Yale study links strong neighborhood bonds to lower gun violence

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The bonds that tie a neighborhood together can help shield community members from gun violence, according to new findings by Yale School of Medicine researchers in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program. The team presented their work Dec. 19 at the Institute of Medicine’s Means of Violence workshop. “Violence results in chronic community-level […] [Read More]
Categories: New Haven
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Shelton fire bureau has tips for holiday fire safety

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Fires involving holiday trees, lights and candles pose a serious threat during this time of year. To help lower your risk, the Shelton Prevention Bureau offers the following tips. First and foremost, any place of business, facility, or home should make certain that all exits remain accessible and not blocked by decorations or trees at […] [Read More]
Categories: fire safety, Shelton
Pictured: from left to right; Rory O’Sullivan of Waterbury, Denise Loeb (Community Liaison, Northbridge Health Care Center), Dick Rice of Madison, (back) Louis Rodriguez of New Haven, and Fausto Parra VA Voluntary Service Specialist. Photo taken by volunteer, Ramon Pilgrim.

Northbridge Health Center residents make cards for veterans

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A group of residents at Northbridge Health Care Center, Bridgeport, wanted to brighten the lives of some local veterans. For the third year, they signed approximately 250 cards for the Veterans at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System to distribute to the patients in their care. Many cards included a short note of appreciation to the […] [Read More]
Categories: Bridgeport
Jackson Zambarano, 10, of Monroe, receives a visit from Sound Tigers players Chris Langkow (left) and Cory Conacher (right).

Toy donations make Bridgeport Hospital stay merrier

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The holidays have become a bit merrier for children staying a Bridgeport Hospital this season, due to some donations to the hospital’s toy closet. On Tuesday, players and coaches from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers hockey team delivered bags of stuffed animals to young patients at Bridgeport Hospital. The bears were donated by fans during the […] [Read More]
Categories: Bridgeport, Westport

Health worker class at HCC in Bridgeport filling up fast

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The latest session of Housatonic Community College’s community health worker course is filling up fast. The course, taught by Bridgeport’s Loretta Ebron, prepares students for a career in helping individuals, families, groups and communities develop access to a variety of resources that include health care and social service agencies, and others that provide health insurance, […] [Read More]
Categories: Bridgeport

Griffin Hospital to host talk on health insurance

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Griffin Hospital’s Community Health Resource Center, 130 Division St., Derby, invites the community to a free talk about health insurance on Tuesday, Jan. 13 at 2 p.m. Certified Health Insurance Assister Margaret Sessa will provide information on navigating Access Health CT, the state’s health insurance exchange. Access Health CT assisters offer guidance when selecting coverage, […] [Read More]
Categories: Access Health CT, Derby

Resolve to donate blood in new year, urges Red Cross

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  The American Red Cross asks eligible blood donors to make a resolution to give blood regularly in 2015, beginning with National Blood Donor Month in January. National Blood Donor Month recognizes the importance of giving blood and platelets while honoring those who roll up a sleeve to help patients in need. Winter is an […] [Read More]
Categories: American Red Cross

Yale study: Hypertension medication might help you quit smoking

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Smokers trying to quit often light up a cigarette to deal with stress. Now an interdisciplinary team of Yale researchers has shown that guanfacine, a medication approved for treating hypertension that reduces stress and enhances cognition, shows promise as a smoking cessation aid. The study was published online Dec. 17 in the Journal of Psychopharmacology. […] [Read More]
Categories: hypertension, smoking