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Can’t afford insulin? You’re not alone as it’s a ‘c... expense for than 1 million people with diabetes, Yale finds

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.


A Connecticut child was so anxious she wouldn’t talk to a...s how experts are addressing the youth mental health crisis.

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 sc...


Sweeping investments in youth mental health move closer to law after major proposal clears state Senate

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 befo...


Connecticut lawmakers unveil comprehensive legislative effort to invest ‘in children’s mental health’

“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.


More patients, fewer staff and a lack of beds strain Connecticut emergency departments hit by omicron surge

As the omicron surge ran through central Connecticut during the holidays, Bristol Hospital’s emergency department was at times handling almost twice its normal number of patients - and with les...


The holidays can be difficult for those recovering from substance abuse. A Simsbury group offers tips to help

Although it’s festive for so many, the Thanksgiving-Christmas-New Year’s period can be a dangerous time for recovering drug addicts and alcoholics, says Daniel Millstein, director of the Farr...


Wheeler Clinic opens three-story behavioral health center for New Britain children and teenagers

With adolescent behavioral health problems on the rise since the start of the pandemic, Wheeler Clinic has opened a new clinic designed for children and teenagers from New Britain.


More kids with asthma, infant mortality, dangerous encounte...act of racism on health is recounted for Connecticut lawmakers

The daily consequences of racial bias — and the reasons why many support declaring racism a public health crisis in Connecticut — were clearly outlined for state lawmakers Friday. Many voiced...


With no funding for smoking prevention, Connecticut gets failing grades in American Lung Association report

Connecticut took home two Fs on an American Lung Association report for failing to use tobacco industry settlement funds or taxes on smoking prevention programs and doing nothing to stop sales of...


Faith leaders keep up call for Gov. Lamont to declare racism a public health crisis in Connecticut

Dozens of religious institutions are calling on Gov. Ned Lamont to declare racism a public health crisis —as several Connecticut communities have done — and they say his silence on the issue ...


Helping children stay mentally well during pandemic starts with adults taking care of themselves: Connecticut panel

As hope for an imminent reopening collapses amid the rising infection rate, Connecticut residents should pay close attention to their emotional well-being and reach out for help when necessary, m...


Tragedy in Plymouth: Could the coronavirus lockdown have ag... health issues in the mother accused of killing her own child?

As Connecticut slides into a winter of coronavirus restrictions and financial insecurities, there will be a greater risk of psychiatric crises - particularly among people coping with family tensi...


Connecticut smoking rate among lowest in nation, but American Lung Association report highlights some racial disparities

Connecticut has among the lowest smoking rates in the nation and scored well in most measures of respiratory health, according to a new American Lung Association report. The report, however, did ...


New COVID-19 treatment comes to Connecticut hospitals, but it’s in highly limited supply and helpful only to some patients

Days after receiving its first doses of a new COVID-19 antibody treatment, Bristol Hospital on Wednesday was inviting recently infected staff members to try it.With recent tests showing bamlanivi...


As infection rates rise and winter approaches, Connecticut ... one step closer to a distribution plan for a COVID-19 vaccine

The vaccine advisory group will help develop a plan that will allow the state to quickly distribute the COVID-19 vaccine once it's available. If the plan fails and vaccination is delayed, people ...


After teen daughter gets sick on 'edibles’ from Snapchat user, Naugatuck mother warns parents to beware of online risks

The mother of a Naugatuck 13-year-old girl who got sick eating marijuana-laced candy she bought through a social media contact wants parents to know how quickly online drug deals can take place....


Bristol Hospital, police ramp up citywide opioid treatment campaign after coronavirus-related slowdown

With the COVID-19 pandemic reducing the number of emergency room visits by people with minor injuries or routine illnesses, Bristol Hospital has seen another group of patients decline: Drug addic...


First report on Connecticut’s real-time, opioid overdose tracking system reveals higher number of cases in Hartford County

In the state’s first year tracking suspected opioid overdoses in real time, the program registered 131 spikes in cases, more than a third of which occurred in Hartford County, a new report reve...


Hartford HealthCare highlights efforts to support doctors, health care workers as second wave of COVID-19 looms

With a potential second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic coming, Hartford HealthCare officials say supporting the mental health of physicians and other healthcare workers has been a priority as some...


Hartford HealthCare pushes ahead in pandemic to bring workers to office building on prominent corner in downtown Hartford

Hartford HealthCare is moving ahead with plans to bring the first of 700 workers to an office complex on the prominent corner of Trumbull and Pearl streets in downtown Hartford, as the health sys...


Fatal drug overdoses jumped in the first half of 2020, as t... stress, forced those struggling with addiction into isolation

Drew Funk, a promising, young musician, died of an overdose the night he lost his job as the state shut down in March. Up until the pandemic, his family was confident he had been winning his long...


Parent of St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center and three...cut will cut its workforce amid declining revenues in pandemic

The health system that operates St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center and three other hospitals in Connecticut will cut its workforce in the state, furlough some workers for an extended period ...


Hartford HealthCare expands college health services to Connecticut College; will help direct coronavirus testing and care

Hartford HealthCare will provide campus health services to Connecticut College in New London, and the health system will help direct a program of testing for coronavirus infection as students mov...


Hartford HealthCare ‘reassessing’ its plans for $24 million renovation of downtown Hartford office complex amid pandemic

Hartford HealthCare said it is “reassessing” how it will pursue what was billed as $24 million renovation and expansion into a downtown Hartford office tower on a prominent corner.


State issues order allowing people with disabilities companions in hospital settings, settling civil rights complaint

The state of Connecticut has issued an order that will ensure people with disabilities are allowed a companion in hospital settings, after a group of disability rights advocates filed a civil rig...


Bristol Hospital offers alternative to an emergency room visit: An online consultation

With people avoiding emergency rooms during the coronavirus shutdown, Bristol Hospital on Wednesday will start telehealth services through its emergency department. People who are injured, sick o...


Advocates want parents of people with intellectual disabili...t’s no-visit rule at hospitals during the coronavirus crisis

Advocates in Connecticut are now requesting that the exception apply to every resident with an intellectual or developmental disability regardless of where they live – a position that parents f...


At Bristol Hospital, the top executive came down with COVID-19. He’s back at work and has become the face of recovery

What is it like to get COVID-19 and recovery quickly? Bristol Hospital’s president started feeling ill March 27, and three days later a test showed he had the virus. He worked from home for mor...


New research at Hartford’s Institute of Living shows cogn...therapy can improve the lives of people with hoarding disorder

An innovative group cognitive-behavioral therapy program has been shown to be an effective treatment for hoarding disorder, according to a paper recently published in the Journal of Consulting an...


Connecticut Children’s furloughs 400 as surgeries are postponed with the deepening COVID-19 public health crisis

Connecticut Children’s Medical Center is furloughing 400 across its health system including its flagship hospital in Hartford as elective and other surgeries are delayed, causing patient volume...


Hartford HealthCare will bring 700 jobs to downtown Hartfor...new venture studio in $24 million renovation of office complex

Hartford HealthCare will bring 700 employees into the heart of downtown Hartford beginning in June, part of a $24 million renovation of the office tower on the prominent corner of Pearl and Trumb...


New Britain High School students meet with city and state o... talk vaping after Connecticut launches lawsuit into Juul Labs

State Attorney General William Tong and New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart meet with high school students Thursday morning to hear firsthand about youth Juul use. Connecticut and 38 other states this...


Fairfield and Sacred Heart universities call study abroad s...of New Haven cancels classes in Tuscany as coronavirus spreads

Fairfield University has closed its study abroad program in Florence and University of New Haven is canceling classes at its campus in Tuscany, precautions being considered by higher education of...


Weaver clinic to be named for former Hartford administrator...’Neill Fichtner, who championed school-based health services

A devoted advocate for Hartford children, Leah O’Neill Fichtner spent more than 35 years with Hartford Public Schools working to expand primary and dental care in neighborhood schools throughou...


$21.5M Albany and Woodland Place project featuring urgent c... and affordable housing heads to Hartford council for approval

A 4-story, mixed-use development planned for a key corner in Hartford’s Upper Albany neighborhood may feature an urgent care center, a cell phone store and two dining options, according to the ...


Connecticut investigating Emmanuel Ku, notorious landlord behind neglected Hartford housing project

State Attorney General William Tong has opened an investigation into the former owner of Clay Arsenal Renaissance Apartments, the derelict Hartford housing project that inspired an ongoing campai...


As Connecticut surveys homeless population, lawmaker urges ... affordable housing: ‘Either you pay now or you pay later’

Connecticut boasts a relatively robust shelter system and a steady decline in homelessness based on annual statistics, but advocates say the system is still overwhelmed, particularly in cities li...


Homeless encampment in heart of downtown Hartford speaks to region’s need for shelter space, affordable housing

Five canvas tents were pitched for nearly a month in one of the busiest blocks in downtown Hartford, the most striking symptom yet of the overwhelming demand on the region’s homeless system.