What To Know About EEEby suevscuc
This season mosquitos are going beyond being an annoyance and are causing a real danger to our community. The state of Connecticut and our region have seen a dramatic increase in deaths from Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) which is a disease that is transmitted mostly by mosquitos. It is important that you protect yourself from this dangerous disease in a couple of ways: 1. Try to avoid being outside at dusk until dawn, this is when mosquitos are most active. 2. If you have to be outside wear long sleeves to avoid being bitten. 3. Always apply bug spray to keep mosquitos away. If you do get bitten by a mosquito that does not necessarily mean that you will contract EEE, but it does mean you should be aware of the symptoms of the disease which include, chills, a fever, a malaise, and arthralgia. Generally symptoms take between 2 and…continue reading
10% Of Adults 65 or Older Report Binge Drinkingby suevscuc
Binge drinking is when a drinker consumes more than 4 drinks in one sitting. The surprisingly high number of adults 65 years or older who reported binge drinking points to increased health risks that could become chronic. While the study found that binge drinkers tended to skew male, it also found that women do have a propensity to binge drinking. Many who reported binge drinking also reported having used marijuana. Binge drinking has been known to impact the treatment of illness, exacerbate disease and in some cases interact negatively with prescribed medications. Diseases like high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and diabetes were found to be exacerbated by this type of episodic binge drinking. If you suspect that a loved one or you yourself may be participating in binge drinking activities it is important to discuss this with your medical provider immediately.
Young Adults Experiencing Higher Rates Of Colorectal Cancerby suevscuc
It has been commonly accepted knowledge in the medical community that the highest rates of colorectal cancer occurred in patients over the age of 50. This common wisdom is still shared, but according to a new study rates of colorectal cancer are slowly rising among younger adults under the age of 50. In a study based on data from the National Cancer Database registry, Dr. Boone Goodgame and his team discovered that rates of colorectal cancer have been slowly climbing since the 2004 in patients who fall under the age of 50. The new study showed a 12.2% colorectal cancer rate among those under 50, compared to a rate of just 10% among the same group in 2004. While income did not seem to be a factor in where these new cases were coming from, location did seem to impact the findings. Those in urban centers were found to have…continue reading