Nurse Susan Walker gives Karen Pioli of Fairfield a flu shot at an October town clinic at the Fairfield Senior Center.

Flu progressing, but slowly

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  Influenza activity is continuing to increase in Connecticut and its classification has been upgraded from “sporadic” to “local,” according to the state Department of Public Health. Traditionally, influenza was monitored during the 8 month period from October through May; however, the DPH has extended its flu surveillance into a year-round effort. All data are […] [Read More]
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Breast cancer survivor Judith Cornille, left, works closely with University of Miami's exercise physiologist Stacy Cutrono in their U Survive & Thrive program. Research out of Yale shows exercise might ease joint pain caused by some breast cancer medications.

Exercise may ease pain from breast cancer meds

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    Breast cancer patients suffering from joint pain caused by certain medications may improve with regular, long-term physical exercise, according to a new Yale-led study. The findings are being presented at the 2013 CTRC-AACR San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. The Yale team studied 121 post-menopausal women diagnosed with hormone receptor-positive breast cancer who were […] [Read More]
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FDA phasing out use of some antibiotics in farm animals

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The Food and Drug Administration has announced today that it’s implementing a voluntary plan to phase out the use of certain antibiotics for enhanced food production. According to the FDA, antibiotics are typically added to the food and water of cattle, hogs, poultry (see above) and other food-producing animals to help them gain weight faster. […] [Read More]
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Connecticut seventh healthiest state in country

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Connecticut was named the seventh healthiest state in the country in the United Health Foundation’s 2013 America’s Health Rankings, released Wednesday. The rankings measure the states — and the country as a whole — based on a variety of factors, including smoking rates, physical activity levels and obesity. Hawaii was named the healthiest state overall, […] [Read More]

Snow related injuries trickle into local hospitals

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With snow and ice on the ground, hospitals in the region are starting to see a small number of people come in with snow-related injuries and hope to see more throughout the day. At Bridgeport Hospital, ER doctor Donal Conway reported a small number of falls, including an elderly person who broke an arm. Conway […] [Read More]
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Scenes from the shrimp cocktail-eating competition in Indiana I attended last Saturday. That's competition winner Joey Chestnut in the center with the hand covered in cocktail sauce. Be grateful I don't know how to zoom.

Guys, competitive eating is nasty

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I’m someone who really loves to eat. Seriously — I would have been totally at home in one of those historical eras where people ate those giant turkey drumsticks on a regular basis. I can even be gluttonous at times. But I would never, ever, ever enter myself in a competitive eating competition. Honestly, even […] [Read More]
tamford resident Chester Miller, center left, is helped by Emanuela Cebert, center right, a certified assister with the outreach team, during the Access Health CT enrollment fair at the Tully Health Center in Stamford, Conn., on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013. People wishing to enroll in the health care exchange are encouraged to go online at www.AccessHealthCT.com.

Study: Uninsured uninformed about health reform

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  The uninsured — the group most affected by the sweeping health reform known as the Affordable Care Act — still have more questions than answers about the new law, according to survey results released this week by the Transamerica Center for Health Studies. The online opinion survey, conducted in November by Harris Interactive, polled […] [Read More]
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Throughout the year, American Cancer Society had been seeking participants for a study that will examine the genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that can cause or prevent cancer.

Thousands in New England register for American Cancer Society study

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The American Cancer Society met its participation goal in a nationwide grassroots cancer research study, registering nearly 16,000 people in New England for the project.  Over 300,000 people nationwide have registered in the society’s third Cancer Prevention Study since 2010. The study will examine the genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that can cause or prevent […] [Read More]