What To Know About EEE

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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

Low Fat Diet’s Have A Highly Positive Impact On Women’s Health

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In a study that will surprise almost no one, researchers discovered a link between low fat diets and the levels of breast cancer, colorectal cancer, and heart disease. The study, which spanned more then two decades, found that women who are postmenopausal greatly benefited from a low fat diet. The study found that a reduction in dietary fat alone was not enough to have positive effects, but that it was necessary to reduce dietary fat while also consuming more vegetables, fruits and grains to see a marked effect on breast cancer reduction, colorectal cancer reduction, and heart disease reduction. Study after study continues to find that a healthy and well-balanced diet often results in a happier and healthier life and life expectancy improvement.

10% Of Adults 65 or Older Report Binge Drinking

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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 Cancer

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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

Plant Based Diets Proven To Reduce Diabetes Risk

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A new study has linked those who subscribe to a plant based diet to a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is the form of the disease that is often linked to diet and the new study out of the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health shows that those who eat a plant based diet are 23% less likely to become diabetic. The study looked at over 300,000 participants, nearly 30,000 of whom had type 2 diabetes. The researchers believed that with the expanding popularity of plant based diets such as vegan or vegetarian it was important to quantify the benefit that a diet like that may have on those with diabetes. Nearly 1/3 of the United States population has either diabetes or pre-diabetes and this health condition has always been tied to diet which can be a modifiable habit. If a person is diagnosed…continue reading

Salmonella Linked To Papayas In Connecticut

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The Center for Disease Control (CDC) is warning that there are certain papayas which have been imported from Mexico that have caused at least 14 cases of Salmonella Uganda in Connecticut. These papayas have also been sold in Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island. All told 62 people have been infected so far. To avoid contact with papayas the CDC advises to avoid eating papayas whole but to also avoid any dishes made with papayas including, but not limited to, fruit salad. For more on this food outbreak you can get direct information from the CDC here.