Quinnipiac University now accepting donations … of corpses

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Interested in donating your body to science? You now have another option for your post-mortem contribution. The Frank H. Netter School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University, the state’s newest medical school, is launching a body donation program. According to a press release put out by the university on Tuesday, donated bodies will be used to […] [Read More]
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Valley Women’s Health Initiative honored with caring heart award

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Naugatuck Mayor Robert Mezzo and Valley Women’s Health Initiative/Women Making a Difference recently received the Community Caring Heart Award at The 8th Annual Women and Heart Disease program, according to a press release sent out by Griffin Hospital. The award recognizes individuals and groups that foster initiatives that promote and improve the general health and […] [Read More]
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Americares report — 40 percent of visits to free clinic are for heart problems

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Forty percent of all patient visits to free clinics – two out of every five visits – are for cardiovascular disease, according to clinics surveyed by the Stamford-based global health and disaster relief organization AmeriCares. AmeriCares operates three clinics in Connecticut, in Bridgeport, Danbury and Norwalk. The online survey was sent to 318 free and […] [Read More]

Yale study reveals origins of body fat

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Yale University School of Medicine researchers might have answered an age-old question: Where did all that fat come from? In a paper published online today in the journal Nature Cell Biology,researchers identify specific cell types that eventually morph into white adipocytes — the cells most people recognize as fat. The increase of fat cells in […] [Read More]

Health and Human Services awards $2.1 million to state exchange

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded Access Health CT — the state’s health insurance exchange –  a $2.1 million grant to fund Connecticut’s In Person Assistance Program (IPA).  According to a press release issued by Access Health CT, IPA aims to directly engage, educate and enroll diverse individuals, who are often […] [Read More]

Flu deaths in state rise to 30, but activity declining overall

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The latest numbers from the state Department of Public Health show that flu is still trending down in Connecticut, after a brisk, severe season. However, the death toll from the illness continues to rise, if only slightly. On Thursday, the state released flu stats for the week ending on Saturday, Feb. 16. During that week, […] [Read More]
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What books make you happy? Let me know!

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In today’s Connecticut Post Health & Fitness section, I ran a Los Angeles Times story about the power of books to make us feel better. The story included a link to a list of “mood-boosting books” assembled by the Society of Chief Librarians and the nonprofit Reading Agency, which you can view at http://readingagency.org.uk/adults/tips/mood-boosting-books-2012-list.html The […] [Read More]
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Connecticut health insurance exchange has new name

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The Connecticut Health Insurance Exchange has announced its new name: Access Health CT. According to press release issued by Access Health, the new name is part of a larger ongoing branding effort to help effectively communicate the exchange’s “strong consumer focus. ” It is paired with a logo of an orange sunburst, and the descriptor, […] [Read More]

Hospitals seek citizen support in crusade against cuts

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As you might be aware, the proposed budget unveiled by Gov. Dannel Malloy earlier this month proposed, among other things, cutting a total of more than $500 million in funding to the state’s hospitals over two years. When the proposed cuts were announced, the Connecticut Hospital Association and member of its member hospitals, decried the […] [Read More]

Community Health Survey results to be released next week

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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, will formally present the key findings of its recent Community Health Assessment to the public for the first time on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 6 to 8 p.m., at […] [Read More]