More Closures In Light Of Coronavirus

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Earlier this morning Governor Lamont joined NY Governor Andrew Cuomo and NJ Governor Phil Murphy joined forces to announce some new regional restrictions on area businesses.  This comes as coronavirus cases continue to climb in the region. The restrictions for businesses will go into effect at 8p on Monday March 16th and include: Bars Restaurants Gyms Movie Theaters While gyms, and movie theaters will be completely closed, the restriction on restaurants and bars will allow them to stay open for take-out and delivery. These restrictions will be in effect through at least the end of March with the possibility of extending these closures still at a high probabilty. To continue to stay on top of the changing landscape of this pandemic, please visit the Governor’s website here.

Connecticut Governor Closes All Public Schools

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With the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) the state of Connecticut is taking unprecedented actions to keep residents safe during this uncertain time.  This evening, Governor Ned Lamont announced that all public schools K-12 will be closed from March 17th – March 31st with the possibility of extending the closures depending on the facts surrounding the virus. This executive order comes just days after the governor agreed to offer waivers to local school districts to allow them to potentially not meet the state mandated 180 days that all students are required to attend for a school year to count.  A waiver of this restriction will give school districts flexibility in the face of prolonged closures.  

What is social distancing?

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As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) takes hold here in the United States, public health officials are recommending that the best way to flatten the curve of the virus is to practice “social distancing.”  But what exactly is this term that has been quickly pushed into our lexicon? Social distancing is not a new thing.  Public health officials use this in brand of prevention in the face of any widespread disease that could spread from person to person.  The act of social distancing can take many forms and is likely to take all forms during this health crisis caused by COVID-19. The activities that are restricted by health officials when social distancing is invoked are: Limiting the size of crowds that are allowed to gather Canceling events Closing public buildings Requiring schools be closed The global pandemic of coronavirus has already required many social distancing measures to be put into place and…continue reading

Concerns Alleviated Around Talcum Powder And It’s Connection To Ovarian Cancer

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There have long been concerns that the use of talcum powder products may have a link to ovarian cancer, but a new study shows that there is no statistical evidence to justify that concern. However, researchers said that there are still questions and more studies need to be done. Talcum powder, which is used in a wide variety of health and beauty products, has never been proven to increase risk of ovarian cancer, but there have been suspicions and there are hundreds of federal lawsuits currently under consideration by the federal court system. In the study, out of 250,000 women who were studied 2,100 developed ovarian cancer. There was a slight increase in the number of cases of ovarian cancer among those women who used talcum powder and those who did not. For every 100,000 women who used the powder there were 61 cases of cancer and for those that…continue reading

Early Signs Show An Ugly Flu Season Is Ahead

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When you were home visiting for the holidays did you notice more of your friends and family with flu like symptoms then usual? You’re not alone. The strain of flu that is circulating this year started much earlier than usual and is showing signs of being as bad or worse than the 2017-2018 flu season which was the worst in a decade. In 2017-2018 there were nearly 61,000 deaths in the United States due to the flu. While this number was significantly decreased from early estimates of 79,000 that year, it is still an unusually high number and was concerning to medical professionals. This year those who have flu like symptoms are visiting medical clinics at alarming rates that rival the peak of flu season in ’17-’18. This year, the flu vaccine is not quite as potent as it has been in previous years, but it is recommended that you…continue reading

Diabetes Drug Metformin Under Investigation By The FDA

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Outside of the United States low levels of the carcinogen N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) were found in the diabetes drug Metformin, this has promoted the U.S. Federal Drug Administration (FDA) to open a formal investigation into the diabetes treatment here in the U.S.. Typically low levels of N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) can be found in certain foods and water here in the United States but these levels have been deemed not harmful by the FDA and are acceptable for human consumption. After the recall of Zantac earlier this year for similar issues, this announcement is largely seen as precautionary by the FDA. Officials are recommending that those who are using Metformin continue to do so until otherwise instructed. While there may be a risk of this cancer-causing chemical, the greater risk is that people with Type 2 Diabetes (especially severe cases) stop taking this drug all together. There are four brand names that the…continue reading