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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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Federal Report Finds Wide Disparities Among Medicare Recipients

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Blacks and Hispanics are less likely than whites to get flu vaccines, have a preventive health care visit, or receive follow-up care after being hospitalized for a mental health disorder, according to a first-of-its kind federal report that looks at health disparities among people on Medicare Advantage plans.

“While these data do not tell us why differences exist, they show where we have problems and can help spur efforts to understand what can be done to reduce or eliminate these differences, ” said Dr. Cara James, director of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of Minority Health, which released the report.

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At Age 35, A Latino With Cancer Wants The Option To Die On His Terms

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Miguel Carrasquillo is the face of a national campaign to have right-to-die legislation passed in states such as Connecticut and to encourage Latinos to consider this issue despite a cultural aversion to talking about death.

 

Bill Sarno

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Miguel Carrasquillo talks with great pride and enthusiasm about how he created a bacon pasta dish featuring fettuccine a few years ago that “everybody loved” at the Italian American restaurant in Chicago where he was a chef.

 Today, he is now longer able to cook, or do most other things. He is dying of brain cancer. He also has become  the face of a national campaign to have right-to-die legislation passed ...

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