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Health Resource Center tour

Welcome to Griffin Hospital's Community Health Resource Center

The Community Health Resource Center (HRC) at Griffin Hospital is a traditional free lending library that provides an array of medical and health information. The HRC contains a collection of easy-to-read health and lifestyle related materials for patients and their families to become better informed and make more educated decisions about the various treatment options available to them.

COVID-19 Temporary Hours

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Resource Center is temporarily closed to visitors.

We apologize for any inconvenience - we will update our hours when precaution policies have changed.

Online Resource Searches

Search the Library Catalog from Your Computer

Our online catalog is the modern day version of the "card catalog" and is a quick and easy way to search our online resource database to see what books, journals and magazines are available at the HRC. Books may be borrowed for 4 weeks; journals and magazines must be viewed on site. Click the button to search the online catalog.


Search Our Online Health Library

We have a resource here for you to answer almost all of your questions - whether you're wondering about a disease, a treatment, a subject, and more. DISCLAIMER: This Health Library is for educational purposes only and does not necessarily reflect the services provided by this practice/facility. Click the button to start searching. You can also click here to view the Polish database.


Ask a Consumer Health Librarian

Conditions & Treatments Digest
Health information for patients and consumers - covering different conditions, treatments, and specialties.
Health Tips & TopicsGeneral

Top Five Health Screenings for Men

Getting screening tests done early is one of the most important things a man can do for his health. Screenings find diseases early, before you have symptoms, when they're easier to treat. With early detection, outcomes are much more successful. There are many tests, but here are the top five (not based on age or risk factors).

Prostate Cancer - Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in  American men. Even though most types tend to be slow-growing, there are also some aggressive, fast-growing types of prostate cancer to be aware of. Screening tests can find  the disease early, before symptoms develop. This is when  treatments are most effective

Colorectal Cancer - Men are at higher risk of developing colorectal cancer than  women. This is the second leading cause of death by cancer.  The good news is that most cases develop slowly from  colon polyps. The way to prevent colon cancer is to find and  remove polyps early, before they turn cancerous. Otherwise if  cancer develops, it can invade or spread to other parts of the  body.

High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) - As men age, the risk for high blood pressure increases. Hypertension is also related to body weight and lifestyle.  High blood pressure can lead to severe complications  without any warning symptoms. When treated, you may reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, or kidney failure. The bottom line: Check your blood pressure. If it's high, work with  your doctor to change your lifestyle and lower it!

Type 2 Diabetes - Another simple blood test can screen for type 2 diabetes  or prediabetes. Just getting your A1c checked regularly,  along with your fasting blood sugar, can identify if you are at risk for developing diabetes. Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness, nerve damage, and impotence. Especially when found early, diabetes can be controlled and avoided with diet, exercise, weight loss, and medications. Ask your doctor to have your blood sugar checked. Know your numbers.

Cholesterol Levels - A simple blood test can show your levels of LDL, HDL, and VLDL cholesterol. High levels of VLDL and LDL cholesterol in the blood causes plaque to build up in the walls of the arteries (atherosclerosis) and this increases your risk of heart disease. Over time it can lead to heart attack and stroke. Therefore, it’s important to monitor your 
cholesterol levels. With lifestyle changes and medications, you can reduce "bad" cholesterol and lower your risk of cardiovascular disease.

Remember, these are just a few of the health screenings important for men’s health. Ask your doctor about other tests related to your age or other risk factors, such as family history or BMI. And ladies, make sure the men in your life are up to date on their screenings. It could save lives!

If you're providing care for a loved one, we've put together a set of videos that can help you understand everything involved.
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Derby, CT 06418-1326

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