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

For The First Time Since 2012 Connecticut Overdose Deaths Declined

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While this is not an indication that the opioid crisis fever has broken, it is certainly a positive sign that for the first time since 2012 drug overdose deaths declined in 2018. With 1,017 the number of deaths from overdose dropped by 27 from the previous year. This is a good sign. The number of deaths is, of course, still too high, with over 1,000 people dying every year from drug overdoses this remains a serious issue that needs to be addressed. Officials credit the wider use of Narcan and responsible prescribing as two of the reasons for the decline. Narcan is a treatment that allows medical professionals to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. One downside to this new report is that the use of Fentnayl in the state of Connecticut is on the rise. In fact, the synthetic opioid was a factor in three out of the…continue reading

Rates Of STDs In Connecticut Reach Record Highs

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Sexually transmitted diseases have historically been at reasonably low levels in the state of Connecticut compared with other states throughout the nation. This trend continues, but health officials in the state are starting to get concerned as the rate of STDs is growing and has reached historic highs. In a recent study the National Council for Home Safety and Security (NCHSS) reported on the rate of STDs throughout the United States and Connecticut remained among the lowest rates in the country. The study looked at chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis and Connecticut ranked in the following position compared to the rest of the country: Chlamydia: ranked 27th out of 50 states Gonorrhea: ranked 39th out of 50 states Syphilis: ranked 45th out of 50 states While these numbers appear to be positive news for the state, they are not telling the whole story as these cases are rising to record highs…continue reading