Four Ways To Reduce Your Risk Of Ovarian Cancer

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Ovarian cancer is one of the most difficult cancers to detect. There is no early detection test for it and nearly 80% of all cases are found in the late stages of the disease. This month is ovarian cancer awareness month and we want to give you some tips on how you can reduce your risk of getting this terrible disease. While there are no known ways to truly prevent the disease, these four things have been shown to lower risk. Giving birth Having been on birth control for more than five years A tubal ligation (getting your tubes tied) Breastfeeding There are risks to all of these items listed above too and not all of them are recommended for everyone. It is also not guaranteed that you will not contract ovarian cancer if you do the above items. The main story here is that ovarian cancer is difficult to…continue reading

Signs And Symptoms Of COVID-19 In Kids

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One of the most challenging things for caregivers this fall will be to identify kids who have COVID-19. The signs and symptoms of COVID-19 can be very similar to those of a common cold or even the flu. Caregivers should be aware of the signs and immediately report any child who is having any of the following symptoms: Fever Headache Cough Sore throat Nausea Fatigue Vomiting Diareha The trickiest part about identifying kids, or anyone for that matter, that they may have COVID-19 is how similar these symptoms are to other seasonal illness that are, in most cases, less serious then a COVID-19 diagnosis. Also, it’s important for caregivers to be aware that many school aged children and adults alike are often asymptomatic which means that they will not be exhibiting these symptoms but that they are still carriers of the virus. While there is not much you can do…continue reading

5 Things Schools Need To Do To Protect Kids For A Safe Return This Fall

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The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has issued guidance on what schools will need to do in order to protect kids, teachers, and staff when they reopen this fall. Schools are a critical component to the fabric of a community and are required to educate the whole child, not just through academics. It is with this in mind that the CDC has issued guidance for the health and safety of all those who will be in our schools in the fall. While this is not a comprehensive list of the guidance put forth by the CDC these are some of the most important components to a safe return: Encourage the practice of preventative measures by the full school community including mask wearing and hand washing. Communicate with students and staff in a developmentally appropriate way the appropriate way to wash hands and remain socially distant. Spread out. Districts should utilize…continue reading

School Districts To Have Greater Flexibility For Fall Return To School

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Parents, teachers, and community members have been on edge about the upcoming school year. The Governor and the State’s Department of Education had originally said that all students would be required to go back to the physical school buildings for five days a week. As of yesterday, the Governor announced that he would give more flexibility to individual school districts. After the announcement by Governor Lamont school districts will now be given the flexibility to do what works best for their community. While the goal for all schools should be in-person instruction, five days a week, this new guidance allows for schools to not be forced into that decision. At a press conference announcing the decision to offer more flexibility for districts Governor Lamont indicated that roughly 2/3 of students and teachers expected to be back in the classroom this fall. He also indicated that just over half of those…continue reading

Connecticut Officials Urge Caution When Looking At New COVID-19 Transmission Rates.

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After a grueling couple of months at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Connecticut has been a shining example for the rest of the country of how to flatten the curve and maintain that flattened curve. New data released this week though, shows a concerning uptick in the transmission rate of the disease here in the state. The transmission rate is a calculated number and is not actual hard evidence that COVID-19 is making a comeback in the state. In fact, there are three groups who released new transmission rate numbers for the state of Connecticut and all of them differed slightly. It is for this reason that the Governor’s office believes the numbers are flawed and they released their own numbers from the last week which indicated a transmission rate well below 1% which is the threshold that has some experts concerned. Overall the state has done an excellent…continue reading

Connecticut Bus Riders To Start Getting FREE Masks

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Bus riders of CTtransit and other transit companies throughout the state of Connecticut will now have an easier time getting a mask to be able to ride the bus. Bus companies have required masks for much of the duration of this global pandemic. Now, they will be offering free masks to give riders one less thing to worry about. Free masks can be picked up at 7a, 9a, 3p, and 5p at the following locations throughout the state: Hartford – CTtransit Customer Service and Sales Outlet located at State and Market Streets, adjacent to the Old State House. New Haven – CTtransit Customer Service and Sales Outlet located on the New Haven Green at Chapel Street. Stamford – CTtransit Customer Service and Sales Outlet located on the lower level of the Stewart B. McKinney Transportation Center in the passageway from North State Street. Waterbury – Exchange Place (downtown center). Meriden – Meriden Railroad Station. Estuary Transit…continue reading