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The Cinnamon Challenge isn’t child’s play

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If you’re like me, maybe you’ve heard in passing about the “cinnamon challenge,” which entails swallowing a tablespoon of ground cinnamon in 60 seconds without drinking any liquid.  The stunt has caught on with many young people, and has even spawned a series of harrowing YouTube videos featuring teens and tween tentatively putting spoons of […] [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]

Fourth of July is tomorrow. Please don’t blow yourself up.

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Tomorrow is the Fourth of July, and you know what that means: Someone’s losing a hand. Well, hopefully not, but experts are cautioning that people stay away from consumer fireworks. In Connecticut,  it is illegal to offer for sale, sell at retail, use, or explode fireworks. Sparklers and fountains are legal to buy and sell, […] [Read More]
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Survey: More than half of teen drivers talk or text behind the wheel

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A high percentage of the state’s teen drivers talk or text on their phone while behind the wheel, according to the 2011 Connecticut School Health Survey. The results of the survey — administered to more than 6,000  high school and middle school students across the state — were released Thursday by the state Department of […] [Read More]

Local hospitals get mixed results in safety ranking

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Nearly half of the hospitals in the country got a “C” or lower in patient safety, according to ranking system released Wednesday by the independent national non-profit the Leapfrog Group. The group, run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits, have established the Hospital Safety Score, which gives hospitals a letter grade based […] [Read More]

State Police’s S.A.N.T.A.S. also know if you’ve been naughty or nice

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The holiday season is officially upon us. And you know what that means — our good friends in the law enforcement community are setting up their holiday efforts to make sure we’re enjoying the season within the safe and legal limit. Here is the press release from the Connecticut State Police on its Operation S.A.N.T.A.S. […] [Read More]

How to be festive without burning down the house

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If you’re still putting the finishing touches on your holiday decorations, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission would like to remind you that, this time of year, being safe is just as important as being festive. The commission reports that about 12,500 people are treated in hospital emergency rooms each year for injuries directly related […] [Read More]

Festive lecturing from the CDC

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Always in search of new ways to nag us into practicing good health habits, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have created a new video, “The 12 Ways to Health.” This is musical journey into the land of good health habits is set to the tune of “The 12 days of Christmas” and replaces […] [Read More]

Public health: 94 water systems under boil water advisory

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The Connecticut Department of Public Health updated the list of public water systems under boil water advisory. Currently, 37 small public drinking water systems in the state are under a boil water advisory. State health officials said it is important that residential customers served by systems that have issued a boil water advisory follow the […] [Read More]

Staying safe post-snowstorm

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With thousands of households in the state without power, and residents cleaning up across the state, it is important to protect your health and safety in the storm’s aftermath. Here are a few tips to stay safe and healthy in the wake of the weekend’s freak winter storm: Food Safety: When in doubt, throw it […] [Read More]
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