How To Spot An Opioid Addiction

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The opioid epidemic has impacted all of our lives. Most of us know someone or suspect someone in our lives may have a problem. Opioid abuse is not a joke and it can cause serious illness or death to you or a loved one. If you’ve been spending time with a loved one or a friend and have noticed changes in that person it may indicate that he/she is abusing opioids. Some of the signs you should be on the lookout for include: Changes in mood or behavior Taking medication “just in case” Mood swings Trying to “borrow” medication from others Actions that are out of character and putting those around himself/herself at risk Of course these signs can also be indicative of other issues too, but they are major indicators that the person you love is abusing prescription drugs. If you notice these changes in the person’s behavior you…continue reading

Symptoms of Vaping Related Illness

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There have been eight deaths reported nationally as part of the ever increasing problem with vaping. Vaping related illnesses are plaguing hospitals and urgent care facilities throughout the country, including here in Connecticut. Knowing what symptoms to watch for when you suspect a loved one may be vaping can help you save him/her from the dramatic effects of this illness which can result in death. Symptoms of vaping related illness’ are: coughing shortness of breath nausea vomiting chest pain fatigue fever abdominal pain Symptoms do not always appear immediately, in fact in some cases symptoms took weeks after the vaping had occur to show itself. In other cases, symptoms were clear within days. As in most cases you should not self diagnose or diagnose a friend/relative, you should seek medical attention if you suspect you may be experiencing the above symptoms related to vaping. If you are vaping, you should…continue reading

Know These Five Things About Vaping

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It has reached the level of a serious epidemic. With hundreds of people streaming in to urgent care facilities and hospitals around the state complaining of illnesses related to vaping, knowing the facts about this unhealthy habit is critical. If you take time to get information before you start down the road of vaping you will likely be able to stave off starting this addiction and future health problems. Share this information with any friends or family members who may be vaping so they know the facts as well. Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine. Nicotine is not always the only harmful substance that may be found in one of these devices. Vaping makes someone more likely to smoke actual cigarettes in the future. The long-term impact of vaping is still unknown. Serious injuries have occured when e-cigarette batteries have exploded. The bottom line is, vaping is a significant health risk and…continue reading

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.