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.

The Measles Outbreak Is Real: What Can You Do About It

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Turn on the local or national news and you’ll hear about the measles outbreak that is happening throughout the country. This outbreak is entirely preventable and will be resolved when everyone chooses to vaccinate their children. That being said, in this year alone 3 cases of measles have been identified here in Connecticut and the outbreak is spreading. The good news is that in all likelihood if you and your children have been vaccinated against measles you are unlikely to be touched by this outbreak, but if you aren’t sure of your or your child’s vaccination status you should get checked immediately. What can you do about the outbreak? First, you can check with your medical provider to make sure you and everyone in your family has been properly vaccinated against the measles. If this is confirmed, after consultation with your medical provider, you may decide that you want to…continue reading

Three Signs Of Mental Health Issues That Need To Be Addressed

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May is National Mental Health Awareness Month and just as important as your physical health, mental health can become a debilitating and life threatening illness. It is important to know the signs of mental health issues and seek professional help before it becomes readily apparent that such help is needed. In order to address these mental health issues, you must first be able to recognize these signs. It’s not possible to cover all the signs of mental health issues in one post, so we are going to look at three of the most common. If you notice any of these signs it would be a good idea to seek help. However, if these are the signs you are seeing, that doesn’t mean you don’t need to seek help. Mental health issues can manifest themselves in a multitude of ways and that’s why if you’re not feeling like yourself, it is…continue reading