Health

10:28 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Connecticut May Act on Mental Health Parity Provisions

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New state legislation may soon be considered to address enforcement gaps in existing federal regulations related to mental health coverage.
Frustrated by what they consider a lack of clarity from the federal government on how to enforce a landmark mental health parity act, some Connecticut officials want the state to issue its own guidance for interpreting the law. "We just can't wait any longer," said Anne Melissa Dowling, the state's deputy insurance commissioner.
Mental Health
4:45 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

How A Family Copes With Schizophrenia And Suicide

Homer Bell's family: sister Laura Bell (from left), sister Regina Bell, mother Rosalind Scott and stepfather Jack Wilcox.
Jeff Cohen WNPR

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 7:21 pm

Homer Bell was 54 years old when he killed himself in April in a very public way — he laid down his head in front of a stopped bus in his hometown of Hartford, Conn. It was the last act in a life filled with struggle, as Bell and his family endured his schizophrenia.

At a time when there are calls to strengthen the mental health system, Bell's story shows how hard coping with mental illness can be.

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Health Care
12:28 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Simple Steps to Reducing Hospital Readmission Rates That Few Are Doing

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One in five Medicare patients are back in the hospital within 30 days after being discharged. A new study looks at simple measures hospitals can adopt to reduce readmission rates.

For an elderly patient, one hospital stay is hard enough, but having to come back due to complications can be devastating.

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The Salt
11:18 am
Wed July 24, 2013

NYC Doctors Are Now Prescribing Fruits And Veggies

Take two of these and call me in the morning.
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Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 12:22 pm

Doctors typically give patients prescriptions for medications. But a new program in New York City has doctors prescribing fruits and vegetables to obese or overweight patients.

Deputy Mayor Linda Gibbs and Health Commissioner Thomas Farley launched the Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program Tuesday. It aims to give at-risk families greater access to healthy foods.

Under the program, obese or overweight patients can be prescribed Health Bucks redeemable for produce at local farmers markets.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:17 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Can Fasting Bring You Closer to God?

Flickr Creative Commons, Keoni Cabral

In researching this show, I found one claim that some of the writers of the Constitution fasted to enhance inspiration and mental clarity. I couldn't confirm that, but in 1775, the Continental Congress proclaimed July 20 as a day of "fasting and humiliation."  

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Health
10:35 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Unusual Tick-Borne Virus Lurks In Missouri's Woods

A harmful trio (from left): a deer tick, lone star tick and dog tick.
Getty Images

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 10:11 am

Last year, scientists got the chance to solve a medical mystery — well, at least half of it. This week the final puzzle pieces fell into place, as investigators tracked the newly identified virus to an eight-legged bug.

The mystery actually began with two Missouri farmers who came down with a strange illness in 2009. They had high fevers, diarrhea and nausea. Their platelet counts dropped dramatically, though they didn't experience any abnormal bleeding.

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:09 am
Tue July 23, 2013

A New Understanding of ADHD in Children and Adults and The Thing You Think You

For over 100 years, ADHD has been seen as essentially a behavior disorder. Recent scientific research has developed a new paradigm which recognizes ADHD as a developmental disorder of the cognitive management system of the brain, its executive functions. Dr. Thomas Brown's A New Understanding of ADHD in Children and Adults pulls together key ideas of this new understanding of ADHD, explaining them and describing in understandable language scientific research that supports this new model.

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Where We Live
10:11 am
Mon July 22, 2013

HM and the Science of Memory

Where We Live
12:12 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

New DSS Phone System Shows Improvement After Rocky Launch

Rod Bremby, Commissioner of the Department of Social Services, gave a mixed review of the department's first week with a new call center on WNPR's Where We Live.  

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Where We Live
10:23 am
Thu July 11, 2013

DSS Making Moves to Modernize

Chion Wolf

In May we spoke with Department of Social Services Commissioner Rod Bremby about his agency and its lack of manpower and technology. The shortfalls have resulted in long waits for services - and lawsuits claiming a need for more staffing.  On Monday they opened a new centralized call center, and got eleven thousand calls. Now, with new leadership and increased technology, DSS may be on the slow road at least to catching up to where they need to be.

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Health
9:58 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Heavy Rains Bring Record Number Of Mosquitoes; West Nile Expected

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The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, which runs the state’s mosquito trapping and testing program, is reporting record numbers of mosquitoes this year.  Chief Entomologist Dr. Theodore Andreadis says it’s a direct result of the heavy rains.

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The Faith Middleton Show
4:07 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

A New Understanding of ADHD in Children and Adults and The Thing You Think You

Tom Coppen/flickr creative commons

For over 100 years, ADHD has been seen as essentially a behavior disorder. Recent scientific research has developed a new paradigm which recognizes ADHD as a developmental disorder of the cognitive management system of the brain, its executive functions. Dr. Thomas Brown's A New Understanding of ADHD in Children and Adults pulls together key ideas of this new understanding of ADHD, explaining them and describing in understandable language scientific research that supports this new model.

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Affordable Care Act
2:05 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Obama Pushes Health Care Deadline Back, Businesses Cheer

On Tuesday, President Obama announced that one-year delay for a crucial aspect of his Affordable Care Act. The delay gives businesses another year to figure out how to comply with the law.

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Coming Home Project
2:27 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Veterans Groups Ask VA to Change PTSD Claims Process

Veteran advocate groups have petitioned the federal VA to change its claims process. The proposed rule change would impact veterans with PTSD who were sexually assaulted while in the military. 

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Hospitals
3:55 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Hospitals Continue to Make Cuts, and the State Continues to Defend its Budget

Hospitals are making cuts to programs and staffing following the passage of the new state budget. First, St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford cut funding to a city infant mortality program. Then, last week, Waterbury Hospital announced it is cutting its workforce.

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Budget
3:55 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Hospitals Continue To Make Cuts, And The State Continues To Defend Its Budget

Hospitals are making cuts to programs and staffing following the passage of the new state budget. WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports. First, St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford cut funding to a city infant mortality program. Then, last week, Waterbury Hospital announced it is cutting its workforce. Both hospitals blamed the cuts on a decrease in state funding.

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Health Care
4:34 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Study: Kids Can't Improve Their Teeth If They Don't See A Dentist

Each year, children across the country have a hard time caring for their teeth. A new study says that the problem is made worse because kids can't get in to see a dentist. The report comes from the Pew Children's Dental Campaign and makes two big observations.

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Wellness
4:34 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Study: Kids Can't Improve Their Teeth If They Don't See A Dentist

Each year, children across the country have a hard time caring for their teeth. A new study says that the problem is made worse because kids can't get in to see a dentist. From WNPR’s Health Equity Project, Jeff Cohen reports.

The report comes from the Pew Children's Dental Campaign and makes two big observations. First, the nation doesn't have enough dentists. Second, there aren't enough dentists who accept government insurance for the poor -- or Medicaid. "The dental access problem is not a new problem." That's Jane Koppelman, she's the dental campaign's research director.

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Coming Home Project
5:25 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Amendment Would Help Military Families Insured by Tricare

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An amendment to the defense budget bill before Congress could help military families who have children with developmental disabilities including autism.

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Hospitals
10:37 am
Mon June 24, 2013

St. Francis Hospital Cuts City Funding and Blames the State

St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center is cutting funding to a Hartford program that targets infant mortality. The hospital says the recently-passed state budget is to blame. The Maternal Infant Outreach Program is almost 30 years old and is jointly funded by two hospitals and the city of Hartford. It serves about 450 pregnant women a year.

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Budget
10:37 am
Mon June 24, 2013

St. Francis Hospital Cuts City Funding And Blames The State

St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center is cutting funding to a Hartford program that targets infant mortality. As WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, the hospital says the recently passed state budget is to blame. The Maternal Infant Outreach Program is almost 30 years old and is jointly funded by two hospitals and the city of Hartford.

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Substance Abuse
4:21 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Danbury Man Wants to Take Anonymous Out of Recovery

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The Colin McEnroe Show
11:43 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Why We Need To Treat Addiction Like A Disease, Not A Crime

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The Colin McEnroe Show
11:43 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Why We Need to Treat Addiction Like a Disease, Not a Crime

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Where We Live
10:52 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Gut Check: Befriending Bacteria

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There are more bacteria in our bodies than there are human cells: about 10 microbes for every cell!

UConn microbiologist Joerg Graf says “If you took a person and removed all the human cells, you would still see the outline of a human body.”

So what are all these bacteria doing? And are they helping or hurting us?

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Labeling Modified Food
5:29 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

In Connecticut, GMO Labeling Bill Passes, But Don't Look for Labels Right Away

Advocates for labeling genetically engineered food gather at Capitol. (May 21, 2013)
CT Senate Democrats

Connecticut lawmakers have passed a “first-in-the-nation” law, mandating the labeling of Genetically Modified Organisms or GMOs in food products. It’s headed to the Governor for his signature, but that doesn’t mean it goes into effect anytime soon.

Passage by the state house was the final step in a convoluted series of maneuvers that included a bipartisan agreement reached over the weekend. It requires any food meant for human consumption to have a label that says “Produced with Genetic Engineering.”

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News
9:40 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Burlington Mom's Products Reach Whole Foods

When her husband's work relocated their family to Connecticut, Ada Rios' primary job was raising her toddler. Shortly after she began to develop the skin condition eczema. It forced her to rethink her entire beauty regimen. 

"I started checking the ingredients. That's very important with sensitive skin. I couldn't even use a toner in my face 'cause it would get irritated." 

 

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Beauty
9:40 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Burlington Mom's Products Reach Whole Foods

When her husband's work relocated their family to Connecticut, Ada Rios' primary job was raising her toddler. Shortly after she began to develop the skin condition eczema. It forced her to rethink her entire beauty regimen. 

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News
3:20 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Medicaid and Food Stamp Delays -- Is The Problem The People Or The Process?

The state has a problem.  People who apply for food and medical benefits often face substantial delays before finally getting their approvals.  As WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, it's an issue that has now twice ended up in federal court. Advocates for the poor say the solution is in the staffing.  The state Department of Social Services says it's about efficiency, technology, and leadership.

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Affordable Health Care Act
3:20 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Medicaid and Food Stamp Delays -- Is The Problem The People Or The Process?

The state has a problem. People who apply for food and medical benefits often face substantial delays before finally getting their approvals. As WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, it's an issue that has now twice ended up in federal court. Advocates for the poor say the solution is in the staffing.

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