Alcohol sales continue to surge as the U.S. is forced to shelter at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, alcoholic beverage sales have increased by 55% in 2020 compared to last year. While opting for a few drinks during the week is not a cause for concern, it’s important to be mindful of the long-term health effects of chronic alcohol use.
A cough is your body’s way of releasing air to clean some type of irritation in the throat or airways, such as dust. An occasional cough is considered normal and is rarely a cause for concern. However, if a cough persists for weeks and produces discolored or bloody mucus, it can be a symptom of an underlying illness or condition.
As we head into spring, it’s important that you and your family are aware of Lyme disease and the symptoms to watch out for, as Lyme disease is most common in spring and early summer. If you’re a Connecticut resident, you should be especially cautious about developing Lyme disease as it is prevalent. In fact, Connecticut is one of the 14 states that accounts for 95% of all Lyme disease cases in the U.S. Each year, approximately 30,000 Connecticut residents are diagnosed with Lyme disease.
Kidney stones are hard mineral and salt collections that form inside your kidneys and are quite common. Each year, more than half a million men and women in the United States seek medical treatment for kidney stones and this number is growing. The National Kidney Foundation states the occurrence of kidney stones has increased from 3.8% in the late 1970s to 8.8% in the late 2000s in both men and women.
If you’re a man who avoids or dreads going to the doctor, you’re not alone. In fact, a recent study found that men, in particular, may have a more negative attitude toward going to the doctor regularly than women do. The study revealed that nearly two-thirds of male respondents said that they avoid going to the doctor for as long as possible. In addition, 72% of male respondents said that they would rather do household chores than go to the doctor. Whether it is out of fear, inconvenience or perceived costs of visiting the doctor, the consequences of skipping out on recommended healthcare screenings and check-ups is dire.
Heart disease is one of the most common diseases in men and women and causes 1 in every 4 deaths in the U.S. The term heart disease refers to any disorder or deformity of the heart, including congenital heart disease, arrhythmia, coronary artery disease and heart failure. While heart disease has often been perceived as an older person’s health condition, it has been occurring more frequently in younger populations, ages 35-64, making it all the more critical to be proactive about heart health.
Data from the past 30 years shows that US influenza cases typically peak in February, so the worst may be yet to come. While it’s not too late to get the flu immunization from your local primary care physician (PCP), you need to know which steps to take if you do end up with the flu this season. We’re here to help with advice on recognizing a case of the flu, how to treat the flu at home and when it’s time to visit your PCP for medical treatment.
A new decade is here, and a traditional part of celebrating the New Year is setting resolutions focused on becoming a healthier version of yourself and often, weight loss is the target of many resolution setters. With the health risks associated with carrying extra weight and obesity a major health concern in our nation, shedding extra weight can be a positive goal if it’s something you and your doctor have previously discussed. To achieve success with your efforts, the first step is to make sure that you are setting realistic weight loss goals, otherwise you are potentially setting up yourself for disappointment and potentially added health risks. Here is some useful information on setting and reaching realistic weight loss goals in 2020.
Our intense winters bring frigid temperatures and often times undesirable dry skin. Next to other common winter ailments, like the cold and flu, dry skin may seem like a minor annoyance or simply an aesthetic problem. However, there are potentially significant consequences from chronic or severe dry skin.
There is no question that New England winters, and Connecticut’s holiday season in particular, can be brutally cold. The average low temperature during our winters is well below the freezing point, hovering around 2 degrees Fahrenheit. While all this cold can make for some picturesque snowscapes, it also brings many hassles, including achy and painful joints.