The Talk of Connecticut
Show Rundown for Monday, November 9, 2015
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DAVID LIGHTMAN (National Correspondent for McClatchy Newspapers)

  • What might we see in the next GOP debate tomorrow night, with "just' eight candidates slated for the main stage?
  • What's President Obama going to do about Gitmo?
  • Bernie Sanders sounds like he's going to be more aggressive against Hillary Clinton? Is is too late for him?

DEANNA WHARWOOD (President of IAO Communications. She's a Gulf War Veteran//Former United States Navy Hospital Corpsman//Medical Lab Tech, Medical Interpreter, House Manager for National Naval Medical Center //Healthcare Humanized Podcast, Producer) VETERAN UNEMPLOYMENT LOWER THAN NATIONAL AVERAGE; COMPANIES SEEK VETS Veterans of the most recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have made tremendous strides over the last four years when it comes to employment. While they are doing better as a group than the overall population, a new analysis of government data shows that they still lag slightly behind veterans from the first Gulf War. The study, released just ahead of Veterans' Day by global outplacement and employee coaching consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc., highlights just how in-demand the skills and experience possessed by veterans are as the economy continues to improve. As of September, the unemployment rate among Gulf War Era 2 veterans was 5.0 percent, just below the national average of 5.1 percent. Just two years ago, the unemployment rate among these veterans was double the current level at 10.1 percent. In January 2011, it peaked at a record high of 15.2 percent. Even more impressive is the fact that this group has managed to achieve a participation rate of 81 percent. That is far better than the 62 percent participation rate among all Americans age 16 and older. It is also better than the 71 percent participation rate among those 20 years old and up. Despite the gains, veterans of the most recent conflicts have not quite pulled even with those from the first Gulf War. They too have a high participation rate of 81 percent, but of the 2.8 million of these veterans in the civilian labor force, just 3.2 percent are unemployed. "The success of both groups emphasizes just how much these veterans bring to the employment table. Most entered military service right out of high school and while many might have planned to enjoy a full career with the military, they are at least coming out of the service with skills and experience that are in high demand," said John A. Challenger, chief executive officer of Challenger, Gray & Christmas. The draw down of two wars and a push to make deep cuts in defense spending forced many men and women from the military earlier than expected.

Prof. ANGELA MATTIE (Associate professor and chair of health care management and organizational leadership department at Quinnipiac University) Prof. Mattie chatted about the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s new challenge designed to find, honor and recognize hospitals, multi-hospital systems, hospital networks and managed care organizations that have implemented innovative and effective prevention strategies or interventions for preventing health care-associated blood clots. Venous thromboembolism (VTE), blood clots occurring as deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, or both, is an important and growing public health concern. They affect as many as 900,000 Americans each year, leading to approximately 100,000 premature deaths per year. About half of all blood clots happen after a recent hospital stay or surgery. In patients with cancer, blood clots are a leading cause of death after the cancer itself. Preventing healthcare-associated venous thromboembolism (HA-VTE) is a national hospital safety priority. Some estimates show that as many as 70 percent of HA-VTEs are preventable, yet fewer than half of hospital patients receive appropriate prevention including the information they need and items such as anticoagulants and compression devices in accordance with accepted evidence-based guidelines.

BETH THOMAS COHEN (Author of "Drop the Act, It's Exhausting!Free Yourself from Your So-Called Put-Together Life") "Drop the Act, It’s Exhausting!" is one woman’s call to all women to embrace the imperfections in their lives and to air their “improper” thoughts about relationships, love, sex, parenting, careers, self-esteem, and self-image. By no longer being ashamed or apologetic about how they "really feel,” women will become more aware of who they are and more accepting of themselves and one another. With wit, candor, and refreshingly blunt observations, Beth Thomas Cohen proves herself the prime example of how freeing, fun, and unifying it can be to drop the act and live a not so put-together life.

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