<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - Health News]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/health http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut http://www.nbcconnecticut.comen-usThu, 24 Aug 2017 06:54:18 -0400Thu, 24 Aug 2017 06:54:18 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Backyard Chickens, Ducks Linked to Salmonella Cases: CDC]]> Wed, 23 Aug 2017 00:36:14 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/CHICKENS6.jpg
Recent salmonella outbreaks may be linked to backyard poultry, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.In an outbreak advisory released Monday, the CDC said there have been 961 cases in...

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<![CDATA[Signs of Potential Eye Damage After Watching Eclipse: Expert]]> Wed, 23 Aug 2017 00:20:01 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-835902046.jpg
Experts have long warned that watching a solar eclipse without proper eyewear can lead to potential damage in your eyes. But what might that damage look like? Dr. Linda Chous, chief eye care officer...

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<![CDATA[Teen Overdose Death Rate Doubles]]> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:21:35 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/NC_teenoverdoses0816_1500x845.jpg
A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show a steep increase in fatal drug overdoses involving teenagers ages 15 - 19 since 2015 after years of decline. Deaths from fatal drug overdoses]]>
<![CDATA[If Trump Cuts Obamacare Subsidies, Premiums Will Spike: CBO]]> Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:45:28 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_17206719818863.jpg
The Congressional Budget Office says Obamacare premiums will increase by 20 percent next year and by 25 percent in 2020 — if President Donald Trump ends key federal subsidies to the program.The CBO report...

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<![CDATA[Apple, Aetna Meeting to Bring Apple Watch to Aetna: Sources]]> Mon, 14 Aug 2017 14:25:56 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/applewatchcolorful-1200x675.jpg
Apple and Aetna held secret meetings last week to bring Apple's health- and fitness-tracking device, Apple Watch, to Aetna customers, according to three sources who spoke with CNBC.

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<![CDATA[Looking into the Future: Online Eye Exams]]> Fri, 11 Aug 2017 11:12:35 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/MD02F_1200x675_1022508099586.jpg
An online eye exam that you can take on a computer, in the comfort of your home. Seems like the perfect solution for busy people who may not have time to see the eye doctor. Yet, the increasingly popular...]]>
<![CDATA[5 Die After Being Fitted With Obesity Devices, FDA Says]]> Fri, 11 Aug 2017 11:16:20 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/cms794.jpg
At least five people have died after receiving gastric balloons to help them lose weight, the Food and Drug Administration said Thursday. It’s unclear whether the balloons or the surgery to implant them could...

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<![CDATA[1 in 3 Cancer Patients Face Unexpected Costs: Study]]> Thu, 10 Aug 2017 14:34:05 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/Screen+Shot+2017-08-10+at+11.30.52+AM.png
A Duke University study found more than a third of cancer patients with health insurance faced out-of-pocket costs that were more than they expected. Researchers say patients with unexpected costs are less...]]>
<![CDATA[The Freshman 15 Is a Myth]]> Thu, 10 Aug 2017 10:19:39 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/freshman15.jpg
Incoming college students have long feared the freshman 15, the alleged 15 pound weight gain common among first year students. But studies suggest this concept is nothing more than a myth, NBC News...

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<![CDATA[Lawsuit: CVS Charges More for Drugs Paid for With Insurance]]> Thu, 10 Aug 2017 06:16:34 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/cvsgeneric_1200x675.jpg
A California woman sued CVS Health Corporation Monday, accusing the company of charging customers more when they use insurance to pay for certain generic prescriptions, NBC News reported.Megan Schultz...

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<![CDATA[Americans’ Use of Alcohol Is on the Rise: Study]]> Thu, 10 Aug 2017 09:36:21 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/DIT_NAT_ALCOHOL_INCREASE_080917-150230034019500001.jpg
A new study has found an 11 percent increase in alcohol use among Americans between 2002 and 2012. There was an even bigger jump in high-risk drinking and alcohol-use disorders.]]>
<![CDATA[Opioid Overdoses Have Been Higher Than Thought: Study]]> Tue, 08 Aug 2017 06:40:56 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_17171822298733-hypodermic-needles-syringes-everywhere-.jpg
Deaths from heroin and opioid overdoses may have been underreported by more than 20 percent, according to a new study from the University of Virginia.Researchers looking into the nation's deadly drug overdose...

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<![CDATA[Transgender Medical Center Opens For Kids]]> Thu, 03 Aug 2017 08:53:34 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/NC_transgenderclinic0802_1500x845.jpg
Transgender kids in the St. Louis, Missouri, area now have somewhere to go for medical care and counseling. A transgender medical center opened Tuesday, and it's the first of its kind in the region. The medical]]>
<![CDATA[Amrita Protein Bars Recalled for Listeria Risk]]> Thu, 03 Aug 2017 06:43:15 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/necn+recall+generic.jpg
A brand of protein bars has been recalled by its manufacturer because it may be contaminated with listeria.Amrita Health Foods, which is based in Pleasantville, New York, voluntarily recalled a limited number...

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<![CDATA[Glitter iPhone Cases Recalled for Burn Risk]]> Thu, 03 Aug 2017 15:05:49 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/iphone-cases.jpg
Decorative iPhone cases sold at Victoria's Secret, Nordstrom Rack and other stores have been recalled by their manufacturer because a liquid glitter inside the cases can cause skin irritation and chemical...

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<![CDATA[1 in 3 Americans Took Prescription Opioids in 2015: Survey]]> Tue, 01 Aug 2017 13:31:21 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/lucha+opioides.jpeg
About one in three Americans used prescription opioid painkillers like OxyContin or Vicodin in 2015, according to a survey released by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, NBC News reported.The NIDA...

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<![CDATA[Xtreme Eating Awards: 2017's Calorie-Filled Recipients]]> Mon, 31 Jul 2017 17:18:43 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Chillis+Ultimate+Smokehouse+Combo.jpg
Most people won't consider eating five bacon double cheeseburgers from Burger King, but that's the calorie equivalent of one Buffalo Wild Wings Cheese Curd Bacon Burger with fries.That's just one of the...

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<![CDATA[2017 Xtreme Eating Awards Announced by The Center for Science in the Public Interest]]> Mon, 31 Jul 2017 09:14:23 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/NC_extremeeating0728_1500x845.jpg
The Center for Science in the Public Interest has released its 2017 Xtreme Eating awards. Most people wouldn't dream of eating five bacon double cheeseburgers from Burger King all at once, but at Buffalo...]]>
<![CDATA[Woman Makes Remarkable Recovery From Spinal Injury]]> Fri, 28 Jul 2017 18:00:16 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Hartford_Healthcare_Remarkable_Recovery_1200x675_1012403779503.jpg
When the worst happens, Hartford Healthcare experts are there to help, from lifesaving surgery to everything that happens afterwards. ]]>
<![CDATA[CTE Reports, Concussions Deter Parents From Youth Football]]> Mon, 31 Jul 2017 08:24:20 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-499666996.jpg
Lori Anderson grew up with a big, traditional, football-loving family in Austin, Texas, and moved her own family to midwest Michigan. There, she did what was once unthinkable: She did not let her 13-year-old son...

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<![CDATA[Plunging Sperm Counts Called a 'Major Public Health' Crisis]]> Wed, 26 Jul 2017 10:27:03 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-674416385-sperm.jpg
A recent meta-analysis found a 40-year decline in sperm count in a large sample of men across North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, NBC News reported.Researchers from the Hebrew University...

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<![CDATA[Chipotle's Norovirus Outbreak the Result of Lax Sick-Policy]]> Wed, 26 Jul 2017 19:00:49 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/cms872.jpg
Chipotle Mexican Grill's recent norovirus outbreak in Virginia was the result of lax sick policy enforcement by store managers, the company confirmed on Tuesday.The company said in their earnings conference...

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<![CDATA[6 Health Benefits of Owning a Pet]]> Tue, 25 Jul 2017 12:45:39 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-639191848.jpg
Cute puppies and furry cats make great additions to the family, and they can even help boost their owners' health. Studies show that animals can help people make healthy choices and lead positive lifestyles.

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<![CDATA[Medicaid is a Matter of Life or Death for a 2-Year-Old in Pennsylvania]]> Tue, 25 Jul 2017 10:46:38 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Claire+Concilio.jpg
The health care debate played out inside the home of a Pennsylvania family with a child suffering from a a rare neuromuscular disorder as Senate Republicans continued to weigh which version of their bill will be...

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<![CDATA[Twins Born Conjoined at the Heart]]> Tue, 25 Jul 2017 10:55:49 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Joined_at_the_heart-150093339088500001.jpg
Twin baby girls Paisleigh and Paislyn Martinez were born conjoined at the chest, with their hearts fused together. Doctors from University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital used groundbreaking technology...]]>
<![CDATA[Texas Coffee Recalled for Viagra-Like Ingredient]]> Fri, 21 Jul 2017 06:56:15 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/BESTHERBS-COFFEE-RECALL.JPG
Coffee from a North Texas company was recently recalled for containing an ingredient similar to the drug in Viagra, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said.Bestherbs Coffee LLC, in Grand Prairie...

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<![CDATA[What Competing in the Tour de France Can Do to Your Legs ]]> Thu, 20 Jul 2017 17:42:34 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/pawGettyImages-805284696.jpg
Polish cyclist Pawel Poljanski gave his Instagram followers a glimpse into the toll that riding 1,758 miles can take on one’s body.On Tuesday, after riding in the 16th stage of the Tour de France, Poljanski...

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