New Cases of HIV Increased 4 Percent In 2017

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The State of Connecticut’s Department of Public Health released figures that show that the rate of HIV cases rose by 4 percent from 2016 to 2017. An increase is not good news, but a closer look at the number reveals that the report really showed mixed results. Here are some of the other numbers that came out with this report. 281 new cases reported in 2017 More then 10,500 people are living with the disease in Connecticut There was a 15% decrease in cases between 2013 and 2017 There was a 19% decrease in cases among gay men between 2013 and 2017 There was a 57% increase in cases among heterosexual african-american females between 2013 and 2017 If you believe you may have been exposed to HIV you should get tested. The best prevention for sexually active persons is using protection when engaging in intercourse.

FDA Issues New Guidance On Teething Necklaces

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When your infant or toddler begins to have teeth come in it can be a harrowing experience for all, but there are some methods and techniques that offer relief. One of these items is called a teething necklace. The idea behind this is that your child will wear the teething necklace which will dull the pain of teething. According to the FDA, there is no evidence that these actually work as advertised. More importantly though, is the fact that this type of teething jewelry can be quite dangerous when worn by children. It is for that reason that the FDA has issued new guidance on the use of these teething necklaces. The warning has been issued for a variety of reasons: 1.) The jewelry is not considered to be effective. 2.) Necklaces and bracelets, even those worn by parents can be a strangulation or choking hazard. 3.) No jewelry of…continue reading

Flu Cases Rising In Connecticut

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The Connecticut Health Department (CHD) is reporting a “rapid and steady increase in the number of flu cases in the state.” Avoiding the flu will continue to become more difficult as this year’s season has already been classified as “widespread” by the Department of Health due to the fact that it has spread to more then half of the state. Get tips on how to avoid the flu According to the Connecticut Department of Public Health the number of flu cases has grown by nearly 200 in just the past two weeks with a total of three deaths and 162 hospitalizations reported. If you feel like you have flu like symptoms, here at your New Haven County Urgent Care Center we can see you and talk through your next steps to avoid hospitalization or worse.

Infant Liquid Ibuprofen Recall – What You Need To Know

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The company who manufactures infant liquid ibuprofen for stores such as Wal-mart, CVS, and Family Dollar has issued a recall of the medicine due to the potential that there is a higher potency of the medicine contained within the package then it would indicate. If you have an infant at home or know someone who does, here’s what you need to know about the recall: The liquid ibuprofen is used for pain management and fever reduction The affected lots were sold in 0.5 ounce bottles Stores who may be selling the affect lots are Wal-mart, CVS, and Family Dollar You can find a complete list of lots here. Symptoms if the medicine is used could include nausea, vomiting, epigastric pain, or more rarely, diarrhea, tinnitus, headache and gastrointestinal bleeding. If you or a loved one has an infant and are concerned that your child’s medicine may be affected, stop using…continue reading

Romaine Lettuce E Coli Outbreak – What You Need To Know

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control, FDA and Canadian officials are conducting a multi-state traceback of romaine lettuce that is tied to an outbreak of e coli throughout many states in the United States. This traceback began in late November and continues through present day. Here’s what you need to know to avoid any contaminated lettuce: California counties that are included in the outbreak investigation are; Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz and Ventura. The FDA is warning that other counties could be added as the investigation continues. Romaine lettuce entering the market will now be labeled with a harvest location and a harvest date or labeled as being hydroponically- or greenhouse-grown. If it does not have this information, you should not eat or use it. If you purchase romaine lettuce that does not have proper labeling on it, the FDA is advising you to not…continue reading

7 People To “Quit” For During The Great American Smokeout

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Today is the Great American Smokeout. This annual event, put on by the American Cancer Society, coincides with Lung Cancer Awareness Month and is designed to encourage smokers to kick the habit. The success rate of this annual event is beyond impressive and it continues to this day, but still far too many Americans smoke. The numbers are staggering; 34 million smokers 16 million Americans living with a smoking-related illness 480,000 deaths caused each year These numbers are scary, but the good news is how far we’ve come. Since 1965 the smoking rate has gone from 42% to 17% thanks in large part to educational programs like the Great American Smokeout. So, if you’re one of the 34 million smokers who have yet to be able to kick the habit, we have seven people who are hoping and praying that you’ll quit today. 1. Your kids 2. Your spouse 3.…continue reading