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Tallwood Men’s Health Center Opens in Farmington

The statistics say it all: Men are 1.4 times as likely as women to die from almost every chronic medical condition, and on average live five years less than women; according to the National Center for Health Statistics. A new program at Hartford HealthCare has been designed to change that: the Tallwood...


Women, Eliminate Urinary Stress Incontinence: It’s NOT an Inevitable Part of Aging

Shout it from the rooftops, ladies: urinary stress incontinence is not an inevitable part of aging, according to a report from the University of Michigan National Poll on Healthy Aging. What’s urinary stress incontinence? The kind of leakage that happens when you laugh, sneeze, cough, jump, lift, exercise, or simply...


Weight Loss Surgery: Can Success Be Predicted?

Weight loss surgery has become an effective tool in treating obesity, especially in people who have not benefitted from diet and exercise. Along with reduced weight – about 30 percent on average – there is improved health for many who undergo this surgery: lowered blood pressure, reduced sleep apnea and...


The Parkinson’s Podcast

The brain works in mysterious ways – and even the best neuroscientists and physicians are trying to figure it all out. Take Parkinson’s disease, for example: 1 million Americans have it. It’s a brain disease for which there is – at the moment – no cure. But there are treatments...


The Mammogram: Demystified

Download this free informational resource to help you understand breast cancer and the procedures and treatments available to you at Connecticut’s largest breast program. Since the 1980’s, the mammogram has helped reduce breast cancer deaths by about 30%. Though it saves lives, this simple, 10-minute screening has a serious public...


Migraine Treatment: A Patient’s View

Migraines are a common problem in this country. Millions of people get them every year – and women get them three times more often than men. Lisa Aleo understands this all too well. “I would wake up early in the morning, (with) horrible migraines,” she said. “It just got worse...


Changing Your (Body) Clock

Every six months, Americans (except those residing in Arizona and Hawaii) fumble through the ritual of adjusting their timepieces to mark either the start or the finish of Daylight Savings Time (DST). Though it has become infinitely easier to make the change now that most computers and smart phone clocks...


Clinical Breast Cancer Trials: Making an Impact Locally

Breast cancer clinical trials are paving the way for patients to try new forms of treatments that can help doctors test alternative ways to diagnose and treat breast cancer. Dr. Wylie Hosmer is an oncologist with the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute, the charter member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer...


That Pain in Your Leg? Find Out if it’s Peripheral Artery Disease!

Imagine yourself walking up the stairs, with the kids or grandkids at the park, down the driveway to get the mail or at the mall. And you start to experience pain or cramping in your leg — or both legs. It may be barely noticeable, but whether you are over...


The Future of Breast Cancer Treatment is Now!

Clinical trials are the means by which doctors and researchers work toward providing newer, better and more innovative health care treatments. This is especially true as the health care community works toward treating cancer. As the charter member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance, the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute is...


Why Haunted Houses, Kids Don’t Always Mix

October is a time for spooky spaces, graveyard visits and haunted happenings. In most cases it’s frightening fun. But children may find it confusing – and truly scary – if they don’t understand that no real harm is headed their way. So how young is too young to visit these...


Back to School Eye Exams

August is Children’s Eye Health & Safety Month. If your child is struggling to see the board in their new classroom this year, it might be time to have their eyes checked. Hartford HealthCare optometrist Dr. Adam Ham, talks about the importance of yearly vision screenings and eye exams. Q: How...


Dermatologist: What to Look for In a Skin-Cleansing Product

From the heat and humidity to lathering your skin with sunscreen, you may have the tendency to wash your face more often during the summer months. And then comes the moisture-deprived winter months. Hartford HealthCare dermatologist Dr. Meagan McCusker talks about the proper techniques when it comes to cleansing and moisturizing your...


U.S. News & World Report Names Hartford Hospital Best in Metro Area

Hartford Hospital has been ranked #1 in the Hartford metro area and among the best in Connecticut for 2018-19 by U.S. News & World Report. The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in its 29th year, recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients. This year, Hartford Hospital ranks in two...


Windham Hospital: New Hip Gives Putnam Woman Renewed Life

When Putnam resident Cindy Dunne was in such tremendous pain that she needed hip replacement surgery, she turned to the experts in the orthopedic department at Windham Hospital. Learn more about the orthopedics services at Windham Hospital here. 


Back to School, Back To Sports, Back to Concussion Prevention

It’s back-to-school time. For many kids, that also means back to a variety of sporting activities. But before your child takes to the field, keep in mind the potential injuries – especially concussions. Dr. Subramani Seetharma is the medical director for the Hartford HealthCare Rehabilitation Network Concussion Clinic. Q: What...


The Heart of a Runner

It’s a life on the run for Larry Allen, and he wouldn’t have it any other way. Larry’s dedication to the sport of long distance running earned him a coveted spot in the Maine Running Hall of Fame. Yet as he rose the ranks, he always kept pace with another...


Abnormal Heart Rhythms: Can You Feel The (Irregular) Beat?

Listen to Andy’s story on the “Connect To Healthier” podcast. It’s free! Download your guide on irregular heartbeats – and how they’re diagnosed and treated.  The heart is a complicated part of the body  – so complicated that it even has its own electrical system. It’s the heart’s electrical systems that...


Coping with Asthma During the Summer

It’s summertime and the breathing can be difficult, especially for those with asthma, COPD and other diseases. Here are some tips from the American Lung Association: Be aware of air quality: Check the air quality index before you head outdoors. Make an alternative plan if current or forecasted air pollution levels are high....


New Hope for Leaky Heart Valves

Download your free informational guide on mitral valve disease.  Did you know that your heart beats more than 100,000 times each and every day? And that some hearts are predisposed to leaking valves? But newer studies show that with the right surgeon, a surgeon with tremendous experience, repairing the valve  – in this case specifically...


Coping with the Loss of a Beloved Pet

Many of us count among our family not just the humans members, but also the animals we keep as pets. And when they die, we miss them. We cry. We grieve. Helping a child cope with the loss of a pet can be difficult. Dr. Laura Saunders, child and adolescent...


The World’s Smallest Pacemaker

Download your guide on irregular heartbeats – and how they’re diagnosed and treated.  Doctors at Hartford Hospital recently implanted the world’s smallest pacemaker. It’s called the Micra transcatheter pacing system, and it’s designed for patients who need a single-chamber pacemaker. Dr. Steven Zweibel, Director of Electrophysiology at Hartford Hospital, has...


Hundreds Ride Against Cancer at Annual ‘ERRACE’ Event

Hundreds of cyclists, walkers, runners and spectators turned up at Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute in Avon on Saturday, July 14, to ride, walk and run against cancer in the annual ‘ERRACE’ event. ERRACE, which stands for Everyone Ride/Run Against Cancer Everyday, was started in 2010 to raise awareness about cancer,...


Having a Coach on the Road to Recovery

With the continued rise in opioid-related deaths in Connecticut, Hartford HealthCare’s Behavioral Health Network has partnered with the system’s emergency departments to create the “recovery coach” program, which helps those facing addiction find treatment. Patricia Rehmer is senior vice president for the Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network.  Q: What is...


For Top-Notch Vascular Services Close to Home: The Hospital of Central Connecticut

From experienced staff to the latest technology, The Hospital of Central Connecticut is ready to provide top-notch care to patients with complex vascular problems. “The level of expertise on our team is the best it can be,” said vascular surgeon Dr. Robert Napoletano, “Everyone has a great deal of experience in...


ICYMI: Highlights from The Rob Dibble Show June 2018

Did you miss the June 2018 live broadcast of The Rob Dibble Show featuring Hartford HealthCare‘s Dr. Cliff Rios and physical therapist Sarah Emlaw? Check out these podcasts and you’ll be completely up-to-date. The Connect To Healthier podcasts are free for streaming or download. Get them on Google Play, SoundCloud, iTunes, and...


PODCAST: The Future of the Patient Experience is NOW!

The patient experience is changing — and it’s being driven by any number of forces. These forces include baby boomers whose healthcare needs are increasing as they age, as well as their millennial adult children, who are now starting in earnest to make their own decisions about how, where and...


Breast Cancer Study: Certain Women Can Skip Chemo

A groundbreaking study recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that women with early stage breast cancer may not actually need chemotherapy. Dr. Camelia Lawrence is a breast surgeon with the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute: Q: Tell us more about this promising study and its findings. A:...


Infection control begins in training

Infection control is a bedrock of patient care. The thorough washing of hands, and the wearing gloves, masks and gowns are important infection control steps that every clinician learns early – and does often throughout – his or her career. The practice of universal infection control begins in training, even...


Get Ready: The Hot Weather is Here for a While!

Summer has arrived, in full force. Most forecasts for Connecticut put the temperatures in the 90s for at least the the next week – if not higher and longer. With kids just out of school and Independence Day fast approaching, here are some tips to help protect yourself and get...


Joint Replacement: When Will I Know?

Chances are when Shakira sang, “My hips don’t lie and I am starting to feel it’s right,” she wasn’t contemplating hip replacement. Or knee replacement, for that matter. But our body sends signals when it’s running out of steam. When you are tired, you rest. When you are hungry, you...


Hernia: When Do You Need Surgery?

Dr. Chike Chukwumah, director of the Hartford Hospital Hernia Center, answers your questions about hernias.  Q: What is a hernia?  A: A hernia is a defect that can occur in various muscles/tissues of the body. It is different from a muscle sprain/strain. A hernia does not heal or fix itself. It can...


Celebrating America’s Independence In Style (And Safety)

Fireworks are the culmination of most, if not all, Independence Day celebrations in the United States. Setting off fireworks yourself can be a fun and exciting way to end a holiday evening. If not handled properly, however, they do come with serious risks of harm to people and property. “We see...


Stars Dancing for Parkinson’s

The Chase Family Movement Disorders Center at the Hartford HealthCare Ayer Neuroscience Institute held its first-ever “Stars Dancing for Parkinson’s” event recently. Volunteers from all over the community and local media came together to raise money for Parkinson’s research and awareness. On the dance floor were a patient fighting Parkinson’s...


Kidney Stone Prevention: Drink Water!

It’s summer – and the warm temperatures are FINALLY here! You’re probably heard the reminders to drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration, but did you know that by drinking water and avoiding dehydration you can reduce the changes of getting kidney stones? It’s true. Dr. Joshua Stein is a...


A Son’s Lifesaving Gift to his Dad

In 2017, life threw a curve ball at Ricardo Arduengo of Hartford. He was facing end-stage kidney failure. “At this point last year, Dad was really, really sick,” his son, Sebastian, recalled. “He looked like an 80-year-old man. He could barely get out of bed.” This was a dramatic turn of...


Prostate Cancer: What You Need to Know

According to the American Cancer Society, in 2018 there will be about 164,690 new cases of prostate cancer in the U.S., and it will take the lives of approximately 29,430 men. Dr. Stuart Kesler is a urologist with the Hartford HealthCare Tallwood Urology and Kidney Institute.  Q: There has been a fair...


Suicide and Celebrity: What Does That Link Mean for Us?

Designer Kate Spade is dead at 55. Chef and CNN world traveler Anthony Bourdain is dead at 61. These are just the latest in a long line of tragic, high-profile deaths by suicide. Google “celebrity suicide” and the lists are seemingly endless. They stretch back centuries. Included are people whose influence...


Local EMS: There to Answer the Call

For decades, whenever Harwinton residents called 9-1-1 for a medical emergency, the chances were excellent that their neighbor – Harwinton EMS ambulance chief/EMT Bob Collins – would respond. Until that January day when Bob collapsed – and the tables were turned.   “I was feeling fine,” Bob recalled. “Next thing...


Colon Cancer: When it Comes to Screening, 45 is the New 50

When it comes to colon cancer screening, 45 is the new 50. The latest American Cancer Society guideline for colorectal cancer screening recommends that average-risk adults age 45 and older undergo regular screening. The previous guideline recommended that people without symptoms and without a family history of the disease wait...


A Migraine Prevention Medication Developed Specifically for Migraine Sufferers

Migraine treatment has entered a new phase with approval by the Federal Food & Drug Administration of a new medication designed specifically for the purpose of migraine prevention. “Aimovig is the first FDA-approved preventive migraine treatment in a new class of drugs that work by blocking the activity of calcitonin...


PODCAST: Organ Donation

On any given day in the United States, more than 115,000 people are waiting for the lifesaving gift of an organ donation – 1,200 of them here in Connecticut alone. About 4,500 people die every year while waiting for an organ. In this HealthCare Matters podcast, Rebecca Stewart and Elliot...


Nurses: At Home or in Healthcare Setting, They ROCK!

Nurses play a such a vital role in healthcare that we set aside an entire week every year (May 6-12) to honor them. National Nurses Week celebrates the care and devotion that nurses provide to patients each and every day in a variety of healthcare settings. Laurie St. John, a...


The Hospital of Central Connecticut Celebrates Cancer Survivors

The Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at The Hospital of Central Connecticut (HOCC) will celebrate its annual Cancer Survivors Day Saturday, June 2, from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Aqua Turf in Plantsville. The event includes a breakfast and the opportunity to learn about the cancer center’s commitment to providing...


Painful Knees And Hips? It Might Be Osteoarthritis.

Osteoarthritis is a progressive degenerative disease of the joints. Also known as “wear and tear” arthritis, this is a chronic condition that develops over many years. It primary affects people who are at least middle-aged or older. Risk factors for developing osteoarthritis, aside from age, include obesity, previous injury or trauma...


An Active Spring? Here’s How to Avoid Injury

Warm weather is here – finally! With spring comes outdoor exercise – and with that comes sport-related injuries. Dr. Kristopher Ware is an orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist with the Hartford HealthCare Bone & Joint Institute. Q: What are the most common sports-related injuries? A: During the spring season overuse injuries...


Central American Woman Travels to Connecticut For Migraine Treatment

Adriana Castro is back to doing what she loves: running. It was not all that long ago that this kind of intense training would have been unthinkable for Adriana. That’s because debilitating migraines made her everyday life a struggle. “I could barely talk, go out. I stay only in my room...


ICYMI: Highlights from ‘The Rob Dibble Show’ April 2018

Did you miss the April 2018 live broadcast of The Rob Dibble Show featuring Hartford HealthCare‘s Matt Reynolds, Manny Seetharama, MD, and Ted Blaine, MD? Check out these podcasts and you’ll be completely up-to-date on dry needling, concussion prevention and shoulder injury. They’re free for download or streaming! The Rob...


What is Ataxia?

Ataxia is a general term for a class of movement disorders. There is no cure for ataxia, but there are treatments, according to Dr. Duarte Machado, co-director of the Hartford HealthCare Ayer Neuroscience Chase Family Movement Disorders Center.  Q: What is ataxia? A: Ataxia is a degenerative disease of the...


Heart of the Matter: Colchester Woman, 47, Gets Transplant

Colchester resident Cindy Sypher had already survived one heart attack. So when she started to feel strange in a similar manner while traveling to work one morning, she took it seriously. She remembers getting herself to a local urgent care center — and nothing else until she awoke on a...


Back Pain: What Happens with Degenerative Changes?

Back pain can have many causes – and many treatments. Hartford HealthCare Rehabilitation Network physical therapist Dan Fisher explains why evaluation by a physical therapist can help treat the pain you may be experiencing.  Q: What are some of the common conditions associated with back pain? A: The most common...


What is Peyronie’s Disease?

Peyronie’s disease is likely something something you’ve never heard of, but affects 13 percent of all men. Dr. Jared Bieniek of the Tallwood Urology and Kidney Institute is here to explain.  Q: What is Peyronie’s disease?  A: Peyronie’s disease is  a condition. It results from scar tissue or plaque that...


What’s A Kidney Swap?

Ashley Norton has spent most of her life fighting a rare kidney disease. She had her first kidney transplant when she was 9 years old — a gift of life donated by her father. After 11 years, however, her father’s donated kidney also became affected with disease. “It just felt...


Ron’s Run For The Roses: A Kentucky Derby Party With Purpose

It’s the best Kentucky Derby party north of the Mason-Dixon line, and it’s a fundraiser for a great cause, too. It’s Ron’s Run for the Roses, benefitting the Ron Foley Foundation and the fight against pancreatic cancer. This year Dr. Peter Yu, physician-in-chief of the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute, serves as...


The Freedom To Dance

Armand Dieli and his granddaughter, Christine Kjellquist, share a passion for ballroom dancing. At age 89, he remains a graceful presence on any dance floor. This is particularly true when Christine – a professional ballroom dance instructor – is his partner. But nearly a decade ago, the Suffield resident noticed...


Helping an Older Parent With Medications – Even When You’re Not There

There is no doubt that taking your prescribed medication is important to your health. This is increasingly difficult though for some patients, such as those with memory problems or dementia. Nick Morella from Hartford HealthCare Independence at Home to take us through something that could actually help you or help your...


A New Procedure for Patients with Esophageal Cancer

A new procedure for patients with esophageal cancer is offering promising results. Dr. Stefan Kachala, a thoracic surgeon at the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute, was the first in Connecticut to perform a robotic esophagectomy. Q. What are some symptoms of esophageal cancer? What causes this type of cancer? A. Some of...


Hartford HealthCare Represents at General Assembly Hospital Day

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 was Hospital Day at the Connecticut General Assembly. Hundreds of employees from across Hartford HealthCare visited their local state representatives at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford to advocate for a strong hospital system as an essential pillar of health and wellness in Connecticut.


Headache? Migraine? (There IS a Difference!)

If your head hurts, is it a simple headache or is it migraine syndrome? There is a difference, according to Dr. Abigail Chua, a neurologist and headache specialist with the Hartford HealthCare Headache Center.  Q.  Explain the difference between a headache and a migraine.  A.  While the terms ‘migraine’ and ‘headache’...


Recovery In Motion After High School Lacrosse Player’s ACL Reconstruction

East Lyme High School lacrosse player Nancy Harrington helped her team make it to the Class M state semifinal game last year against Branford. With her team down just before the half, Nancy scored a goal while carefully avoiding the opposing team’s crease, a prohibited area for the opposing team.  ...


Becoming Grandma (Again) Following Full Knee-Replacement Surgery

Karen Castiglione had a goal: to be an active grandmother to her six grandchildren. But joint pain, specifically in her knee, was in the way for Karen — and she didn’t like it. “The pain had become too much. It hurt. It hurt a lot,” she said. “I couldn’t walk....


ICYMI: Outtakes from The Rob Dibble Show March 2018

Did you miss the March 2018 live broadcast of The Rob Dibble Show featuring Hartford HealthCare‘s Eric Smullen and Durgesh Nargarkatti? Check out these podcasts and you’ll be completely up-to-date on golf swing analysis and . These podcasts are free for download or streaming! The Rob Dibble Show podcast: Adolescent...


How to Prevent Sports-Related Injuries

Spring is here and it’s time to get yourself in shape for warmer weather. Stefanie Bourassa, the sports health program director at the Hartford HealthCare Bone & Joint Institute, offers tips on how to prevent sports-related injuries after a long winter’s hiatus: Q.  What areas of the body are the...


Seven More Flu Deaths in State Bring Total to 119 This Season

The state Department of Public Health is reporting seven more flu-related deaths, bringing the 2018 flu death total in Connecticut to 119. At least 98 of those deaths, 82 percent, are reported in people aged 65 or older. Seniors are a particularly vulnerable population, according to Dr. Virginia Bieluch from...


FDA Moves to Reduce Amount of Nicotine in Cigarettes

The head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is advancing a plan to reduce the amount of nicotine in cigarettes to “minimally or non-addictive levels.” In a statement released March 15, FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said he is asking for a regulatory review to explore a product standard...


After Nearly Two Decades, Parkinson’s Relief Through Deep Brain Stimulation

For years, Don Steele’s life has revolved around waiting for his many medications to combat the effects of Parkinson’s disease. “I take so much medication,” Don said. “It’s not fun.” It was a summer vacation in Canada when the Simsbury resident first noticed the symptoms of Parkinson’s. His hand would...


Colon Cancer: Risks, Prevention and Removing Precancerous Polyps

Excluding skin cancers, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States. During “March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month,” Hartford Hospital gastroenterologist Dr. Elaine Plotkin answers your questions about the disease.  Q. What should the general population know about colorectal cancer?  A.  Colorectal cancer...


Why Overusing Pain Medication Can Make Your Headaches Worse

Headaches affect millions, and if you suffer from them, you may not realize that the medication you take could be making it worse. Dr. Brian Grosberg is the medical director of the Hartford HealthCare Headache Center: Q: How do you know if you’re having a reaction to your medication, and...


LIFE STAR Goes Out of State: Third Helicopter Added to Fleet

The new LIFE STAR helicopter, based at Westfield-Barnes Regional Airport in Westfield, Mass., already has more than 40 flights since being commissioned in November as the only air ambulance service in western Massachusetts. Other LIFE STAR helicopters are based at MidState Medical Center in Meriden and Backus Hospital in Norwich, with...


Helping People with Huntington’s Disease

Huntington’s disease is a devastating neurodegenerative condition without a cure. Dr. Joy Antonelle de Marcaida is Medical Director of the Chase Family Movement Disorders Center at Hartford HealthCare’s Ayer Neuroscience Institute.  Q.  Give us a bit more detail on Huntington’s disease.  A: Huntington’s is a relatively rare hereditary condition characterized...


Disruption in Healthcare? It’s Already Here.

Disruptive forces such as Facebook and Uber and have revolutionized the way we work and live. Now Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and CVS are among the transformative forces in healthcare. Hosts Elliot Joseph and Rebecca Stewart welcome Matthew Weinstock from Modern HealthCare and Rocco Orlando from Hartford HealthCare to talk about...


A Mother’s (Second) Heart Transplant

Carey Taylor and her son, Noah, were planning the trip of a lifetime to Greece. It almost didn’t happen. “There wasn’t a lot of hope surrounding her situation,” Noah recalled, referring to his mother’s heart condition: hypertropic cardiomyopathy. This condition causes the walls of the heart to thicken. For Carey,...


How These Athletic Trainers Help You Navigate Your Sports Health

Whether you’re training for a sport or recovering from an injury, sports health navigators at the Hartford HealthCare Bone & Joint Institute at Hartford Hospital can make a huge difference. They are an elite group of certified, licensed athletic trainers dedicated to injury prevention, athlete assessment and rehabilitation. Eric Smullen...


Hospital Social Workers: Leaders, Champions and Patient Advocates

For patients and their families, the stress of a hospital stay can be overwhelming. Faced with serious health challenges, the patient’s physical needs come first. Yet the situation most likely requires more than physical care. This is when the hospital social worker becomes an invaluable resource to the both the...


Breathing, Bleeding Manikins and Other CESI Wonders

What started in 1999 with one man and one manikin as a hospital’s first venture into experiential medical learning and innovation using simulation has become a full-fledged international hub for continued medical training and innovation using state-of-the-art robotics. It’s called the Center for Education, Simulation and Innovation – or CESI – and...


If CPAP Isn’t Working: An Alternate Treatment for Sleep Apnea

Did you know that Hartford Hospital was one of the first hospitals in the Northeast to offer patients an FDA-approved implantable device to treat sleep apnea? If you have moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea and the CPAP machine isn’t really working for you, you may want to consider this...


CBS Weekend News Report: How Cedar Mountain Commons Addresses Flu Outbreak

At Cedar Mountain Commons, a senior assisted living facility in Newington, flu season is a common worry. This season is no exception, especially given the severity of the nation’s flu outbreak this year. According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, about one in every 13 emergency room visits across...


New Hope for Patients with Parkinson’s, Essential Tremors

Hartford HealthCare recently became the first in Connecticut to offer the latest in Deep Brain Stimulation (DPS) technology. Dr. Patrick Senatus is the medical director of DBS at Hartford HealthCare’s Ayer Neuroscience Institute.  Q: This new technology is the Abbot Infinity DBS system. How does it work?   A: Abbott’s DBS...


Dr. Richard Diana: The Parent’s Guide to Training Young Athletes

As many as 2 million injuries happen to young student athletes every year, leading them to more than 500,000 different kinds of doctor’s appointments. What’s a parent to do?  Connecticut Orthopaedic Institute surgeon Dr. Richard Diana is a former Yale and NFL running back now working on a book to help...


How Your Phone’s Light Radiation Might Damage Your Skin

It’s hard to do much of anything these days without having a smartphone in our hands. And while some side effects of spending all that time staring at the screen are well-publicized, there are some others you may really not be thinking about – like the possibility of skin damage....


When Your Child Dreams the Olympic Dream

If your children become entranced by the figure skaters and hockey players he or she sees at the Winter Olympics, they may be starting to dream their own Olympic dream. How do you bring a dose of reality to their new-found enthusiasm without crushing their dreams of being a Beijing...


Year One: A Time of Growth and Accomplishment at Bone & Joint Institute

The Hartford HealthCare Bone & Joint Institute at Hartford Hospital recently celebrated its first full year of operation. Physician-in-chief Dr. Courtland Lewis talks about a year of growth and accomplishment.  Q. Tell us about the growth of the Bone & Joint Institute in its first year.  A.  Opening a brand new...


Your Weight Loss Options, Defined

For many, weight management is a challenge. Yet it is one of the most important steps you can take for a healthier lifestyle. Dr. Darren Tishler is the director of the Hartford HealthCare Medical and Surgical Weight Loss program.  Q: Explain some of the many approaches to weight loss that...


What is a Hospitalist?

For years, whenever patients were admitted to the hospital, they could expect a daily visit from their primary care physician. PCPs routinely made rounds at the hospital either before or after normal office hours, checking on their patients, monitoring their health and even ordering tests, consults or medications. Those days,...


Asthma, COPD and the Willimantic Waste Paper Fire: What You Need to Know

A fire the size of the Willimantic Waste Paper blaze can cause health issues for just about anyone, especially those with asthma, COPD and other diseases. Here are some tips from Windham Hospital Medical Director Dr. Robert Bundy, a pulmonologist, and the American Lung Association: General tips: Stay indoors: People living...


A Patient’s Heartfelt Thanks

It’s the little moments that have the biggest impact. “You know, all the holidays, all the birthdays – they weren’t as important as the little things every day,” said Leigh Pechillo. It was Mother’s Day 2014, and Leigh was enjoying a day of pampering that featured a song written just...


Phrases You Never Thought You’d Utter: Don’t Eat that Tide Pod!

As a parent (or rational adult), there are phrases you never thought you’d have to utter. “Don’t eat that Tide pod,” falls squarely in that category. But believe it or not, people – mainly teens and young adults – are actually eating those detergent packets and uploading the videos to social...


Hands-Only CPR Has Arrived

Did you know that you no longer have to perform “mouth-to-mouth” resuscitation while performing CPR?  Stephen Donahue, program director for the Center for Education, Simulation and Innovation (CESI) at Hartford Hospital explains. Q: How does “hands-only” CPR work?   A: Hands only CPR is CPR without mouth to mouth breaths....


‘Rainbow’ Baby Brings Family Hope, Healing

At just 1 day old, Charlotte Grace Gaudino is bringing hope and healing to her loving family. Charlotte is a “rainbow” baby, a child born after the storm of personal tragedy — the loss of a previous baby — much like a rainbow appears after the darkness of a rainstorm....


Neil Diamond After Parkinson’s Diagnosis: Did He Have to Give Up Touring?

Just two days before his 77th birthday, musician Neil Diamond canceled the third leg of his 50th anniversary concert tour Monday and announced his retirement from the road following a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease. “The onset of the disease has made it difficult to travel and perform on a large...


Child Car Seat Safety: Installation is Key

Did you know that accidents – including car accidents – are the leading cause of children’s deaths? Child safety seats can reduce death by as much as 71 percent and prevent injury but only if they are used correctly, according to Safe Kids Connecticut. Connecticut law requires that all children...


Man Flu: It’s REAL!

When it comes to complaining about flu and other upper respiratory infection symptoms, men might not be wimps after all. Maybe. A new study by researchers at Memorial University of Newfoundland in Canada found that “man flu”—a term often used by women who think that men complain more about their...


In 2018, Make the “Good Life” A Priority

We’ve all heard the saying “A New Year, a new you.” But, as each year passes our bodies change. Aaron Russ is an exercise physiologist for the Good Life fitness program at the Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging. He explains how we can improve our overall health as we get older. ...


The Bloodless Heart Transplant

When Jonathan Henry needed a new heart, he did his research to find a hospital where clinicians had extensive transplant experience, and could both support and respect his religious tenets, which required a transplant performed bloodlessly — without blood transfusions. He found what he needed at Hartford Hospital. Hartford Hospital...


#HHCBorn

When we asked and you delivered (baby pictures, that is). Generations of babies have been delivered at hospitals across Hartford HealthCare. When we reached out to you to share your baby photos in anticipation of the first babies of 2018, you came through! Check out our galleries of babies born...


Keeping Seniors Warm Despite The Cold

New England’s cold weather is a challenge for everyone, but especially for older adults. According to the National Institute on Aging, older adults can lose body heat faster now than when they were younger. This puts the 65-plus age group at extra risk for hypothermia, a condition where one’s body...


A Cold-Weather Checklist

Temperatures are expected to dip well below freezing in the coming days. Protect yourself, your family and your pets with these general tips from the American Red Cross, along with advice specific to seniors from Marc Levesque from the Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging. 1. Layer up! Wear layers of lightweight...


When Older Relatives and Friends Need Help at Home

The holidays are a time when families get together. Adult children return to their childhood homes, and see that their family member – especially their parents – needing more help than ever just to stay in their homes. But what resources are available locally?  Karen Pagliaro is the Director of...


At MidState, Orthopaedic Institute an ‘Entirely Different Experience’

MidState Medical Center in Meriden is welcoming a new era of orthopaedic care, closer than ever to home: The Connecticut Orthopaedic Institute (COI). COI is a hospital within a hospital dedicated exclusively to orthopedics and musculoskeletal care. It provides a unique and highly specialized experience for the patient, according to...


Protecting Your Student Athlete

Is your child at risk for sports-related injuries? There’s a study being conducted at the Hartford HealthCare Bone & Joint Institute in partnership with Quinnipiac University to prevent injury. Sarah Emlaw is a physical therapist with the Center for Musculoskeletal Health at the Bone & Joint Institute. Q: Tell us...


DAWN: A New Approach To Treating Stroke Patients

A groundbreaking new study is changing the way doctors are able to treat people who have a stroke. Dr. Amre Nouh is the Director of the Comprehensive Stroke Center at Hartford Hospital.  Q: What is this new study? What does it mean for stroke patients?  A: This is very exciting...


Serenity Now: How To Avoid A Holiday Meltdown? Watch This.

The holidays are on, and so is the pressure to make your list, make your way to the mall, fulfill the gift wishes of everyone on your list (that includes hot and often elusive toys such as Hatchimals, Oonies and Fingerlings) and execute the perfect end-of-year celebrations for you and...


Omnipod: Animal, Vegetable or New Wireless Insulin Pump?

For those with Type I diabetes, there is a new, wireless insulin pump that is lightweight, and allows patients to manage their daily insulin intake more freely without being attached to a bulky device. It’s called the Omnipod.  Hartford HealthCare endocrinologist Dr. Michael LeMay has more information.  Q.   Explain the...


How To Avoid Diabetic Foot Ulcers

When you have diabetes, taking care of your feet is critical. People living with diabetes are at an increased risk for a common wound known as a diabetic foot ulcer. Here are five tips to keep your feet healthy and prevent diabetic foot ulcers: Get a regular foot examination by...


Emergency: How Firefighter Saved Fellow Firefighter

Kevin Theriault has been a firefighter in Willimantic for 23 years. Responding to emergencies is his life’s work. But nothing prepared him for the emergency he faced on Sept. 10, 2016. “(The doctors) didn’t know if I was gonna make it,” said the 49-year-old Theriault. His kidneys were failing. Doctors at Windham...


PODCAST: Can ‘Big Data’ Save Your Life?

Is the future of medicine based in big data? That’s the topic up for discussion as hosts Elliot Joseph and Rebecca Stewart welcome MIT’s Dr. Dimitris Bertsimas as their guest in the latest Connect To Healthier: HealthCare Matters podcast. Dr. Bertsimas is an international expert in “big data,” and a...


Healthy Holiday Eating

You may have worked hard all year in building and tweaking that perfect diet, only now to be swept into a tunnel of temptation during the holiday season. How can you stay on track despite the holidays? What I tell people is that during the holiday season enjoy it,” said obesity medicine specialist...


Deep Brain Stimulation And Other Heady Topics As Discussed By A Neurosurgeon

Patients with Parkinson’s disease whose symptoms can’t be controlled with medication may be a candidates for a surgical procedure known as Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS). Neurosurgeon Dr. Patrick Senatus is the medical director of DBS clinic at Hartford HealthCare’s Ayer Neuroscience Institute. He discusses the procedure, and takes on a couple of...


Dry Needling For Pain Relief: The New Trend In Physical Therapy

“Dry needling” is one of the new and alternative therapies making its way into the practice of physical therapy Dry needling uses acupuncture needles to relieve muscle pain. The term “dry” refers to the fact that there is no medication in or on the needles themselves. Physical therapist Matt Reynolds...


For Migraine Syndrome, World-Class Treatment Is Available Right Here in Connecticut

Migraine syndrome is a neurological disease that affects millions in the United States, and approximately one billion people worldwide. Yet relief from the associated pain, nausea and light sensitivity can be elusive. Dr. Brian Grosberg is the medical director of the Hartford HealthCare Headache Center, and one of the world’s leading...


Inside LIFE STAR: A Flight On The Critical-Care Helicopter

Meet Jeff Heath. “Flying around in helicopters is pretty cool,” he says. But Heath doesn’t fly around in just any helicopter – and he doesn’t do it for fun. Heath is a member of the medical crew for Hartford HealthCare’s LIFE STAR helicopters. When there is a serious accident, or...


Talking Family Health Histories Over Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving is a day to gather with family and friends, share a meal and spend time with the ones we love. Conversation is an inevitable — and often awkward — part of the day. If you and Uncle Henry find yourselves at opposite ends of the political spectrum, and your...


Living Kidney Donors And Their Champions Help Save Lives

The waiting list for a deceased donor kidney transplant continues to grow every year, leaving many patients on dialysis for lengthy periods, waiting for a kidney. But through Hartford Hospital’s Living Donor Champion program, patients waiting for a kidney are finding a match faster. Dr. Caroline Rochon is the director...


Parents: How To Explain Hollywood Sex Scandal To Your Kids

Talking about sex with your own kids is never easy. Talking with them about the accusations of sexual misconduct against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, comedian Louis C.K. or U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore and others can be downright intimidating. But it’s an opportunity – another in the many “teachable” moments...


Forget The Meds: Now He Zaps Away Back Pain

For Dan Ivey, life is once again in full bloom. “I love this job. I want to be able to do it until I’m 75 years old,” he said of his job as church caretaker in Old Lyme. But that goal proved nearly impossible after Dan could no longer work...


Restoring Sight With A Beam Of Light

Laser eye surgery has certainly come a long way over the years with new and improved lasers, such as the Femtosecond laser, which is used to treat cataracts. Dr. Peter Shriver is an ophthalmologist at Hartford Hospital’s Eye Surgery Center.  Q: What is this Femtosecond laser? A: It’s a laser...


Degenerative Joint Diseases: The Basics

Degenerative joint diseases (DJDs) are chronic conditions often resulting in pain and the loss of an active lifestyle and quality of life. There are different types of DJD including: Osteoarthritis (OA), a condition in which cartilage wears down over time Post-traumatic arthritis, which results from prior trauma, such as a fracture Rheumatoid...


Spine Pain? It Could Be Spinal Stenosis!

Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spaces in the spine that results in pressure on the spinal cord and/or the nerve roots. This usually involves narrowing of one or more of the following three areas of the spine: The canal in the center of the column of bones (vertebrae) that...


Attention All Men: Movember Is Here!

November is “Movember,” which means all this month is dedicated to raising awareness around men’s health. What should men be looking out for when it comes to their health? Dr. Jared Bieniek is a urologist who also specializes in male fertility and sexual dysfunction at the Hartford HealthCare Tallwood Urology...


Global Volunteerism: A Life-Changing Experience

Each and every year all across Hartford HealthCare, you can count on your clinicians to give you their very best. You may not know that many of our experts donate their time and expertise here and all across the globe. Hartford HealthCare Rehabilitation Network physical therapist Ken Bruno is one...


How Deep Brain Stimulation Can Help Parkinson’s Symptoms

For those patients with Parkinson’s disease where the symptoms can’t be controlled with medication, they may be a candidate for a surgical procedure known as Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS). Neurosurgeon Dr. Patrick Senatus is the medical director of DBS clinic at Hartford HealthCare’s Ayer Neuroscience Institute. Q: How does DBS work for Parkinson’s patients?...


Migraine Syndrome: When A Headache Is More Than Just A Headache

Sometimes a headache is more than just a headache. Sometimes it’s really migraine syndrome. Event planner Nadia Woodman can attest to that. She suffered for over 10 years with devastating head pain and nausea. Some days she soldiered through; other days she remained bed-ridden. Her quality of life diminished. Diagnosis...


1 In 200 In State Have Inflammatory Bowel/Crohn’s: How Doctors Detect, Treat

Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease are common conditions affecting more than 1.5 million people nationwide. Dr. Joseph Cappa,  a gastroenterologist at Hartford Hospital, is the recipient of the 2017 Humanitarian of the Year Award from the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation. Q: We often hear about irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and...


Learn How To Help Body Heal At ‘Qi Gong for Cancer’ Workshop

If you’re battling cancer, you may be seeking ways to help relieve pain, nausea and other symptoms without additional medication. Then consider Qi Gong, a centuries-old, mind-and-body practice. It combines certain postures and gentle movements with mental focus, breathing and relaxation. The movements can be practiced or adapted while walking, standing...


Breast Cancer Survivor Advice: Keep The Faith

Often we find support, hope, solace and inspiration in the experiences of those who have previously walked the same path we do.  October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For those newly diagnosed, or struggling with their diagnosis, take heart in the stories and advice of these Hartford HealthCare employees. ...


Newington Couple Acts ‘F.A.S.T.,’ Helps Save His Life During A Stroke

It started as an ordinary day at work for Bob Newbold of Newington — until the moment something seemed off. “All of the sudden I think I got about to here and it’s like, I’m walking, and here’s my left arm,” he said. “But where’s my right arm? And it’s...


FemTouch: How New Laser Technology Treats Vaginal Dryness

It’s a topic that can be embarrassing for women to talk about: What happens after menopause? As the body changes, it can leave women with painful vaginal conditions. But a new treatment called FemTouch that uses laser technology — no surgery or hormones — can have a dramatic effect on...


Ever Laugh So Hard That Tears Stream Down Your Leg?

Stress urinary incontinence affects 1 in every 4 adult women. It may be an embarrassing topic, but you don’t have to live with it. Dr. Christine LaSala is a urogynecologist at Hartford Hospital. Q: What is stress urinary incontinence?  This is a condition that occurs in women and it’s not a...

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A Mastectomy With No Scar? (With This New Technique, It’s Hidden)

Breast surgeons at the Hartford Healthcare Cancer Institute are performing a revolutionary procedure that treats specific types of breast cancer without leaving visible scars.  Breast surgeon Dr. Elise Gates answers questions about the “hidden scar” technique that is making a big difference in the lives of some breast cancer patients. ...


Breast Cancer Survivor Advice: YOU Know Your Body Best!

Often we find support, hope, solace and inspiration in the experiences of those who have previously walked the same path we do.  October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For those newly-diagnosed, or struggling with their diagnosis, take heart in the stories and advice of these Hartford HealthCare employees. They...


Breast Cancer Survivor Advice: Taking It One Day At A Time!

Often we find support, hope, solace and inspiration in the experiences of those who have previously walked the same path we do.  October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For those newly-diagnosed, or struggling with their diagnosis, take heart in the stories and advice of these Hartford HealthCare employees. They...


Breast Cancer: Advice From A Nurse Who’s Been There

Often we find support, hope, solace and inspiration in the experiences of those who have previously walked the same path we do.  October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For those newly-diagnosed, or struggling with their diagnosis, take heart in the stories and advice of these Hartford HealthCare employees, who...


Breast Cancer Survivor Advice: Express Yourself!

Often we find support, hope, solace and inspiration in the experiences of those who have previously walked the same path we do.  October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For those newly-diagnosed, or struggling with their diagnosis, take heart in the stories and advice of these Hartford HealthCare employees. They...


How Dianne from Rocky Hill Advanced Cancer Research

Dianne Poland will tell you she’s blessed. Blessed with a family that loves and supports her, and blessed to have beaten the breast cancer that invaded her body two years ago. By participating in a cancer clinical trial with Hartford HealthCare and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, she is seizing an...


How This Free Screening Can Help Student Athlete Avoid Injuries

There are 8 million U.S. student athletes participate in organized sports, with 111,000 of them living in Connecticut. If you are the parent of one of these students athletes, preventing injury is a top priority. Turns out it’s a top priority for the Hartford HealthCare Bone & Joint Institute at...


‘Life In Motion’: The Origin Story of the Bone & Joint Institute

Building a destination healthcare facility takes vision, time, money and a commitment from leadership. Now that the Hartford Healthcare Bone & Joint Institute is up and running, it’s time to hear the backstory of this game-changing hospital, then look forward to the services and economic growth it’s projected to bring to Connecticut’s...


A Peek Inside The World Of Retail Healthcare

Imagine for a moment your favorite retail experience. What makes it so unusual? What makes you go want to go back again and again? Now, imagine that experience with your healthcare provider. Retail healthcare is on the rise — and it’s the experience that matters. That’s the topic of discussion...


NFL Protest: ‘Mom, What Does ‘Taking A Knee’ Mean?’

The latest hot social media trend — NFL players and other athletes “taking a knee” during the national anthem in a show of solidarity after recent comments by President Trump — has parents scrambling on what to tell their kids. How do parents espouse family values while at the same...


‘Jansporting’: Pillow-Stuffed Backpacks For The Binge-Drinker?

A warning for parents about the latest dangerous – perhaps even deadly – college campus trend: Jansporting. Named after the well-known line of backpacks, it the use of pillow-filled backpacks secured to the front and back of friends after a heavy night of drinking. The purpose? To keep passed-out friends...


His Organs Were Shutting Down. His Life Was In Peril.

Eric Pinsonneault didn’t feel quite “right.” When he finally decided to seek medical attention, most of his bodily functions were ready to shut down. It was nearly too late. He decided to seek care at a Hartford HealthCare facility – and that made all the difference. Learn more about the...


Ridding The World of Melanoma, One Mole At A Time

Cases of melanoma – a cancer of the skin – are on the rise. As clinical director, Dr. Omar Eton is bringing multidisciplinary clinical experience to Hartford HealthCare‘s new melanoma and skin care center. “Not one decision is made by any one (of the clinical team), but we all try and...


Don’t Let Fall(s) Upend Your Life

Falls, with or without injury, can result in a significant impact on your life. Don’t let fear of falling limit your daily activities and social engagements — they’re great for both your physical and mental well-being. Here are a few tips to reduce your risk of falling: Exercise regularly. Programs...


Selena Gomez’s Transplant: ‘It’s What I Needed To Do’

Singer Selena Gomez was mysteriously absent from the summer music scene. Now we know why. “I’m very aware that some of my fans had noticed I was laying low for part of the summer and questioning why I wasn’t promoting my new music.” the pop musician posted September 14th on...


Life Star Cited By Peers For Workplace Excellence

The crew and staff of Hartford HealthCare’s critical care helicopter service LIFE STAR have been recognized with the 2017 Connecticut Nurses Association (CNA) Excellence in the Workplace award. This award honors work settings that promote professional autonomy, serve as role models for others, and show evidence of creativity, innovation and positive outcomes....


The Surprising Link Between Yoga And Addiction Recovery

For those who struggle with sobriety, the road to recovery can be long and difficult. Deidra Baum can attest to that fact. She fought alcohol addiction for years. “My rock bottom would have to be when I was in a coma and an probably supposed to be dead,” Deidra said...


Ask The Duchess: Day Or Night, Morning Sickness A Royal Pain

There will be no avoiding the discomfort of morning sickness for Britain’s Duchess of Cambridge. When the Royal Family announced recently that the former Kate Middleton and her husband, Prince William, were expending their third child, it also reported that she was dealing with an extreme case of morning sickness...


Preventing Teen Suicide

It’s a serious subject that some people avoid talking about – but it needs to be spoken of regularly for the purpose of saving lives! That topic is suicide. It is the second-leading cause of death for adolescents and young adults. Dr. Harold I. (Hank) Schwartz is the psychiatrist-in-chief at...


Worried About Strep Throat?

By The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) Strep throat is a common type of sore throat in children, but it’s not very common in adults. Healthcare professionals can do a quick test to determine if a sore throat is strep throat and decide if antibiotics are needed. Proper...


Why Prostate Screening At Age 40? (It Saved His Life)

When retired deputy Hartford police chief Neville Brooks was diagnosed with prostate cancer at age 49, it wasn’t exactly a surprise. His father and three of his uncles died as a result of the disease. Brooks’ genetic history and African-American ethnicity put him in a much higher risk category for...


PODCAST: An Athletic Trainer’s Advice For Student Athletes

Though summer’s official end is still a few weeks away, fall sports are in full swing at most local high schools and colleges. That means it’s a busy time for athletic trainer Bill LaBruna, the director of sports medicine at the Hartford HealthCare Bone & Joint Institute Center for Musculoskeletal Health....


28th Hartford Hospital Cancer Survivor’s Day Held Sept. 9

The Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at Hartford Hospital held its 28th annual Cancer Survivor’s Day, a free event for those who have or have had cancer and their families, on Saturday, Sept. 9. Check out these photos! “My favorite part about Cancer Survivor’s Day is interacting with patients and their...


PODCAST: The Universal Language Of Screening Athletes

Wendy Nichols returns for another visit on 979 ESPN Radio’s “The Rob Dibble Show.” Wendy is a physical therapist who oversees the Center for Musculoskeletal Health at the Hartford HealthCare Bone & Joint Institute. Nichols, Rob and co-host Ben Darnell talk about how sports cultures differ in the U.S. and...


PODCAST: Integrative Medicine’s Role In The Health Of All Athletes

Integrative medicine is the blend of Eastern and Western medical traditions, including acupuncture, Reiki and massage. And it plays an important role in the health of athletes of all levels, according to Dr. Erika Cappellutti, medical director for integrative medicine at the Hartford HealthCare Bone & Joint Institute. Along with 979 ESPN’s...


Here’s When Antibiotics Will Not Work

You’re feeling a little off your game, so you make your way to see a doctor. Maybe you’re expecting she’ll give you a prescription for an antibiotic. The hope? That the antibiotic will cure whatever ails you.If your illness is caused by a bacteria, chances are good that antibiotics will...


Clinical Trial: Heart Surgery (Aortic Aneurysm) Without An Incision

A team of physicians at the Hartford HealthCare Heart & Vascular Institute  recently became the first in Connecticut to repair a life-threatening aortic aneurysm using a new device as part of a clinical trial approved by the Food & Drug Administration.  Dr. Thomas Divinagracia is the chief of vascular surgery at Hartford...


PODCAST: Dr. Michael Miranda, Orthopedic Trauma Surgeon

If you have the misfortune of being in an accident requiring orthopedic surgery immediately, Dr. Michael Miranda is your man. Dr. Miranda, an orthopedic trauma surgeon with the Hartford HealthCare Bone & Joint Institute at Hartford Hospital, talks with ESPN Radio’s Rob Dibble in a wide-ranging interview. Learn more about the Hartford...


PODCAST: Cardiologist Dr. Paul Thompson On Hydration, Elite Athletic Performance, And Coffee!

Cardiologist Dr. Paul Thompson,  co-physician-in-chief of the Hartford HealthCare Heart & Vascular Institute,  joins ESPN Radio’s Rob Dibble to talk about two new studies that indicate drinking coffee could extend your life, the effects of adrenaline and amphetamines on better athletic performance and why you should never, ever swim alone. Learn...


PODCAST: She’s The Real Deal (The Hip Is Artificial)

Chances are when Shakira sang, “My hips don’t lie and I am starting to feel it’s right,” she wasn’t contemplating hip replacement. The thought never crossed the mind of 65-year-old Deborah Patterson, either. That is until the unbearable pain of arthritis settled in her left hip, infringing upon her life-long...


Post-Charlottesville: Addressing Racism With Your Kids

It was difficult to watch, even for adults, the violence that resulted in the death of 32-year-old Heather Heyer at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., earlier this month. Now imagine the questions your kids have about it. “The chance and likelihood that (your children) will see it is high, given...


Baby Boomers, Beware: You Are At Risk For Hepatitis C

More than 3 million people live with hepatitis C, the most common blood-borne disease affecting the baby boomer generation – but many don’t even know they have it. Hartford Hospital‘s Dr. Michael Einstein tells you what you need to know about this devastating liver disease: Q: Who is at risk for...


All-In-The-Family Medicine: Four Generations Of Care

Dr. Rosemary Maduka (her patients call her Rosemary) is a family medicine practitioner in Storrs so popular among her patients that she is now accepting into her practice the infant great-grandchildren of some of the first people she treated as she began her career over 30 years ago. Even now,...


How This Athlete Remains An Athlete After Below-Knee Amputation (Video)

For Sydney Sachell, playing sports is a way of life. She made her mark as a member of the NCCA Division 1 women’s lacrosse team at Howard University. After four years with the Bisons, she took a job at a small private school in Massachusetts, working with students who had...


Immunotherapy Treatment Brings Hope to Melanoma Patients

More than one million people will be diagnosed with cancer in the year ahead, but with precision medicine, more targeted treatment and new options like immunotherapy, there is more hope than ever before. This is particularly true when it comes to melanoma, a particularly deadly form of skin cancer.  Dr....


Healthcare as an Economic Engine

Elliott Joseph is not just Hartford Healthcare’s CEO – he is also a patient of the Hartford HealthCare Bone & Joint institute at Hartford Hospital, having had his hip replaced there recently. He talks with radio talk show host Rob Dibble about his experience leading the development, building and launching...


Disc Replacement A Better Option For Some Patients With Neck And Lower Back Pain

When it comes to disc replacement surgery, there aren’t many surgeons with more experience than Backus Hospital’s Michael Halperin, MD. According to the company that manufactures the prosthetic implant, Mobi-C, Dr. Halperin has performed more disc replacement procedures than any other surgeon in New England. Disc replacement, which has lower...


Leaky Heart Valve? Heart & Vascular Institute Surgeon Devises A New Repair

Dr. Sabet Hashim, a world leader in mitral valve repair surgery, has devised a new technique that restores a leaky mitral valve in patients who have had a heart attack.   Dr. Hashim, co-physician-in-chief of the Hartford HealthCare Heart & Vascular Institute, answers questions in this video about this new valve repair technique:...


Football And Brain Damage: The Study That Shook The Sport

Will the ominous study published in July by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) that suggested regular hits to the head can cause a degenerative brain disease, Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), change the way football players and the game’s fans approach the upcoming season? Probably not. John Urschel, a Baltimore...


HOCC Named ‘Most Wired’ By American Hospital Association

The Hospital of Central Connecticut (HOCC) has been named a 2017 Most Wired Hospital, which signifies HOCC’s commitment to technology and its role in improving patient care. Most Wired Award winners are selected based on the Annual Health Care’s Most Wired Survey, administered by the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Health...


The Beginner’s Guide to Asthma

If you’ve never been affected by asthma, or you or someone you love has recently been diagnosed with asthma, it can be a bit of a daunting mystery. The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention provides this helpful basic Q & A on the all-too-common pulmonary issue. Q: What Is Asthma? A:...


Poison Ivy: Leaves of Three, Leave Them Be!

If you are among those allergic to poison ivy (and 70-90 percent of us are), avoiding contact with the plant is the best way to prevent infecting yourself with its hallmark itchy rash. Knowing what the plant looks like is a start. According to the Centers for Disease Control and...


How Can She Help You? At 95, She’s Backus Hospital’s Oldest Volunteer

Mary Kornacki says giving back is what keeps her going.  And, she does keep going and going and going. Kornacki, who recently celebrated her 95th birthday, is Backus’ oldest volunteer.  The Norwich native and Preston resident began volunteering at Backus Hospital in 1998, serving in various roles with the marketing...


PODCAST: Is Cancer More Common Than Getting Married, Having First Baby?

Is cancer more common than getting married or having a first baby? That’s the claim of at least one British newspaper after the release of an analysis of cancer statistics by London-based McMillan Cancer Support. Get perspective on this study from Dr. Peter Yu, physician-in-chief of the Hartford HealthCare Cancer...


Windham Hospital Adds Three Cardiology Providers

Windham Hospital and Hartford Healthcare Medical Group have added three new cardiology providers who are now seeing patients at the Windham Hospital Family Health Center at 5 Founders Street in Willimantic.  Vidya Nadig, MD, Anu Vellanki, MD and Darcy Ulitsch, APRN are all accepting new patients. “I am pleased to...


PODCAST: Spine Health

Spine surgeon Dr. Jay Krompinger visits the Rob Dibble Show at the Hartford HealthCare Bone & Joint Institute at Hartford Hospital. Dr Krompinger talks with Rob and c0-host Ben Darnell on a number of topics, including scoliosis, stenosis of the spine, whether or not cracking your knuckles is bad, and...


Netflix Takes On Anorexia In “To The Bone”

First suicide, now anorexia. Netflix certainly isn’t shying away from controversial topics. On the heels of the “13 Reasons Why” series on suicide, Netflix has created a new movie, “To the Bone,” that focuses on anorexia and debuts July 14. “To the Bone” stars Lily Collins as Ellen, a young...


Healthcare Takes The Fast Track At MidState

It’s a scenario that is all too familiar to many: your family is facing a medical issue, and it’s happening after your primary care provider’s office has closed. You suspect the illness or injury could rise to the level of needing emergency care, but you’re not quite sure. You feel...


Alcohol Addiction: Out From The Shadows Of Opioid Abuse

While opioid abuse is getting the headlines, the recent death of actor Nelsan Ellis confirms that alcohol addiction remains a major problem in society. “Alcohol use is often overshadowed by the opioid epidemic, but each year, approximately 88,000 die from alcohol-related causes, as compared to around 40,000 deaths from opioid...


Cardiologist Dr. Paul Thompson Weighs In On Kids’ Heart Health, Exercising In The Heat

Cardiologist Dr. Paul Thompson is co-physician-in-chief of the Hartford HealthCare Heart & Vascular Institute. He is also a recognized national and international expert on the athlete’s heart. In these set of wide-ranging interviews with radio hosts Rob Dibble and Ben Darnell, Dr. Thompson talks about exercising in the heat, heart health...


ERRACE = Everyone Ride/Run Against Cancer Everyday

ERRACE stands for Everyone Ride/Run Against Cancer Everyday. It was started in 2010 to raise awareness of cancer, raise funds for cancer research and to inspire the community to be active and health conscious. Since its inception in 2010, ERRACE has raised $263,000 to benefit the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute...


Summer Sun Safety For You And Your Family

The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays are strong, particularly during the summer months. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), UV rays can damage your skin in as little as 15 minutes. To prevent this from happening, here are the CDC‘s recommendations for helping to protect yourself and...


A 21-Year-Old Musters The Courage And Strength To Fight Cancer

At just 21 years old, Jessie Vandals has faced three little words that are sure to frighten even the bravest of the brave. You. Have. Cancer. “It just didn’t seem real,” he told a crowd of fellow cancer survivors at Windham Hospital recently. “You never really think at first that...


Someone With A Heart Pump Goes Into Cardiac Arrest: What Do You Do?

About 3,000 people in the United States are kept alive with a mechanical heart pump. They’re either waiting for a heart transplant or living with that pump for the rest of their lives. But what if one of these patients goes into cardiac arrest? Proceeding with CPR on these patients...


Protecting Pets During The Holiday Celebrations

It’s America’s birthday and you’re ready to celebrate with fireworks! It’s a tradition, right? But your pet probably has a very different – and perhaps frightening – view of fireworks. While some animals take the celebrations in stride, others are unusually anxious about the loud, sudden noises associated with fireworks....


A Veterans Liaison Helps Those Who Served Our Nation

Given the bureaucracy that accompanies most federal agencies, veterans can sometimes find themselves lost or confused when it comes to connecting with the benefits they earned as a result of their military service. Enter Hartford HealthCare at Home and their veterans liaison, Wayne I. Rioux. A Vietnam War-era veteran and retired Connecticut State Police...


The Battle Of The Bacteria In Women: What Happens When ‘Candida’ Wins

If you’re a woman, you’ve probably experienced the unfortunate itch and occasional pain of a yeast infection. Ob-gyn Dr. Pamela Griswold from the Hartford HealthCare Medical Group answers your questions about this common and easily-treated health-care issue. Q: What is a yeast infection? A: What most women mean by a yeast infection...


The Science Of Helping Golfers Avoid Injury

At the TPC River Highlands, golf’s best are gearing up to tee off June 22 at Connecticut’s only PGA tour stop, the Travelers Championship.  As thousands of spectators converge upon the course in Cromwell, they’ll be watching every move the pros make — checking out their swings, their walk, their warm-ups...


What You Need To Know About Migraine Triggers (It’s Complicated)

If you have ever had a migraine, you know that the pain can drive you to bed for a day – maybe even longer. It’s the kind of pain that a person will do anything to avoid. But migraine is more than a headache. “Migraine is a neurologic condition,” says...


Treating Summer’s (Insect) Bites And Stings

You’ve applied insect repellent. You’ve avoided high, grassy areas. You’ve worn long pants tucked into your socks. Yet you find yourself with an insect bite or sting that just plain annoying. Or worse, the kids are constantly scratching at bug bites on their arms and legs. In most instances, bug...


Lymphedema: The Basics

Lymphedema is a painful affliction that happens when bodily system designed to help clear infection (known as the lymph system) becomes damaged or blocked. According to the National Cancer Institute, this lymph fluid builds up in soft body tissues and causes swelling. Lymphedema usually affects an arm or leg, but it can...


Podcast: Preventing Summertime Orthopedic Injuries

Radio sports talk show host Rob Dibble welcomes Dr. Courtland Lewis, physician-in-chief of the Hartford HealthCare Bone & Joint Institute at Hartford Hospital. In this wide-ranging podcast, they talk about the prevention and treatment of summertime orthopedic injuries, restarting an exercise plan without causing yourself injury, losing weight for orthopedic health and...


Podcast: The (Mazor) X Factor

The Hartford HealthCare Bone & Joint Institute at Hartford Hospital is one of only three hospitals in New England with Mazor X Robotic guided spine surgery. Mazor X allows neurosurgeons to view detailed images of a patient’s spine in three dimensions, which, in turn, provides more personalized, precise results, oftentimes...


Leaky Mitral Heart Valve? There’s A New Repair Technique Available.

For those with a leaking mitral heart valve, a new way to repair (rather than replace) it is now possible, thanks to a surgical technique developed by Dr. Sabet Hashim, co-physician-in-chief of the Hartford HealthCare Heart & Vascular Institute. Heart valve surgery sometimes becomes necessary if a patient experiences valve stenosis (narrowing) or...


Celebrating Cancer Survivors

Cancer survivors deserve to be celebrated! The Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute is holding luncheon celebrations honoring patients this June! Check out these pictures from one such celebration, held June 3, 2017, honoring cancer survivors (and their family and friends) who received services at The Hospital of Central Connecticut: Two additional cancer...


Your Opinion Counts – Can We Count You In?

Your opinion matters. That’s why we’re asking for it. And that’s why we’re asking you to join Hartford HealthShare. By participating in Hartford HealthShare, you’ll join an online community of people that act as a virtual focus group. You may be asked to participate in surveys about the different ways...


Men’s Health Week: Everyone Has A Part

It’s men’s health week, but everyone has a part in supporting the men in our lives – husbands, sons, uncles, brothers, fathers, grandfathers and male friends – in their efforts to stay healthy for a lifetime. Here are a few things tips, courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and...


Men’s Health Week: Eight Health Tips To Share

June 12 – 18 is National Men’s Health Week in the U.S. It occurs annually in the week leading up to and including Father’s Day, and provides all of us with the opportunity to open a conversation with the men in our lives regarding their health. Whether it’s you, your...


When The Cancer Doctor Becomes The Cancer Patient

Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute breast surgeon Dr. Kristen Zarfos has a reputation among her patients for her warm personality, her compassion and her willingness to engage patients and their families in treatment at every step of their breast cancer fight. “I think the most important thing is to have patients engaged...


How Soccer Got Her Through Cancer

Like many moms, Amy Daniele has a full schedule, often based around her kids’ schooling and sports. It was while traveling to attend a karate tournament that she discovered the lump in her breast that was later diagnosed as cancer. Amy found the quick and attentive care she received from...


In Avon: Kids. Coffee. Chemo.

Heather Satlof is a busy wife, mother and friend. On many mornings, you’ll find Heather conferring with confidantes at Dom’s Coffee Shop. It wasn’t until she was diagnosed with breast cancer that she discovered how important those friendships could be. The 47-year-old Avon resident found her friends’ support helped her through...


Cancer Changed Her Life (Ironically, For The Better)

Like most people, cancer changed Linda Choser’s life in ways she never could have imagined. But in her case it was for the better. Through a combination of her positive attitude, spirituality and treatment at the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Center at MidState Medical Center in Meriden, she is now cancer-free....


‘Breast Cancer Isn’t Just My Story. It’s A Woman’s Story’

When Margie Elkins was diagnosed with breast cancer last year, it turned her life upside down in a lot of ways. The diagnosis uprooted the sense of security and peace she shared with her husband, Carl, at the couple’s waterfront home in Niantic. It challenged her to overcome a constant...


Gender Identity: An Expert Weighs In

The topic of gender identity has made headlines – and controversy – around the world as individuals and organizations work to redefine traditional gender roles. Dr. Laura Saunders is a child and adolescent psychologist at Hartford Hospital’s Institute of Living, and a nationally renowned authority on the topic of gender...


Tiger Woods’ DUI Arrest: The Dangers Of Mixing Medications

Golfer Tiger Woods is apologizing to family, friends and fans for his DUI arrest in the early morning of Memorial Day in Jupiter, Fla. “I would like to apologize with all my heart to my family, friends and the fans,” Woods said in a statement widely distributed on Twitter. “I want the...


Rebuilding History

For Russell Magnussen, there is no place like the New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks, Connecticut. The New Britain native worked as a mechanic his entire life. His love for flying began many decades earlier. He obtained a pilot’s license at the tender age of 16. In his retirement, he spent...


Your Baby Has A Fever: Now What?

Whether you are a first-time parent or raising an entire brood, your children’s health is of the utmost importance. A fever is leading indicator of illness. It doesn’t take parents long to begin worrying over whether to call to a health care provider when a child has an elevated body...


In The Kitchen: Staying Safe From Scalds, Burns

The kitchen is the heart of the family home. It’s where we gather with relatives and friends alike to share time preparing and consuming meals. It’s a place of bonding where conversations are fostered, secrets are shared, problems are solved and life-long memories are made. It’s a safe place. Keeping it...


Gypsy Moth Caterpillars: Cute And (Possibly) Itch-Inducing

An unwelcome visitor has returned to Connecticut – the gypsy moth caterpillar. And with them come an annoying and itchy (if relatively harmless) contact dermatitis, or rash. Larvae of gypsy moth caterpillars hatch in early spring, drop from tree branches and are blown by the wind. All too often, they miss...


Migraines? There May Be An App For That

Does a wearable device hooked up to your smart phone to help relieve migraine pain sound appealing? Perhaps even life altering? Research is now under way at the Hartford HealthCare Headache Center on the effectiveness of a wearable device and accompanying smartphone app that could bring migraine relief using neuromodulation....


Caffeine Overdose: It’s Rare, But This Time It Was Fatal

An extremely rare instance of a”caffeine-induced cardiac event causing a probable arrhythmia,” was the cause of death of a 16-year-old South Carolina teen, according a coroner’s report. Davis Cripe died April 26 after drinking a large amount of caffeine in a short amount of time, according the Richland County, S.C., medical...


‘Mommy, My Ear Hurts’ And Other Signs Of Ear Pain That Need Addressing

“Mommy, my ear hurts.” These heartbreaking words are just one indicator to parents that a child might need to be seen by a clinician for a possible ear infection. But according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), most ear infections happen to children before they’ve learned how to talk. Then what? If...


Safe Bicycling: Awareness, Protection, Prevention

Bicycling weather is back. Whether you are biking to work, for fun or as a family bonding experience, there are precautions, protections and preventions that cyclists can take to ensure a safe and successful trip. Did you know that, by law, bicycles on the roadway are vehicles with the same rights and responsibilities...


Osteoporosis And The Danger Of Fractures

If you are among the millions diagnosed with osteoporosis, or low bone density, you become more vulnerable to broken bones with even a fall or bump that previously would leave just a bruise. Such “osteoporotic fractures” are most common among those over 65 years old — and recovery can be...


Cuts: To Stitch Or Not To Stitch?

Imagine a few unfortunate yet all-too-common scenarios. You’ve accidentally cut your finger while preparing dinner. Your toddler’s head is bleeding after he stumbles and hits it against the corner of a coffee table. Your best friend has fallen off her bike, and split her lip. Cuts to the human body are fairly...


The Work-Life Balance: A Nurse’s Tips To Help Bring Joy

By Patricia Rehmer President, Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network I am a nurse. I’m also a mother and a caregiver for my own mother. I know firsthand that too many of us spend more time caring for others than we do for ourselves. That’s not healthy. So as we begin Mental Health...


Podcasts: How Athletes (Of All Ages) Can Prevent Orthopedic Injury

Preventing orthopedic injury is just one of the ways the Hartford HealthCare Bone & Joint Institute at Hartford Hospital aims to serve the community. “Part of what we’re trying to do here is figure out how do we help people to move toward a higher level of wellness,” said Dr. Courtland...


Aaron Hernandez’s Brain To Be Studied For Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy

The tragic life and death former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, a Bristol native, may have some redeeming value for scientists studying chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Following his April 19 suicide death in a Massachusetts prison, the Hernandez family donated the 27-year-old’s brain for study at the Boston University Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Center. “CTE is...


Connect To Healthier (Video): Gardening Again After Hip Replacement Surgery

When pain from an arthritic hip became unbearable, 67-year-old Frank Sena sought treatment and relief. He found both by undergoing robotic-assisted hip replacement surgery at Hartford HealthCare – and he’s glad he did! “You cannot believe how much the pain pervades your life,” Sena said. A lifelong gardener, Sena experienced...


Bringing HealthCare To Life With GE Technology? (Podcasts)

Hartford HealthCare and GE Healthcare recently formalized a long-term collaboration designed to enhance the patient experience and make health care more affordable. Highlights of the collaboration include development of a Hartford HealthCare care logistics center that will become the nerve center of Hartford HealthCare, allowing clinicians to use data from electronic medical...


The Migraine World Summit: A Free Virtual Learning Opportunity

Migraines are an under-diagnosed and under-treated neurological disorder experienced by a billion people across the world. Now there’s an international summit to help reduce the global burden of migraine — and the public is being invited to attend the free online event. The Migraine World Summit, April 23-29, is fully virtual....


Rob Dibble, Retired MLB Pitcher Turned Radio Host, Takes On Orthopedic Health

He’s a two-time Major League Baseball All-Star pitcher with a lifelong passion for both sports and healthy living. Now Rob Dibble hosts the afternoon drive sports talk show on 97.9 ESPN in Hartford. While his show focuses mainly on current events in sports, Dibble’s own  concern for the health of others — especially young...


Area Cancer Patients Have Greater Proximity to Clinical Trials

By Suzanne McLaughlin Journal Inquirer HARTFORD — More clinical cancer trials are becoming available to Greater Hartford residents. With the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute becoming a charter member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Alliance, cancer research trials that until now have been available at the Manhattan Upper East...


Medical Rounds (Video): Maintaining Digestive Health

Digestive disorders affect nearly 70 million people in the United State, according to the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Hartford Hospital gastroenterologist Dr. Neil Parikh has a few suggestions on how to maintain digestive health and avoid being among that 70 million. Q: How can we maintain a healthy digestive tract...


Mental Illness: Next To Normal? (Podcast)

What does it mean to be “Next To Normal?” The Pulitzer-prize winning musical of the same name centers on a family affected by bipolar disorder – and serves as a starting point for hosts Elliot Joseph and Rebecca Stewart to talk about mental health, discrimination and stigma, addiction and recovery....


Medical Rounds (Video): What Does It Mean To Be ‘Next To Normal’?

“Next To Normal” is the Tony- and Pulitzer-Prize winning musical set in the world of a family changed when a member is diagnosed with bipolar disorder. In association with the TheaterWorks Hartford production of the show, the Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network will hold Talkback Tuesdays, an interactive lecture series featuring clinical...


A Shattered Spine … And Then She Walked (Watch)

Nicole Dzienis nearly lost her ability to walk after a brutal car accident shattered her spine. “My friend was texting, and at high speed we hit a car at a red light. I was crushed under the dashboard,” says Nicole. “The guy in front of us came to check on me...


Ask The Expert On Facebook LIVE!

Personal health is a top priority for most of us. It’s likely you’ve spent some time (doubtless more time than you’d like to admit) researching a health topic of interest on behalf of yourself, your family or a friend. Now you have a new resource: Hartford HealthCare’s experienced, knowledgeable clinical...


Medical Rounds (Video): Understanding Kidney Cancer

Kidney cancer is among the 10 most common cancers in both men and women. According the American Cancer Society, about 63,990 new cases of kidney cancer will occur in 2017, with about 14,400 people expected to die from the disease.  March is National Kidney Month. Here’s nephrologist Dr. Jeffrey Laut with a...


Backus Welcomes Baby Boy During Blizzard

While the late-season blizzard has been a pain for most of us, it will be remembered with great joy by the Hardee family of North Stonington. The Hardees welcomed the birth of their third child, Harrison Everett Hardee, born at Backus Tuesday at 8:29 a.m. during the height of the...


The Bone & Joint Institute: The Ins And Outs Of A New $200 Million Operation

From the outside, the Hartford HealthCare Bone & Joint Institute at Hartford Hospital is a stunningly beautiful building. But it’s inside where the doctors, nurses, case coordinators and physical therapists trained in orthopedics work to ensure excellent care and keep you comfortable. It’s inside where you’ll discover proven, leading-edge technologies to get...


Medical Rounds (Video): Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is a common occurrence as people get older. Clinical audiologist Dr. Kelly Grim discusses why, and provides information on how to best treat this condition. Q: How common is hearing loss? A: Hearing loss is the third most prevalent chronic condition in adults, following hypertension and arthritis.  One in 3...


Medical Rounds (Video): March Is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

According to a study released by the American Cancer Society this month, colorectal cancer rates are soaring among young people. Get the details on this and other related topics from Hartford Hospital gastroenterologist Dr. Jeff Weiser: Q: Tell us about this study and what it means. A: This study revealed that people born in 1990 and later...


A Doctor’s Call: What Is Colorectal Cancer?

by Christine Bartus, MD Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer-related fatalities in the U.S., behind lung cancer. It is caused by polyps or lesions that form in the digestive tract. If left unchecked, these polyps or lesions can become cancerous, eventually spreading to other parts of the body. While colorectal...


Medical Rounds (Video): The Basics On Essential Tremors

Dr. Duarte Machado is associate medical director for the Hartford HealthCare David and Rhoda Chase Movement Disorders Center. He has the basics on essential tremor, and new treatments for it. Q: What are essential tremors? A: Essential tremor is an extremely common movement disorder that most commonly presents as an action or...


Former Teen Heartthrob David Cassidy’s Battle With Dementia

You never forget your first celebrity crush. And if your first such crush was TV star and pop idol (and Tiger Beat cover regular) David Cassidy, his announcement that he has been diagnosed with dementia probably took you by surprise. But at age 66, Cassidy’s struggle to recall song lyrics he’d known for decades was...


Medical Rounds (Video): Rehabilitation For Your Bones And Joints

Elite athletes, aging baby boomers and weekend warriors all have one thing in common: the aches and pains of bones and joints. Wendy Nicols is a physical therapist who oversees that Center for Musculoskeletal Health at the Hartford HealthCare Bone & Joint Institute at Hartford Hospital. She says there are...


The Differences Between Heart Attack And Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Did you know that a heart attack is different from a sudden cardiac arrest? “A heart attack is a problem of circulation,” said Dr. Tal Azemi, an interventional cardiologist with the Hartford HealthCare Heart & Vascular Institute at Hartford Hospital. “A patient may have a partial or complete blockage that deprives...


PODCAST: Satisfaction Guaranteed…In Healthcare?

When Geisinger Health System CEO David Feinberg started offering money-back guarantees to dissatisfied patients a year ago, many were skeptical. Today, that guarantee is hailed as a success. Dr. Feinberg talks with HealthCare Matters podcast hosts Elliot Joseph and Rebecca Stewart about the guarantee that has many patients, advocates and healthcare...


Charlie Rose’s Heart Surgery: When Is Valve Replacement Required?

“CBS This Morning” anchor Charlie Rose is taking a break from TV to undergo heart valve replacement surgery for the second time in 15 years. Heart valve replacement surgery becomes necessary if a patient experiences valve stenosis (narrowing) or valve regurgitation (leaking). The kind of surgery required depends on the patient’s condition and which of the...


February Happenings At Hartford HealthCare

Get the latest on what’s happening around Hartford HealthCare, including CESI’s reaccreditation from the American College of Surgeons, the new VerifEye device at the Eye Surgery Center and more.


Empowering Women To Take Care Of Themselves

It’s no secret that when it comes to healthcare decisions, it’s usually mom who speaks for the family. But far too often moms spend so much time and energy on their family’s health needs that their own health takes second place. Dr. Mary Satti and her Old Lyme-based practice have worked...


Prostate Cancer: If And When Screening Is Needed

Download your free informational resource guide to prostate cancer here. by Dr. David Crawley Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among American men. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), one out of seven men will be diagnosed with the disease in their lifetime. The good news is that...


Photo Gallery: Black & Red Gala 2017

Do you want to know who was at the 26th annual Black & Red gala Saturday night at the Bushnell Memorial Auditorium in Hartford? Or maybe you were there. Keep smiling, because we took plenty of photos. Find yourself in our gallery: Get more insider scoop on the 2017 Black &...


Podcast: Health Care In A Post-Election World

A new year, a new Congress and a new president. What are the implications for health care after the historic 2016 U.S. election season? What can you and your family expect in terms of healthcare law and policy from the administration of President Donald Trump? Hosts Rebecca Stewart and Elliot Joseph explore...


A Doctor’s Call: Cervical Cancer, Early Detection And Erin Andrews’ Scare

By Dr. Jonathan Cosin “Dancing with the Stars” co-host and Fox Sports sideline football reporter Erin Andrews wasn’t about to let cancer put her on the sidelines of life. The 38-year-old Andrews, diagnosed with cervical cancer in September, recently revealed her condition to Sports Illustrated’s MMBQ. She sought treatment for the disease during...


Revenge Of The Stomach Bug: How To Avoid Norovirus

It’s the talk of schools, offices and homes along the Eastern seaboard: The dreaded “stomach bug” and norovirus, the primary cause of illness and outbreaks from contaminated food in the United States. Norovirus that causes diarrhea and vomiting is sometimes accompanied by a fever and body aches. The virus spreads quickly...


First Babies of 2017!

Is there anything cuter than a newborn baby? Meet the first babies born at Hartford HealthCare hospitals in 2017! Gia Burns was born at Hartford Hospital on Jan. 1 at 12:29 AM. She weighed 7 lbs, 14 oz, and measured 21 inches long! The daughter of Angela and Michael Burns of Southington, Gia made...


What Are Heart-Attack Symptoms For Women? (They Can Be Different For Men)

The sudden death of actress and writer Carrie Fisher has focused attention on women’s heart health issues. For example, did you know that the signs and symptoms of heart attack differ depending on whether you’re a man or a woman? “Women often present with chest discomfort, but they’re more likely to...


Study At Headache Center Focuses On Prolonged Migraines

The Hartford HealthCare Headache Center, in collaboration with Harvard Medical School, has been awarded a major grant to study patients with prolonged bouts of migraine. It’s a study that will likely have greater implications for millions of migraine sufferers worldwide. Dr. Brian Grosberg is the medical director of the Hartford HealthCare Headache Center, and...


Podcast: Advances in Cancer Care

Cancer is a word that still strikes fear in the hearts many — particularly if you are at the receiving end of a cancer diagnosis. Advances in cancer care have been rapid in recent decades, led by the efforts of medical oncologists and researcher like Dr. David Hyman from the Memorial...


Podcast: Keeping the Extra Holiday Pounds Away

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, unless you’re trying to stay on track with and exercise and diet regimen. Between holiday parties, work luncheons and family get-togethers it’s a season filled with overabundant food and drink. It might be difficult to keep the extra pounds away, but not impossible,...


Podcast: Depression And The Holidays

Feeling depressed this holiday season? It’s not uncommon. But depression is more than feeling down for the holiday week. A diagnosis of major depressive disorder, according to the American Psychiatric Association, requires at least five of the following symptoms experienced continuously for at least two weeks: Feelings of sadness, hopelessness,...


How DIEP Flap Reconstruction Uses Breast Cancer Victim’s Abdominal Fatty Tissue

Margie Elkins never expected a breast cancer diagnosis. “Breast cancer was not on my agenda,” she said. Yet for those who receive a cancer diagnosis, making the best decisions about treatment and recovery for yourself can be confusing, disorienting and lonely. Overwhelmed by her own cancer diagnosis, her husband, Karl, became Margie’s listening ears,...

Hilary Clinton giving a speech

Hillary Clinton’s Illness: What Exactly Is Pneumonia?

No matter where you stand on the political spectrum, the health of the U.S. presidential candidates is a serious matter and may influence the way you vote Nov. 8. Pneumonia is the latest health issue to make its way into the 2016 presidential race, with Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton coming...