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Bee Sting

Why Stinging Bees Are Attracted to You (And Why Beekeepers Wear White)

For most people, a sting from a bee, wasp or hornet is just painful, but for some, it can be life-threatening. According to the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, three in 100 adults in the United States have life-threatening allergies to insect stings. How Do I Know if I’m...

Sunburn

Drink These Juices to Avoid Sun Damage to Your Skin

Sunburn is more than a painful nuisance – it’s a serious health risk, especially for the young. The risk of melanoma increases with every significant burn. While wearing sunscreen year round is important, it’s really not enough. Sunglasses, hats and visors are great summer survival tools for all ages. It...

Summer Cookout

The 10 Riskiest Foods to Eat at a Cookout

According to the Center for Foodborne Illness Research & Prevention, one out of every six of us will get some sort of food poisoning this year – and summer is peak season. We can’t necessarily blame our last meal, because it can take anywhere from hours to days for symptoms...

Heatstroke

What is Heatstroke? And What Can You Do About it?

Heatstroke is the most severe form of dehydration, and occurs when your internal temperature rises to dangerously high levels. Your skin gets hot, but you stop sweating. Someone with heatstroke may pass out, have hallucinations, or suffer seizures. Skin flushed, dry and hot to the touch. Altered mental state. Nausea...

Fourth of July Fireworks

Summer Survival Tools: Get Ready, It’s Fireworks Season

It’s best to leave the fireworks displays to the pros. Sadly, the number of fireworks-related deaths and injuries each year is on the rise, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. “Unfortunately, we do tend to see an uptick in injuries related to fireworks at this time of year,” said...

Video Games

What Kids Can Teach Adults . . . Through Video Games

Is it a good idea for parents to try to get in on the game – or is that sacred ground? Dr. Paul Weigle  likes the idea. “As parents. the best approach that we can take toward helping our kids develop healthy media experience habits is to be more than...

COVID

Pneumonia and COVID-19: How He Made it Through Rehab

Luis, a 46-year-old Fairfield resident, was experiencing some difficulty breathing and went to the hospital. He did not suspect COVID, nor anything that he was about to experience. When Luis arrived at St. Vincent’s Medical Center’s emergency room in Bridgeport, he was given a chest X-ray and, within minutes, informed...

St. Vincent's PACU

Electrostatic Spray Cleaning for PACU at St. Vincent’s

St. Vincent’s is leading the way with advanced cleaning to the postanesthesia care unit, or PACU. This is a crucial first step in converting it back to a non-Covid area. Electrostatic spray surface cleaning is the process of spraying an electrostatically-charged mist onto surfaces and objects. Electrostatic spray uses a specialized solution...

Screen Time

Here’s a Young Brain. Here’s What Happens With Too Much Screen Time.

Digital overload was almost unavoidable with all the downtime during COVID-19 self-isolation. It’s not a good thing for younger people. “Studies indicate that youth who spend the most time with screen media are most prone to depression, behavior problems, low self-esteem and poor physical fitness,” says Dr. Paul Weigle, associate medical...

Pharmacy

Clinical Pharmacist: A Drug Expert for Both Patient and Provider

For centuries, we’ve relied on our pharmacists to not only fill our prescriptions, but, especially in modern times, cross-check drug interactions and recommend alternatives, all while keeping a watchful eye on demand and supply and industry standards. Now, consider the clinical pharmacist in a hospital setting, during the COVID-19 pandemic,...