December 2012
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                  I wrote my opening to this newsletter before hearing of  the tragedy in Newtown so when I went to send it out today I  could not send it as originally written.  I have no great words of wisdom or sympathy that could possibly comfort those parents and  families.  All  that I can do is hug my children and make sure  when they walk out the door each day they know that they are loved.  It is not much of a plan but it is the best I can come up with today. Our prayers go out to all of the families of Newtown.
                 On  behalf of the Doctors and Staff at DRA, may you have a safe, healthy and peaceful Christmas.
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Donna Johnson
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Diagnostic Radiology Associates
  The Connecticut Center for Advanced Vein Therapy is a comprehensive vein care center offering treatment for all types of veins from spider veins, to bulging varicose veins, to veins with complications such as leg ulcers.  Director of The Vein Center is Duncan J. Belcher, MD and for the next few months he be answering 
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the most commonly asked questions concerning varicose veins and their treatment. 
  What are varicose veins?  Varicose veins are very large, "rope-like" veins which are often on quarter inch or larger in diameter.  They are veins that are close to the skin's surface that have become swollen and raised.  
What causes varicos veins? Varicose veins occur when veins are not properly returning blood from the lower leg to the heart. all veins have valves that open to prevent backflow ("reflux") of blood to the foot.  When valves fail to function properly, blood leaks through and flows down the leg in the wrong direction.  The blood overfills and distends the superficial veins under the skin, resulting in the bulging seen in varicose veins.  The walls and valves of veins are thin and elastic, and can stretch due to a variety of conditions including pregnancy, heredity and age.
The Connecticut Center for Advanced Vein Therapy (CCAVT) is located in the Middlebury office of Diagnostic Radiology Associates at The Turnpike Office Park, 1579 Straits Turnpike.  Consultations with Dr. Belcher and Dr. Eric Hyson are available by calling CCAVT at 203-758-1980. 
Volunteer today for a cancer-free tomorrow!

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You can become part of the American Cancer Society's Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3) and help  researchers better understand the genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that cause or prevent cancer.  This is an opportunity for all of us to really do something in the fight against cancer.

Who can join the study? Anyone who is between 30-65, and has never been diagnosed with cancer (not including basal or squamous cell skin cancer).  You must be willing to make a long-term committment to the study, which involves completing perodic follow-up surveys at home.

Local sign-up location include:

Jan 29th Naugatuck YMCA

              St. Mary's Hospital

Jan 30th Harold Leever Cancer Center

Jan 31st Waterbury Hospital

Feb 2nd Waterbury YMCA

For more information about this study and what exactly the participation involves go to:



Jan. 27th  Home-to-Home Foundation Bowl-a-thon
                 Thomaston Lanes, Thomaston
Feb. 3rd Easter Seal's 20th Annual Chocolate Lovers
              Expo, Southbury Crowne Plaza
April 13th  Are You Dense? Swing into Spring, Chippanee Country 
                   Club, Bristol, CT  
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From all of us at DRA we hope your holiday, Hanukka, Christmas, Kwanzaa or whatever you celebrate is full of joy, peace, happiness and good health.  Our offices will be closed at noon on Christmas Eve (12/24), remain closed on Christmas Day (12/25) and reopen on Wednesday, December 26th at 7:00am in Waterbury and 8:30am in Middlebury.
In order to let out staff ring in the new year with family and friends our offices will close at noon on Monday, December 31st, remain closed for New Year's Day and reopen on Wednesday, January 2nd.
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