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  • How to Handle the Emotions of a Prostate Cancer Diagnosis

    January 10, 2019

    This is the second installment of a two-part series on the effects of prostate cancer on relationships. Now that you’ve just been told you have prostate cancer, your urologist can explain every possible way the disease affects the body and what you can do about it. But psychologically, you’re on…

  • Mental Health First Aid: Helping Those Experiencing a Mental Health Crisis

    January 10, 2019

    You’ve probably heard about CPR, right? It’s a certification that anyone can earn to help someone in medical distress. But did you know there is a similar program to help people learn how to provide first aid in the event of a mental health crisis? It’s called Mental Health First…

  • 2019 Healthy Family FunFest Marks Event’s 10th Anniversary

    January 09, 2019

    Each February, thousands of people pass through the doors of the Aqua Turf in Plantsville/Southington for the Healthy Family FunFest. More than a health fair, it is an event built on strong local partnerships and a singular goal: provide the community with information, screenings and other resources to improve their…

  • Memory and Marijuana: Study at Olin Research Center Focuses on Young Users

    November 29, 2018

    From the control room of the functional MRI at the Institute of Living’s Olin Neuropsychiatry Research Center, Dr. Alecia Dager watches the monitor for signs of activity in the portion of the brain that controls memory, curious as to how the drug impacts this process. (In the image above, the orange…

  • At Natchaug, Clients Know They Can Relate to First Recovery Support Specialist

    November 15, 2018

    Tonya Cutler stands in front of the room, tapping a marker on the list of “triggers” written on a large sheet of paper taped to the wall. While one of the eight adolescents in the room paces relentlessly around the perimeter, his ears picking up everything she says, two girls…

  • E-Cigarettes & Vaping: What Parents Need to Know

    November 14, 2018

    More teens are vaping now than ever – and parents are concerned. Psychiatrist Dr. J. Craig Allen, medical director at Rushford, has important information for parents, teachers and anyone else with teens in their lives. Q: What do I need to be on the lookout for? A: Familiarize yourself with…

  • Weight Loss Surgery: Can Success Be Predicted?

    November 12, 2018

    Weight loss surgery has become an effective tool in treating obesity, especially in people who have not benefitted from diet and exercise. Along with reduced weight – about 30 percent on average – there is improved health for many who undergo this surgery: lowered blood pressure, reduced sleep apnea and…

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: Recurring Thoughts and Actions that Affect Your Life

    November 01, 2018

    It’s one of those abbreviations that gets tossed around freely in conversation, but OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) is a chronic, long-lasting disorder that plagues many people with uncontrollable, reoccurring thoughts and requires they repeat behaviors over and over just to get through the day. “People oversimplify OCD, using it as…

  • Blackouts: Common and Dangerous Result of Excessive Alcohol Consumption

    October 30, 2018

    They’ve been the subject of comedy skits, courtroom dramas and even Supreme Court justice nomination hearings but the reality is that blackouts are a common and dangerous result of excessive alcohol consumption. “A blackout comes after heavy or binge drinking when the person loses control over impulses and, later, has…

  • Jamie Lee Curtis: ‘Getting Sober Remains my Single Greatest Accomplishment.’

    October 26, 2018

    PHOTO CREDIT: Gage Skidmore via Flickr It was a prescription for painkillers after eye surgery that served as the entry into a battle against opioid abuse for “Halloween” actress and children’s book author Jamie Lee Curtis. “Getting sober remains my single greatest accomplishment,” she told People. “Bigger than my husband,…


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