Connecticut Health I-Team

  • Thousands of children suffer from lead poisoning, many not tested

    HARTFORD, Conn. – Nearly 60,000 Connecticut children under age 6 were reported with lead exposure in 2013, and an additional 2,275 children had high enough levels of the toxin in their blood to be considered poisoned. While those numbers, the latest available from the state Department of Public Health, may seem high, health experts say…

  • Hospice facility ordered to hire consultant, fined

    HARTFORD, Conn. – The state has fined an Orange hospice facility $2,500 and ordered it to bring in an independent nurse consultant after inspections at the facility last year uncovered nearly two dozen violations. Compassus – Greater Connecticut entered into a consent order with the state Department of Public Health (DPH) on April 8 in…

  • Pediatricians will screen for hungry kids

    WESTPORT, Conn. – Like all pediatricians, Dr. Lori Smith keep tabs on many aspects of her patients’ health, but until recently the Westport-based doctor didn’t always consider whether the children she sees might be going hungry. “It wasn’t something that was necessarily on our radar,” she said. While her practice treats some lower-income patients from…

  • State second-lowest nationally in reporting drunk driving data

      HARTFORD, Conn. – Connecticut had one of the highest rates in the nation of motor vehicle fatalities in which drivers were alcohol impaired in 2013, the most recent year for which data is available – 41 percent, compared to the national average of 31 percent, according to federal estimates.

  • Doctors, clinicians, team up for C-HIT forum on preventive care Oct. 7

    HARTFORD, Conn. – Doctors and clinicians from a wide array of specialties will offer their insights about the importance of preventive care at an upcoming community health forum in Hartford, featuring a keynote address by Dr. Jewel Mullen, commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Public Health. “Get Health Wise: The Benefits of Preventive Care” on…

  • Use of ADHD drugs rose sharply among adults, especially women

    HARTFORD, Conn. –Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) isn’t just for fidgety little boys anymore. The number of young adult women taking medications for ADHD jumped by 85 percent between 2008 and 2012, according to a recent report by St. Louis-based Express Scripts, a pharmaceutical benefits company.