health care

The Faith Middleton Show
2:50 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

Authors of The One and Find Fix Finish

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A UConn cardiologist weighs in on the statin controversy. The remarkable life of soul music performer James Brown. And, a U.S. counter terrorism expert reveals how our new policies resulted in Bin Laden's capture. Can we stay safe?

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The Faith Middleton Show
11:13 am
Tue March 20, 2012

Occupy New Haven, Architect Mark Simon, And "The Best Care Possible"

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Occupy New Haven protestors save the encampment on the Green for another two weeks, but not without an interesting twist. Paul Bass, from the New Haven Independent, has the story as it unfolds.

Architect Mark Simon, from the award winning architectural firm Centerbrook Architects, talks about thinking in three dimensions and how technology has changed the industry.

The Best Care Possible: A Physician's Quest to Transform Care Through the End of Life

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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.

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
10:58 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 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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3:06 pm
Wed January 11, 2012

Lawsuit Alleges State Doesn't Process Medicaid Applications Fast Enough

A federal lawsuit filed this week alleges that the state doesn't have enough people to process Medicaid applications in a timely way.  As WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, advocates say that means thousands of low-income residents are left without access to healthcare. 

Medicaid is a federal health insurance program for the nation's poor, and its costs are shared with the states.  Arielle Levin Becker of the Connecticut Mirror reports this week that nearly 5,000 applications for the program have been pending longer than federal guidelines demand.

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Health Insurance
11:41 am
Mon January 2, 2012

As State Designs New Health Care Guidelines, Advocates Push For Consumer Voice

Earlier this month, the Obama administration said it wanted to let states play a bigger role in deciding what kinds of benefits should be covered by health insurance. Now, as WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, some advocates in Connecticut want to be sure that consumers have a voice in the state's decision, too. The Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010. By 2014, those without insurance will have the option of getting it through a state-administered exchange. 

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

Lady Parts

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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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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

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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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3:51 pm
Thu November 17, 2011

Connecticut Hospice Sets The Gold Standard

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

Maximum Healing

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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

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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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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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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

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

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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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Hartford Business
2:41 pm
Wed July 27, 2011

Rethinking, And Rebranding, Hartford

The Faith Middleton Show
8:30 am
Tue July 12, 2011

Treat Me, Not My Age; And The Great Typo Hunt

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Treat Me, Not My Age: A Doctor's Guide to Getting the Best Care as You or Your Loved One Gets Older

A must-have manual for anyone 40+ to take control of their health in a broken health-care system.

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:28 pm
Wed July 6, 2011

Getting Healthy With Dr. Reza Yavari And Bird Watching On The East End Of Long


Dr. Reza Yavari, from Beyond Care, discusses losing weight, getting healthy, and his software application, The Yavari Indicator, which can determine the risk of diabetes and metabolic syndrome. And from The East End of Long Island, discover why the region is considered a paradise for bird-watchers. 

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2:30 pm
Wed June 8, 2011

Malloy Expected to Sign Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

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A marijuana decriminalization bill is headed to the Governor's desk.  As WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil reports, the state Legislature approved a measure where adults will face a fine instead of jail time for possessing a half-ounce or less of pot.

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5:13 pm
Thu June 2, 2011

Will This Be the Year Connecticut Legalizes Medical Marijuana?

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The legislative session ends next Wednesday, June 8, and there are dozens of bills that lawmakers have yet to take up. One bill that has bi-partisan support this year is a proposal to legalize medical marijuana. WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil reports

The General Assembly passed a medical marijuana bill in 2007 only to see then-Governor Jodi Rell veto it. This year's proposal is similar; the bill would allow patients with certain debilitating medical conditions to obtain a prescription for small amounts of marijuana for palliative use.

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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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Cash Flow
2:53 pm
Fri May 27, 2011

Budget Officials Get a Second Surge of Unexpected Money

It almost sounds too good to be true: state budget officials, who already saw revenues surge by nearly $400 million over the past month, now say anticipated savings in retired worker health care costs have grown by some $100 million in the same period.

And though Comptroller Kevin P. Lembo said his office was somewhat conservative in assessing the account that it controls, he added that a number of factors made the $117.4 million savings--equal to nearly 20 percent of the entire annual allocation--difficult to predict before now.

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Paid Sick Days
4:58 pm
Thu May 26, 2011

Paid Sick Days Make Their Way Toward Law

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With strong support from Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, the Senate voted 18 to 17 Wednesday to pass the nation's first state mandate on private employers to offer paid sick days. It now goes to the House, where passage is expected. The bill, which passed with only one Republican vote, has a limited reach, applying to dozens of specific types of service workers at companies with more than 50 employees. Sponsors say it will affect 300,000 workers.

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

Faith Middleton Show: The Future Of Hospice?

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

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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Health & Wellness
3:01 pm
Fri May 20, 2011

Study Finds Link Between Lead Poisoning And Mastery Test Scores

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A new study finds a link between lead poisoning in young children and lower scores on the CT Mastery Tests.  And black children in the state are more likely to be exposed to lead.

First, researchers looked at blood lead data for all Connecticut 4th graders in the 2007-2008 school year. Then they studied test scores on the CMTs.  

Rebecca Anthopolis is a statistical analyst with the Children’s Environmental Health Initiative at Duke University where the data were analyzed.

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