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40 is the New 50: What New Colon Cancer Screening Guidelines Mean for You

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40 is the New 50: What New Colon Cancer Screening Guidelines Mean to You Colon cancer screening is an essential part of living a healthy lifestyle and can be lifesaving. Colorectal cancer, worldwide, is the second leading cause of cancer death, according to Cancer.Net. There is no one-size-fits-all rule when it comes to health screenings;… Read More

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Dr. Alaparthi Named First Woman President & Board Chair of the Digestive Health Physicians Association

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Dr. Latha Alaparthi of PACT Gastroenterology Center Named First Woman President & Board Chair of the Digestive Health Physicians Association Hamden, CT (March 24, 2022) Dr. Latha Alaparthi, MD, FACG, AGAF, Director of Committee Operations at PACT Gastroenterology Center, has been named the President and chair of the board of directors of the Digestive Health… Read More

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Getting Ready for Seasonal Allergies in Connecticut

Seasonal Allergies in Connecticut

Sneezing, a runny nose and watery eyes…yes, springtime in Connecticut is almost here. While allergies begin during the spring months, typically starting in March, they can last through the fall as late as October. While seasonal allergies can feel like a nuisance, it is important to seek treatment for them to determine what is causing… Read More

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What are the Stages of Kidney Disease?

Stages of Kidney Disease

Kidney disease is a chronic illness that occurs when your kidneys do not function as well as they should. It is associated with aging, but some conditions also affect kidney function. The CDC estimates that up to 15% of the U.S. adult population has chronic kidney disease. Unfortunately, most people don’t realize they have it… Read More

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Screening vs Diagnostic Mammogram: What’s the Difference?

Screening vs Diagnostic Mammogram: What's the Difference?

Mammograms save lives. One comprehensive study out of Sweden analyzed over 50,000 breast cancer patients. They found that those who took part in a breast cancer screening program showed a 60% lower risk of succumbing from the disease in the first ten years following a diagnosis, and a 47% lower risk 20 years after a… Read More

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Why Do I Need a Primary Care Doctor If I’m Healthy?

Why Do I Need a Primary Care Doctor If I'm Healthy?

You’re in great health and feel good. You eat right. You go to bed at a reasonable hour. So, why do you need a primary care physician (PCP)? Well, you most likely drive your car daily, and you’re a safe driver. Your insurance company says so, too. But you wouldn’t keep driving, day in and… Read More

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Can Osteoporosis Be Reversed? Learn the Health and Lifestyle Tips to Curb Osteoporosis Symptoms

Can Osteoporosis Be Reversed?

Osteoporosis is a disease in which your bones become weak and brittle; this happens when your body develops too little bone or bone deteriorates, making your bones likely to fracture. Think of your bones like a honeycomb that contains small openings. When you have osteoporosis, the small openings become bigger, resulting in weaker and more… Read More

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Is there a Connection Between Stress and Shingles?

Is there a Connection Between Stress and Shingles?

Developing the shingles virus is common, with almost one out of three people in the U.S. experiencing it within their lifetime. And unfortunately, this number is on the rise, with more people of all age groups developing shingles (or herpes zoster) than ever before. Emerging studies cite a few different reasons for this trend, including… Read More

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3 Key Differences Between Bronchitis and Pneumonia

Differences Between Bronchitis and Pneumonia

While bronchitis and pneumonia share similar signs and symptoms, there are also a few key differences that may make it easier to determine if you have one versus the other. The same infections that cause bronchitis may also cause pneumonia, making it difficult to decipher which illness is present. Determining the difference between bronchitis and… Read More

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What is Herd Immunity and How Does it Work?

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“Herd immunity”, or community immunity, has become a recent household term renowned by COVID-19, and is often used by healthcare workers to describe how to decrease the number of COVID-19 infections. But what is herd immunity and how can it affect you and your family?

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