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]

Yale study: Men and women respond differently to addiction

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Men and women are different. That’s not news.  So it isn’t terribly surprising that a Yale School of Medicine study has found that men and women might respond differently to addictive drugs.  Below is a press release on the new study, suggesting that men and women might benefit from different, gender-specific treatment methods: A new […] [Read More]

CDC: Binge drinking a bigger problem than we think

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The new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Vital Signs report shows that abut 38 million Americans binge drink, and that they do so about four times a month. The average number of bevvies they quaff during these episodes is eight. The CDC’s fact sheet on binge drinking can be glimpsed by clicking here. And […] [Read More]

Connecticut third healthiest state

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Connecticut is the third healthiest state in the nation, but the health of the nation overall isn’t improving and is, in some ways, getting worse. That’s according to the annual America’s Health Rankings report, released today by the United Healthcare Foundation, a not-for-profit, private foundation. For 22 years, the Rankings has provided an analysis of […] [Read More]

Medicare to cover alcohol counseling, depression screening

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced two new national coverage determinations that cover alcohol misuse screening and behavioral counseling for Medicare beneficiaries as well as screening for depression. The alcohol counseling is for those who “misuse alcohol, but whose levels or patterns of alcohol consumption do not meet criteria for alcohol […] [Read More]
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Study shows decline in tobacco use, but some spikes in drug abuse

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The percentage of Americans using tobacco products has declined in recent years, but there have been some spikes in illicit drug use, particularly among those aged 18 to 25. Those are some of the findings of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administrations 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). The annual […] [Read More]
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