Ninety-Two Years and Running for Manchester Road Race

In 1927 a few members of the Manchester High School Cross Country team lined up on Thanksgiving morning and ran a five-mile loop before the football games started that afternoon. It wasn’t about costumes or burning calories. There were less than a dozen runners, and none of them were women. The boys didn’t know they were making history, but that year was the start of what would become one of the most famous road races in the United States. Today more than 10,000 runners line up to travel the 4.748 miles, including walkers, Olympians, and several runners in their 90s.

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Opinion: We Owe It To Public Health to Take Action on Vaping

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Late last month, I joined State Representative Jesse MacLachlan and prominent community leaders in Clinton for a panel discussion on vaping. I only wish we scheduled it sooner. In recent months, vaping and associated injuries and deaths have become a pressing issue. We must take it seriously and protect public health. As of November 1, more than three dozen vaping-related cases of lung disease and injury were reported to the state Department of Public Health, part of a national trend of more than 1,800 injuries and 37 deaths. Vaping experts are currently studying and searching for answers as to what’s

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EEE Cases in East Haddam and Colchester Announced

An East Haddam resident who died more than a week ago was confirmed today by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to have been infected with Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). The State Department of Health also announced a fourth case of the disease in Connecticut, a Colchester resident. “We have had four human cases of EEE, three of which were fatal. All four were most likely exposed to infected mosquitoes sometime between August 11, 2019 and September 8, 2019, which was the peak period of mosquito activity in Connecticut” said State Epidemiologist Matthew Cartter for the department of health in

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Connecticut Adds New Test Site for EEE in Lyme, Old Lyme and East Lyme

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For the first time ever, the state of Connecticut began testing freshwater habitat in Old Lyme for mosquitoes likely to carry Eastern Equine Encephalitis. For the last 20 years the state has had a testing site for mosquitoes in Old Lyme, but in saltwater habitat on Great Island more suitable for mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus. The new site for testing was established this week in the interior region of Old Lyme, Lyme and East Lyme, near to where positive results were found for the Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus on Wednesday.  This new testing supplements regular testing by the Connecticut

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Freshwater Mosquitoes, Positive Tests, and the Latest News on Eastern Equine Encephalitis in Old Lyme

OLD LYME — Rather than spraying pesticides, the town is asking residents to take extra precautions against mosquitoes that carry the Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus, following the deaths of two residents from Old Lyme and East Lyme during the last month.  First Selectman Bonnie Reemsnyder said by phone Wednesday that the town will not spray pesticides to kill mosquitoes because the Department of Public Health has advised the town that spraying is not an effective solution. “The mosquito population is going to be in the dense woods, in the shade. Yes, they will come out at night, but you really

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Old Lyme Resident Dies of Eastern Equine Encephalitis — Second in Southeastern Connecticut

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OLD LYME — A second Connecticut resident, this time from Old Lyme, died from Eastern Equine Encephalitis, according to the Governor’s office today. “This is a serious public health concern, we wanted to let you know that these are the first deaths from EEE that have been reported,” said Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz at a press conference on Tuesday. The individual’s family reached out to the Connecticut Department of Health this morning asking for the department to continue to share the message of precaution when it comes to outdoor activities at dawn and dusk, said Renee Coleman-Mitchell, the commissioner of

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The Loneliness and Isolation of New Motherhood

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Surrounded by new life – screaming, crying, unappeasable new life at that – can be far from the idyllic picture of new motherhood often portrayed, said Taryn Zarnetske, a clinical social worker at Yale New Haven Hospital. It can actually be an incredibly lonely and isolating time in a mother’s life. “It’s one of those things that can be a little bit taboo to talk about honestly,” Zarnetske said. “But, if you ask a mom if she felt lonely she says yes. She almost always said she felt really isolated being on maternity leave.” For many women the postpartum period

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Essex and Westbrook Stand Pat as Southeast Connecticut Chooses Regionalized Health

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The Connecticut Department of Public Health has actively encouraged towns across the state to join regionalized health districts in an effort to simplify the enforcement state laws and regulations, to professionalize staff, improve the availability of services, and further a unified approach public health problems. The towns of Essex and Westbrook have bucked that trend, opting instead to maintain local independent services. “The health department is responsible for health outcomes, and the health outcomes in our state are in the top five in the country, but we do have pockets of very poor health outcomes in our cities,” Needleman said.

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Letter: Vaping, a Former Smoker’s Perspective

There is an enormous amount of press coverage available on underage vaping -- a serious issue that needs acknowledging and addressing. What I never see written, and what might help to give a fuller perspective on vaping overall, is a discussion of the positive aspects of vaping. Many, many thousands of ex-smokers owe their better health to vaping. I just hate to see it suggested that vaping is evil, only. That's like saying that methadone is evil.

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