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FDA Moves to Reduce Amount of Nicotine in Cigarettes

The head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is advancing a plan to reduce the amount of nicotine in cigarettes to “minimally or non-addictive levels.” In a statement released March 15, FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said he is asking for a regulatory review to explore a product standard [...]

How School Walkout Could Help Ease Children’s Fears of Gun Violence

If your kids participated in the nationwide school walkout March 14 to protest gun violence they weren’t just taking a stand.  They might also be helping their mental health and easing anxiety they feel about a mass shooting happening at their school. A month after 17 students were gunned down [...]

Rep. DeLauro: ‘I’ll Fight Like Hell’ for Opioid-Treatment Funding

Better care coordination, job training for social workers and expanding the recovery coach program were some of the suggestions during a roundtable discussion Monday led by U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro at the Rushford Silver Street facility in Middletown. The event was attended by more than 30 addiction experts, law enforcement [...]

Teens need early intervention

Pediatric experts call for annual depression screenings Although early treatment is seen as an important first step to combating depression, only about half of depressed adolescents are diagnosed before becoming adults. Primary care physicians only identify about one out of every three adolescents with depression, and only about half of those [...]

Kevin Love, the NBA and Depression: Panic Attack vs. Panic Disorder

On the January night Kevin Love left the Cleveland Cavaliers blowout loss to Oklahoma City citing a “medical issue,” some in the media called Love “soft” and some players even hinted that the five-time All Star quit on his team.  What they didn’t know was that Love was in the [...]

Medical Marijuana Not Approved to Treat Opioid Withdrawal

On Monday, Feb. 26, the state Board of Physicians tabled a proposal to add opioid use disorder and opioid withdrawals to Connecticut’s list of approved medical marijuana conditions, citing a need to further consult with mental health and addiction experts. The Board considered three other chronic conditions and diseases at [...]

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Further reducing nicotine in cigarettes

A big move by the Food & Drug Administration to lower nicotine levels in cigarettes. Rushford addiction medicine specialist Dr. J. Craig Allen weighs in.

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What are the guidelines parents should set around the playing of video games? Hartford Hospital's Dr. Laura Saunders has the information you need.

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