Report: 60 percent of 12th graders don’t view regular marijuana use as harmful

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A new study from the National Institutes of Health show that the percentage of high-schoolers who see regular marijuana use as risky has dropped dramatically over the past 10 years. In fact, the report shows, about 60 percent of 12th grades don’t view regular use of the drug as harmful. That’s according to this year’s […] [Read More]
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The Valley Health and Human Services Council honored Griffin Hospital’s Department of Community Outreach and Valley Parish Nurse Program with its Agency of the Year Award at the Council’s annual conference on Dec. 3 at Grassy Hill Lodge in Derby.

Griffin Hospital programs win award

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The Valley Health and Human Services Council honored Griffin Hospital’s Department of Community Outreach and Valley Parish Nurse Program with its Agency of the Year Award at the Council’s annual conference on Dec. 3 at Grassy Hill Lodge in Derby. The Agency of the Year Award goes to a nonprofit whose staff and volunteers exemplify […] [Read More]
Categories: Derby, General, health
Neil Bussell, of Danbury, clears his driveway Sunday with a snowblower after up to 7 inches of snow and ice blanketed roads in Saturday's snow storm. Some hospitals say that injuries from snowblowers are the most common injuries they've seen during the recent rash of snow falls, include the one that hit the region Tuesday.

Snowblower injuries, falls a concern in winter weather

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Why can’t people learn to stop sticking their hands in their running snowblowers? That’s what Dr. Rock Ferrigno, chairman of Bridgeport Hospital’s emergency department has wondered during today’s snow storm — expected to drop several inches on the region by day’s end — and those that preceded it on Saturday and Tuesday. Ferrigno said over […] [Read More]
Wayne Levin, MD, (right), of Trumbull,  receives the 2013 St. Vincent’s Physician of the Year Award from St. Vincent’s Medical Center President Stuart Marcus, MD, at ceremonies held recently at the Waterview in Monroe.

Trumbull resident named St. Vincent’s physician of the year

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Internist Dr. Wayne Levin  received the St. Vincent de Paul Mission Award as St. Vincent’s 2013 Physician of the Year at Waterview in Monroe recently before a gathering of physicians, administrators and guests.  The award honors the attending physician who best demonstrates the qualities exemplified by St. Vincent de Paul, one who truly lives the […] [Read More]

I’d like your New Year’s resolutions — for real, this time!

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Guys, every year I have this grandiose plan of collecting your various New Year’s resolutions and shaping them into a cool, fun story about what changes people hope to make come Jan. 1. So I go on this space and I ask — OK, beg — you to tell me what your resolutions are. The […] [Read More]
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Yale team uses cells to produce proteins that can cause cancer in mice

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Using a cell’s own internal machinery, Yale researchers have produced proteins not found in nature that can cause cancer in mice, they report Dec. 16 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study not only sheds light on the way cancers may form, but also illustrates a new and efficient method to […] [Read More]
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FDA taking closer look at antibacterial soap

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We’re in the midst of peak flu season and, no doubt, many people are taking precautions to protect themselves from flu and other contagious illnesses. Those measures likely include washing your hands with antibacterial soap. Because, after all, antibacterial soap reduces your risk of getting sick and spreading disease to others, right? Um, not so […] [Read More]
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Cindi Bigelow, president and CEO of Bigelow Tea, visits naturopathic physician Dr. Veronica Waks and patient care coordinate Pat Poniros at the Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center.

Cindi Bigelow visits Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center

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Cindi Bigelow, president and CEO of Bigelow Tea, visited the Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center in Fairfield, to discuss naturopathic medicine with Dr. Veronica Waks and to learn more about the Breast Care Center’s wellness programs.  Bigelow Tea supports the Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center’s wellness programs through the Bigelow Tea Community Challenge, […] [Read More]