Yale researchers finds clues to autism origins

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A  Yale-led team of researchers has pinpointed which cell types and regions of the developing human brain are affected by gene mutations linked to autism. They report their findings in the Nov. 21 issue of the journal Cell. According to a release put out by Yale, the team analyzed massive amounts of gene expression data […] [Read More]
Categories: General, health

Be a quitter during Great American Smokeout

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Today is the third Thursday of November — designated by the American Cancer Society as the Great American Smokeout. The idea behind the event is to get smokers to either use the day to devise a plan to quit smoking, or to plan in advance to quit smoking on this day. Tobacco use remains the […] [Read More]
Categories: cancer, smoking

Survivors of Suicide conference

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A local International Survivors of Suicide Day conference will take place at noon Saturday, Nov. 23, at the Fairfield Museum and History Center, 370 Beach Road. The program will also be available online at www.afsp.org and archived for two years. Visit www.afsp.org, call 203-722-7503 or email anneginct@aol.com. [Read More]
Categories: Fairfield, General, health

Nurses raise money for typhoon victims

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  A group of nurses at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport are hoping to raise money to help those in the Philippines afflicted by Typhoon Haiyan through a basket raffle taking place this week in the lobby and cafeteria of the hospital, 2800 Main St. Many nurses at the hospital have family in the […] [Read More]

Yale study offers insight on reducing readmissions

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Checking back into the hospital within 30 days of discharge is not only bad news for patients, but also for hospitals, which now face financial penalties for high readmission rates. According to a new study out of the Yale University School of Medicine, the key to reducing readmissions may be focusing on the whole patient, […] [Read More]
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New Fairfield woman part of ‘Heart in the Park’ in Denver

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There was nothing wrong with Janet Elaine Novicky — right up until the moment she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2009. Novicky, who lived in New Fairfield much of her life, died within six months of her diagnosis, when she was only in her early 70s. “There was nothing wrong with her up to […] [Read More]
Categories: cancer, General, health

CDC: Docs need to limit antibiotics for kids

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Despite all the recent hubub about antibiotic-resistant infections, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that improper use of the drugs, particularly in kids, is still too high. In a new report, the CDC claims that, every year, as many as 10 million children risk side effects from unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions for upper respiratory […] [Read More]
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Bridgeport Hospital recruiting for cancer study

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  On Thursday from noon to 4 p.m., Bridgeport Hospital, Mill Hill B 267 Grant Street, will be recruiting participants for a landmark American Cancer Society study. Men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer are needed to participate in the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Prevention […] [Read More]
Categories: Bridgeport, cancer