FDA approves new weight management drug

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Contrave (naltrexone hydrochloride and bupropion hydrochloride extended-release tablets) as treatment option for chronic weight management in addition to a reduced-calorie diet and physical activity. The drug is approved for use in adults with a body mass index of 30 or greater — typically considered obese — or […] [Read More]

Visiting Nurse Association gets $10,000 grant

John R. Quinn, President & CEO of the Visiting Nurse Association of South Central Connecticut (VNA/SCC), recently announced that VNA/SCC was awarded a $10,000 grant from the First Niagara Foundation, the charitable entity of First Niagara Bank. The grant will help provide home health care to Greater New Haven’s underinsured and uninsured for the fiscal […] [Read More]
Categories: General

State program encourages workplaces to support nursing moms

The Connecticut Department of Public Health and the Connecticut Breastfeeding Coalition are offering a new program to assist businesses in adopting supportive breastfeeding policies for mothers. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all babies be breastfed for at least one year and longer if mother and baby desire because of the documented health benefits […] [Read More]
Categories: breastfeeding
Tania Esquivel and her husband German Munoz pose with their newborn son, David Munoz, and son Jonathan Esquivel, 10, at Bridgeport Hospital, in Bridgeport, Conn. Aug. 7, 2014. Connecticut was ranked the fourth best state in which to have a baby in a new study.

Study: Connecticut fourth best state to have a baby

(Hover over each state on the map to see its ranking).     Connecticut is one of the best places in the country to have a baby, according to a new study by the financial website WalletHub. The study weighed budget, healthcare and baby-friendly environment in all 50 states and Washington D.C. The study used […] [Read More]
Categories: childbirth
This "I Am Healed" necklace, created jewelry designer Mary Margrill, is being sold to raise money for the Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center.

Necklace being sold to raise money for Bridgeport breast center

In recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month — which is October — jewelry designer Mary Margrill, a pioneer in the world of jewelry for more than 20 years, is donating the proceeds from the sale of her “I Am Healed” necklace to Bridgeport Hospital’s Norma Pfriem Breast Care Center for their programs for women […] [Read More]
Former Ice Capades skater, Karen Christensen of Wilton, (3rd from right in hat) walked in the 2013 Heart Walk for the American Heart Association. This year’s event will be a new location—Calf Pasture Beach, Norwalk. Register online at www.fairfieldcountyheartwalk.org.

American Heart Association fundraiser to take place Oct. 26

The American Heart Association  has announced the 20th Anniversary Fairfield County Heart Walk event is set for Sunday, Oct. 26th at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk. Community and company teams and individual walkers are encouraged to sign up online at www.fairfieldcountyheartwalk.org. The Heart Walk promotes physical activity and heart-healthy living in a fun, family environment […] [Read More]
Categories: heart disease
Dr. Ramos

Bridgeport doc gets award from Medical Association

Obstetrician/gynecologist Dr. Shireen (Dennie) Donaldson-Ramos was selected the 2014 recipient of the Fairfield County Medical Association’s prestigious Dr. Melville G. Magida Award. The award is presented annually by the medical association and The Rosenthal Family Foundation.  The award recognizes a young physician (no older than 39 years of age) who has shown a notable capacity […] [Read More]
Photo: The Run Walk for Health & Hunger presented by Athletic Shoe Factory to Benefit The Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County will feature a 5K Run and 1 Mile Walk, including a 1 Mile Dog Walk, for families and children on Saturday, September 20, starting and finishing at Chelsea Piers Connecticut.

Stamford hosts walk to benefit food bank

Take a bite out of hunger at the inaugural Run Walk for Health & Hunger presented by Athletic Shoe Factory to benefit the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County. The event kicks off Saturday, Sept. 20, starting and finishing at Chelsea Piers Connecticut, 1 Blachley Road, Stamford. A 5K run through Stamford and Cove Beach […] [Read More]
Categories: Stamford