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Fatigue Can Be a Mental or Physical Symptom

By at June 1, 2012 | 9:15 am |

Fatigue Can Be a Mental or Physical Symptom

Fatigue is defined as a feeling of lack of energy and motivation, it can be physical or mental or a combination of both. About 20 percent of Americans claim to be fatigued, physical causes account for 20-60% of the time and mental account for 40-80 percent. In today’s world we all experience fatigue at some time in our lives. Many causes of stress include over more...

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Safety Hints and Advice for Older Drivers

By at May 25, 2012 | 9:00 am |

Safety Hints and Advice for Older Drivers

In 2007, there were 31 million licensed drivers ages 65 and older in the United States. According to the Center for Disease Control, an average of 500 older adults are injured every day and more than 183,000 older adults were involved in motor vehicle crashes in 2008. Fatal crashes increase starting at age 75 and increase notably after age 80.Age related illnesses, more...

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A Fictional Health Disaster Story Due to Budget Cuts

By at May 18, 2012 | 8:30 am |

A Fictional Health Disaster Story Due to Budget Cuts

There is a small outbreak of a gastrointestinal illness in a medium sized city, around 70,000 people. People initially experience stomach cramping. This quickly progresses to diarrhea. In most people, the symptoms last three to four days, then resolve. Many however have quite a different course. They have the same initial symptoms. Later, they begin to develop more...

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Top Ten: Things to Do Before You Get Pregnant

By at May 11, 2012 | 8:30 am |

Top Ten: Things to Do Before You Get Pregnant

A healthy pregnancy and birth begins before conception. Pre-conception planning is important because a baby’s vital organs are growing during the first several weeks of pregnancy. If you are thinking about having a baby, here are a few tips to consider before you get pregnant that will increase the chance of a healthy pregnancy and birth: 1) Stop taking birth control more...

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Community Baby Shower Planned for May 9

By at May 4, 2012 | 8:45 am |

Community Baby Shower Planned for May 9

The New Britain Health Department will host a free community-wide baby shower for pregnant women who are city residents. The event will take place on Wednesday May 9 from 2-4 p.m. at the YWCA, 22 Glen Street. There will be numerous raffle prizes given away, including car seats, strollers and other baby items. Refreshments will be provided. In addition, educational more...

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Health Information in the Internet: Can it Be Hazardous to Your Health?

By at April 27, 2012 | 9:00 am |

Health Information in the Internet: Can it Be Hazardous to Your Health?

Today, what information can consumers not find on the internet? With the launch of WikiLeaks, even classified documents can now be accessed by the curious. Health information is no exception. Many have searched the internet to find out why that headache, stomach ache, back ache, lump or bump, pain, etc. just would not go away. After conducting research online many more...

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National Infant Immunization Week is Coming

By at April 20, 2012 | 8:45 am |

National Infant Immunization Week is Coming

April 21 – 28 marks the celebration of National Infant Immunization Week across the United States. “Immunization: The Power to Protect” is this year’s theme. Over 500 communities throughout the United States--from New York City to San Diego, California are expected to participate. Locally, The New Britain Rock Cats have supported National Infant Immunization Week more...

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NB Health Department Highlights Health Impacts of Sexually Transmitted Diseases

By at April 20, 2012 | 8:30 am |

NB Health Department Highlights Health Impacts of Sexually Transmitted Diseases

April is Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Awareness Month and The New Britain Health Department is urging people who are sexually active to GYT: Get Yourself Tested! Approximately 19 million new sexually transmitted infections occur every year in the United States and almost half of these are among young people aged 15 to 24, according to the Centers for Disease more...

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Asthma Affects 20 Million People and Is Still Growing

By at April 13, 2012 | 9:45 am |

Asthma Affects 20 Million People and Is Still Growing

According to the American Lung Association, each day 40,000 people miss school or work because of asthma. 30,000 people have an asthma attack and 11 will die as a result of asthma. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation states that an estimated 1 in 15 Americans suffer from asthma, making it one of the most common and expensive diseases our country is faced with. Many of the more...

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Skin Cancer Can be the “Silent Killer”

By at April 6, 2012 | 8:30 am |

Skin Cancer Can be the “Silent Killer”

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States with more than 3.5 million cases occurring per year according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. That is more cases per year than breast, prostate, lung, and colon cancer combined. Years ago women strived to maintain a pale complexion. Today however, tanned skin is popular. The fact that so many of the more...

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