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A new report on asthma finds the rate among Connecticut children rose more than seven percent between 2005 and 2010. The state health department says no one really knows what causes asthma. But WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil reports that a  common virus called RSV or respiratory syncytial virus may be a contributing factor.  

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Officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say this year's flu season is off to it's earliest start in nearly a decade. Many hospitals nationwide, including 19 in Connecticut, have implemented mandatory flu shots for it's workers. 

But, there has been some pushback from unions representing hospital workers, and at least a few workers have been fired for refusing to get the flu shot. 

Dr. Mary Reich Cooper, Vice-President and Chief Quality Officer at the Connecticut Hospital Association talks about it.

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In the lead up to World Aids Day, Saturday, December 1, local advocates spent the week marking the advances made in the treatment and prevention of HIV-AIDS.

Surviving Cancer

Nov 28, 2012

More people than ever are surviving after treatment for cancer, but sometimes living a life after cancer is almost as difficult as having the disease.

Many people expect that when their treatment for cancer is complete, they’ll go back to feeling the same as they did before they got sick.

Instead, survivors live with the lingering physical and emotional complications of the treatment that saved their lives.

But this is changing.

Programs are growing to meet the demands of survivors wanting more out of post-cancer life.

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Hartford public health officials say they are concerned with new data on Hepatitis C in the city. The numbers show ten to 20 cases a month of people newly-diagnosed with a chronic form of the disease. The city is using computer mapping to help it better target, test, and treat its residents. 

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Former Waterbury State’s Attorney John Connelly died Sunday. He was a tough prosecutor who won cases against four of the eleven men currently on Connecticut’s death row.

John Connelly was State’s Attorney for the Judicial District of Waterbury for more than 25 years. He served briefly as Commissioner for Public Safety in 1998.

Connelly was known as an outspoken, sometimes controversial prosecutor.   

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As Lyme disease continues to spread across New England and into parts of the Midwest, more than 100 people gathered in Stamford on Thursday morning, August 30, to discuss ways to fight it. Senator Richard Blumenthal, who hosted the hearing, is proposing that Congress create an advisory committee on tick-borne related diseases that can help advocate for better diagnosing and prevention: “We share a common concern with a disease that has really reached epidemic proportions.

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As Connecticut’s growing season heads towards its peak, farmers are facing greater risks from more pests and diseases than they’ve seen in recent years. The situation could turn even worse because, as WNPR's Jan Ellen Spiegel reports, a popular pest management program was cut at the last minute. And that means there will be fewer eyes on the fields, just when they may be needed most.


Hartford officials say crews will be treating catch basins and wetland areas in the city with larvicide to control mosquitoes and the West Nile virus. The city's health director, Dr. Raul Pino, says a contractor will begin applying the liquid larvicide Monday, but no spraying is involved.

Turtles and Salmonella

Jun 4, 2012

The Connecticut Department of Health is warning Connecticut residents that small turtles can pass Salmonella bacteria to people.

The announcement comes in the midst of a nationwide outbreak linked to pet turtles that may be related to street vendors selling immature turtles. Although no cases have yet been identified in Connecticut, Dr. Randall Nelson, Public Health Veterinarian for the CT Department of Public Health, says that over 100 people in 27 states have become ill, with 60% of illness occurring in children under ten years old.

Could 'Contagion' Strike Connecticut?

Mar 22, 2012
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Which is a worse way to die: the Spanish influenza that nearly killed off Elizabeth McGovern in Downton Abbey, or the respiratory virus that took out Gwyneth Paltrow in the movie Contagion?

Toxic Stress in Early Childhood

Feb 3, 2012
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Is it our genetic code that determines our destiny, or can early life experience influence the course of our fate?
A recently released report from the American Academy of Pediatrics shows that stress - especially in our earliest years -plays a big role in future health.  

Turn on an NFL game this month and you're likely to see linebackers sporting pink cleats and gloves. Buy groceries and you'll have your choice of products -- from yogurt to mushrooms -- in pink packaging. As the Connecticut Mirror and WNPR's Jeff Cohen report, "Pinktober" and breast cancer awareness month have people's attention. Breast cancer is among the most common forms of cancer and kills about 40,000 people a year in the U.S.  But it's not the leading cause of death for men and women -- that's heart disease.

Examining Alzheimer's

Sep 8, 2011
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The numbers don’t do justice to the scope of Alzheimers Disease.

Four Failing Lungs

Jul 27, 2011

In 2010, there were 1,770 lung transplants performed in the United States -- the most ever in a single year.

For a person with Cystic Fibrosis, the transplant may extend life by years – or it could lead to continued suffering and rejection of the new organ.

Later in the program, we'll hear about the latest research into lung transplants and even artificial lungs.  But first we hear a documentary about two young people struggling with end-stage Cystic Fibrosis, and struggling with a decision about transplant.

The New "Normal" In Eating Disorders

Jul 11, 2011
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Here’s the misperception: Eating disorders affect white, middle and upper class women.  A new study says, “not true.”  

The study, published in the International Journal of Eating Disorders, finds that Native American women are just as likely to suffer from binging and purging as white women.

 In 2009, Dr. Nordquist published The Stealth Killer, a book that has become known as the #1 authoritative resource on the hugely important connection between oral spirochetosis and chronic inflammatory disease. 

Now, after having spent additional countless hours in deep study of the topic with co-author David Krutchkoff, DDS, MS, The Silent Saboteurs is here to expand on this groundbreaking subject.