FDA advises against ultrasound ‘keepsake images’

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

Yale researcher: Computer games may alter psychopathic behavior

A new study published Dec. 18 in Clinical Psychological Science — which includes work from a Yale researcher — suggests it may be possible to teach psychopaths to consider emotion and other pieces of information when they make decisions. The results could form the basis of treatment for this group of dangerous prisoners — seven […] [Read More]
Categories: mental health

FDA clears new screening test for coronary heart disease

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

Access Health CEO clarified deadline

If Connecticut residents want to be covered by one of the plans available through Access Health CT by Jan. 1, they need to enroll by midnight tonight. However, Access Health Acting CEO Jim Wadleigh issued the following statement today clarifying the deadline: The deadline to sign up for quality, affordable health care coverage that begins […] [Read More]
Categories: Access Health CT
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

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

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

Nutritionists’ tips for surviving holiday parties

The holiday party season is officially upon us and, while it’s a fun time, it can be packed with nutritional minefields, in the form of calorie-laden beverages, rich hors d’oeuvres and a bevy of pies and other seasonal sweets. So how do you survive the holidays without packing on the pounds? The Connecticut Academy of […] [Read More]
Categories: General

Mental health support group at Greenwich Hospital

Greenwich Hospital, 5 Perryridge Road, will host a mental health support group from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18. The group is a discussion and support service for families of individuals affected by mental illness, co-sponsored with the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Meetings take place in the Cafeteria Conference Room. For more information, […] [Read More]
Categories: Greenwich, mental health