Here are tips for having a healthy body and mind, with everything from stress relief and self-care to preventive care, health screenings, and more.
Adults: Stay up-to-date on your immunizations
By Wayne Rawlins, MD, MBA
When you hear “vaccines,” you probably think of children. But vaccines protect adults, too.
Don’t be fooled: How to avoid COVID-19 vaccine scammers
Eagerly awaiting your COVID-19 vaccine? Stay safe against potential scams that could harm your health and your wallet.
Let’s talk about diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is on the rise. Here’s some background on symptoms, prediabetes, and what you can do to help lower your risk of type 2 diabetes.
Getting back to exercise after a case of COVID-19
Even if you've only had a mild case of COVID-19, doctors suggest a slow return to physical activity.
What you need to know about colon cancer
The key to fighting colon cancer is prevention and early detection. Learn what to look for and why you should talk to your doctor immediately if you have symptoms.
Finding better health through happiness
Your mind plays a major role in your overall health. With a strong mind-body connection, you’ll find it easier to make healthier choices and strike a balance for your mental and physical wellness.
My COVID-19 vaccine experience
By Leon E. Kurtz, MD
One doctor shares how he felt getting the COVID-19 vaccine, and why you shouldn’t hesitate when it is available to you.
Fighting caution fatigue: Continue to stand strong against COVID-19
Why you still need to be vigilant, regardless of the new vaccines.
How to get ready for your virtual doctor visit
Telemedicine (or telehealth) can bring a doctor to you when you can’t go to the office. Here are some tips to help you get the most from the visit.
Flu vs. cold vs. COVID-19: What you need to know
By Wayne Rawlins, MD, MBA
Flu season is here. The coronavirus (COVID-19) remains a threat. So, what should you do if you feel ill and wonder, “Is it the flu, a cold, or COVID-19?”
Doing all you can? Not if you don’t get a flu shot.
You’re washing your hands, wearing a mask, and practicing social distancing to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). That’s great -- but you should still get a flu shot.
Make time for your mental health
Caring for your mental health is more important than ever before. But some people may feel overwhelmed or uncomfortable talking about their mental well-being.
Protect yourself (and others) with a flu shot
By Wayne Rawlins, MD, MBA
The flu may be taking a back seat to the coronavirus (COVID-19) among your medical worries. But the flu poses a risk this year, too. And, there’s something you can do to limit your risk of getting the flu – that’s get a flu shot.
Flu season looms in the shadow of COVID-19. Have you gotten your flu shot?
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has shined a light on this fact: healthier people are often better able to battle disease. This year, more than ever, doctors say you should get a flu shot between now and early November.
Keeping an eye on your vision health
Your eyes are an important, but often overlooked, part of your overall health.
Safety first: What you should keep in mind as businesses reopen
Ready to get out? Businesses and services will reopen over the coming weeks and months. But our fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues.
Feeling restless? Ideas to help pass the time
The longer you stay inside, the harder it may be to find things to do. If you need help filling the gaps in your days, here are some fun things to try at home.
Beyond diet & exercise: Doing more for heart health
You know regular exercise and eating well can help keep your heart healthy. But what else can you do to keep it pumping strong?
7 not-so-secret ways to keep your heart healthy
The heart beats about 2.5 billion times over the average lifetime, pumping blood and a steady flow of oxygen throughout your body.1
Reminder for caregivers: care for yourself, too
Daily life can get busy with work, errands, and family needs. If you’re a caregiver, the demands may seem overwhelming.
Vaping have you worried?
News of the first confirmed death and nearly 200 cases of severe lung disease linked to vaping have stirred discussion about the safety of e-cigarettes and how to help those who want to quit.
More than a sunburn: understanding sun poisoning
A little fun in the sun can be great. Too much can make you sick. You may have memories of a painful sunburn, but how much do you know about sun poisoning?
Setting the record straight on vaccines
By Wayne Rawlins, MD, MBA
Alarmist headlines and outspoken celebrities may have you questioning if you or your children should get vaccinated. You may be wondering, “Are vaccines safe? Do my kids really need them?”
5 ways to improve your commute
Connecticut commuters spend a lot of time commuting — 26 minutes on average, according to the U.S. Census Bureau – and mostly in cars.1
Foot Care 101: Building a healthy foundation
You may have heard the expression, “Healthy from head to toe.” But how much effort do you put into caring for your feet?
Self-care is not selfish – it’s necessary
When you empty a glass of water, there’s nothing left to drink. The same is true of your time and energy. Self-care helps you “refill your cup” so you don’t run dry.
How to conquer work-related stress
Does your job stress you out? If so, you’re not alone. The American Institute of Stress says 80% of workers feel stress on the job, and nearly half feel like they need help learning to manage that stress.1
Women and depression – how are they coping?
The world was shocked when fashion designer and businesswoman Kate Spade took her life in June 2018. The tragedy prompted a closer look at women and depression.
Preventing childhood obesity begins at home
Healthy eating habits can help children – and their families – fight childhood obesity and have healthier futures. Here’s one pediatrician’s advice on how to nurture those habits.
What you need to know about colon cancer screening
Colorectal cancer, or colon cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death in the United States.
Did you know… a dental checkup may help save your life?
Let’s be honest – no one looks forward to going to the dentist. But dentists do more than keep your smile looking its best. They may also help save your life.
Feeling down from the dark and cold of winter? That may be a sign of seasonal affective disorder, or SAD.
How to manage your asthma: the action plan you may need
Feeling like your breathing is too tight? Are wheezing and coughing keeping you up at night? Those may be signs your asthma is not under control.
Having a pet may be good for your health
They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away. It turns out a wagging tail may have some health benefits, too.
8 tips to prevent back pain
Can’t bend over to tie your shoes? Icing your back so you can sit at your desk? If you have lower back pain, you have company.
Sunshine – good or bad for your health?
The answer to that question is tricky. Too much sun can damage your skin and even cause skin cancer. But your body benefits from the sun, too.
7 tips for safe summer swimming
What’s better than a cool dip on a hot day? Ocean, lakes, ponds, rivers and streams – Connecticut has them all. Sadly, waterfronts can also be dangerous.
Guys – we need to talk…
Men are often mum when it comes to their health. A Cleveland Clinic survey found that that 40% of men don’t get yearly checkups from their doctor.
What you need to know about Lyme disease
Lyme disease is spread by infected deer (or bear or black-legged) ticks through contact with your skin when they attach themselves to you.
Doing for others does you good
Extra time on your hands? Do some good with it! Share your skills and passions with others through volunteer work. You’ll not only help them, you’ll help yourself, too.
What is preventive care?
Your health insurance plan tells you preventive care is free.* You read and hear about the importance of preventive care. But what does that mean?