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

Be Aware Of These Signs Of Autism

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One of the most exciting times in our lives is when we bring home a new baby from the hospital and begin to start to see them grow. What happens though when he/she is not as expressive as most babies or does not babble talk when they are supposed to? Should you worry? The most important thing you can do is to be aware of your child’s behaviors and if you suspect something to be a little out of the ordinary, get a professional evaluation. The tricky thing in diagnosing autism is that some of the behaviors (or lack of behaviors) that children with autism will demonstrate are also common in children who do not have the disorder. A professional evaluation is the only sure way to know whether your child may need intervention. With that being said, here are some signs to look for in your child early on;…continue reading

April Is Autism Awareness Month

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There is no one way to pinpoint what autism is, or how it affects people. Autism is different in every case, but it is marked by challenges with social skills, nonverbal and speech communication, and repetitive behaviors. In the United States it is estimated by the Centers for Disease Control that nearly 1 in every 59 children have some sort of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Since the disorder is a spectrum disorder those living with autism can have a wide-ranging set of challenges and strengths. There are people living with autism that are very high functioning while others require more support to live their daily lives. Environmental and genetic factors are often cited as the causes of autism. Autism can affect how people think, learn, react, and problem-solve in a variety of different ways. Sensory sentivities can often be associated with autism along with medical challenges that may include; gastrointestinal…continue reading

5 Facts To Know About Colorectal Cancer

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It is National Colorectal Cancer Month and there is no more important time then now to know the facts about this disease. Knowing the facts is half the battle in making sure colorectal cancer is defeated. Here are five facts you need to know: It is the second leading cause of cancer death with men and women 140,000+ new cases of colorectal cancer are expected this year alone 1 in 20 people will get colorectal cancer within their lifetime 33% of people are not up to date on their screenings With proper screening 60% of all colorectal cancer deaths are preventable Screening is critical to saving your life or the life of someone you love. Make it a point during this National Colorectal Cancer Month to get yourself screened and spread the word. It will save lives.

Pollution in Connecticut Drops Nearly 60%

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The Environmental Protection Agency applauded the state of Connecticut as well as the New England Region for it’s reduction in pollution over the last ten years. Between 2007 and 2017 the region reduced pollution by 50% and Connecticut was well ahead of that mark as it reduced pollution by a whopping 57% over the same time span. This good environmental news comes on the heels of some not so good news about recycling as municipalities in Connecticut and throughout the region are fighting lack of participation in recycling programs as well as higher costs to maintain robust recycling programs. The drop in pollution can be directly attributed to the tightening regulations set in place by the Environmental Protection Agency under the Obama Administration. Since the Trump Administration has taken over in 2017, regulations have loosened, particularly in coal country. Air pollution can have a direct impact on ones health, specifically…continue reading