Health

Coming Home Project
12:21 pm
Fri December 30, 2011

UConn Opens OASIS for Veterans

Courtesy of Flickr CC by Copepodo

Veterans who are students at the University of Connecticut at Storrs will come back from winter break to a space just for them. It's called OASIS, or Operation Academic Support for Incoming Servicemembers.

The idea goes back to 2007, when the state Department of Veterans Affairs decided servicemembers who enrolled in college needed a place on campus where they could seek out support as they transitioned back to civilian life.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
10:59 am
Thu December 29, 2011

Anesthesiology 101

Isafmedia, Flickr Creative Commons

Whether it's 30 minutes of 24 hours, time under anesthesia is time you'll never get back. Anesthesia finds the light switch of the brain and flicks it off. We're not conscious, we don't feel pain, we don't remember and we don't move. Even now, 165 years into the age of anesthesia, we know what works but we don't know exactly how. Consciousness is a mystery, so there's no exact road map for his induced and carefully controlled state of unconsciousness is.

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Coming Home Project
3:31 pm
Wed December 28, 2011

VA Commissioner Highlights Programs to Combat Suicide Among Veterans

Photo by Tyler Antrim

A lot of attention has been paid lately to troops coming home from Iraq now that the war is over. 

But thousands of soldiers who have served post 9-11 are home already and many continue to struggle in civilian life.  One of these struggles is combating suicidal thoughts.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs finds that eighteen veterans die by suicide each day. In Connecticut, Commissioner of Veterans Affairs, Linda Schwartz says in the last year, an estimated fourteen veterans in the state committed suicide. But she stresses suicide is often underreported.

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The Faith Middleton Show
12:06 pm
Tue December 27, 2011

Lady Parts

Peter Dedina/flickr creative commons

The premiere of Lady Parts, a kind of Car Talk version of women's health. The conversation will be frank, so we leave it to you to decide if you'd like the kids to listen.

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Affordable Health Care Act
12:59 pm
Mon December 26, 2011

In Pursuit Of Electronic Health Records

The Colin McEnroe Show
3:04 pm
Wed December 21, 2011

The Life Of Bodies After Death

We are constantly confronting death. If you watch those CSI shows, you see death. If you watch cable shows, like "Boardwalk Empire", you see gruesome grisly death. If you watch the news or read the paper, you find out about people who died.

But none of them are us.

They're abstractions. They don't tell us about our own deaths any more than Lord of the Rings tells us about our impending trip to Mordor. Death, in television and even in the news, is usually somebody else's problem.

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Where We Live
11:01 am
Wed December 21, 2011

The Age of Alzheimer's

Vince Alongi

Alzheimer’s is predicted to be the defining disease of the baby boom generation.

It’s an incurable brain disorder that destroys memory, as well as the ability to speak and function.  It also slowly eats away at loved ones who serve as caregivers.  

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The Faith Middleton Show
12:08 pm
Thu December 15, 2011

Know When To Call An Ambulance, And The Ins And Outs Of Open Relationships

DreadyRadical/flickr creative commons

If you've wondered whether to call an ambulance, EMT Jane Stern has tips and information. Plus, Amy Bloom on why open relationships do and do not work.

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Health Care Reform
4:16 pm
Wed December 14, 2011

State Health Care Advocate on Where We Live

As the U-S Supreme Court prepares to test the constitutionality of President Obama's signature health care reform law, state officials across the country are trying to figure out the best ways to implement it -- even if they don't think it's the best option out there.  Victoria Veltri is Connecticut's health care advocate.  As the state gears up for the introduction of its private health insurance exchange, where those without insurance can buy it, Veltri told WNPR's Where We Live that she'd like to see something totally different.  A public health insurance plan.

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Where We Live
10:14 am
Wed December 14, 2011

Health Care Advocate Victoria Veltri

Chion Wolf

Connecticut’s new healthcare advocate, Victoria Veltri is tasked with helping residents through the maze of health care laws, regulations and roadblocks.

Veltri’s involved in disputes between insurance carriers and health care providers; disputes about the state’s Medicaid program for low-income adults; and about the implementation of state health exchanges.

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Where We Live
11:14 am
Fri December 9, 2011

Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Jerry Wong (Flickr Creative Commons)

Each year more than 350,000 Americans die from Sudden Cardiac Arrest – that’s more than the total death rate for breast cancer, lung cancer, HIV/AIDS, motor vehicle accidents, and violent traumatic events combined.

Health officials say widespread public access to Automated External Defibrillators or AEDs...small easy-to-use devices, could drastically reduce the death rate.

So why aren’t they more accessible?

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Coming Home Project
2:57 pm
Thu December 8, 2011

UConn Seeks Veterans and Active Duty for PTSD Study

A University of Connecticut professor has been studying two treatment therapies for post traumatic stress disorder. The study focuses on the military community which sees a disproportionate number of PTSD cases.

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Where We Live
10:15 am
Thu December 1, 2011

Aging Vigorously

Roy Rowan

The population of those 90 and over in America has nearly tripled in the last 30 years.

And (surprise!) Connecticut is in the top five states with the largest number of people over 85 years old. A recent census study had to add a whole new category for these “oldest old” folks. So what does it mean that more people will be living well into their 90s?

Today we’ll talk to 91 year old former journalist and author Roy Rowan who says he isnt “aging gracefully” - but aging “vigorously” and “actively.”  

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:46 pm
Wed November 23, 2011

Thanksgiving, Without The Food

Flickr Creative Commons, katietower

In 2006, readers of the New York Times were treated to photographs of Canto and Owen

Canto had been following a version of the supposedly life extending calorie-restricting diet. He looked youthful and alert and healthy. Owen had been eating a reasonably healthy, traditional diet. He looked fat and run-down.

Canto and Owen were the same age. They were also monkeys.

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Health
3:51 pm
Thu November 17, 2011

Connecticut Hospice Sets The Gold Standard

Dave Neukirch/flickr creative commons

Connecticut Hospice in Branford marks an achievement matched by no other hospice in the nation. Reaction from Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman, and a look at one of the programs that makes Connecticut Hospice THE palliative care center in the country.  

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Affordable Care Act
1:48 pm
Tue November 15, 2011

Supreme Court to Decide Case on Federal Health Care Reform

The Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether it's constitutional to make Americans buy health insurance -- and if not, whether the rest of the health care overhaul can take effect.  The court's announcement means some uncertainty for Connecticut and states across the country.

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Coming Home Project
8:01 am
Fri November 11, 2011

Homeless Veterans Get Rest, Chance to Restart Lives at Hartford Shelter

Courtesy of South Park Inn

After a decade of wars in both Iraq and Afghanistan, more young veterans are back from combat with nowhere to live. New numbers just released from the federal VA and HUD find in the last year, 13,000 homeless veterans were between the ages of 18 and 30.

They make up nine percent of homeless veterans nationwide but their numbers are only expected to rise as troop drawdowns continue.  In Connecticut, there are anywhere from 3,000 to 4,000 veterans who are homeless each day.

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Where We Live
11:25 am
Wed November 2, 2011

Asperger's Syndrome

Chion Wolf

There is one part of the autism spectrum with a specific name: Asperger’s Syndrome.

Asperger’s is a relatively new diagnosis - it was just added to the DSM in 1994.

It’s said to be a “milder” form of autism... Those with Asperger's may face social challenges and sometimes develop unusual behaviors and interests.

However, they typically do not have many of the problems with language or intellectual disability normally associated with autism.

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The Faith Middleton Show
5:31 am
Fri October 28, 2011

Maximum Healing

whologwhy/flickr creative commons

Maximum Healing: Optimize Your Natural Ability to Heal

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Coming Home Project
1:27 pm
Thu October 27, 2011

A Home for Wounded Veterans and Their Families

Courtesy of Friends of Fisher House Connecticut

Most people have heard of Ronald McDonald houses that provide a place for sick children and their families to stay while seeking medical treatment. But chances are you haven't heard of a Fisher House. Now there's an effort to build one in West Haven.

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Breast Cancer
3:54 pm
Tue October 18, 2011

CT Mirror: Ubiquity of 'Pinktober' Evokes Strong Responses

Turn on an NFL game this month and you're likely to see linebackers sporting pink cleats and gloves. Buy groceries and you'll have your choice of products -- from yogurt to mushrooms -- in pink packaging. As the Connecticut Mirror and WNPR's Jeff Cohen report, "Pinktober" and breast cancer awareness month have people's attention. Breast cancer is among the most common forms of cancer and kills about 40,000 people a year in the U.S.  But it's not the leading cause of death for men and women -- that's heart disease.

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Coming Home Project
6:45 pm
Mon October 17, 2011

A Therapy for Veterans and Others With PTSD

Courtesy of Flickr CC by Ars Electronica

Airdate: October 17, 2011 A recent Pew Center study of U.S military in the post 9-11 era found 37 percent of veterans suffer from post traumatic stress. For those diagnosed with PTSD and who are getting care at a VA facility, one of the treatments used is Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing or EMDR. It's therapy to resolve trauma related disorders.

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Where We Live
10:27 am
Mon October 10, 2011

What's For Lunch?

Chion Wolf

Pizza...tacos...mystery vegetable.  Oooh, you want tater tots with that?

Yes, the iconic school lunch.  It has strangely changed very little over the years, and accomplishes a difficult feat.  It’s not thought of fondly by either nutritionists or students.

But all that may be changing.  

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Depression
4:01 pm
Fri October 7, 2011

Mental Health Advocates Stress Screening

More than 19 million Americans suffer from depression, but fewer than half seek treatment.  As WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, Thursdsay/last week was National Depression Screening Day -- a push to get more people to the doctor's office. David Wheeler is a clinical psychologist at Natchaug Hospital in Mansfield.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
9:15 am
Thu September 29, 2011

The Vegan Lifestyle

Elaine Vigneault, Flickr Creative Commons

Bill Clinton is a vegan. You'd think that would be a bigger story: one of humankind's most voracious carnivores swiching to the other extreme. For Clinton, it's probably all about heart health, although it may have helped that his daughter Chelsea was already a vegan. Veganism is increasingly popular among some of the bigshot of corporate capitalism. Steve Jobs, Steve Wynn, Mortimer Zuckerman, Russell Simmons.

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Weight
9:29 am
Mon September 26, 2011

When Talking About Weight, Words Matter

Doctors may want to think carefully about the language they use when talking with parents about a child’s weight.  A new study by Yale University researchers finds that certain words reinforce negative stigma and may undermine important discussions about health.

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Women's Health
12:01 pm
Wed September 21, 2011

Advocates Say Backlog of Rape Kits Exists Nationwide

Courtesy of Jackson Films

Advocates for sexual assault victims contend there's a backlog of untested rape kits nationwide. 

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Coming Home Project
3:49 pm
Fri September 9, 2011

"Stand Down" Brings Veterans To Rocky Hill For 16th Year

More than 1,000 veterans from all over Connecticut were expected in Rocky Hill Friday for an annual event called Stand Down; it's an outreach event hosted by the state Department of Veteran Affairs to help veterans in need. Stand Down is in its 16th year, an event VA Commissioner Linda Schwartz looks forward to every year. Here, she is welcoming nursing students who volunteered at the event. "Hey, hey!' 'Hi Commish.' 'It's the Yale School of Nursing!"

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The Colin McEnroe Show
12:18 pm
Thu September 8, 2011

Patrick Skahill's Vegan Journal

Photo / Chion Wolf, WNPR

There isn't too much Colin McEnroe Show producer Patrick Skahill won't do for his job, and this month that includes giving up meat, dairy and all manner of animal products for an upcoming show on veganism. Follow along as Patrick heats the tofurky and goes through hard-core donut withdrawl. Add your questions, cheers, and complaints in the comments section. 

September 8, 2011

Here's a tip - if you don't want to be the center of attention at your neice's first birthday, DON'T announce you've gone vegan.

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Health Insurance
5:24 pm
Wed September 7, 2011

Anthem Proposes Rate Increase For Individuals

Insurer Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is asking the state for an increase in the rate it charges for its individual health plans.  WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports. According to a filing with the state insurance department, Anthem wants to increase rates by 12.9 percent for some of its policies.  Arielle Levin Becker covers healthcare for the Connecticut Mirror. "Anthem is asking for a 12.9 percent increase and it's across several different products that they offer, several different types of individual  market plans.

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