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May 2016
May 1, 2016

"Healthy" Fast-Food Kids Meals: Parents Beware

For many parents, finding healthy fast-food meal choices for their kids, amid often hectic schedules of soccer practices, teacher conferences, and school plays, is difficult, to say the least. Although there has been some improvement in healthy meal choices for fast-food kids’ meals, said Middlesex Hospital dietitian, Ann Purcell-Murray, it…

May 1, 2016

Is A One-Time Flu Shot A Real Possibility?

Getting a flu shot. It’s now a yearly ritual for almost 60 percent of the U.S. population. Come fall, we are bombarded with reminders to “get your flu shot,” and for good reason. In the United States alone, there are about 500,000 cases of the flu every year, with about 36,000 deaths occurring as a result. A “worldwide” or “pandemic” flu has…

May 1, 2016

Concussions: Caution Is Key

Concussions are a traumatic brain injury caused by a blow or jolt to the head. Although they range from mild to severe, they're all serious injuries that can harm the way the brain works. For many of these injuries, the athletes never lose consciousness, yet still suffer serious damage. Concussions are often hard to recognize. A forceful hit to…

April 2016
April 1, 2016

Molecular Breast Imaging Extends Diagnostic Options

In January of 2015,  Middlesex Hospital  changed the face of breast imaging for its patients, with the introduction of Molecular Breast Imaging (MBI) technology. At that time, Middlesex became the first and only hospital in Connecticut to offer MBI with dual-head technology. There are only 20 dual-head MBI machines available for patients…

February 2016
February 1, 2016

A Women's Guide To Beating Heart Disease

Surveys show that few women think heart disease is their greatest health threat. Unfortunately, it's the nation's number one killer, and women are its prime target. The risk of heart attack and stroke increases with age. That’s especially true after menopause. But you should start protecting yourself from heart disease early. The buildup of…

February 1, 2016

Zika Virus: An Avid Traveler, And Unwelcome Guest

The Zika virus is an emerging viral infection first recognized in the Zika forest in Uganda, Africa. The virus has been highly publicized in the news lately because it has spread to the Americas since mid-2015, and is now present in South and Central America, Puerto Rico, and some Caribbean islands. It is spread by the daytime biting mosquito,…

January 2016
January 1, 2016

Hospital Program Addresses Food Insecurity

Food insecurity is a measure of food deprivation and inadequate access to food, due to lack of money and other resources. According to Feeding America, the food insecurity rate in Middlesex County is 11.1%. Here at Middlesex Hospital, a special program last year helped to address food insecurity in the local area. Two Middlesex Hospital Family…