Nicole Rogucki, a Registered Nurse at Bridgeport Hospital, adjusts her protective visor, part of her Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), during an Ebola preparedness training session, in Bridgeport.

Connecticut hospitals complete Ebola training drills

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Since the first report of an Ebola case in the U.S., caregivers from the Connecticut’s acute care hospitals have been reviewing and testing their emergency and healthcare response plans and conducting emergency preparedness drills and exercises.  All acute care hospitals in Connecticut have now completed drills in line with a directive from Gov. Dannel Malloy, […] [Read More]
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CDC confirms New York doctor has Ebola

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have confirmed that New York doctor Craig Smith has the contagious illness Ebola. Here is the full statement from the CDC: “A hospitalized medical aid worker who volunteered in Guinea, one of the three West African nations experiencing an Ebola epidemic, and since returned to the United States […] [Read More]
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Jeanie Valentine gets a flu shot as part of the "Fight the Flu" campaign by the city and Stamford Hospital at Government Center in Stamford. A UNH assistant professor said the odds of dying from flu or a traffic accident are higher than dying from Ebola.

UNH prof: You’re more likely to die from flu, traffic accident than Ebola

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As news about the Ebola virus continues to dominate the front page, Melanie Eldridge, assistant professor of biology and environmental science at the University of New Haven and an infectious disease expert, said seasonal flu and traffic accidents pose a greater threat to Americans than Ebola. “Thousands of people die from the flu each year,” […] [Read More]
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Mental Health Board appoints new deputy director

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The Southwest Regional Mental Health Board has hired Cheryll Houston Blumenfield as its deputy director. The Southwest Regional Mental Health Board is a citizens’ advisory council that works to ensure a high-quality mental health system promoting recovery and well-being for the residents of southwestern Connecticut. Blumenfield has served as a Board member with the organization […] [Read More]
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Yale researchers: Ebola in West Africa set to explode

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While U.S. officials scramble to curb the spread of Ebola in the U.S., the disease’s epidemic spread in West Africa will likely get far worse unless international commitments are immediately increased, according to new research led by Yale researchers. The findings are published online in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal. A team of seven scientists […] [Read More]
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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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FDA: Not all allergens listed on food labels

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If you’re allergic to a food ingredient, you probably look for it on the food product’s label. But not all labels include information about allergens. In fact, allergens not listed on the label, referred to as “undeclared allergens,” are the leading cause of food recalls requested by the Food and Drug Administration. FDA is working […] [Read More]

Griffin Hospital hosts healthy aging forum

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Griffin Hospital will host Healthy Aging 2014, a free educational forum for the community, on Sat., Nov. 1 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sponsored by Griffin Hospital, New England Young at Heart, AARP, and Phillips Lifeline, this free forum will provide seniors and caregivers with important information on managing chronic diseases, such as diabetes […] [Read More]
Categories: Derby, elderly