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Hartford’s LCS Tells Aids Patients – “Let’s Not Talk About Survival — Let’s Talk About Living.”

 

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Charles Capers is quite emotional about his involvement with a support group focused on Latinos and others that are infected with AIDS or HIV. Capers, a 64-year-old peer support specialist with the group, has a personal stake in the matter — he has been infected with AIDS for 34 years, he said, and has made it a point of pride to go on living rather than resign himself to the old perception that the illness is an automatic death sentence.

“My attitude is that ‘I am going to come at you’ and you are going to listen,” he said. “People need ...

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Citing Environmental Concerns, Puerto Rico’s Governor Rejects U.S. Insecticide To Fight Zika

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Puerto Rico’s governor announced Friday that he will not authorize aerial spraying with the insecticide naled to fight an increase in Zika cases as U.S. health officials have urged.

Instead, Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla said he will support the spraying of Bti, an organic larvicide. He said it should be sufficient to fight the mosquito-borne virus along with other ongoing efforts, but hoped no child would be “born with congenital defects because of the decision I took.”

Zika can cause microcephaly, a rare defect in which babies are born with abnormally small heads and brain damage.

Puerto Ricans in recent weeks have organized several protests against the use of naled, ...

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Thousands Of Children Suffer From Lead Poisoning, Many Not Tested

HARTFORD, CT - Feb 23, 2016 Three year old Angely Nunez watches as nurse Lauren Frazer applies a topical anesthetic to Angely's arm before a blood draw to check for levels of lead in her bloodstream at the Connecticut Children's Primary Care Center in Hartford. Tests revealed elevated levels of lead in Angely's blood and she began treatment with Dr. Hilda Slivka at the center. ( Photo by Tony Bacewicz / C-Hit.org - For use with C-Hit.org story by Jennifer Frank)

HARTFORD, CT – Feb 23, 2016 Three year old Angely Nunez watches as nurse Lauren Frazer applies a topical anesthetic to Angely’s arm before a blood draw to check for levels of lead in her bloodstream at the Connecticut Children’s Primary Care Center in Hartford. Tests revealed elevated levels of lead in Angely’s blood and she began treatment with Dr. Hilda Slivka at the center. ( Photo by Tony Bacewicz)

 

Even though Connecticut has some of the strictest lead-screening laws in the country – requiring every child to be tested twice, once a year, before age 3 – DPH figures show that only half were screened twice, as mandated....

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