Health

Coming Home Project
2:37 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

American Legion Post Opens Housing for Veterans

Photo by Lucy Nalpathanchil

An American Legion post in Jewett City has dedicated the last decade to raising money so it could help homeless veterans. On Monday, hundreds of Griswold residents turned out to celebrate the project's completion. Post 15 renovated its building so to provide 18 apartments to veterans who need housing.

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Coming Home Project
12:33 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Attention on High Number of Sexual Assaults in Military

U.S Navy

On Monday, The Center for Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling and Education in Stamford hosted a viewing of "Invisible War," an award-winning documentary about sexual assault in the military. More servicemembers who have experienced this trauma are starting to file claims with the VA.

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The Faith Middleton Show
7:03 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

Lady Parts

David Sim/flickr creative commons

Prepare for a frank discussion, adults only, on women and men's health and sexuality. The show features Dr. Mary Jane Minkin of Yale and novelist and former therapist Amy Bloom.

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The Risk
8:41 am
Mon June 4, 2012

Prostate Cancer Screening

The Colin McEnroe Show
2:35 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Sex After 60

dark_ghetto28, Flickr Creative Commons

A few years ago Men's Health, one of the magazines I write for, spun off a brother publication called Best Life, which was specifically aimed at the generation a little older than the washboard abs, do-it-all-night target demo of Men's Health. And I was dispatched over there to write a sex column. For aging men. Best Life didn't last all that long. I think everybody still wants to participate in the dream of Men's Health, even if it's not all that realistic any more. But I had a  lot of fun while it lasted. Which would be a good title for a book about sex ad aging.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:00 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

All About Feet!

Christian Haugen, Flickr Creative Commons

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.

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Eat Healthy, Play Hard
11:02 am
Wed May 16, 2012

Eating Healthy With "The Action Pack"

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.

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Coming Home Project
6:36 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

Student Nurses Learn How to Care for Veterans

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.

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Health Care
2:01 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

Should Non-Nurses Give You Your Meds?

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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The Faith Middleton Show
9:59 am
Mon April 16, 2012

Authors of Your Brain on Food and Holy Ghosts

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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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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:28 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

Athletes over Fifty

Providenz

Today's show was the brainchild of producer Betsy Kaplan, but it seems like something I might have thought up, just to deal with some (de)pressing problems in my life. I'm 57. I have arthritis in both knees. One of the magazines I write for wants me to do, this fall, a Gran Fondo, a bike ride of more than 100 miles with a significant elevation change.

I'm literally not sure I can.

But all around me are examples of athletes over 50 doing remarkable things.

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Insurance
5:12 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

Health Insurers Move Ahead, With Or Without Individual Mandate

For the health policy world, the Supreme Court's tough questioning of the individual mandate last week was a seismic event.

But in Hartford, Conn., the city sometimes called the epicenter of the insurance industry, David Cordani isn't quaking.

Cordani is the CEO of Cigna, the nation's fourth-largest health insurer. He says the insurance industry started changing itself before the Affordable Care Act became law in 2010. And the changes will continue regardless of what happens at the high court.

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Coming Home Project
5:47 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

Reaching Veterans With Traumatic Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injury or TBI has been called the signature injury of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Defense Department data indicates more than 233,000 veterans have been diagnosed with at least a mild brain injury. But the number is even higher because not all veterans seek help. A non-profit and the VA have partnered to offer support to these servicemembers in Connecticut.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:25 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

Could 'Contagion' Strike Connecticut?

Flickr Creative Commons, blmurch

Which is a worse way to die: the Spanish influenza that nearly killed off Elizabeth McGovern in Downton Abbey, or the respiratory virus that took out Gwyneth Paltrow in the movie Contagion?

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:11 pm
Mon March 19, 2012

Can A Pill Make Us More Moral?

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If I tell you that today's show looks into the near future and sees a wave of new drugs and other therapies that can enhance moral behavior, maybe you'll tell me: enough with the science fiction. But in some ways, the drugs are already here.

Oxytocin, sometimes known as the love hormone, increases empathy and social bonding.  And oxytocin can already be taken -- for other reasons -- in nasal spray form.

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Health Care
1:44 pm
Thu March 15, 2012

Connecticut Considers Letting Health Aides Give Medicines To Homebound

Connecticut is rethinking who should be allowed to give medicines to Medicaid patients cared for at home.
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Connecticut, like every state trying to reduce health care spending, is looking closely at how it cares for people with chronic conditions.

Gov. Dannel Malloy has promised to move more than 5,000 poor and disabled patients out of nursing homes in five years.

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Where We Live
10:21 am
Thu March 15, 2012

Adult Ed For Teens

preetamrai, creative commons

Thousands of teens are leaving traditional high school in Connecticut and opting for adult education programs instead.

These programs have more flexible hours and fewer requirements for graduation, allowing students - in some cases - to finish school more quickly.

But there are complicated reasons why some teens are taking this opportunity.  One is that some low-performing students - or those with troubled pasts - are being “pushed out” of the traditional school system...and there aren’t always spaces in “alternative” schools.

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Aging
8:17 am
Wed March 14, 2012

The Aging Brain - Lost In Transition

Brunosan, Flickr Creative Commons

As the brain ages, it becomes harder to know when its time to move from one task to the next. That’s according to a new study by Yale University researchers, who say understanding how the brain ages may help an older workforce.

The study is called Lost in Transition. Mark Laubach, an associate professor at the Yale School of Medicine, came up with the title after waiting to buy a ticket at the Washington, DC train station. He was anxious to get back to Connecticut to see his son play in his first Little League game.  

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Where We Live
10:58 am
Tue March 6, 2012

Patient Safety

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Patient safety is one of the nation's most pressing health care challenges.

Patient safety advocates say that thousands of people are put in harm’s way from preventable hospital-acquired infections and medical errors.

Connecticut alone reported more than 16-hundred “adverse hospital events” 2004 and 2011, including 157 cases in which patients died.

But reporting by the Connecticut Health Investigative Team shows that few of these cases are actually investigated by the state.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:41 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

Sorting Through 'Seeds Of Doubt'

Wow. When I decided to do a show on genetically engineered foods, I had no understanding of the bitterness and distrust that exists on both sides of the issue. This is one of those debates in which pretty much everything is contested, from the credentials of the person talking against your points to the language employed in the discussions.

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Legislative session
3:47 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

Helping Victims of Domestic Violence

Connecticut legislators met on Monday to discuss how the state can do a better job helping victims of domestic violence. 

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Where We Live
10:47 am
Fri February 17, 2012

Improving STEM Education

Chion Wolf

We kept hearing it from business...there really are jobs in Connecticut...we just don’t have the right workers.

Business owners were telling us they weren’t finding people with the right competencies in science, technology, engineering and math...what are called the STEM subjects.

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Where We Live
11:16 am
Thu February 16, 2012

Jackson Labs and Personalized Medicine

Amy Loves Yah, Creative Commons

The idea of personalized medicine was a driving force behind the Human Genome Project. Now Connecticut might be in the driver’s seat.

Governor Malloy recently sealed the deal that will give Jackson Laboratories $291 million to build their new genomic research facility on the University of Connecticut campus in Farmington.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
5:31 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

The Profound Pursuit Of Puzzles

Chion Wolf

It may be hard for some of you to remember, but there was a time when the correct answers to the clues to the New York Times crossword puzzle were for all intents and purposes out of reach. I mean, you could take the Sunday magazine with you to the library and look stuff up. Or you could wait a week for the answers. But there was no Google. The crossword doer today lives in a constant state of temptation.

Mark Messier's team for 12 years? You could look it up. That Rimsy Korsakov opera title? It's there to be found.

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The Faith Middleton Show
12:32 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

Maximum Healing

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Maximum Healing: Optimize Your Natural Ability to Heal

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Where We Live
10:38 am
Fri February 3, 2012

Toxic Stress in Early Childhood

Pedro Klien, Creative Commons

Is it our genetic code that determines our destiny, or can early life experience influence the course of our fate?
A recently released report from the American Academy of Pediatrics shows that stress - especially in our earliest years -plays a big role in future health.  

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Mental Health
5:24 pm
Thu January 26, 2012

$2.5 Million to Help New Haven Moms

A diverse group of social service providers has just received $2.5 million in federal money to help New Haven mothers suffering from mental health issues. WNPR’s Neena Satija reports.

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Where We Live
11:48 am
Thu January 26, 2012

Where We Live: Prenatal Genetic Testing

Chion Wolf

Pregnancy brings a rollercoaster of emotions for women and their partners.

Those 9 months bring parents anxiety, excitement, a sense of wonder, and joy. It's during the first trimester when mothers are first asked about whether they want to have genetic tests done to check on the baby's development.

How do parents decide if they want to undergo tests and what happens when results come back with news they weren't expecting?

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The Healthy Outdoors
9:08 am
Thu January 12, 2012

Morning Edition: "Advergames" For Children

Mikkel Rønne (Flickr Creative Commons)

If you wish your child spent more time outdoors, and less time playing computer games, here is one more thing to worry about - some of those computer games may actually increase your child's consumption of junk food, that's according to a new study from Yale's Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity. Joining us by phone is lead author of the study, Jennifer Harris - she is also the Rudd Center's director of marketing initiatives.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:41 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

Willpower

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