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When Kids Say No To School: What Parents Can Do

As summer draws to a close, the new school year can stir mixed emotions for parents and children alike. But for some, the transition can be especially difficult. At least 5 percent of children will refuse or avoid school during a given school year, making it a growing issue in...


Should the Opioid Epidemic Be Declared a National Emergency?

A White House commission focused on addressing drug addiction released its preliminary report last month, including its “most urgent recommendation” – that the president declare the opioid epidemic a national emergency. According to the report, “with approximately 142 Americans dying every day, America is enduring a death toll equal to September...


K2 vs. Marijuana: Why The Synthetic Is So Much More Dangerous

Do not confuse marijuana with a synthetic version marketed as K2 or Spice. Marijuana, now legal for medical purposes in 29 states (in Connecticut, a 2.5-ounce limit per month) and the District of Columbia, has earned a reputation as a drug known for a laid-back high and its increasing medicinal...


Know the Difference Between Real and “Fake” Health Care

Most health care practices help people feel better and can save lives. But there’s a side of health care that’s not only not helpful, but potentially harmful. You’ve heard of “fake” news, but what about “fake” health care? Hartford HealthCare is hosting a free community event to help you know...


Football And Brain Damage: The Study That Shook The Sport

Will the ominous study published in July by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) that suggested regular hits to the head can cause a degenerative brain disease, Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), change the way football players and the game’s fans approach the upcoming season? Probably not. John Urschel, a Baltimore...