Recent data reveals that more people in the U.S. are reporting significant and sustained increases in symptoms of depression and anxiety due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. While we continue to adjust to our “new normal” and try our best to stay healthy physically, it is equally important to remember to take care of your mental health, as it is closely tied to your body’s overall wellness.
Maintaining good mental and physical health should always be a priority. However, during National Women’s Health Week, May 10-16, 2020, it is important to raise awareness of the positive steps you can take to improve your health and wellbeing. With new challenges being presented due to the outbreak of COVID-19, it is especially important to be mindful of your health and take care of yourself.
While your healthcare routine may have changed due to COVID-19, there are still plenty of ways to remain healthy and active while at home.
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.
Since electronic cigarettes, also called e-cigarettes or vaping, were first introduced in the United States several years ago, doctors have suspected that using these devices could lead to chronic health problems. In recent months, those suspicions have been tragically confirmed beyond anyone’s worst predictions with the deaths of over 30 people directly related to vaping. Stopping vaping, especially among teens, has taken on a new urgency, and it is crucial that you talk to your teen about the dangers of vaping.
While October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, this serious disease requires attention all year round as breast cancer is a very common type of cancer among adult women. The statistics reflect just how ubiquitous this disease is in the United States. Over one-quarter of a million American women receive a breast cancer diagnosis each year. Additionally, more than 40,000 women succumb to breast cancer in the US annually. And while you cannot completely eliminate your risk of breast cancer, there are effective steps you can take with the support of your primary care physician (PCP) to increase the likelihood of early detection.
If you tuned into the news as of late, you may already know that health officials have confirmed the presence of the mosquito-borne disease, eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) in Connecticut. In fact, EEE has not only been detected in mosquitos in our state, but we just recently had our first verified human case in Connecticut this year.
Childhood vaccinations receive a lot of attention due to their importance in preventing potentially serious illnesses, but immunizations for adults are equally crucial. Depending on your age, lifestyle factors, and history of childhood immunizations, you may need to receive certain vaccinations during your adult years. By following the vaccination recommendation for adults set out by health organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), you can help to keep yourself healthy and prevent several life-threatening diseases.
Long summer days in the sun can be fun and healthy for us, but as you know, you need to be aware of the potentially damaging effects of sunlight. To help you take care of yourself outdoors this summer, here’s some useful information about protecting yourself from the sun this summer and what to look out for when it comes to taking care of your skin.