Wednesday, July 17, 2024


Health and Fitness

RTM Committee Okays Health District Budget Restoration

UPDATE The Representative Town Meeting (RTM) Finance Committee voted 6-3 tonight to recommend restoration of $13,793 cut by the Board of Finance from the 2010-11 requested budget of the Westport Weston Health Image
Mark A. R. Cooper: cuts will affect emergency response. File photo

The vote followed a warning from the District’s director that unless there is restoration of funds cut from its budget, there will likely be a series of health-related repercussions affecting Westport beaches, schools, farmers markets, septic systems, and the District’s response to emergencies.

Mark A. R. Cooper outlined the possible effects in a letter to Michael Rea, chairman of the RTM Finance Committee.

Cooper said the cut will actually mean a hit of $19,115 to the District budget because by state statute, the District would have to simultaneously reduce Weston’s budget contribution by $5,323.

Comings and Goings: Indeego Day Spa Debuts on PRE Image
Indeego Day Spa is opening this weekend at 979 Post Road East in Westport.  Trained in China in specialized body massage, co-owners Christine Wu and Nancy Wang said that their skills “combine Asian and western massage and body treatment methods.” They were students at Body Concepts Wellness in East Rutherford, N.J. and later served as masseuses in Stamford. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Cancer Researchers: Increasingly Treatment is Personalized

By Roy Fuchs

Two cancer specialists told the Westport Sunrise Rotary Club today that researchers are gaining ground on identifying molecular abnormalities that are cancer and increasingly treatments are tailored to the individual Image
Drs. Andrea Ruskin and Jeffrey Franklin said the war against cancer is far from won. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

But Andrea Ruskin and Jeffrey Franklin said the war is far from won.

Ruskin, a hematology and oncology specialist at the Whittingham Cancer Center at Norwalk Hospital, said that 15 years ago the medical community knew far less about the mechanisms of cancer. 

Consequently, large numbers of patients with what were then common symptoms were treated similarly, she said. Since then, researchers have identified many molecular abnormalities that enable oncologists to implement individualized tumor therapies, she said.

Green Talk: Realizing the Organic Lawn

By Monique Bosch

Spring is coming. That means lawn care companies across the country are gearing up to spread more than 90 millions pounds of pesticides on our lawns. Image

These companies are also fighting legislation to study the effects of these pesticides on our children.

They’re worried that the results may lead to a ban of the chemicals they can now spray all over our yards at rates two to four times greater than amounts used for agriculture.

Luckily, we now have organic alternatives to the dangerous “chemical lawn” approach, which is proving hazardous to the health of our children, pets and drinking water. 

New York Sports Club Reopens After Fire

It was back to business almost as usual today at Westport’s New York Sports Club after a fire in the sauna on Monday. Image

“As of 5 a. m. today we are open for business as usual, thank God,” said Stehanie DiNoi, master trainer.

She said the only areas closed were the men’s and women’s saunas.

Fire investigators said they traced the fire at the business at 427 Post Road East in the Compo Shopping Center to an electrical problem above a sauna. Damage was limited to the immediate area.

Gallup Poll: Connecticut Residents Have Healthy Behavior

Connecticut residents fall in the middle of the pack when it comes to economic confidence and satisfaction with their standard of living, according to a new Gallup compilation of 2009 survey data, despite ranking near the bottom in terms of job creation.

Other findings of the “State of the States” report:

  * The state scores relatively high in some key components of physical well-being, including healthy behavior and access to good food, medicine and other factors, but only slightly above average overall.

  * State residents are more likely to describe themselves as conservative than liberal; the proportion saying they are moderate-40.8 percent-is fifth highest among all states.

Green Talk: Only Testing Will Tell

By Wendy G. Batteau

What goes down comes up in the water cycle. For the thousand residences in Westport getting their water from private wells, this principle has important consequences. Image

Anything discharged on or into the ground may show up in what comes out of the faucet. 

The cumulative impact that contaminated well water can have on human health is of real concern, but homeowners can protect their families through periodic well testing.

Testing well water is the way to know what is in it. If problems are found, the solution may be as simple as using an appropriate filter.

Legislators Lack Data When Requiring Coverage

By Mark Pazniokas

On the same day last year, the state House of Representatives took up two bills that mandated increased health insurance coverage for various medical conditions. Image

One passed nearly unanimously and was celebrated by Gov. M. Jodi Rell at a bill-signing ceremony. The other divided the House along party lines and provoked a veto.

The successful measure came with a compelling story about parents’ struggles to help their autistic children. The other involved colostomy supplies, wigs, hearing aids and prosthetics.

“Sometimes we vote with our hearts, and that’s not always a bad thing,” said House Minority Leader Lawrence F. Cafero Jr., R-Norwalk. “Philosophy? I’m not sure there is one.”

Health District Holding More H1N1 Flu Clinics

The Westport Weston Health District (WWHD) said today it continues to schedule appointments for the H1N1 flu vaccine.

Parents of children under the age of 10 years are reminded that a second dose, administered at least 28 days after the first, is recommended to provide full protection, the District said.

H1N1 vaccination at WWHD clinics is free. There is no charge for the vaccination and no co-pay.

As the supply of H1N1 vaccine is no longer limited, the restrictions for vaccination have been removed.

Restrictions Eased on H1N1 Flu Vaccinations

The Westport Weston Health District today began accepting appointments for anyone over six months to receive the H1N1 flu vaccine.

Previously because of limited supplies, there had been restrictions on those eligible to receive the vaccine.

It also announced availability of seasonal flu vaccine.

H1N1 flu clinics were scheduled for Wednesday as well as Dec. 29 and 30.