Health

Health Care
6:29 am
Wed June 1, 2011

Health Premiums Double In Decade

Connecticut’s private employers have seen the price of health insurance premiums for workers and their families rise 102 percent since 1999, an analysis by C-HIT shows. The amount that families pay for this coverage rose an even steeper 107 percent.

The increases came during a decade when median household income in Connecticut grew by less than one third.

C-HIT’s review also found wide geographic variations in the insurance premiums charged for Connecticut families. 

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Human Rights
3:13 pm
Tue May 31, 2011

Sex Trafficking: a Growing Problem in the U.S.

Photo by Chion Wolf

When you hear about the human trafficking of young girls and women, third world countries in Asia and South America come to mind but law enforcement officials and advocates against exploitation say its as pervasive in this country as overseas. On VanityFair.com, writer Anne Fine Collins profiles a Connecticut case that was one of the first to be tried under the federal Trafficking Victims Protection Act.

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Food Service
3:47 pm
Thu May 26, 2011

Hartford Proposes Grades For Restaurant Health Inspections

Last year, restaurants in New York City were required to post a letter grade that summarized their health inspection results.  Now, the City of Hartford may do the same thing. The new plan wouldn't change the restaurant inspection process or requirements.  It also wouldn't apply to food trucks, school lunchrooms, jails, soup kitchens or hospital cafeterias. 

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The Faith Middleton Show
2:06 pm
Wed May 25, 2011

Faith Middleton's Food Schmooze: High Protein Almond Flour, a Superfood?

Elana Amsterdam is back on The Food Schmooze.  Her book of recipes using high protein almond flour in place of white flour was a hit with us and our regular Food Schmooze listeners. So we invited Elana to join us again to talk about some of her recipe ideas.

We'll tell you all about why blanched almond flour is considered a superfood by some; how it differs from white wheat flour and how it registers on the glycemic index.

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The Faith Middleton Show
12:21 pm
Wed May 25, 2011

Faith Middleton Show: The Future Of Hospice?

Nate Ferdinandt

An emotional debate concerning proposed changes to regulations governing nonprofit hospice care. We look at what those changes would mean for the patients.

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Where We Live
10:28 am
Mon May 16, 2011

Roots of Prejudice

Linda, Creative Commons

Prejudice is one of the more troubling and baffling aspects of human nature

It has been the subject of scientific study for years.  But while social psychologists have learned a great deal about attitudes and societal influences that cause intergroup conflict, little effort has been devoted to understanding how adult humans come to have these biases in the first place.  So a Yale study set out to discover the roots of human prejudice, by studying groups of rhesus monkeys.

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Where We Live
10:13 am
Tue May 10, 2011

Design Thinking Takes On Health Care

Brooke Singer

From shopping to banking to taxes “design thinking” is all around us....But beyond the buzz phrase, what does it mean?

Here’s another one: “Data Visualization” - and you’ve gotta come up with something better than an overhead projector showing a pie chart.  

Today we try to understand these new ways of looking at the systems that govern our lives, health, finances, even our environmental impact.  

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School Lunch
8:03 am
Tue May 10, 2011

Inadequate Health Inspections Plague School Cafeterias

DC Central Kitchen, Creative Commons

The Connecticut Health Investigative Team or C-HIT has uncovered that many school cafeterias in Connecticut are not getting regular inspections as required by law.  Some schools, who were cited for various health infractions, did not even get a follow-up inspection to ensure they had resolved their health issue.  We talked to C-HIT reporter and co-founder, Lisa Chedekel about the story.

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Where We Live
10:35 am
Fri April 29, 2011

Reporters on Health Care Reform

Chion Wolf

This week, state officials got a visit from an administrator in the Obama administration - who gave the state high marks for its efforts to implement health care reform.

But tell that to supporters of a “public option” under the state-run SustiNet plan, who held a rally to try and get that back into the state’s reform plan.   

Meanwhile, in Vermont, we’re hearing some say that state is moving toward “single-payer” health care - a kind of holy grail for some reform advocates.  Others say, hold on...it’s not really a single payer system.

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Inmate Health
10:51 am
Thu April 28, 2011

Mentally Ill Inundate State Prisons

Casey Serin, Creative Commons

About one in five prisoners in Connecticut is receiving mental health treatment .

According to the 2010 recidivism report recently released by the state, inmates with mental health problems are significantly more likely to end up back in jail once they get out.

The statistics reveal a flawed system of treatment and rehabilitation for the mentally ill in the state’s justice system - but it’s not confined to Connecticut.  

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The Faith Middleton Show
8:50 am
Tue April 26, 2011

Report On the Dangers of Paint Fumes and Solvents

creative commons, danielle_blue

Children who sleep with fumes from water-based paints and solvents are two to four times more likely to suffer allergies or asthma, according to a new scientific study. Swedish and U.S. scientists measured the compounds - propylene glycol and glycol ethers - in the bedroom air of 400 toddlers and preschoolers, and discovered that the exposed children had substantially higher rates of asthma, stuffy noses and eczema. The irony is that these compunds are supposed to be healthier than the old, high-polluting, oil-based paints and solvents.

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Where We Live
10:26 am
Mon April 25, 2011

Addicted to Food

stev.ie, creative commons

Cocaine v. Chocolate Milkshake? Could there be a similarity?  

One Yale researcher says that addictions to both food and drugs have similar reactions on the brain. Using an MRI, participants’ brains were scanned while looking at and eating a chocolate milkshake.

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Research
3:33 pm
Thu March 24, 2011

StemConn 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.

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Health Care
10:55 am
Wed March 23, 2011

Obama Health Care Reform, One Year Out

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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Where We Live
10:33 am
Mon March 21, 2011

The Supreme Memory Show

therichbrooks, creative commons

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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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:49 pm
Tue March 15, 2011

How Meds Are Killing Talk Therapy

Chion Wolf

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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Where We Live
11:36 am
Thu March 3, 2011

Food Stamps Falter in State

Mills Baker, Creative Commons

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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Ethics
1:41 pm
Wed March 2, 2011

Bioethics at Yale, Revisited

Andres Rueda, Creative Commons

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Where We Live
10:40 am
Fri February 11, 2011

How We Age

Creative Commons, Machinate

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

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Where We Live
10:29 am
Wed February 9, 2011

Where We Yawn

Campanero Rumbero

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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The Faith Middleton Show
6:43 pm
Mon February 7, 2011

The Low GI Handbook

creative commons, norwichnuts

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Domestic Violence
3:18 pm
Fri January 28, 2011

More Victims Getting Help From Domestic Violence Services in Connecticut

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

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Patient Rights
2:59 pm
Tue January 25, 2011

New Federal Rules for Hospitals Concerning Patient Rights

Nathan & Jenny Creative Commons

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.

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Treating Diabetes
12:11 pm
Fri January 21, 2011

FDA Rejects Inhaled Insulin Treatment

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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