So what’s up with this obesity calculator?

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When parents gaze into their eyes of their newborn children, millions of questions pop into their heads: Who is this child? What will he be like? Will she be smart? Will he be funny? Parents likely don’t immediately wonder if their little bundle of joy will mature into one of the 12.5 million American children […] [Read More]

Leapfrog Group updates its controversial safety scores

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Earlier this year, the nonprofit Leapfrog Group, run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits, caused a stir when it released its Hospital Safety Score, which gives hospitals a letter grade based on their performance on 26 hospital safety measures. Of the 2,652 hospitals to receive a score, 729 received an “A,” 679 […] [Read More]

Button batteries an underrated hazard this holiday season

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When I covered the unveiling of the Public Interest Research Group’s annual “Trouble in Toyland” report last week, the panel of doctors and experts assembled for the program detailed a variety of hazards to kids, including toys with high lead content, toys that make ear-piercing noises and toys that can be choking hazards for tots. […] [Read More]

Community health survey underway

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The Primary Care Action Group (PCAG), a collaborative of area hospitals, community health centers, health departments and other organizations in Bridgeport, Easton, Fairfield, Monroe, Stratford and Trumbull, is undertaking a community health assessment to gain a better understanding of the health and health practices of area residents. Feedback from the survey will help guide future […] [Read More]

Dr. Joseph Tiano appointed director of St. Vincent’s cardiac lab

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Dr. Joseph John Tiano has been appointed medical director of the Cardiac Electrophysiology (EP) Laboratory at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport. Tiano is an electrophysiologist specializing in non-surgical electrophysiology procedures to correct cardiac arrhythmias or irregular heart rhythms. In his new role as director, he will be responsible for ensuring that the highest standards […] [Read More]

Safety first when preparing Thanksgiving meal

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With Thanksgiving a mere day away, many of us are busy prepping our holiday meals. But while mixing that stuffing and trussing that turkey, you need to worry about more than making your meal delicious. You also need to worry about making it safe. One in six Americans will get sick from food poisoning this […] [Read More]

Toxic exposures rise over weekend

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The number of Connecticut residents sickened by carbon monoxide exposure in the wake of Sandy has risen to 43, according to the state’s poison control center. The state has also seen 12 residents sickened by propane exposure or gas siphoning since last Tuesday. Officials from the poison centers said the number of carbon monoxide cases […] [Read More]
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Carbon monoxide poisonings, other toxic exposure continue to rise post-storm

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The Connecticut Poison Control Center has reported that cases of carbon monoxide poisoning continue to be high in the wake of superstorm Sandy. Since Tuesday, there have been 41 cases of CO poisoning throughout the state since Tuesday. Much of this has been caused by generators used during power outages. The center has put out […] [Read More]
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