The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that 105 cases of fungal meningitis, in nine states across the US, have been linked to an outbreak resulting from contaminated steroid medication. To date, eight deaths have been associated with the outbreak.
Brianna Murray's drowning death went unacknowledged by virtually everybody until Tuesday morning. Retemar Robinson was livid when she read the paper on Tuesday morning and discovered that Robert Generali, former executive director of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Waterbury, was using the death of her daughter as an excuse for his alcohol abuse and subsequent crimes.
This time of year, people of all walks of life take to the open air to enjoy the Connecticut River. The largest flowing waterway in New England, it snakes southeast through Hartford and finally opens onto the Long Island Sound at Old Lyme and Old Saybrook. While the summer months allow us to ponder the simultaneous steadfastness and flow of the river, the tragedy of a recent jet ski accident is also a sobering reminder of how fragile life can be.
A Connecticut man was forced to watch this week as his wife's parasailing harness broke and she plummeted 150 to 200 feet to the waters of Pompano Beach, Florida. The operators of the parasailing boat quickly reeled the man in from the couple's side-by-side parasail wing and circled back to pick up his wife. She was floating face down in the water in a state of cardiac arrest.
On Memorial Day, tragedy struck as a 23 year old man drowned in Bigelow Hollow State Park in Union, CT, which borders Mashapaug Lake. The man was swimming with friends and family, and several people saw him go under water, but could not locate him. Divers were able to find him, but he was pronounced dead later that day.
Patients are often harmed by medical negligence and errors that are the result of systemic problems in the delivery of healthcare. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the treatment of minorities and the poor. Government studies have consistently shown that access to medical care, and the quality of medical care, differs greatly depending on the color, ethnicity and financial abilities of the patient.