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Ain’t no cure for the common cold

At first I thought (hoped) I was experiencing an allergic reaction to moldy leaves and other wet, mucky autumn stuff.
But by this morning I knew it was a cold. As a test, rather than go straight to Alka Seltzer Plus, my preferred cold-fighting potion, I decided to try some Boiron homeopathic ColdCalm (because why not?).
It might have helped but probably it didn’t. Here’s why I think so: I spent the afternoon studying the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) many web pages about the common cold.

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Drugs and cleansers sneak into your drinking water

SALISBURY — Medications and personal care products find their way into the nation’s rivers, according to Emma Rosi, a senior scientist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook.
Rosi gave a presentation, “Our Rivers on Drugs,” at Noble Horizons on Saturday, Oct. 13.
The research Rosi and her team are doing is largely uncharted territory, she said.
The drugs include many common prescriptions: antidepressants, antibiotics, antihistamines, anticonvulsants, painkillers.

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Hints and tips: Medicare enrollment begins on Oct. 15

SALISBURY — A lecture designed to help area seniors with their decisions about the annual Medicare enrollment period drew an audience of 200 to Noble Horizons on Wednesday, Sept. 26.
Sponsored by Noble Horizons and Salisbury Bank, the hour-long illustrated lecture presented an update on Medicare changes for 2019, including decision points for seniors to consider, along with advice on avoiding health insurance scams. The session was timed to be in advance of the 2018 Open Enrollment period which runs from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7.

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The limits of the large zucchini

Vitamin C is found in unexpected places, such as in zucchini. Who knew, but one medium zucchini has 58 percent of your daily recommended dose of the essential cancer-fighting antioxidant that we normally associate with citrus fruits (and with fighting the common cold). 

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Praise the lard and pass the biscuits

It’s not too early to start thinking about the Thanksgiving turkey, and here is what I’d like to suggest: lard.
Yes, lard. I know, it sounds gross and it looks gross, too, but I’ve learned a lot about lard this week and I’m here to tell you two things. First, it’s surprisingly healthier than many other cooking fats.

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75-year-old Nursing Association and Community Fund join forces in Kent

KENT — The 75-year-old nonprofit Kent Nursing Association recently merged with the Kent Community Fund. 
A community-wide reception to celebrate the merger is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 28, at 4 p.m. in the St. Andrew’s Church parish hall at the corner of routes 7 and 341. All are welcome to attend.
The Kent Nursing Association (KNA) was incorporated in 1943, during World War II, by six women leaders in Kent: Dr. Josephine Evarts, Miriam Butterworth, Dorothy Gawel, Nina Page, Doris Woodin and Elizabeth Woodward. 

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Remembering the good times at annual Sharon Hospital alumni picnic

The Sharon Hospital alumni picnic was held at the Grove in Lakeville on Friday, Sept. 21. 
The BYOBrown Bag meal was held indoors this year, due to the cool weather. Despite the chill, the group optimistically decided that the picnic will now always be held on the third Friday of September. In 2019, it will be on Sept. 20; anyone who is not on the mailing list and would like to be can contact co-organizer Jack Hawley at hawleykh54@gmail.com.
Attending were hospital staff including doctors, nurses, administrators and other workers.

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A new doctor is drawn to Winsted

WINSTED —  Dr. Kipp van Meter is a new primary care physician in Winsted, with an office at the Ledgebrook Shopping Plaza. He is affiliated with Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH). 
Van Meter has taken over the private practice that Dr. David Lawrence had there for 20 years until his retirement in March. CHH purchased the practice, renamed it CHH Primary Care Winsted and hired van Meter.

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This season, blame it on the mold

Everywhere you look, the fields and roadsides are full of the golden invasive weed known as goldenrod. While it might make your skin crawl to see all those plumes, they are not in fact the reason why your nose and throat are itchy.
I know, I know, you’re tired of hearing this but it isn’t goldenrod that triggers your late summer allergies; every allergy website in the world says that it’s ragweed not goldenrod that’s making you miserable. 

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The health of the coral reefs matters to us, too

The past few years have been tough times for coral reefs around the planet. If you’re not a diver, perhaps you don’t care — but you should. The reefs are a kind of canary in the coal mine for global health and if they’re in a state of failure, that doesn’t bode well for us land dwellers.

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