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Wed June 25, 2014
Crackdown on Hospital Infections; Marijuana Symposium Held
A federal crackdown on hospital-acquired infections and injuries is underway. Bridgeport Hospital, Stamford Hospital, Yale-New Haven and Danbury Hospital could all be facing fines. Danbury received the worst ranking in the state according to an analysis by non-profit news service Kaiser Health News. Those performing the poorest on key patient safety measures would lose a percent of every Medicare payment for a year starting in October.
Medical Marijuana Symposium Held
Connecticut doctors and pharmacists attended The first Medical Cannabis Symposium today. The event was designed to help medical professionals understand how the drug can help treat health problems. The use of medical marijuana was approved in Connecticut two years ago.
Tuition Increase at UConn Approved
The UConn Board of Trustees has approved an almost $1.2 billion budget for next year that includes a 6.5 percent tuition increase, more faculty and boosts financial aid and enrollment. It’s 4.6 percent higher than this year's and includes money to hire 61 new faculty. The new budget also includes $6.3 million more in university-funded financial aid.
Governor Announces Stem Cell Research Award
Governor Dannel Malloy has announced a nearly $10 million award in stem cell research funds to 18 Connecticut–based researchers. The awards were made earlier this month by the State of Connecticut Stem Cell Research Advisory Committee. 111 stem cell fund applications were received last year.Funding awardees include the UConn Health Center and the Yale Stem Cell Center.
Cyclone Ride Closes In July
The Cyclone will take its final ride on July 20. Officials at Six Flags New England have decided there are more efficient ways to use the large plot of land it sits on alongside Route 159. The wooden roller coaster opened 31 years ago this week. A Park spokeswoman says there are no immediate plans to demolish the attraction and that there were no safety issues with the ride.