August 2001
Hip Replacement: A Lifestyle-Saving Procedure
Feature Story
Having a hip replaced is rarely an urgent, life-saving procedure. Fairfielder Joan Ireland's orthopedic surgeon, Murray Morrison, MD, explained that to her. "He told me, 'Hip replacement is elective. When you no longer can bear the discomfort in your joint, and the pain is interfering with your lifestyle, then it's time to do something,'" she says.
In this issue...
There are two common types of arthritis: degenerative or osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis...

Lots of people feel a bit blue on their 50th birthday. They suffer a kind of "life's half over" letdown. They yearn for the days of their youth.

Not Ken Paul, senior vice president of the Bridgeport Bluefish baseball team, who turned 50 on December 2, 1999. "I felt such a sense of joy," he says. "I was so happy that I had lived to be 50!"...


Cholesterol is a lipoprotein—a waxy substance produced by your liver and carried in your bloodstream. It's also found in foods from animals (meat, dairy, etc.). Cholesterol is a necessary nutrient: Your body can't function well without it. But too much can lead to blocked heart arteries. There are different kinds of cholesterol...

With all the concern about electrical shortages in the news, you might be glad to hear about one source of electrical current that's pretty darn reliable: your heart! It's true—your heart has its own electrical system...

My 2-month-old daughter cries and cries every night. She pulls her knees up to her tummy and clenches her fists and really seems to be in pain. I feel so helpless—what can I do to make her feel better?

Judi Edmonds, RN, of The Nursery in The Birthplace at Bridgeport Hospital, responds...


When your child is injured or suddenly becomes sick, you and your pediatrician want the best treatment possible, and you want it now! So where do you go for fast treatment without an appointment—