Administration could do to save […] [Read More]
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Congressional funding helped CT families heat their homes, avoid energy shut-offs

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The 2009 National Energy Assistance Survey was released on Monday. The annual survey examines how many families received help through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) in paying their winter heating bills. It also examines how an increase in Congressional funding impacted these families. At the request of Congresswoman RosaDeLauro, a report also […] [Read More]
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TOWNS CAN CUT PRESCRIPTION DRUG COSTS UNDER BILL PASSED BY HOUSE

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The Connecticut House of Representatives has passed legislation that will lower the prescription drug costs for Connecticut’s towns. HB 5295 provides municipalities the ability to buy prescription drugs through the state employee plan. By taking advantage of the bargaining power, low administrative costs and substantial discounts negotiated by the large state employee pool, municipalities will […] [Read More]
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