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  • Gray Death, a Fatal Synthetic Opioid Combination, Seen as Threat in State

    August 07, 2020

    An emerging fatal opioid combination, known as Gray Death, has become a potential threat in Connecticut and has the Behavioral Health Network (BHN) clinicians on alert. Called Gray Death due to its color and concrete-like material, it is a deadly combination of various synthetic opioids including carfentanil, U-47700, 4-ANPP and…

  • Massive Pecan Tree at IOL, Dating to 1860s, Destroyed by Isaias

    August 07, 2020

    By Robin Stanley and Brenda Kestenbaum Tropical Storm Isaias made history when it barreled through the region Aug. 4. It also erased some history. Several trees on the Institute of Living (IOL) grounds, dating to the 1860s, were destroyed — including a famed pecan tree. “The pecan is one of…

  • Think You Know Your Portable Generator? Take This Test

    August 06, 2020

    A portable generator solves your most immediate Isaias-related problem, an agonizing power outage that could last days in some parts of Connecticut, as long as you know what you’re doing. Test your generator knowledge: Q. Which creates more carbon monoxide, a portable generator or a car’s exhaust? A. A single…

  • Headache or Migraine? These 3 Questions Will Tell You

    August 06, 2020

    “Take two aspirin and call me in the morning” may be the punchline to an old joke, but for many years it was also the remedy most people chose when they had a headache. Of course, science and medicine evolve. Pain management in general and headaches in particular have become…

  • Feeling Powerless After Isaias, COVID-19? It’s a Test of Our Coping Skills

    August 05, 2020

    After the COVID-19 pandemic, a state shutdown, mass unemployment and disruption of school and family life comes Isaias, one of the most devastating tropical storms to hit Connecticut since Sandy in 2012. Enough is enough. “This sort of disaster over the last 24 hours has absolutely pushed some people to…

  • Research: Inhibiting Gene in Test Mice Can Quiet Parkinson’s Tremors

    August 04, 2020

    When University of California-San Diego (UCSD) scientists transformed brain cells into functioning neurons that restored dopamine, eliminating Parkinson’s disease motor symptoms in test mice, humans watched with anticipation. The research, “Reversing a model of Parkinson’s disease with in situ converted nigral neurons,” was published this summer in the journal Nature….

  • How to Make it Through The Toughest Days of COVID-19

    August 04, 2020

    By Amanda Brill Licensed Clinical Social Worker Hartford HealthCare Chase Family Movement Disorders Center It’s entirely reasonable during a pandemic to feel more stressed, anxious, lonely and depressed than usual. Yet, despite the circumstances, some people seemed to be doing OK. Researchers wanted to know what they were or were…

  • How to Stay Connected, Light On, Without a Generator During a Power Outage

    August 04, 2020

    We all know what comes first for the tech-obsessed in a power outage. Internet access! Duh! Then lights, of course, to see where you dropped your phone. Unless you own a generator, refrigerators and basement freezers are on their own. Food can wait. First, we have to check our Facebook…

  • Keep Your Eye on Nutrition, Exercise (Not the Scale) When Losing Weight

    August 03, 2020

    With the growing popularity of weight-loss apps, like Noom and Weight Watchers, it’s never been easier to get your own, personalized plan to help shed some unwanted pounds. Although  these apps certainly can be effective, the fitness experts from Hartford HealthCare remind you that there are many factors  when setting…

  • The Mask Fight Continues During COVID-19. But The Vinyl Glove Surrenders.

    August 03, 2020

    It’s time to bury vinyl gloves as a COVID-era safety accessory. People still argue about wearing a mask until they’re blue in the face, but vinyl gloves are out. What a difference from March, when parking lots at local supermarkets and big-box retailers were littered with vinyl gloves discarded by…


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