• Periodontal Disease Linked To Heart Disease

    Dr Bianca Flora, periodontist with Dental Associates, is joining with the dental community in encouraging people to be aware of the connection between heart health and periodontal disease. Since 2009, said Dr Flora, cardiologists and dental professionals have recognized the correlation between the two, and worked to educate the population. This year’s promotion from periodontists, “Love The Gums You’re With,” piggybacks on the “February is Heart Health Month” campaign, an effort by the American Heart Association, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Million Hearts. Periodontal disease is a disease of the gums created by the build up of bacteria in the mouth. That sets up an inflammatory response throughout the body, explained Dr Flora. According to information from www.perio.org, one out or two Americans has periodontal disease, two and a half times more than are diagnosed with diabetes.

  • Measles Spread Highlights Vaccine Exemptions; Veteran Physician Offers Historical Perspective

    As of Monday, February 9, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the number of measles cases in the nation is up to 121 so far this year. All but 18 of those recent cases are tied to an outbreak that started at the Disneyland amusement park in California. But here on the opposite coast, a veteran Newtown pediatrician and medical advisor and associate director of health for the Newtown Health District notes the relatively small number of measles cases has lifted the lid on a growing controversy about vaccine exemptions, especially those granted to students in local schools where the likelihood of rapid viral spread is heightened if even one child comes into the environment infected with an easily communicable illness.

  • Sunday, February 15 At Midnight Is The Deadline To Enroll With AccessHealthCT

    HARTFORD - Access Health CT (AHCT) Chief Marketing Officer Jason Madrak released the following statement reminding Connecticut residents about the deadline to enroll in health care coverage through the state’s Exchange: “There are two days left to enroll in quality, affordable health care coverage through Access Health CT. We’re encouraging all consumers to review their coverage options and contact us now if they have questions or need assistance enrolling." Residents can enroll online at www.accesshealthct.com, you can call 1‐855‐805-HEALTH (4325), visit one of our in-person enrollment centers in New Haven and New Britain, or download a mobile app.

  • RCN Offering New Session Of ‘Creative Insight’

    Upcoming programs at The Resiliency Center of Newtown (RCN) include a new session of “Creative Insight : Taking the Next Step,” an effective and inspirational life skills program which successfully helped families directly impacted by the events of 9/11 move forward with their lives. Through the sponsorship of Tuesday's Children, more than 400 family members have had the opportunity to experience the program. Offered by RCN in September, October and November 2014, a new session will begin Wednesday, March 4.

  • Lunch And Learn About Bone Health At Masonicare

    Masonicare at Newtown will host a Lunch and Learn session on Friday, February 27, on the topic of keeping bones healthy. Dr Hana Hulinska, a board certified physician in rheumatology and internal medicine, will discuss preventing osteoporosis, lifestyle changes, and available treatments. The session begins at 11:30 am. This program is free and a complimentary lunch will be provided.

  • Regional Hospice Opens New Center For Comfort Care & Healing

    One by one, officials came to the podium delivering welcoming remarks, compliments, and proclamations celebrating the ribbon-cutting and official opening of Regional Hospice and Home Care’s new Center for Comfort Care & Healing in Danbury January 26. And after enduring countless challenges involving virtually every aspect of the center’s development, it was not until President and CEO Cynthia Roy began talking about her dedicated staff that tears began to flow. Quickly composing herself, Ms Roy related how “100 percent” of her staff helped get the facility completed by donating their own money — sometimes pledging their daily coffee money to ensure the project came to fruition as imagined.

  • Health Officials Focusing On ‘Critical Numbers’ During Heart Month

    Quick, can you remember your bank PIN? How about the last four digits of your phone number…or the month and year your go-to credit card expires? With more and more numbers swirling around in our heads, and as February — American Heart Month — approaches, the Newtown Health District wants residents to be sure and remember a few numbers that are more important than all the rest. Matter of life and death important, according to Newtown Health District Director Donna Culbert. Every February, she turns her attention toward heart health, one of the district’s three top community wellness issues, along with tickborne disease and substance abuse prevention. To reinforce the importance of heart health, each week during February, The Newtown Bee in collaboration with the Newtown Health District and its partners, will promote a series of “Love Your Heart” events and activities to help all residents take better care of their cardiovascular health.

  • Resiliency Center Events Announced

    The Resiliency Center of Newtown (RCN) announces a few upcoming events, all open to the public and all free of charge: healing guided meditation, a discussion on transcranial magnetic stimulation, and a painting and pizza party.

  • Local Mental Health First Aid Classes Offered To Businesses, Groups

    What do volunteers from Newtown Youth & Family Service, an administrator at the Resiliency Center of Newtown, a local state representative, an All-Star bus driver, and two Newtown Bee staff members have in common? They were all among the first graduating class certified in mental health first aid (MHFA). Nearly two dozen residents and local workers recently completed the first of several planned MHFA classes being underwritten by the Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation, and supported by the Connecticut Community Foundation and the Connecticut Department of Health.

  • Affordable Health Screenings Coming To Sandy Hook

    Residents living in and around Sandy Hook can learn about their risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, and other chronic, serious conditions with affordable screenings by Life Line Screening. Newtown United Methodist Church will host the community event. Packages start at $149, and appointments are required.