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CDC Confirms First Case of EV-D68 in Connecticut Child
The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) today received confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of a confirmed case of enterovirus D68 infection (EV-D68) involving a Connecticut child. The child, who was recently hospitalized, has since improved and been discharged.
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Sep 17, 2014 - 9:38:02 PM

Norwalk Hospital Honors McGraw Family for $10 Million Gift
Proceeds from Annual Gala to Support New Ambulatory Surgery Center

Norwalk Hospital will honor prominent Connecticut philanthropists, the McGraw family, at its Gala on Saturday, September 27th, 2014. The Gala will be held at the Sono Field House, 365 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, in Norwalk, 6:30-11:00 p.m.
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Sep 16, 2014 - 9:44:36 AM

Doctors Express Tackles Health Questions at Transitions Expo for Seniors
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In order to help senior citizens better manage their health, Doctors Express Urgent Care Center recently hosted the “Ask the Doctor” seminar at the Transitions Expo on Sunday, September 7th at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington. Sponsored by CT1 Media, The Transitions Living and Planning Expo for Active Adults and Seniors brought together experts to provide families and individuals information about planning their own future or the future of their loved ones. Dr. Tom Brown, Medical Director at Doctors Express in West Hartford, answered attendees’ questions about heart disease, stroke and diabetes in his half hour Q&A session.
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Sep 11, 2014 - 10:49:17 PM

WalletHub: Connecticut 4th Best State to have a baby
Connecticut is one of the best states to have a baby, according to a report by WalletHub. Our state came in fourth only after Vermont, Main and Oregon.
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Sep 10, 2014 - 9:09:53 AM

Malloy: State to receive $7.6M for recovery initiatives
Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that Connecticut will receive two grants totaling $7.6 million from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to better address the needs of persons with mental health or substance abuse disorders.
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Sep 9, 2014 - 12:06:02 PM

Connecticut is Gearing Up for the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walks
The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks will be held this October at six locations across Connecticut. This inspiring event raises awareness and funds to support the Society’s mission to help finish the fight against breast cancer.
The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks will be held this October at six locations across Connecticut. This inspiring event raises awareness and funds to support the Society’s mission to help finish the fight against breast cancer.
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Sep 2, 2014 - 10:52:19 AM

New statin guidelines are an improvement, Yale study shows
New national guidelines can improve the way statin drugs are prescribed to patients at risk for cardiovascular disease, a Yale University study has found.
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Aug 25, 2014 - 3:31:24 PM

Sarah E. Edgar, DPM, Appointed to the Norwalk Hospital Medical Staff
Dr. Sarah E. Edgar of Greenwich, a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association and the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, was recently appointed to the Norwalk Hospital medical staff.
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Aug 25, 2014 - 4:04:55 AM

Norwalk Hospital Offers New Treatment Option for Chronic Reflux Disease
Neil Floch, M.D., FACS, director of minimally invasive surgery and director of bariatric surgery at Norwalk Hospital, has now completed several laparoscopy surgeries using the LINX ® System for the treatment of chronic gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
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Aug 12, 2014 - 5:37:16 AM

Access Health Connecticut: Statewide uninsured rate cut in half
Access Health Connecticut, the state’s health care exchange, announced on Wednesday that new research shows that Connecticut’s uninsured rate has dropped by 50 percent since 2012. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, the 2012 state’s uninsured rate was 7.9 percent. Research being conducted by Access Health CT indicates that figure has now dropped to 4.0 percent. Figures also indicate that of the 256,666 residents who signed up for health insurance through the exchange, approximately 53 percent, or 138,834, were uninsured at the time of enrollment.
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Aug 7, 2014 - 10:39:50 AM

Federal Grant Awarded to Develop a Better Test for Lyme Disease Diagnosis
Western Connecticut Health Network Biomedical Research Institute Partnership With RareCyte To Improve Lyme Disease Testing Wins NIAID SBIR Research Grant

The goal of finding a more effective test to diagnose Lyme disease may be closer to reality with a two-year, $600,000 grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) awarded to RareCyte, Inc. in collaboration with researchers from the Western Connecticut Biomedical Research Institute. Lyme disease, a tick-borne infection caused by the spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi, has expanded to an estimated 300,000 US cases per year with many communities calling it a public health imperative. Currently as many as half of those approved tests of immune response are sub-optimal and often give negative results early in the disease causing painful delays in treatment and even misdiagnosis. Better testing will enable earlier detection – and hence better treatment – of Lyme disease.
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Aug 7, 2014 - 7:37:04 AM

Norwalk Health Department Recognizes World Breastfeeding Week
The Norwalk Health Department recognizes World Breastfeeding Week, August 1-7, encourages mothers to learn more about breastfeeding, and urges other members of the community to support families in their breastfeeding goals. The Health Department educates, encourages, and supports mothers in their breastfeeding goals through the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program and other outreach efforts. To celebrate World Breastfeeding Week, the department has an educational display and take-home materials available in the lobby.
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Aug 7, 2014 - 7:08:03 AM

Danbury Hospital Diabetes Education Program Presents “The Psychology of Weight Loss”
Western Connecticut Medical Group Behavioral Medicine Specialist Dr. Andrew Tucker will present a program regarding “The Psychology of Weight Loss” on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at the Danbury Hospital Medical Arts Center located at 111 Osborne Street in Danbury. The program, hosted by the Danbury Hospital Diabetes Program, will take place in the second floor conference room at 7 p.m.
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Aug 5, 2014 - 11:45:39 AM

Norwalk Health Department to Provide School Physical Exams
Norwalk public school students will return to classes in just a few weeks. The Norwalk Health Department is helping parents prepare for the upcoming school year by offering affordable school physicals for all children in Kindergarten through grade 12 during the month of August. Examinations include all necessary screening tests, laboratory tests, and vaccines.
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Jul 29, 2014 - 5:03:03 AM

Quinnipiac University School of Nursing awarded $652,000 grant
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The Quinnipiac University School of Nursing has been awarded a $652,000 grant that will be used to support underrepresented students in its doctor of nursing practice program.
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Jul 16, 2014 - 5:17:48 AM

Greenwich Hospital receives $1 million gift from McMahon Foundation to support cutting-edge technology for breast cancer detection
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The Greenwich Hospital Foundation recently announced that Linda McMahon has given a $1 million gift through the Vince & Linda McMahon Family Foundation to purchase 3-D mammography machines, the most advanced technology available for early breast cancer detection.
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Jul 14, 2014 - 2:00:12 AM

Quinnipiac University physician assistant student organizing free asthma camp for children 6-12 Aug. 2
A physician assistant student at Quinnipiac University is offering a free asthma camp for children between the ages of 6-12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 2 on the North Haven Campus, 370 Bassett Road.
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Jul 7, 2014 - 9:52:04 AM

Greenwich Hospital completes conversion to 3-D mammography
Greenwich Hospital has converted all its mammography equipment to 3-D units, which offer improved cancer detection.
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Jul 3, 2014 - 8:37:34 AM

Dr. Thomas Koobatian Takes the Helm at New Milford Hospital
John M. Murphy, MD, President and CEO of the Western Connecticut Health Network is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Thomas Koobatian as the new Executive Director and Chief of Staff for New Milford Hospital. Dr. Koobatian has been at New Milford Hospital for 17 years and worked closely with the former Executive Director, Deborah Weymouth. Dr. Koobatian will take on the oversight of day-to-day clinical operations, while retaining his responsibility for the Emergency Department and oversight of the New Milford Hospital Medical Staff.
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Jul 2, 2014 - 8:38:25 PM

Greenwich Hospital CEO recognized by the American College of Healthcare Executives
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The Connecticut Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) recently presented Frank A. Corvino, president and CEO of Greenwich Hospital, with the Senior-Level Healthcare Executive Award. The award was presented during the ACHE Annual Meeting at the Aqua Turf in Plantsville, CT.
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Jul 2, 2014 - 6:51:28 AM

New Milford Hospital Offers Free Skin Cancer Screening
The Diebold Family Cancer Center at New Milford Hospital, located at 21 Elm Street, will host a free skin cancer screening on Saturday, July 26, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon (BY APPOINTMENT ONLY). The screenings will be provided by physicians from Dermatology Associates of Western Connecticut. The public is invited and encouraged to take advantage of this free screening. Appointments are required and must be made no later than July 21, 2014. To make an appointment, please call 1-800-350-1595.
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Jul 1, 2014 - 10:52:33 PM

Mystic Aquarium Scientists Tracking Unusual Whale Activity in Fall River and Nantucket
Whale Behavior Experts Seek Reasons for Taunton River Sightings of Belugas and Pod of Orcas off Nantucket

Researchers from Mystic Aquarium, the only aquarium in the Northeastern U.S. with Beluga whales on-site for study and exhibition, are in Fall River, Mass., at the Taunton River today to determine what has brought a young Beluga so far from its usual habitat.
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Jun 27, 2014 - 6:11:31 AM

Malloy: CT awarded $9.7M to integrate healthcare for high-cost Medicaid beneficiaries
Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced a new federal award of $9.7 million for spurring a Connecticut initiative to transform the way health care is delivered to children and families with extensive behavioral and physical health needs.
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Jun 17, 2014 - 11:47:43 AM

Norwalk Hospital’s Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center Earns Accreditation
Norwalk Hospital’s Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center recently earned national accreditation by the Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS), a nonprofit international organization that serves as a primary source of scientific information for divers and hyperbaric medicine physiology.
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Jun 17, 2014 - 9:56:13 AM

Minimally Invasive Heart Valve Procedure Offers New Hope
Ruth Hoberman, 82, is on the move again, travelling between her Manhattan apartment and her Connecticut home just weeks after doctors at Danbury Hospital used a minimally invasive technique to replace the aortic valve in her heart. “I will never be perfect,” she said. “But I have a full life again.”
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Jun 9, 2014 - 10:13:06 AM

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