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  • E-cigs Vaporize Drop in Teen Tobacco Use

    March 12, 2019

    An e-cigarette epidemic has smoked out consistent declines in teen tobacco use, as a new report shows teen “vaping” is to blame for a 1.3 million increase nationwide from 2017 to 2018. The rise in the use of tobacco products by teens comes after several years of decreases and is…

  • HealthCare Matters: Join the CT Mirror Conversation

    March 06, 2019

    Early in the morning, while most of us are grabbing a cup of coffee before work, a nurse is on the road. She helped get her own family ready for the day, and she is on her way to take care of your family. One of our billing specialists is…

  • Suboxone Therapy Added to Institute of Living’s Professionals Program

    March 04, 2019

    A grim lesson of the opioid epidemic is that addiction can happen to anyone, including working people. The Professionals Addiction Recovery Program at the Institute of Living helps those in the workforce successfully address addiction issues. An intensive outpatient group therapy program designed to facilitate recovery efforts, the Professionals Program…

  • Recent CT Deaths By Suicide Among Adolescents, Young Adults, Raise Concerns

    March 04, 2019

    To look at Mariana Yoshimura, you’d think she’d be without a care in the world. She’s a student at Yale University and a budding entrepreneur. Yet the 22-year-old was troubled. She was depressed to the point of considering death by suicide. “It was frightening because there was no silver lining…

  • Teledildonics? Could Your Next True-Love Sexual Partner Be Non-Human?

    February 26, 2019

    Questions about men’s health, including sexual function? Click here to download your free informational guide.  With human brains wired to connect, the digital age has only expanded the ability to make liaisons of all kinds, from romantic to robotic. Robotic? Indeed, the science of love, lust and intimacy has expanded…

  • The Latest in Adult Relaxation: Lego Forma (Yes, Legos)

    February 25, 2019

    Coloring books to help adults destress are so 2018. Lego wants to replace your crayons, colored pencils and adult coloring books as a means of relaxation. Meet Lego Forma, a set of the plastic bricks aimed at an adult market. Sounds great, right? But it has people asking if this…

  • For Adolescents, Hope After Heroin

    February 25, 2019

    Adolescents can – and do – get into trouble with addictions to opioids. Medication-assisted treatment is now available locally for this age-group, according to Patricia Rehmer, president of the Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network. Q: Tell us about the local recovery program that the Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network provides…

  • Stress, Anxiety and Your Immune System: How to Avoid Getting Sick

    February 07, 2019

    You take a daily multivitamin, even a Vitamin C boost when you feel a sniffle, but avoiding something else in your life is a better way to improve your immunity. “Stress and anxiety have a tremendous impact on our immune system,” said David Tolin, PhD, director of the Anxiety Disorders Center…

  • Being Rxesponsible When it Comes to Disposing of Old Prescription Medications

    January 31, 2019

    Older prescriptions in our homes can cause all sorts of problems, not the least of which are abuse and addiction. Rushford Medical Director Dr. J. Craig Allen explains how getting old or expired medications out of your house responsibly can help fight the nation’s opioid crisis.  Q: You see what…

  • How Parents Create an Anxiety ‘Minefield’ for Children

    January 30, 2019

    As parents, we want the best for our children – limitless opportunities to pursue and enjoy a happy life – but, in reality, much of our hovering and fretting does them more harm than good. Dr. Eli Leibowitz of the Yale Child Study Center presented “The Role of Parents in…


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