If you’re like most modern healthcare consumers, you use the Internet to search for health, wellness or medical information. That can range from fairly benign searches for healthier foods, exercises and over-the-counter drug remedies, to more sophisticated inquiries on topics ranging from sleeping disorders or joint injuries to stomach distress and skin cancer. The good news is that there is a ton of information on the Web to help us navigate common concerns and keep us better informed. The bad … [Read More...]
One in three of all adults reading this article will develop shingles in their lifetime, usually after age 50. Not because you’re reading this article – but because when you were a child, you probably had chickenpox.
Shingles is the reactivation of a viral infection in the nerves to the skin that causes pain, burning, or a tingling sensation, along with an itch and blisters in the skin supplied by the affected nerve. It is caused by the varicella zoster virus, or VZV -- the same virus that … [Read More...]
We spend a lot of time and money staying active and fit. Between the cost of memberships, athletic equipment, and appropriate clothing, fitness is a mutli-billion-dollar business. Yet there’s one incredibly basic, common and essentially cost-free activity most of us can pursue that’s easy, rewarding, convenient and okay alone or in crowds – yup, you guessed, it is walking!
Walking at a moderate pace for 30 to 60 minutes burns stored fat, builds muscle and speeds up our metabolism. Here are … [Read More...]
Can you remember the last time you had a tetanus shot? In fact, can you remember the last time you had any kind of shot at all? If you can, chances are it was a flu shot, since most of the immunizations we require are received during childhood. But there are other immunizations we should be receiving periodically, because some lose their effectiveness over time.
Checking up on your personal immunization record, and making sure your loved ones are properly immunized as well, is a simple and … [Read More...]
The statistics involving opiates and opioids in Connecticut are grim, and unless you’ve been paying attention, may be surprising: Our State has surpassed the national death rate for drug and opioid overdoses since 2013. From 2000 to 2014, nearly half a million persons in the United States died from drug overdoses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The number of prescriptions for some of these medications has increased dramatically since the early 1990s. A … [Read More...]
Moving beyond molds, dust, food and plant-based allergens that we ingest or inhale – especially in the spring and early summer – another entire allergy realm exists . . . and the culprits are likely to be dangling from our ears or adorning our wrists, fingers or other body parts.
Allergies to metals that we wear or come into contact with regularly are extremely common, and often overlooked or misdiagnosed. Women tend to wear more jewelry and suffer in higher numbers, but men are far from … [Read More...]
The wide variety of mouth-watering fresh fruit and vegetables this time of year is astounding. The produce sections in grocery stores are overflowing with colorful, ripe options that are attractive to our eyes and palettes, and farm stands and markets surround us, typically offering just-picked alternatives and luscious offerings that remind us why we love living in New England. But whether you purchase your fresh zucchini, peaches, corn or lettuce off the back of a pickup truck or at your … [Read More...]
Experts tell us it is important to occasionally turn off and restart our cell phones, computers, and “smart” TVs. This refreshes memory and allows system updates to download and install. Similarly, when we sleep, our bodies self-regulate, refurbishing depleted nutrients, switching focus to other parts of our brains, and promoting metabolic changes that help replenish and strengthen us.
Knowing this to be true, doesn’t it make sense that taking a vacation from work is just as vital for keeping … [Read More...]
While the debate about the use of medical marijuana continues unabated at the state and federal levels, 24 U.S. states (plus the District of Columbia), including Connecticut, have legalized the use of cannabis and its cannabinoids for medicinal purposes for treating a variety of conditions. Use must be approved by a Connecticut-licensed physician, who must write a prescription that only can be filled at a licensed dispensary using products produced locally by a handful of State-approved … [Read More...]
Some days, there’s more of the Sleepy Dwarf in us than we’d care to admit. Beyond the excuse of extremely active weekends and occasional late nights, we’ve gotten too used to feeling fatigued. We drag ourselves to work, school and activities with the promise that, next weekend – or when we take that last exam, get through this big project, or finish the season – we’ll get some much-needed sleep. But how much IS enough? Is five or six hours a night really cutting it for us?
The answer, for … [Read More...]