Number of dentists might affect obesity rates

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The fight against obesity in the United States may have some unexpected allies — dentists. New research by the Yale School of Public Health has found that counties with a higher number of dentists per capita have strikingly lower rates of obesity than their peers, even within the same state. The study, published in the […] [Read More]
Categories: obesity

St. Vincent’s mobile mammography van makes rounds

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The SWIM Women’s Imaging Center will offer free and low-cost digital mammography screenings for women age 35 and older  from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, Webster Bank Arena, Bridgeport and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27 and Sept. 28 Webster Bank Arena, Bridgeport. The latest American Cancer Society guidelines recommend […] [Read More]
Categories: Bridgeport

State gets over $1 million to reduce infant mortality

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HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell today released $65 million in grants to help 87 organizations in 33 states reduce high infant mortality rates and other health problems related to pregnancy and mothers’ health. This included a total of $1,344,362 for two groups in Connecticut. Healthy Start is targeted to the needs of vulnerable mothers and […] [Read More]

I did the ALS ice bucket challenge

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How was your Labor Day? Mine was good, until my loving mother called me out in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. The video of my torture, um, challenge, is above. As you may know, this social media sensation aims to raise money and awareness for the ALS. As a health writer, you might wonder whether […] [Read More]
Categories: ALS

Diabetes education at Griffin

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The diabetes education and support group at Griffin Hospital will host two free presentations about diabetes research on Tuesday, Sept. 9 at Griffin Hospital, 130 Division St. in Derby. Dr. Patricia Chandler, director of Pfizer New Haven Clinical Research Unit, and Rockiy Ayettey, grants coordinator and research associate at the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center, will […] [Read More]
Categories: Derby, diabetes
8-year-old Jack Barney donated money he raised selling lemonade to Praxair Cancer Center in Danbury.

Boy donates lemonade stand earnings to cancer center

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Eight-year-old Jack Barney, a third grader at Harwinton Consolidated School in Harwinton, recently contributed $14.88 to the Praxair Cancer Center at Danbury Hospital from proceeds he raised this summer by making and selling lemonade at his lemonade stand. Jack donated the proceeds he raised to purchase snacks for patients undergoing cancer treatment at the Praxair […] [Read More]
Categories: cancer, Danbury

Quinnipiac to host fall prevention program

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Over 50 senior citizens from the area are expected to visit Quinnipiac University’s Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences on the North Haven Campus on Tuesday, Sept. 23, to learn about fall prevention. Sept. 23 is National Falls Prevention Awareness Day. The event, sponsored by Quinnipiac’s National Institute for Community Health Education and Center […] [Read More]
Categories: elderly, falls

Get screened during ovarian, gynecologic cancer month

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September is both National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month and women are encouraged to use this occasion to schedule a preventive health screening. According to Planned Parenthood of Southern New England about 22,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year in the U.S., and approximately 14,250 will die from the […] [Read More]
Categories: ovarian cancer