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Statement from the CT Department of Public Health
Test results received today from the Massachusetts State Public Health laboratory were negative for Ebola. This is good news for the patient at Yale New Haven Hospital. Confirmation tests from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are expected as early as tomorrow.
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Oct 16, 2014 - 7:39:47 PM

Malloy oultines state's efforts to safeguard against Ebola
Announces that Commissioner Mullen has Invoked DPH’s Quarantine and Isolation Authority in New Haven

Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced today that the State of Connecticut is taking additional steps to strengthen the level of preparedness for the Ebola virus by enacting the quarantine and isolation protocols that were authorized under the order he signed last week. In addition, the Governor is directing that every hospital in the state perform a drill within the next week to assure that procedures and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) are up to standard.
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Oct 16, 2014 - 3:10:05 PM

Free Screening of FED UP on Skip Sugar Day in Greenwich
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Around 68 percent of American adults are obese or overweight and diabetes and childhood obesity rates have soared in the past 20 to 30 years. Yet, Americans consume about 152 pounds of sugar a year and 80 percent of 600,000 food products sold in the U.S. have added sugar. These facts and more will come to life at the free community screening of the documentary FED UP hosted by HALSAmd at the Cole Auditorium at the Greenwich Library, 101 West Putnam Avenue, on Monday, October 27 at 6:30 p.m.
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Oct 13, 2014 - 5:25:56 PM

DPH Launches Office of Health Equity
The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) on Thursday announced a new Office of Health Equity. The office is established to improve the health of all Connecticut residents by working to eliminate differences in disease, disability and death rates among ethnic, racial and other population groups that are known to have adverse health status or outcomes.
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Oct 10, 2014 - 11:47:34 AM

Norwalk Hospital Breast Cancer Survivor Fashion Show
A Breast Cancer Survivor Fashion Show, presented by the Smilow Family Breast Health Center at Norwalk Hospital, will be held at the Darien Sports Shop, 1127 Boston Post Road, Darien, on October 23 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
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Oct 10, 2014 - 6:26:50 AM

Malloy briefed on ebola situation
Governor Dannel P. Malloy has been briefed on the Ebola situation by the state Health Commissioner Dr. Jewel Mullen. The Governor said that although the risk of an Ebola outbreak in the United States is very low, state health officials have been working to prepare should a case of Ebola be identified in Connecticut.
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Oct 2, 2014 - 12:06:09 PM

Beauty Blossoms throughout Waveny LifeCare Network thanks to Dedicated Flower Volunteers
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With an unwavering commitment to providing quality care within a healing, soothing and therapeutic environment, Waveny LifeCare Network relies heavily upon a special group of volunteers who dedicate their horticultural talent and knack for beautification throughout the eldercare organization’s main campus in New Canaan.
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Oct 1, 2014 - 6:56:00 AM

PPSNE Supports AAP Recommendations
Planned Parenthood of Southern New England (PPSNE) supports the recommendations that were released Monday morning by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). It is a critical role of health care providers to serve teens as a trusted advisor and source of sexual health information, supporting adolescents and their families to discuss and ask questions about sensitive issues such as sexual health and relationships. As the country’s most trusted provider of reproductive health care and sex education, Planned Parenthood understands how important it is for young people to have access to effective, affordable contraceptive methods, as well as comprehensive sex education. Data shows that contraception and sex education work.
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Sep 30, 2014 - 7:44:13 AM

CDC Confirms Additional Cases of EV-D68 in Connecticut
The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) on Monday said it has been notified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of 12 new laboratory-confirmed cases of enterovirus D68 infection (EV-D68).
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Sep 30, 2014 - 6:52:31 AM

Internationally known gender violence expert Jackson Katz to speak at Quinnipiac University Oct. 16
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Jackson Katz, an internationally acclaimed educator, author, filmmaker and social theorist on gender violence, will be the keynote speaker at the educational program, “More Than a Few Good Men: A Lecture on American Manhood and Violence Against Women,” which will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 16, in the St. Vincent’s Medical Center Auditorium in the Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences on Quinnipiac University’s North Haven Campus, 370 Bassett Road.
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Sep 26, 2014 - 9:58:42 AM

Men's Wellness is Focus of September 30 Seminar Sponsored by St. Vincent's Medical Center
The St. Vincent's 2nd Annual Men's Wellness Seminar is scheduled for Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at St. Vincent's Medical Center, an affiliate of St. Vincent's Health Services. This free program will feature medical experts tackling some of the most pressing issues in men's health. Kicking off the evening will be Dr. Christopher Iannuzzi, a leading radiation oncologist and MD Anderson certified physician. More
Sep 23, 2014 - 1:04:43 AM

CDC Confirms First Case of EV-D68 in Connecticut Child
The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) today received confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of a confirmed case of enterovirus D68 infection (EV-D68) involving a Connecticut child. The child, who was recently hospitalized, has since improved and been discharged.
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Sep 17, 2014 - 9:38:02 PM

Norwalk Hospital Honors McGraw Family for $10 Million Gift
Proceeds from Annual Gala to Support New Ambulatory Surgery Center

Norwalk Hospital will honor prominent Connecticut philanthropists, the McGraw family, at its Gala on Saturday, September 27th, 2014. The Gala will be held at the Sono Field House, 365 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, in Norwalk, 6:30-11:00 p.m.
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Sep 16, 2014 - 9:44:36 AM

Doctors Express Tackles Health Questions at Transitions Expo for Seniors
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In order to help senior citizens better manage their health, Doctors Express Urgent Care Center recently hosted the “Ask the Doctor” seminar at the Transitions Expo on Sunday, September 7th at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington. Sponsored by CT1 Media, The Transitions Living and Planning Expo for Active Adults and Seniors brought together experts to provide families and individuals information about planning their own future or the future of their loved ones. Dr. Tom Brown, Medical Director at Doctors Express in West Hartford, answered attendees’ questions about heart disease, stroke and diabetes in his half hour Q&A session.
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Sep 11, 2014 - 10:49:17 PM

WalletHub: Connecticut 4th Best State to have a baby
Connecticut is one of the best states to have a baby, according to a report by WalletHub. Our state came in fourth only after Vermont, Main and Oregon.
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Sep 10, 2014 - 9:09:53 AM

Malloy: State to receive $7.6M for recovery initiatives
Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that Connecticut will receive two grants totaling $7.6 million from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to better address the needs of persons with mental health or substance abuse disorders.
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Sep 9, 2014 - 12:06:02 PM

Connecticut is Gearing Up for the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walks
The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks will be held this October at six locations across Connecticut. This inspiring event raises awareness and funds to support the Society’s mission to help finish the fight against breast cancer.
The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks will be held this October at six locations across Connecticut. This inspiring event raises awareness and funds to support the Society’s mission to help finish the fight against breast cancer.
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Sep 2, 2014 - 10:52:19 AM

New statin guidelines are an improvement, Yale study shows
New national guidelines can improve the way statin drugs are prescribed to patients at risk for cardiovascular disease, a Yale University study has found.
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Aug 25, 2014 - 3:31:24 PM

Sarah E. Edgar, DPM, Appointed to the Norwalk Hospital Medical Staff
Dr. Sarah E. Edgar of Greenwich, a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association and the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, was recently appointed to the Norwalk Hospital medical staff.
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Aug 25, 2014 - 4:04:55 AM

Norwalk Hospital Offers New Treatment Option for Chronic Reflux Disease
Neil Floch, M.D., FACS, director of minimally invasive surgery and director of bariatric surgery at Norwalk Hospital, has now completed several laparoscopy surgeries using the LINX ® System for the treatment of chronic gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
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Aug 12, 2014 - 5:37:16 AM

Access Health Connecticut: Statewide uninsured rate cut in half
Access Health Connecticut, the state’s health care exchange, announced on Wednesday that new research shows that Connecticut’s uninsured rate has dropped by 50 percent since 2012. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, the 2012 state’s uninsured rate was 7.9 percent. Research being conducted by Access Health CT indicates that figure has now dropped to 4.0 percent. Figures also indicate that of the 256,666 residents who signed up for health insurance through the exchange, approximately 53 percent, or 138,834, were uninsured at the time of enrollment.
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Aug 7, 2014 - 10:39:50 AM

Federal Grant Awarded to Develop a Better Test for Lyme Disease Diagnosis
Western Connecticut Health Network Biomedical Research Institute Partnership With RareCyte To Improve Lyme Disease Testing Wins NIAID SBIR Research Grant

The goal of finding a more effective test to diagnose Lyme disease may be closer to reality with a two-year, $600,000 grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) awarded to RareCyte, Inc. in collaboration with researchers from the Western Connecticut Biomedical Research Institute. Lyme disease, a tick-borne infection caused by the spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi, has expanded to an estimated 300,000 US cases per year with many communities calling it a public health imperative. Currently as many as half of those approved tests of immune response are sub-optimal and often give negative results early in the disease causing painful delays in treatment and even misdiagnosis. Better testing will enable earlier detection – and hence better treatment – of Lyme disease.
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Aug 7, 2014 - 7:37:04 AM

Norwalk Health Department Recognizes World Breastfeeding Week
The Norwalk Health Department recognizes World Breastfeeding Week, August 1-7, encourages mothers to learn more about breastfeeding, and urges other members of the community to support families in their breastfeeding goals. The Health Department educates, encourages, and supports mothers in their breastfeeding goals through the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program and other outreach efforts. To celebrate World Breastfeeding Week, the department has an educational display and take-home materials available in the lobby.
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Aug 7, 2014 - 7:08:03 AM

Danbury Hospital Diabetes Education Program Presents “The Psychology of Weight Loss”
Western Connecticut Medical Group Behavioral Medicine Specialist Dr. Andrew Tucker will present a program regarding “The Psychology of Weight Loss” on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at the Danbury Hospital Medical Arts Center located at 111 Osborne Street in Danbury. The program, hosted by the Danbury Hospital Diabetes Program, will take place in the second floor conference room at 7 p.m.
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Aug 5, 2014 - 11:45:39 AM

Norwalk Health Department to Provide School Physical Exams
Norwalk public school students will return to classes in just a few weeks. The Norwalk Health Department is helping parents prepare for the upcoming school year by offering affordable school physicals for all children in Kindergarten through grade 12 during the month of August. Examinations include all necessary screening tests, laboratory tests, and vaccines.
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Jul 29, 2014 - 5:03:03 AM

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