Where Connecticut Ranks Among Nation's Smoggiest Metro Areas

Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

by Renée Canada While the state of Connecticut enjoys many honorable distinctions, one of its latest associations is nothing to brag about. Bridgeport, CT, along with New York, NY and Newark, NJ, makes up the fifth smoggiest metropolitan area in the country to date in 2011, according to a report released Wednesday by Environmental California. The area had among the highest number of smoggy days … [Read more...]

What You Don't Know About Food Can Sometimes Hurt Ya

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by Renée Canada Yesterday I got that annoying, telltale reaction that tells me something’s off in my body: a rough rash and puffy sensation around my lips. I remember commenting on it but just chalking it up to my body’s reaction to decreasing my dose of prednisone again. Over the last several weeks as I’ve been weaning myself off the medication, I’ve been having infections and odd reactions in … [Read more...]

This Breakfast of Champions Packs a Healthy Punch

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by Renée Canada For the last 10 years, I have woken up to a bowl of oatmeal each morning. Before you start groaning—I know some of you are imagining a food that feels (and tastes) like gluey gruel from the moment it enters it your mouth until the time it settles like a brick in your digestive tract. However, let me reassure you that this is no ordinary bowl of oatmeal. First, I begin by chopping … [Read more...]

The Cushion at the Bottom of the Stairs

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by Renée Canada Yesterday was the toughest day I've had in quite a while. I suppose I couldn't expect that recent reprieve to be anything more than temporary. One could hope with all that they have, and even begin to believe. I know I did. In addition to the itching and burning of the conjunctivitis (pink eye) in both eyes that refuses to go away, the discomfort of the styes and other … [Read more...]

With Advent of Summer, New Sunscreen Rules From FDA

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by Renée Canada It’s once again that time when schools are letting out for the calendar year. People are packing up for vacations, and more of us will be taking advantage of the rising temperatures to spend time outdoors. Tuesday, June 21, not only marked the beginning of summer, but also the longest day of daylight. With extra daylight come more opportunities for people to be exposed to the … [Read more...]

Connecticut Leads Nation in Banning BPA in Receipts

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by Renée Canada On June 9, Connecticut become the first state in the nation to ban the chemical bisphenol A, otherwise known as BPA, in “thermal receipt paper” that customers receive at retailers, banks and gas stations. The chemical is used as a coating on receipt paper so that it prints in color when heated. BPA is not bound to the paper, as it is to, say, baby bottles, making it easily … [Read more...]

Is Our Fascination With Diet Even Affecting Our Unborn Children?

“Canned tuna, especially white, tends to be high in mercury

-by Renée Canada As information continues to flow about how maternal health impacts fetal health, expectant mothers have increasingly more to consider when it comes to diet and their unborn children. Most are aware of the importance of having a calcium-rich diet for developing bones and getting enough folic acid to help prevent neural tube defects like spina bifida. Certain types of fish, like … [Read more...]

I'm Gonna Wash Those Germs Right Off Of My Hands

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by Renée Canada You can hardly go anywhere public these days without seeing hand sanitizers in every corner. They are at the entrance of your local grocery store. They are in museums. Of course, they are on every floor and wing of hospitals. It becomes almost like an addiction: even when you know your hands are clean, if you see that familiar Purell dispenser, you have to get your fix, squirt and … [Read more...]