Thoughts on NYC soda ban

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So, nearby New York City is planning a ban on sales of large sodas and other sugary drinks in a reported effort to combat the obesity crisis. Obviously, people have a lot of opinions on this (most of them not entirely positive). Here is a sampling of some recent tweets on the topic, both from […] [Read More]
Categories: General, health, obesity

Connecticut Health Department wins national award

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Today, the national Public Health Foundation (PHF) announced that the Connecticut Department of Public Health has won a 2012 Future of Public Health Award. As a winner, the state will receive technical assistance from PHF’s quality improvement experts to support its project. The winning entry from the Connecticut Department of Public Health, “Clostridium difficile Infection […] [Read More]

Million Hearts event tomorrow at Mohegan Sun

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Region I Director Christie Hager will hold a Million Hearts launch event at the Mohegan Sun Casino, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd.,  Uncasville tomorrow (Wednesday, May 30) at 10:30 a.m.  Director Hager will be joined by Mohegan Tribal Chief Lynn Malerba and Mohegan Sun President and Chief […] [Read More]

Going to the dogs, part two

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So you (hopefully) read my piece in Sunday’s Post about Aidan Sgandurra, the Monroe boy with diabetes whose family is trying to get a diabetic alert dog to warn the family when his blood sugar changes dramatically. The family is holding a fundraiser for noon on June 9 at the Masonic Temple, 131 Beach Road, […] [Read More]
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How to keep your cool in hot temps

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So we just survived a hot — if beautiful — Memorial day weekend, and there’s supposed to be more of the same today, with temperatures predicted to hit the mid-80s. So how do you keep your cool? Here are some tips from the state Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and […] [Read More]

Trumbull business donates fetal monitors to AmeriCares

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Trumbull-based CooperSurgical, Inc. recently donated a series of Tria Fetal Dopplers to the Stamford-based philanthropic agency AmeriCares. These devices will be used to assess fetal viability for expectant mothers in Afghanistan and Bangladesh. The hand-held dopplers detect a fetal heart rate as early as eight weeks after conception, allowing physicians to confirm a viable fetus […] [Read More]

Dr. Schek named St. Vincent’s chief medical officer

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Dr. Lawrence S. Schek has been named chief medical officer and senior vice president of St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport. Dr. Schek will also remain as chairperson of the hospital’s Department of Cardiovascular Medicine and medical director of the Elizabeth Pfriem Regional Heart and Vascular Center at St. Vincent’s. Schek came to St. Vincent’s […] [Read More]

State Health Department issues warning about … turtles?

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The Connecticut Department of Public Health issued a warning Friday morning, alerting residents to a possible health scourge that could be lurking in their own homes — the seemingly harmless pet turtle. Turns out, the shell-bound creatures can pass salmonella. Though there’s been no reports of turtle-related illness in the state to date, DPH, is […] [Read More]

Study: Coffee can (probably) reduce your risk of death

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Java enthusiasts rejoice! A study conducted by the National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute and AARP reveals that drinking coffee — whether caffeinated or decaffeinated — could reduce the risk of death in older adults. The study followed 400,000 U.S. men and women aged 50 to 71 from their entry into the study (which […] [Read More]

Obama administration announces ambitious plan to combat Alzheimer’s

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Today, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today released an ambitious national plan to fight Alzheimer’s disease. The National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease sets forth five goals, including the development of effective prevention and treatment approaches for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias by 2025. The plan was called for in the National […] [Read More]