- Yale scientists have developed a new Omicron-specific mRNA vaccine that offers better protection over subvariants than standard mRNA vaccines.
- Testing for monkeypox is now available at Quest Diagnostics labs across Connecticut starting today, the laboratory chain announced Wednesday.
- Independent research shows that, as big hospital systems acquire more and more physician practices, patients end up paying more for the same level of care.
- More than 37 million Americans have diabetes, and 96 million have prediabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a number that has doubled in the last 20 years.
- Hartford-based Connecticut Children's plans to expand from its roots in pediatric care to care for expectant mothers with unborn babies requiring surgery in the womb.
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- A similar proposal by Waterbury Hospital a decade ago fell apart after opposition from women’s reproductive rights advocates.
Hartford celebrates ‘Yoga In Our City’; free classes being offered in parks across Connecticut until OctoberWith inflation on the rise, adding to financial burdens and the three years of pandemic-related challenges, Hartford residents gathered Wednesday in Bushnell Park to boost their physical and mental health with the Yoga In Our City initiative.
- Across the nation, the number of adolescents reporting poor mental health is increasing. A U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2021 survey released in March showed that 37% of high school students experienced poor mental health during the pandemic and 44% said they persistently felt sad or hopeless during the previous year.
- In the face of widespread teen vaping locally and nationwide, two West Hartford students have produced videos to promote the idea that it’s unsafe and not cool.
- A trio of large bills aimed at addressing youth mental and behavioral health are marching through the state legislature as lawmakers seek unprecedented investments into programs and services before the session ends on May 4.
- In the last three years, the U.S. Attorney’s Office has negotiated four settlements with medical facilities in Connecticut for complaints related to communication with deaf patients.
- “I no longer call it a crisis; I really call it an emergency across our nation,” Michael Hoge, who is also the director of Yale Behavioral Health.
- Globally, 70 million people stutter, including President Joe Biden, who has spoken publicly about being mocked by classmates and a nun in Catholic school for his speech impediment.
- “The big issue, which is a long-term issue — five, 10, 15 years — is to increase the number of providers,” said state Rep. William Petit, a Plainville Republican and physician.
- After posting a $14 million loss for the past year, Bristol Hospital indicated this week that it will be considering potential partnerships or mergers with larger health care organizations more strongly than ever.