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

Stony Creek Urgent Care Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary

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BRANFORD, CT. (Feb. 2, 2019) – Dr. David Young, Founder and CEO of Stony Creek Urgent Care, had a vision. In the beginning, David Young had other jobs. Growing up in Vermont, skiing was his favorite past time. So he became a ski patrol officer at a local ski resort. Feeling he needed something more challenging, he did carpentry for 15 years. Still, not enough of a challenge. Early on, he always had a passion and concern in helping people. So on to medical school where he obtained his degree in emergency medicine. He then went on to become an ER Attending Physician at a major local hospital. His concern, why have people waiting for hours needlessly in the ER with injuries or ailments that can be seen more efficiently in an urgent care facility. Stony Creek Urgent Care (SCUC) is celebrating its ten–year anniversary this month. SCUC, (an urgent care…continue reading

Measles Case Confirmed: The First of 2019 in Connecticut

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The Connecticut Department of Public Health has confirmed that a case of measles has been discovered in an adult-New Haven County resident.  The best way to prevent measles is by being vaccinated. Here’s what you need to know: While measles is a very contagious disease the majority of people exposed to measles are not at-risk The measles vaccine is VERY effective (after 1 dose it is 93% effective, after 2 doses it is 97% effective.) It is required for anyone attending school to have been vaccinated for measles 97% of students were vaccinated with 2 doses by the time they entered Kindergarten If you were born in the U.S. prior to 1957 you are considered immune to measles due to exposure Symptoms of measles include: mild to moderate fever cough runny nose red eyes (conjunctivitis) sore throat a red or reddish-brown rash, usually starting on a person’s face at the…continue reading

UPDATE: Infant Liquid Ibuprofen Recall

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Last month we reported on the recall of liquid ibuprofen being sold over the counter at a handful of national chain stores. This month that recall has been expanded due to concerns that there may be a dangerously high concentration of the drug found in these over the counter medicines. Here’s what you need to know: Stores affected: CVS, Wal-mart, and Family Dollar Lots affected: At CVS Infants’ Ibuprofen Concentrated Oral Suspension, USP, 50 mg per 1.25 mL, in 0.5 oz. bottle Infants’ Ibuprofen Concentrated Oral Suspension, USP, 50 mg per 1.25 mL, in 1.0 oz. bottle Ibuprofen Oral Suspension Drops, USP, 50 mg per 1.25 ml, in 0.5 oz. bottle At Walmart Infants’ Ibuprofen Concentrated Oral Suspension, USP, 50 mg per 1.25 mL, in 1.0 oz. bottle Ibuprofen Oral Suspension Drops, USP, 50 mg per 1.25 ml, in 0.5 oz. bottle At Family Dollar Stores Ibuprofen Oral Suspension Drops,…continue reading

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.