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Yale study: Hypertension medication might help you quit smoking

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Smokers trying to quit often light up a cigarette to deal with stress. Now an interdisciplinary team of Yale researchers has shown that guanfacine, a medication approved for treating hypertension that reduces stress and enhances cognition, shows promise as a smoking cessation aid. The study was published online Dec. 17 in the Journal of Psychopharmacology. […] [Read More]
Categories: hypertension, smoking
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FDA advises against ultrasound ‘keepsake images’

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Ultrasound imaging is the most widely used medical imaging method during pregnancy. But some families use over-the-counter ultrasound service to create fetal “keepsake images” or videos — a practice the U.S. Food and Drug Administration strongly advises against. Fetal ultrasound imaging provides real-time images of the fetus. Doppler fetal ultrasound heartbeat monitors are hand-held ultrasound […] [Read More]
Categories: pregnancy

FDA clears new screening test for coronary heart disease

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today cleared a new screening test that predicts a patient’s risk of future coronary heart disease events, such as heart attacks. FDA cleared the test for use in all adults with no history of heart disease, but studies submitted by the company and reviewed by the FDA show that […] [Read More]
Categories: heart disease
New Milford residents watch a video about heroin during the panel discussion "Opioid Use - Prevention and Intervention Resources" at John Pettibone School in New Milford, Conn. on Tuesday, April 1, 2014. A new study by Yale and Boston universities found that occassional heroin use may worsen HIV infection.

Yale study: Heroin use may worsen HIV infections

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Researchers at Yale and Boston University and their Russian collaborators have found that occasional heroin use by HIV-positive patients may be particularly harmful to the immune system and worsens HIV disease, compared to persistent or no heroin use. A higher CD4 cell count signals a stronger immune system. Since laboratory and epidemiological studies have found […] [Read More]
Categories: drug abuse, HIV

Connecticut the 4th healthiest state

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The annual survey America’s Health Rankings has named Connecticut the fourth healthiest state in the nation, up from seventh last year.The state was recognized for its low rates of smoking and occupational fatalities, and high immunization coverage among children. However, the state was also singled out for some challenges, including high rates of binge drinking, […] [Read More]
Categories: General, health
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Almost time to ‘Go Red’ for heart disease awareness

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It’s almost time to “go red” with the American Heart Association to raise awareness and funds to fight heart disease and stroke, women’s number one and three killers. Local businesses and organizations are being encouraged to join National Wear Red Day for Women on Friday, Feb. 6.   National Wear Red Day is a part […] [Read More]
Categories: heart disease

Yale doc: New combination of drugs delays progress of breast cancer

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A new combination of cancer drugs delayed disease progression for patients with hormone-receptor-positive metastatic breast cancer, according to a multi-center phase II trial. The findings of the randomized study were presented at the 2014 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium this week by  Dr. Kerin Adelson, assistant professor of medical oncology at Yale Cancer Center and […] [Read More]
Categories: breast cancer

Drivers needed for American Cancer Society program

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There is a need statewide for drivers for the American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery program, which offers transportation for cancer patients to and from treatment. In addition to providing transportation to patients who, for one reason or another, can’t drive themselves, volunteers also offer encouragement and support to the patients. Volunteer drivers for the […] [Read More]
Categories: cancer
Robin Righter, Event Coordinator at the Norma Pfriem Breast Center, and Nina Merlonghi, owner of #Punchthesky Fitness.

‘Pink’ Zumba class raises $1,200 for breast center

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A “Pink” zumba master class at #Punchthesky Fitness in Fairfield raised $1,200 for the patients and programs of the Norma Pfriem Breast Center.  The event, held on Nov. 14, was organized by the fitness center’s owner, Nina Merlonghi, who wanted to help women in need receive breast cancer services.  The Norma Pfriem Breast Center, the […] [Read More]
Categories: breast cancer

FDA publishes guidelines on pregnancy and lactation-related drug labeling

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has published a final rule  that sets standards for how information about using medicines during pregnancy and breastfeeding is presented in the labeling of prescription drugs and biological products. The new requirements will provide a more consistent way to include information about the risks and benefits of prescription drugs […] [Read More]
Categories: nursing, pregnancy