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The Power of Pets: Making Us Not Just Happier, But Healthier
As if you needed it, here's another reason to love your furry, feathered or four-legged friend: studies have shown, over and over again, that having a pet can improve not only a person's happiness...
What Every Man Needs to Know About Prostate Cancer
Originally published in the Norwich Bulletin Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men in the United States, with about one in seven receiving the diagnosis in his lifetime. The good...
Breastfeeding is Natural But May Not Always Come Naturally
Our bodies were made to feed our babies and while breastfeeding is natural it may not always come naturally. Here are a few tips to get your breastfeeding journey off to a good start and to maintain...
Keeping Kids Healthy and Safe During Summertime
The days are getting longer and temperatures are beginning to rise, which means summer has arrived! And now that the kids are out of school for summer break, its a great time to get them out and...
Improving Quality of Life for Individuals with Alzheimer’s and Dementia
Despite ongoing research across the globe, the number of people living with Alzheimer's disease and dementia continues to grow. According to current statistics from the Alzheimer's Association, an...
Help for Women’s Pelvic Floor Disorders
In women, the pelvic floor consists of muscles, bones, ligaments, connective tissues, and nerves that attach to the pelvic bone and sacrum. Like a “sling” or “hammock” the pelvic floor support the...
Preventing and Responding to Stroke
May is National Stroke Awareness month, the perfect time to reflect on the impact that stroke has on our community and what we can all do as individuals to prevent and respond to it. The Center...
The Tools Parents Need to Prevent, Recognize, and React Responsibly to Child Abuse
It’s a topic that is difficult to think about, but one that is critical to address: how to prevent your child from being abused and what to do if you think abuse may have occurred. April is Child...
What Women Need to Know About Painful Periods
If you’re a woman who experiences significant pain during menstruation, particularly if that pain has worsened over time, it’s important to know that it may be a sign of a condition called...
If You Need an Endoscopy, Pill Cam Technology Not a Tough Pill to Swallow
You likely know that a colonoscopy is performed to evaluate the large intestine for possible cancer. You may even be familiar with upper endoscopy, which involves inserting a similar type of lighted...
New Guidelines for Emergency Response to Cardiac Arrest
There has recently been a significant change in the way Emergency Medical Responders (EMS) in Connecticut treat patients suffering from cardiac arrest. The change comes as the result of new national...
The Dangerous Health Risk Many Seniors Overlook
What is the most common cause of traumatic brain injury, more common than strokes but potentially just as serious, responsible for 90% of broken hips in people age 70 and older and the number one...
Are You Lacking in the “Sunshine” Vitamin?
Do you feel tired, achy and depressed every winter? It could be that you’re not getting enough vitamin D. Researchers estimate that as many as half of all adults are at risk for this deficiency. Many...
Take These 3 Actions to Fight the Flu
The Role of Spirituality in Health and Wellness
Most people know that eating a healthy diet, exercising appropriately and getting enough sleep all contribute to good health. Another factor, spirituality, has also been shown to impact our health. ...
Low-Dose CT Lung Cancer Screening Could Be a Lifesaver for Current and Former Smokers
If you’re at risk for lung cancer, a low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) lung cancer screening could save your life. It’s the only recommended screening for lung cancer and has been proven to...
How Do You Know It’s Time for a Total Joint Replacement?
Our baby boomer generation is producing both an increasingly aging and more physically active segment of our population in greater numbers than ever before. A byproduct of this "epidemic" is the...
Six Tips for a Family Approach to Maintaining a Healthy Weight
Back to school time means the return of a more disciplined family routines. It’s the perfect time to introduce some simple habits that will help kids (and parents) maintain a healthy lifestyle and...
World Breastfeeding Month & WIC Breastfeeding Welcome Here initiative
August is world breastfeeding month and Day Kimball Hospital is proud to hold the Baby Friendly Hospital designation.  DKH is one of only six Connecticut Hospitals recognized as a birthing facility...
How to Respond to an Opiate Overdose
There’s no doubt that opioid addiction is a major epidemic. As the medical director of an Emergency Department, I don’t even need to reference the startling state and national statistics to know that...
Foods to Help You Heal and Feel Your Best While Fighting Cancer
Most of us have or have had a friend or family member with cancer. It can be a difficult diagnosis so it’s no wonder that proper nutrition can take a backseat – in fact, many patients have some form...
From One Man to Another, During Men’s Health Month
While it is relatively easy to find resources and support concerning women’s health issues, conversation and awareness around men’s health isn’t as common. Even though we think of ourselves as...
Help for Hurting Hands (and wrists, arms, elbows and shoulders too!)
If your hands are hurting because of an injury or health condition, there are ways to lessen the pain and disability - and sometimes even to eliminate it altogether. Hand therapy can be very...
Help for Caregivers of Those with Alzheimer’s and Dementia
Caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia can be stressful and difficult. With an estimated 15 million people in the U.S. caring for someone with a dementia-type illness, chances are...
How to Make Healthy Eating Easy with Herbs and Spices
What better time to celebrate the delights of good food than during March, National Nutrition Month? This year the theme is “Savor the Flavor of Eating Right.” Who thinks healthy eating has to be...
Could You Have a Sleep Disorder? Here Are 5 Signs
Quality sleep is essential for good health. Unfortunately many people today are suffering from sleep disorders and disturbances. What’s worse the symptoms are often overlooked, leaving people...
Rehab for Your Heart
Did you know that there is rehab for your heart? If you’ve suffered a heart attack or other cardiac event, there is something you can do to reduce the potentially devastating effects. And if you...
Thyroid Cancer, Nodules and Goiter: Some Symptoms to Watch For
As a general surgeon with Day Kimball Medical Group for over 25 years, one of the more common surgeries I perform is thyroid surgery. The thyroid is a gland located in the neck that produces...
Two Steps to a Healthier New Year
Many people pledge to become healthier in the New Year – but what does that mean? Where should you start? You may have more success if you set a concrete goal rather than a vague pledge to “eat...
When the Holidays Hurt: Coping with Grief in the Season of Celebration
Holidays are usually a time for family gatherings and special occasions. However when someone you love has died, everything becomes different. How do you celebrate when your loved one is no longer...
Super Mutant Lice Are Real, But Parents Needn't Panic
Prefer to listen? This information is also available in a New Day Show podcast > Head lice: a common childhood affliction that, though more a nuisance than a health hazard, still strikes...
Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding: How Our Hospital Supports Breastfeeding Moms and Babies
Breastfeeding is a beautiful and natural thing, but it comes as a surprise to many women that it's not always easy at first. That's why at Day Kimball Hospital, we uphold the World Health...
Avoiding Injury While Being Active
Aches and pains are very common for the average person this time of year, as many embark on spring cleaning, yard work, home improvement projects and outdoor activities after being more or less...
Speech Language Pathology in Stroke Recovery
After a stroke, people can experience a wide range of difficulties in their day to day activities.But many people don’t realize that speech language pathologists are part of the medical team that can...
The ABC's of Detecting Skin Cancer
I am surprised at the number of skin cancers I see every week in Northeast Connecticut. National statistics show Connecticut is among the states with the highest incidence of melanoma, the most...
Why My Family's Biting Lime and Why You Should Too | The Family CHO
This is what it looks like when you ask your whole family to take a bite out of lime. I’ve never been so happy to share such an unflattering photo of myself and unbelievably, my husband and daughters...
Mysterious Rashes May be Allergies That are Skin Deep
In spring, I start seeing a steady trickle of patients coming in with intensely itchy, raised, red and blistery skin rashes. I can usually confidently diagnosis a poison ivy dermatitis and give the...
Do You Know the Signs of Stroke?
Every day thousands of Americans present to emergency departments with signs of stroke.  Conversely, every day thousands of Americans do not present to emergency departments with the signs of...
Suffering with Spring Allergies? Here's What You Need to Know
Most of us can’t wait for the real spring weather to arrive, but if you suffer from spring-time allergies, you might feel differently! Here's what you need to know to enjoy the season...
Infographic | What is Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Physical medicine and rehabilitation can offer amazing benefits for people recovering from surgery or injury, or living with a debilitating illness. But many aren't really aware of what exactly it...
Lab Detectives: The Journey of a Lab Specimen
When your doctor orders a lab test, do you ever wonder where your blood or other specimen goes and what's involved in getting the results? It can be quite a journey, and involves lots of "detective"...
VIDEO | What Matters in the End: It's Time to Have the Conversation
No one can predict the future. But you can plan for it. This video can help get you started.  Does your family know what your wishes are for care if you become seriously ill? Do they know what...
Infographic | How Safe is Your Food?
Today is World Health Day, and the World Health Organization (WHO) is putting this year's focus on food safety. From the food supply chain, to point of sale, to preparation in your kitchen, knowing...
7 Signs You're the Family CHO
I’ve got a confession to make – I’m the Family CHO. And you know what? You might be, too. You’re probably wondering what a Family CHO even is. I’ll get to that, but first I’ll begin by telling you...
5 Fantastic Apps to Help Make Healthy Eating Easier
It really is true that "you are what you eat." Good nutrition provides a strong foundation for overall health. But we know it's not always easy, especially in today's fast-paced world with so many...
5 Terms to Know About Health Insurance
Understanding how your health insurance works has become complicated; in particular, knowing when the insurance company pays and when you do. For many of us there’s the worry with each visit, “Will...
25 Healthy Snacks for Kids
It seems that kids are always hungry - and why not, they're growing! But while they truly do need to snack, it can sometimes be a challenge to make sure those snacks are always giving them the good...
Infographic | High Blood Pressure Basics
Come February 14, everything is hearts and roses as we celebrate Valentine's Day. But the month of February is also the time to observe American Heart Month. Take time to think about what you can do...
In Midst of Healthcare Changes, Seniors' Events Show Simple Things Can Make a Big Impact
As health care grapples with the big issues of the Affordable Care Act and debates the complexities of the changes in the system, sometimes it’s important to be reminded that the simple things still...
The Refrigerator List: 7 Healthy Ways to Handle Behavioral Problems in Young Children
Prefer to listen? This post is also available as a Medical Minute podcast > Parents often ask for tips regarding how to handle behavioral problems in toddlers and school-aged...
Women's Health: What to Expect at Every Age
Prefer to listen? This post is also available as a Medical Minute podcast >   What is the right age to start going to the gynecologist? How often do I need a pap smear? Do I really need a...
Infographic | What You Need to Know About Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Carbon monoxide (CO) gas is known as the "silent killer" because it is colorless, odorless - and poisonous. According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, an average of 150 people die from...
When presented with all of the beloved family recipes and tasty dishes expected at any holiday get-together, it can become difficult to say "no." Good news: you don't have to! Here are a few simple...
2014 "10 Worst Toys" List, Plus Tips to Keep Your Kids Safe this Holiday Season
'Tis the season of giving, and seeing a child's eyes light up with joy at a new gift or toy is a highlight of the holidays for many. But before you wrap up that perfect gift, read up on these tips...
2014 Healthiest States Announced: Where Does CT Rank?
On Wednesday the United Health Foundation released its 25th annual "America's Health Rankings" report. The report ranks states from most healthy to least healthy based on analysis of key factors...
Infographic | How Gratitude is Good for You
Numerous studies have shown that gratitude is good for your health in many ways. Gratitude is also contagious – the act of “paying it forward” is no coincidence. The mere act of thinking grateful...
How to Be a Quitter | Tips to Quit Smoking
No doubt about it - quitting smoking is hard to do. But with the right tools and support in place, you CAN do it!  Here are some tips for getting through the crucial first month, from Judith...
Infographic | Sick vs. Well Model of Health Care - and Why YOU Should Care
One important and positive way that health care is changing is that it's moving from a "sick care" model to a "well care" model. What does this mean? Well, in years past, most health care was...

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