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All About Feet!

May 21, 2012
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One night, a couple of years ago, I laid me down to sleep and discovered my foot was numb.
 It was numb like Adam Sandler's chronically frostbitten foot in the cinema masterpiece "Mr. Deeds," wherein he invites people to whack it with a fireplace poker while he smiles blissfully.

An hour later, my foot was still numb.

Stroke. That's it, I thought. I'm having a stroke.

The problem with even thinking a thought like "I'm having a stroke," is that immediately you start having a stroke, more or less.

Last week, lawmakers didn't act on a proposal to expand membership on a board that will help shape the future of health care in the state. WNPR's Jeff Cohen explains.

As part of the controversial Affordable Care Act, states across the country are working to set up what are called exchanges -- marketplaces that will eventually let the uninsured comparison shop health insurance plans. In Connecticut, that process is run by a board. The board will decide which types of benefits insurance companies will have to offer as part of their plans.

Connecticut Department of Public Health

The state department of public health has launched an initiative to promote better food choices and a more physically active lifestyle for pre-schoolers.

In the new campaign children are introduced to a cartoon cow and her son, a rabbit and a super strong chimp with a simple message: "Fruits and veggies give you the energy to play hard. And low-fat dairy helps you grow strong. Eat healthy, play hard."

That's just one of the public service announcements running on CPTV and other cable TV channels state wide as part of the Action Pack campaign.

A bill that would prohibit insurers from charging patients for colonoscopies that end up as surgical procedures passed the legislature. As WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, it now awaits the governor's approval.

Not long ago, we told you about an oddity in health insurance. It went like this. Under the nation's new health care law, called the Affordable Care Act, most preventative screenings should come at no additional cost to patients. But what happens when a screening turns into a treatment? Here's what happens.

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Connecticut requires almost a dozen immunizations by the time a child enters school.  As WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil reports there's a temporary shortage of one particular vaccine.

The vaccine is called Pentacel and it's a combination vaccine that protects children from several different diseases.

Diptheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Polio and Meningitis. Four doses are required before a child turns nineteen months old.

But if your child is due for his or her next dose of Pentacel, it may not be available.

Chion Wolf

As the business of health care continues to boom, the drumbeat against so-called "conflicts of interest" in medicine has gotten louder.

A national debate’s been cooking about the close relationship between money and medicine. How is that relationship affecting patient care? Can doctors make the right decisions when they’re inundated with sales representatives from pharmaceutical and medical device companies?

Dr. Suzanne Campbell

Fairfield University is participating in the nationwide initiative, Joining Forces, to to help veterans. WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil spoke with the Dean of the School Of Nursing, Dr Suzanne Campbell.

Catie Talarski

We know that music, pets, and exercise make us feel good - but did you know they can also make our aging brains stronger? 

It used to be that getting older meant forgetting more, slowing down, and acting more and more like our grandparents. But no more. We can add years to our lives and boost our brain power by learning to play an instrument, jog around the block, or even bond with our dog.

Gov. Dannel Malloy has promised to move more than 5,000 poor and disabled patients out of nursing homes in five years.  But he says there's an obstacle -- a state law that says only nurses can give medications to people in the Medicaid system living at home. The governor's plan has faced some opposition in the legislature.

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Three former prisoners at Niantic's York Correctional Institution are staging a play mixing Dante’s Inferno with real life prison stories. WNPR’s Patrick Skahill has more.

When Lynda Gardner was sent to jail for larceny in 2005, she didn't think she'd be reciting lines from Dante's Inferno.  She just thought she was in hell.

"I woke up in York and decided for the first six months I was going to kill myself," Gardner said. " I felt dead."

Smaller Hospitals Struggle With Deficits

Apr 17, 2012

Eight of Connecticut’s 30 acute-care hospitals ended the last fiscal year in the red—double the number that reported financial losses the year before, according to a new state report.

The data filed with the state Office of Health Care Access (OHCA) is a mixed bag of news about the financial health of the state’s hospitals. It shows that only six hospitals had operating losses in the 2011 fiscal year in contrast with nine that did not break even on operations in 2010. But when non-operating gains and losses are included, eight had negative total margins, or deficits.

Uma Ramiah

INTRO: As the New England Journal of Medicine celebrates its 200th anniversary, a national debate has been brewing about the close relationship between money and medicine. In the first of a 2-part series, the Connecticut Mirror’s Neena Satija examines how researchers come under fire for taking industry money, yet can’t survive without it.

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Does what we eat control our thoughts and feelings? After many studies, a neuroscientist says it's true.

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