ILLUSTRATION: Ice safety

Blood pressure meds may spike falling risks

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According to new research out of the Yale University Medical School, medications used by many older people to control their blood pressure also increase the risk of serious fall injuries by 30 to 40 percent — injuries that have a similar effect on mortality and functional loss as the strokes and heart attacks the blood […] [Read More]
Categories: elderly, falls, General
A super “Paint a Duck” entry from last year.

Paint a duck at Griffin Hospital

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Griffin Pharmacy & Gifts’ 4th Annual “Paint-A-Duck” Contest is underway. This annual art contest invites members of the community to show off their painting skills and help support The Hewitt Center for Breast Wellness at Griffin Hospital in Derby. Participants can purchase a “Paint-A-Duck” kit at Griffin Pharmacy & Gifts, located on the ground floor […] [Read More]

Eating disorders ruin teeth

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  This week is National Eating Disorder Awareness week, which aims to draw attention to a pervasive health crisis affecting millions of Americans, many of them women. At some point in their lives, 20 million women and 10 million men in the U.S. will suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder, according to the National […] [Read More]
Categories: eating disorders

Should junk food marketing be forbidden in schools?

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Today, First Lady Michelle Obama joined U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to announce proposed guidelines for local school wellness policies. Among other things, the proposed guidelines would ensure that unhealthy foods — such as chips, sodas and the like — aren’t marketed in schools. But what do you think? Take this poll and […] [Read More]
Barry Kasdan of Bridges, the state-designated Local Mental Health Authority for Milford, Orange and West Haven, presents Senator Gayle Slossberg with the 2013 Connecticut Community Providers Association Community Champion Award last year. Kasdan has announced he'll retire as Bridges CEO.

CEO of Bridges in Milford will retire

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Bridges … A Community Support System Inc., has begun a search for a new Chief Executive Officer, as Barry Kasdan announced his plans to retire. Kasdan will remain with Bridges through June 2014 to ensure a smooth and successful transition for his successor. “We have a dedicated staff, a strong and involved Board of Directors […] [Read More]
A group of area children raised $140 shoveling snow last week and donated their haul to Bridgeport Hospital's Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Canter.

Snow-shoveling youth raise $140 for breast center

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Last Tuesday, Robin Righter had a full house. Righter, development and event coordinator for Bridgeport Hospital’s Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center, found herself at home with her two children, and the children of a friend — all of whom were off from school due to yet another snowy day. And everyone was getting a […] [Read More]

FDA stops sale of certain tobacco products

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued orders today to stop the further sale and distribution of four tobacco products currently on the market. The action marks the first time the FDA has used its authority under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act to order a manufacturer of currently available tobacco products to […] [Read More]
Categories: General, health
President and CEO of Yale-New Haven Hospital Marna Borgstrom

Yale-Hew Haven recognized as a top employer for women

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Yale-New Haven Hospital has been named to the 2014 NAFE 10 Nonprofits for Executive Women list by the National Association for Female Executives. The list recognizes organizations whose policies and practices encourage women’s advancement and whose numbers at the highest levels of leadership demonstrate that commitment. “Yale-New Haven Hospital is and always has been committed […] [Read More]
Categories: General, health, hospitals