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Blood pressure screenings

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Bridgeport Hospital will offer free blood pressure screenings at the following locations and times. For information, call 888-357-2396. Fairfield Senior Center, 100 Mona Terrace, Monday, Nov. 3, and Monday, Nov. 17, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Stratford Baldwin Center, 1000 West Broad St., Monday, Nov. 10, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Shelton Senior Center, 81 Wheeler St., […] [Read More]
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Healthy Minds, Health Bodies event in Norwalk

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There will be a “Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies” seminar from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29 at the Norwalk Public Library. The event  is for students, athletes and professionals interested in developing a plan for success. Ben Powers, trained and certified by the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching and the Core Performance Dynamics […] [Read More]
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Talk on COPD in Bridgeport

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St. Vincent’s Medical Center is sponsoring a free talk from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, called “Learning to Live with COPD,” at the Watermark, 3030 Park Ave., Bridgeport. Featured speakers, David Bushell, MD, FCCP, D, ABSM; Pharmacist Ann Fitzgerald RPh, and Physical Therapist Lori Mihalov will discuss COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), what […] [Read More]
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FDA approves urinary prosthesis for women

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given its blessing to a urinary prosthesis for women … which isn’t exactly what you’d expect it is. The FDA today allowed marketing of the inFlow Intraurethral Valve-Pump, a replaceable urinary prosthesis for use in female adults who cannot contract the muscles necessary to push urine out of […] [Read More]
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Bridgeport Hospital genetic counseling session rescheduled

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The date of Bridgeport Hospital’s monthly genetic counseling sessions in Trumbull during November has been changed from Wednesday, Nov. 19 to Wednesday, Nov. 12. The sessions, conducted by a certified genetic counselor, are offered by appointment at the hospital’s outpatient campus, 5520 Park Ave. For information or to make an appointment, call 203-764-8400. [Read More]
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Health department creates health equity office

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The Connecticut Department of Public Health today announced a new Office of Health Equity, which will be charged with eliminating disparities in disease, disability and death rates among ethnic, racial and other population groups that are known to have adverse health status or outcomes. The office’s name and mission statement was adopted by the Connecticut […] [Read More]

Federal government: $283 million invested in health care for the poor

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Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced today that because of the Affordable Care Act, $283 million has been invested in the National Health Service Corps in fiscal year 2014 to increase access to primary care services in communities that need it most. Today, more than 213 corps clinicians are providing care at 87 […] [Read More]
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Westchester County official: No Ebola here

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The same day that the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States died in a Dallas, Texas hospital, reports surfaced of a possible case of the contagious disease in Westchester County, N.Y. But, on Wednesday, Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino said there have been no cases of the illness in the county to […] [Read More]
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FDA advises against mixing certain cold meds and driving

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We’re entering the much-dreaded cold and allergy season, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration wants you to know there are over-the-counter medicines that can make you drowsy and can affect your ability to drive and operate machinery safely. Over-the-counter medicines are also known as OTC or nonprescription medicines. All these terms mean the same […] [Read More]
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Former state VA commissioner to speak at Quinnipiac

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Linda Schwartz, the recently confirmed assistant secretary of veterans affairs for policy and planning in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, will discuss “What Health Professionals Need to Know About the Health Risks of Veterans” from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Oct. 9, in the Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences on the […] [Read More]
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