Connecticut DPH releases 2018-2019 CT School-based Immunization Rate Data
Today the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) released the 2018-2019 school-reported kindergarten student immunization data for all
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Connecticut schools with more than 30 kindergarten students. The data, which are available on the DPH website, reveal that there are now 134 Connecticut schools where the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccination rate for kindergarten students falls below the federally recommended guideline of 95%. Significantly, these immunization rate data show a 31.1% increase in the number of schools that fell below the 95% kindergarten MMR vaccination rate guideline. There are a total of 47 schools that were below the 95% threshold in the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 school years.
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Oct 21, 2019 - 2:30:41 PM

Norwalk Health Department Announces its 2019 Community Flu Clinics
Fight the flu this Fall, and get your flu shot from the Norwalk Health Department! The best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu is to get a flu shot. The Health Department’s trusted professionals are here to help with our 2019 flu clinics and walk-in hours.
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Oct 15, 2019 - 10:01:28 AM

Norwalk Health Department's tips to avoid mosquitoes
Mosquitoes are front of mind right now, especially with recent news reports of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) cases in other parts of the state. The Norwalk Health Department is aware of the recent EEE-positive mosquito found in Stamford. Recent mosquitos trapped and tested in Norwalk on September 18 and 19 did not test positive for EEE. The Health Department remains in communication with City and State officials to monitor the situation.
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Oct 4, 2019 - 3:15:22 AM

Lamont advises residents to take proper precautions against Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE)
Governor Ned Lamont is advising people in Connecticut to take proper precautions to protect themselves against Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) as state public health officials announced that the second person to be diagnosed with the virus this year in Connecticut has passed away. The patient, an adult resident from Old Lyme, was hospitalized with encephalitis in mid-September and is the second human fatality from the virus in Connecticut since 2013.
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Sep 30, 2019 - 12:59:32 AM

Access Health CT to Host 9 "Healthy Chat" Events -- One in Every CT County
Access Health CT (AHCT) last week announced a series of upcoming community-based educational sessions, known as “Healthy Chats.” The purpose of these events is to help Connecticut residents become familiar with the Open Enrollment Period that starts on Nov. 1, 2019: and understanding costs and the financial help that is available, choosing an insurance plan, and how and where to enroll.
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Sep 30, 2019 - 12:37:24 AM

DPH announces second human case of EEE this year and death of the first person diagnosed with the illness this year
Department of Public Health (DPH) Commissioner Renée D. Coleman-Mitchell on Friday announced a second Connecticut resident has tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) infection. The patient is an adult resident of Old Lyme who became ill during the second week of September with encephalitis and remains hospitalized. Laboratory tests, which were completed today at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Laboratory in Ft. Collins, Colorado, confirmed the presence of antibodies to the virus that causes EEE.
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Sep 22, 2019 - 12:56:50 AM

Norwalk Community Health Center in top 10% of health centers nationwide
The US Department of Health and Social Services has recognized Norwalk Community Health Center, Inc. (NCHC) among the top 10% of health centers nationally for clinical quality. According to the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), NCHC, a nonprofit 501(c)3 healthcare provider, is one of only 150 Health Centers out of more than 1,400 nationwide to achieve this gold standard milestone.
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Sep 17, 2019 - 5:28:15 AM

8th Annual Health Wellness & Lifestyle Expo 2019 coming this September to Stamford
Experience an extraordinary, life-changing two-day event at the 8th Annual Health Wellness & Lifestyle Expo 2019 presented by WABC-TV with special thanks to Stamford Health, Exclusive Healthcare Partner at its NEW location – the Harbor Point Boardwalk in Stamford, CT. Expo 2019 will feature over 150 exhibitors in addition to Stamford Health, group yoga, dance and fitness classes featuring top fitness instructors from throughout the area, 11 different zones showcasing pet wellness, healthy restaurants, food and beverages, activewear, organic craft beer, wine, and spirits, live music, and a kids zone featuring interactive and educational activities. Admission and parking are FREE.
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Sep 2, 2019 - 3:22:34 AM

New Cancer Clinical Trials Open at Danbury and Norwalk Hospitals
Danbury Hospital and Norwalk Hospital received approval to join NRG Oncology as primary clinical research sites. This means that patients at Danbury Hospital and Norwalk Hospital now have expanded access to the latest breast cancer, radiation oncology, and gynecologic cancer clinical trials that are only available to NRG Oncology members.
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Aug 30, 2019 - 2:26:18 AM

Norwalk Health Department Offers School Physicals
Back-to-school season is fast approaching, and the first day of school will be here before we know it. If your child needs a physical exam for school this year, the Norwalk Health Department can help.
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Aug 7, 2019 - 10:50:02 AM

Surgical Staff Supports Nurse Fighting Cancer in “Shave of Solidarity”
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Nurse Patty Ferguson wasn’t surprised when she started losing her hair due to chemotherapy treatment for an aggressive form of cancer. But she was shocked when all of her co-workers at Stanislaw Facial Plastic Surgery Center in Avon shaved their heads in solidarity with their beloved friend.
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Jul 30, 2019 - 3:19:37 AM

DPH is investigating cases of Legionnaires' disease at Rocky Hill Nursing Facility
The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) together with the management of Apple Rehab in Rocky Hill is coordinating a response to two confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ disease, a bacterial respiratory infection caused by exposure to the Legionella bacteria. Two cases of Legionnaires’ disease have been confirmed among residents of Apple Rehab, and one patient died recently. The DPH was notified on July 17, 2019 of a resident of the facility with Legionnaires’ disease.
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Jul 29, 2019 - 3:07:19 AM

Planned Parenthood of Southern New England Offers Free Rapid HIV Tests on June 27, National HIV Testing Day
June 27, 2019 is National HIV Testing Day and Planned Parenthood of Southern New England (PPSNE) will offer free rapid HIV testing services at every health center in Connecticut. Rapid HIV tests are quick and simple and can provide results in as fast as 20 minutes.
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Jun 24, 2019 - 5:13:46 AM

Starling Physicians: New Scalp Cooling Treatment Stops Hair Loss Cold
“Am I going to lose my hair?” is often the first question breast cancer patients ask when they initially find out they need chemotherapy. Now Starling Physicians, a recognized leader in cancer care across Connecticut, is offering women a groundbreaking scalp cooling treatment that reduces or eliminates hair loss. Starling is one of the only oncology practices in the area to provide access to the most trusted FDA-approved technology to help patients manage one of the most traumatic side effects associated with cancer treatment. More
Jun 12, 2019 - 5:46:43 AM

Consumer Protection Commissioner accepts Board of Physicians Medical Marijuana Program recommendations
On Monday, the Board of Physicians held a public meeting to discuss potential additional conditions to the Medical Marijuana Program. Six (6) conditions were considered at today’s meeting. The following recommendations from the Board were accepted by the Commissioner today:
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Jun 4, 2019 - 5:40:52 AM

Skin Health: Importance of Practicing ‘Safe Sun’ Every Single Day
Forty-two billion dollars – just last year alone. That’s the price tag put on anti-aging products and procedures, according to market analysis company Orbis Research. “Treatments certainly can help,” notes Angie Seelal, a certified registered Physician Assistant specializing in Dermatology with Advanced Dermatology PC, “but for our skin, there’s free super-potent anti-aging care available: It’s called preventing damage from the sun’s rays.”
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May 22, 2019 - 5:59:54 AM

Norwalk Hospital’s New Telestroke Program Delivers Critical Stroke Care Faster than Ever
When someone has a stroke, minutes count, and delivering treatment as fast as possible is critical to preventing severe brain damage and death. That’s why Norwalk Hospital — a nationally accredited Primary Stroke Center — recently launched a telestroke program. With telestroke, neurologists can remotely consult with emergency medicine clinicians to evaluate patients, rapidly diagnose stroke, and order treatment.
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May 22, 2019 - 5:42:21 AM

CT House passes major mental health insurance bill
Rep. Sean Scanlon (D-Guilford), House chairman of the Insurance and Real Estate Committee, led the House Monday in a unanimous vote to approve legislation mandating insurance coverage for mental health and treatment of substance abuse.
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May 20, 2019 - 10:11:31 PM

Stroke Isn’t Just for the Elderly – Know Your Risk and Act FAST
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Do you believe that stroke only happens to the elderly? Don’t be fooled--stroke affects people of all ages, genders and races. About 800,000 (approximately 795,000) people in the United States have a stroke every year, with about 3 in 4 being first-time strokes. The American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association, wants people to know their risk for stroke, prevention steps, and stroke symptoms.
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May 12, 2019 - 9:47:34 PM

May is American Stroke Month - American Stroke Association shares seven habits to prevent stroke
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During May, American Stroke Month, the American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association, the world’s largest voluntary health organization fighting heart disease and stroke, shares seven habits to help prevent stroke.
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May 4, 2019 - 6:52:18 PM

Stamford's Department of Health gives a measles update
From January 1 to April 19, 2019, 626 individual cases of measles have been confirmed nationwide and reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Currently, there are measles outbreaks in California, Butte County; Michigan, New Jersey, New York City, New York State, Rockland County, and Washington. These outbreaks have been linked to travelers who brought measles back from other countries.
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May 1, 2019 - 9:26:45 PM

$15 Million Gift Will Build New, State-Of-The-Art Patient Pavilion at Norwalk Hospital
George and Carol Bauer’s generosity will bring new critical care, surgical, women, and pediatric facilities and services to Norwalk Hospital

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Norwalk Hospital Foundation announced the receipt of a $15 million gift toward a major expansion of Norwalk Hospital. The donation from long-time supporters and benefactors George and Carol Bauer of Wilton, Connecticut will support the construction of a new state-of-the-art Patient Pavilion.
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Apr 29, 2019 - 9:25:39 AM

Local High School Students Raise Over $340,000 For Cancer Cures
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Connecticut Westchester Hudson Valley Chapter (CTWHV) annual Students of the Year campaign exceeded all expectations, with 15 candidate teams, raising $340,751 to help find cancer cures. This amount represents the highest total for Students of the Year in the four years that the chapter has been holding this campaign and more than doubles last year’s total.
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Apr 11, 2019 - 5:34:34 AM

Stamford Announces Annual Walk to Work Day
Stamford will participate in Walk to Work Day on April 10, 2019, a nationwide day where residents and commuters are encouraged to walk at least 15 minutes on their way to work. City officials along with the Transportation, Traffic, and Parking Bureau will gather at the Stamford Transportation Center lower-level Concourse between 7:30 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. to celebrate this public event with free coffee, snacks, safety education information and giveaways.
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Apr 9, 2019 - 5:19:58 AM

Health Quest and Western Connecticut Health Network combine to form new health system to be called Nuvance Health
Health Quest and Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN) have combined to form a new nonprofit health system. The name for the new health system will be Nuvance Health (pronounced NEW-vance). The new health system was created to provide communities across New York’s Hudson Valley and western Connecticut with more convenient, accessible and affordable care.
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Apr 4, 2019 - 5:10:03 AM

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