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

American Family Care Hosts Grand Opening VIP Reception in Torrington
March 22, 2019- American Family Care Urgent Care (AFC) Owners Tom Kelly and Ron Krippner officially opened their seventh Connecticut location with a ribbon cutting ceremony in Torrington on March 14th. Afterwards, Torrington Mayor Elinor Carbone, members of the Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce, and over 50 invited healthcare professionals and business leaders, enjoyed a reception with gourmet refreshments.
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Mar 21, 2019 - 11:38:34 PM

Lamont selects Renée D. Coleman-Mitchell to serve as Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Public Health
Governor Ned Lamont on Friday announced that he has chosen Renée D. Coleman-Mitchell to serve as Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH). A health care executive who previously worked at the agency, she has dedicated her career toward advocating for health and wellness needs.
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Feb 24, 2019 - 9:31:31 AM

Bridgeport Mayor Ganim, Bridgeport Health Director Maritza Bond Step Up for the 3rd Annual “Take the Stairs” Challenge
Bridgeport Mayor Ganim and Bridgeport Health Director Maritza Bond will kick off the 3rd annual “Take the Stairs” challenge on Monday, February 25, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at the Margaret E. Morton Government Center, 999 Broad Street, Bridgeport, CT 06604. This health initiative encourages residents to incorporate more physical activity in their daily lives by opting for the stairs over elevators and escalators. The “Take the Stairs” Challenge runs until April 13, 2019.
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Feb 23, 2019 - 9:23:30 AM

First Pediatric Death of the Flu Season Reported
The state Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) announced today the death of a child earlier this week from influenza. This is the first pediatric death involving a Connecticut child during this flu season.
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Feb 22, 2019 - 9:40:44 PM

Blumenthal leads letter urging HHS to curb youth e-cig epidamic
On Friday U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) sent a letter to U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar pressing the department to immediately work to curb the growing epidemic of e-cigarette use among youth. The letter urges HHS to further educate the public on the dangers of youth tobacco use, research treatments for youth already addicted to these pernicious products, and remove flavored e-cigarette products that attract kids from the market.
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Feb 18, 2019 - 9:23:44 PM

Relief for Extremely Dry Skin During the Winter
In the climes of Africa, the elephant’s dry, cracked skin is a boon, warding off heat and pests. But for humans, especially those subject to cold winters, dry skin can be a serious problem. “Once our skin gets really dry,” explains Rebecca Sklar, a certified registered physician’s assistant specializing in dermatology with Advanced Dermatology PC, “we’re faced not only with discomfort, but also with the possibility that serious conditions and infections may develop.”
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Feb 17, 2019 - 9:25:11 AM

Norwalk Hospital Association Announces New Board Membership
As the Norwalk Hospital Association (NHA) celebrates its 126th Anniversary; it proudly announces new appointments to the board of directors.
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Feb 16, 2019 - 4:20:24 PM

Stamford EMS and Stamford Health Team Up With Stamford Senior Center To Present Stroke Awareness Programming and CPR Instruction on February 8th
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Stamford EMS and Stamford Health are teaming up with the Stamford Senior Center to present Spot-A-Stroke - a stroke awareness program on February 8th. The program will help attendees recognize the common warning signs of a stroke and learn the steps to take in an emergency. In addition to an interactive demonstration of hands-only CPR, exciting advances in stroke care will be discussed. The free program is open to the public and will take place at 11:30am at the Stamford Senior Center, located at 888 Washington Blvd, Stamford, CT. Visit https://stamfordems1.ticketleap.com/spot-a-stroke/ to register.
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Feb 1, 2019 - 9:56:56 AM

CT DPH: Case of Measles Confirmed in Connecticut
The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) on Monday announced that it has confirmed a case of measles in a New Haven County adult, the first confirmed case this year in the state; three cases were confirmed during 2018. DPH is collaborating with local partners to identify contacts and implement appropriate control measures.
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Jan 29, 2019 - 5:43:54 AM

Norwalk Hospital names new CEO
New hospital leader joins the expanding Western Connecticut Health Network

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Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN) President and CEO John M. Murphy, MD, announced the appointment of Peter R. Cordeau, MBA, BSN, RN, to the role of President of Norwalk Hospital. Norwalk Hospital is part of the growing WCHN, which currently also includes Danbury Hospital and New Milford Hospital. In his new role, Mr. Cordeau will oversee all administrative and clinical functions at Norwalk Hospital.
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Jan 23, 2019 - 11:14:45 AM

Access Health CT announces 2019 health insurance open enrollment success
Access Health CT (AHCT) on Thursday announced that more than 111,000 Connecticut residents signed up for health insurance during the 2019 Open Enrollment period that ended Tuesday, January 15.
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Jan 19, 2019 - 9:40:27 AM

Blumenthal, Senators seek information on universal flu vaccine research
U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) joined U.S. Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.), Angus King Jr. (I-Maine), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), and Tina Smith (D-Minn.) in asking the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) to provide an update on research initiatives to develop a universal flu vaccine. Last year, NIAID released its strategic plan to achieve a universal flu vaccine, which would meet the following criteria: (1) be at least 75 percent effective, (2) protect against multiple strains of the flu, (3) provide protection for at least one year, and (4) be appropriate for all age groups. He was able to secure $100 million for fiscal year 2018 and $140 for fiscal year 2019.
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Jan 19, 2019 - 9:21:17 AM

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