Connecticut ranks in top five for good health

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5 Things You Should Know About Your Health

The Annual American Health Rankings are out — and Connecticut cracked the top five – coming in fourth place, up from seventh place.

According to the list, Connecticut got high grades for having a low prevalence of smoking, high immunization coverage among children, and a low rate of occupational fatalities.

However, the report said the state still faced challenges with binge drinking, preventable hospitalizations, and the disparity in health status by education level.




Researchers have found a correlation between a mother’s exposure to household chemicals and her children’s I.Q.

Researchers at New York’s Cohen Children’s Medical Center looked at chemicals that are common in air fresheners, dryer sheets and cleaning products, and they found that the women with the most exposure had kids whose I.Q.s were about seven points lower.

Those kids also had poorer memory, processing speed and perceptual reasoning.




So many of us wind up searching the web when we’re sick or hurt that hospitals may someday use that information to everyone’s advantage.

Researchers in Sweden found that the more people search the web for medical advice between 6pm and midnight, the more people visited a particular hospital’s emergency department the next day.

This study may someday help hospitals better predict demand, which hopefully would mean shorter wait times for treatment.



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