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Keeping You Moving: Preventing Shoulder Injuries

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Keeping You Moving: Preventing Shoulder Injuries

By By Dr. Albert Diaz - Sports Medicine Specialist at Danbury Orthopedics

Many of the patients I see with shoulder pain have injured themselves as the result of strenuous, weight-bearing exercise. As high impact, strength-related exercise programs have increased in popularity, many people are putting too much weight on their shoulder joints. While the benefits of exercise are indisputable, it is important to understand how the shoulder works and how best to avoid injuring this…

New Healthy Aging Website with Easy-to-Use Features Connects Seniors with Helpful Resources

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New Healthy Aging Website with Easy-to-Use Features Connects Seniors with Helpful Resources

By Tribuna Staff

On May 30, The Age Well Community Council of Danbury, formerly the Aging In Place Council of Danbury, sponsored a “reveal and recognition” event to celebrate the launch of their newest initiative – Age Well CT, the official, easy-to-use website for resources, news and events for older adults in Western Connecticut. The new site allows…

The Arms of Addiction

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The Arms of Addiction

By Terry Budlong

Sometimes life kicks you in the stomach. You feel helpless. You feel afraid. You feel alone. That’s how I feel right now. I have just attended the funeral of someone very dear to me. He died from a drug overdose. I feel sick. I can’t breathe. He was only 30 years old. I can’t get…

Getting Healthy Naturally

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Getting Healthy Naturally

By Dr. Kenneth Hoffman DACM, L.Ac.

Did you know that most Americans don’t have great health? Many people feel tired, in pain, and have allergies or digestive troubles. Also, lots of money is being spent on medications to control blood pressure and cholesterol, and even problems like depression and anxiety. All of these difficulties lead to one thing, unhappiness and suffering…

Doctors: Climate Change is Already Making America’s Kids Sicker

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Doctors: Climate Change is Already Making America’s Kids Sicker

By Honora Montano - New America Media

A coalition of medical organizations representing over half of American physicians launched a campaign yesterday to alert policymakers and the public to the dangers climate change presents to public health. “Doctors in every part of our country see that climate change is making Americans sicker,” says Dr. Mona Sarfaty in a statement. Sarfaty is director…

2018 Exchange Plans Could Cover Fewer Hospitals, Doctors, Drugs

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2018 Exchange Plans Could Cover Fewer Hospitals, Doctors, Drugs

By Arielle Levin Becker | CT Mirror

Insurance companies that sell coverage through the state’s health insurance exchange next year will be allowed to cover fewer hospitals, doctors and prescription drugs under changes the exchange’s board approved Tuesday (02/28). Officials hope those changes could help offset rate increases that would otherwise be required because of the increased price and use of medical…

Countdown to Summer: Now Is the Perfect Time to start Esthetic Skin Treatments

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Countdown to Summer: Now Is the Perfect Time to start Esthetic Skin Treatments

By Mariana Silva

It has been a long time since esthetic skin treatments have been associated only with worshiping beauty and vanity. With treatments being performed at estheticians’ offices by skilled professionals, such treatments have become an ally to well-being and are beneficial to health in general. Body esthetics treatments can relieve everyday tension, boost the immune system…

Connecticut Leads 20 States Alleging Price-Fixing in Generic Drugs

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Connecticut Leads 20 States Alleging Price-Fixing in Generic Drugs

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Attorney General George Jepsen’s office is leading a multi-state investigation of generic drug companies that culminated on Dec. 15 in a federal price-fixing lawsuit filed in Hartford that complements an unfolding criminal antitrust investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice. The lawsuit follows an extensive investigation involving 20 states and was filed after federal authorities…

TB Cases Rise in Connecticut, Nationally First Increase in 23 Years

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TB Cases Rise in Connecticut, Nationally First Increase in 23 Years

By Jenifer Frank | C-HIT – CTMirror

Reported cases of tuberculosis jumped 17 percent in Connecticut from 2014 to 2015, mirroring a national and global trend and prompting federal officials to ask primary care providers to be on the alert for at-risk patients. The state Department of Public Health (DPH) said 70 people, in 29 towns, were reported with active TB, the contagious…

How to Know If Your Child Has a Concussion

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How to Know If Your Child Has a Concussion

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A few years ago, the guidelines on sports-related concussions and head trauma became more stringent, brought on when news-making lawsuits were filed by a few prominent football players’ families, most notably but not solely, following the death of Ohio State football player Kosta Karageorge, who suffered from multiple concussions and then tragically took his own life. What was unveiled during these lawsuits was how the severity, and more notably the longevity, of the brain disease that concussions,…

Getting Men on Board with Infertility Testing

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Getting Men on Board with Infertility Testing

By Joshua M. Hurwitz

Infertility is not just a woman’s issue. Forty percent of infertility patients experience male factor infertility, such as sperm production disorders, structural abnormalities, ejaculatory disturbances and immunologic disorders, according to the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM). And yet many men hesitate to be tested because they feel that it is “weird” or unnatural, or “there’s no way I can have a problem…

100th Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) Procedure Performed at Danbury Hospital By Western Connecticut Health Network

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100th Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) Procedure Performed at Danbury Hospital By Western Connecticut Health Network

By Western Connecticut Health Network

DANBURY, Connecticut – September 2, 2016 – Ninety-year-old Woodbury Resident Elisabeth Stritzel is looking forward to being able to tend to her vegetable garden and flower beds since having her failing aortic valve replaced at Danbury Hospital. Mrs. Stritzel is the 100th patient to undergo the Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) procedure there. Cardiovascular physicians…

Ct Health Insurance Rates To Rise Sharply In 2017

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Ct Health Insurance Rates To Rise Sharply In 2017

By Keith M. Phaneuf and Arielle Levin Becker

Most Connecticut health insurance plans sold through individual and small group markets will undergo steep rate hikes next year, although in some cases, the prices will not go up by as much as carriers had sought. The state Insurance Department approved 13 health policy rate hikes on September 2 that far outstripped increases in recent years, averaging…

Keeping You Safe While Traveling Overseas

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Keeping You Safe While Traveling Overseas

By AFC Urgent Care in Danbury

Medical preparation for travel is increasingly important. Not only are there more serious health risks present around the world, but there are also more options available for prevention and treatment. Opportunities for prevention should not be overlooked by any traveler, regardless of destination. AFC Urgent Care offers immunizations for many types of diseases. To expedite your care, we have set…

Amid Opioid Crisis, Substance Abuse Treatment Programs Cut

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Amid Opioid Crisis, Substance Abuse Treatment Programs Cut

By Jacqueline Rabe Thomas – CT Mirror

On any given day, there are 400 people on the waiting list for the substance abuse treatment and detox programs paid for by the state Judicial Branch. “At a minimum, the wait is two months,” said Stephen Grant, the executive director of the branch’s Court Support Services Division. The wait is about to get much…