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CDC: People keep quiet about alcohol problems

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Wondering if you should discuss your drinking with your doctor, but afraid to broach the subject? New research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says you’re not alone. Only one in six adults — and only one in four binge drinkers — say a health professional has ever discussed alcohol use with them […] [Read More]

More tips for not getting sick at the holidays

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Hopefully, you’ll be spending time with loved ones this Hanukkah and Thanksgiving. And, hopefully, you read my piece in today’s health section about protecting yourself and others from illness at family gatherings. Well, here are a few more tips for preventing infection in this festive season.  Sanitizing doesn’t stop with hand washing: We all know […] [Read More]

Study: Brain scans can warn of alcoholic relapse

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Even the most experienced counselors have difficultly spotting a recovering alcoholic in danger of relapse, but a new study from Yale University researchers shows that brain scans might be able to spot a backslide before it happens. According to a press a release from Yale, the research showed that alcoholics with abnormal activity in areas […] [Read More]
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It’s National Public Health Week … and a bunch of other stuff

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This morning, the Connecticut Department of Public Health sent out a press release announcing that this is National Public Health Week a “time designated across the country to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation.” To celebrate the week, DPH is posting a new podcast each […] [Read More]

Are food addicts stigmatized?

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Though obesity in general is the still the focus of a lot of negativity and stigma in society, researchers at Yale University’s Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity have found, oddly, that people might be more kindly inclined to those with food addictions than you might thinks. The studies are published online in the […] [Read More]

Experts advise keeping your cool in the cold

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Though Twitter is alive today with citizens reporting the arrival of snowflakes in towns and cities across the state, the real story is the cold that will be sweeping across Connecticut over the next few days. WTNH reports that temps could dip into the single digits over the next couple of days. And with cold […] [Read More]
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Overindulging could lead to ‘holiday heart’

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Lending new meaning to the phrase “party hearty,” doctors caution that overindulging at seasonal bashes could lead to a syndrome known as “holiday heart.” The condition is basically an irregular heartbeat that occurs in people who are otherwise healthy. It’s common during the holidays for a variety of reasons, but the prime culprit is a […] [Read More]

Yale study: Behavioral test might be able to predict alcoholic tendencies

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Yale University researchers claim a simple behavioral test was able to help them recognize possible alcoholic tendencies in mice. That’s according to a press release put out this weekend by Yale. According to the release,  Yale researchers, whose study appears in the Aug. 26 issue of Nature Neuroscience, were able to predict which mice would […] [Read More]

Yale study finds cigarettes, alcohol can be gateway to opioids

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Adolescents who smoke cigarettes or use alcohol or marijuana may be at greater risk for subsequent abuse of prescription opioids as young adults, according to a new study by Yale School of Medicine, which appears online in the Journal of Adolescent Health. According to a release put out by Yale, the researchers set out to […] [Read More]
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Tips for staying safe on Super Bowl Sunday

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So, I’m hoping you all had a chance to read my story in Wednesday’s Health section about behaving yourself on Super Bowl Sunday. Well, in case you need more gameday health and safety tips, American Medical Response — America’s leading provider of medical transportation, provides services in 40 states and the District of Columbia — […] [Read More]