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StemConn 2011

Mar 24, 2011

Stem cells hold the promise of treating a host of diseases in the future. Today in Farmington, some of the top Stem Cell researchers in the country gathered to share the latest discoveries in this new technology.

Every two years, Connecticut hosts StemConn, a full day symposium that looks at the latest research and trends in this promising technology. Stem cells have the ability to regenerate and replenish various tissue in the body, which could potentially treat diseases such as cancer, Parkinson's disease and multiple sclerosis.

One year ago today President Obama signed into law his health care reform bill, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  Today at the state Capitol a host of supporters, including most of Connecticut's Washington delegation, will join together to celebrate the anniversary.  We checked in with Judith Stein, the executive director of the Center for Medicare Advocacy, to hear how this law has affected Connecticut residents over the past year.

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Today’s guest memorized the precise order of an entire deck of cards in one minute and forty seconds.

This supreme act of memorization earned Joshua Foer a US record for speed and a winning title at the US memory championship in 2006.  But how does his uncanny ability to memorize useless information relate to our daily blunders of lost car keys, forgotten birthdays…and the classic: “I know you just told me… but what’s your name again?!” 

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Today's show was occasioned by a controversial New York Times page one article about Dr. Donald Levin.

It said: "Like many of the nation’s 48,000 psychiatrists, Dr. Levin, in large part because of changes in how much insurance will pay, no longer provides talk therapy, the form of psychiatry popularized by Sigmund Freud that dominated the profession for decades. Instead, he prescribes medication, usually after a brief consultation with each patient."

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More than 336,000 residents of Connecticut use food stamps – up over 30% in the past year. 

This program, now known as SNAP - Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs – provides an average of $263 a month for each household on the program. 

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How We Age

Feb 11, 2011
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Advanced science and technology is helping to keep people alive longer than ever, but our emotional and mental ability to cope with aging are as regressed as ever. 

Dr. Marc Agronin is a geriatric physciatrist and author of the new book How We Age: A Doctor’s Journey Into the Heart of Growing Old

Where We Yawn

Feb 9, 2011
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Today, we’re going to take a break from our usual talk about the state budget crisis…or transportation policy…and talk about something really exciting.  Boredom!

Yeah, you know what I’m talking about.  Especially in these mid-winter stir crazy days.  What to do with myself?  Well, according to author Peter Toohey, there’s about 3000 years of bored humans dealing with the same problem.   His book is called Boredom: A Lively History.

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A census on domestic violence services offered in Connecticut shows the need for them has grown in the last year.  

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Hospitals that participate in Medicare and Medicaid have new rules to follow concerning patient rights. Earlier this month, the federal Department of Health and Human Services implemented the new federal regulations that were first proposed by President Obama in 2010.

Federal regulators have rejected a new inhaled insulin treatment from drug maker MannKind. The diabetes treatment was due to have been manufactured in Danbury. 

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