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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Private suites offered for dialysis treatment

Dialysis patients now have an opportunity to receive treatment in private suites. Avantus Renal Therapy says Connecticut is the first state to offer them.

Avantus opened the kidney dialysis suites as a partner with Saint Raphael Healthcare System at its dialysis clinic at 137 Water St.Link
According to Avantus’ press release, private suites “create a warm, homelike, family-friendly environment. Each suite features comfortable guest seating, large-screen TV, books, Internet access, DVDs and games.” The clinic is open 24 hours a day.

“Avantus Renal Therapy is raising the bar in terms of standards of care for dialysis patients, and our New Haven dialysis center will serve as a regional and national example, demonstrating the importance of combining a high standard of quality benefits with an environment that is truly geared to meet the physical and emotional needs of patients,” said Dr. Paul Zabetakis, president of the associated Renal Research Institute, in the release.

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Lyme disease may not be all ticks are spreading

Lyme disease is fraught with controversy, largely because of the apparent chronic condition some sufferers experience long after antibiotics should have killed the bacterium that causes it.

Now, Yale School of Public Health researchers are investigating whether a second disease, caused by another bacterium common in Russia, is being spread by deer ticks. It has similar symptoms and has been found in ticks in this country, but the question is whether it spreads to humans.

Fortunately, the same antibiotics, including doxycycline, that kills the Lyme bug also kill this one. But it would be good to know if there is a second disease out there, to make sure the best treatments are used.

Dr. Peter Krause, one of the researchers, says there is no evidence that this bacterium, Borrelia miyamotoi, is the source of the chronic form of Lyme.

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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Connecticut nursing homes get mixed ratings

I apologize for not posting in some time. Vacation, special projects and -- oh yes -- a hurricane have gotten in the way.

New Haven Register staff reporter Angela Carter writes about a new report that ranks Connecticut first in nursing home staff retention but in the bottom half of the states in affordability. Overall, Connecticut is 11th, while Minnesota ranks first and Mississippi last.

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