Just five hours before she was brutally stabbed to death outside her apartment on Valentine’s Day, Tiana Notice had told police that her ex-boyfriend continued his harassment of her. Unfortunately, the system designed to protect domestic violence victims failed Notice. The last time her voice would be heard was in her 911 call, in which…

In a move to protect orphaned children, federal authorities are charging that Connecticut’s Department of Children and Families (DCF) with an insufficiency of foster homes and inadequate medical treatment for those in its care. On September 22, DCF began petitioning the U.S. District Court in Hartford for an end to the supervision under which the…

Eat your hearts out, humans. Earlier this year three Chihuahuas were left an $8.3 million mansion and a $3 million trust fund when heiress Gail Posner passed away in March 2010. These three aren’t the only pampered pooches out there. When Leona Hemsley died in 2007 she left $12 million to her beloved Maltese Trouble….

Household pets often play an integral role in their owners’ lives. Some are even viewed as equal members of the family, eating gourmet food, drinking bottled water, wearing clothes and sleeping in their owners’ beds. When it comes to the treatment of animals, though, there is a disconnect between the way people view their pets…

In the spirit of the ancient injunction “Physician, heal thyself,” medical professionals are converting bad practices into best practices by learning from their own mistakes. A number of insurers and health care providers are studying malpractice suits and redesigning programs to avert future mistakes. Their main focus is on faulty diagnoses, which are the leading…

As healers, doctors are trusted and respected members of American society. We literally put our lives in doctors’ hands, trusting them with intimate details so they can understand and cure what ails us. Because of this trust, it is expected that doctors who are careless, negligent or otherwise a danger to patients, are disciplined and…

Yet another multi-car accident recently occurred at an uncontrolled intersection in Oxford, Connecticut. Four cars were involved in the accident at the corner of Route 67 and Governor’s Hill Road in, resulting in several individuals going to the hospital with complaints of chest and neck pain. Two vehicles were travelling northbound on Route 67. A…

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 33,000 people died and another 2.3 million people were injured in motor vehicle crashes in 2009. These accidents cost Americans over $99 billion according to the Centers of Disease Control (CDC) and are a significant public health concern. Regardless of fault, a single car…

According to a report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), Connecticut ranks poorly in the amount of funding and quality of services it provides to victims of elder abuse. Connecticut ranks 32nd out of 35 states in the amount of money it provides for adult protective services. It also ranks fifth lowest (out of 26)…

In a landmark decision that will likely cost a trusted manufacturer tens of millions of dollars in future legal costs, corporate giant Johnson & Johnson has been found to have deliberately failed to adequately warn consumers of the dangers of using Motrin, an over-the-counter and widely available form of the drug ibuprofen. The dangerous drug…

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