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Lung Cancer

What to Expect From Lung Cancer Treatment

There have been rapid developments in the treatment of lung cancer in the last 10 years. Fortunately, because of earlier detection and improved therapies for patients with lung cancer, the outcomes for patients have improved significantly in recent years. The therapies used for treatment of lung cancer — chemotherapy, radiation,...

Colorectal Cancer

How to Rebuild Your Life After Colorectal Cancer

By Dr. Gerard Fumo Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute Colorectal cancer is one of the most preventable cancers if precancerous growths are removed during a colonoscopy.  In part, because of the advances in screening, detecting and removal of early cancers, we have seen a steady decline in the overall incidence of...


Achy Ankle? Here’s What You Can Do About It!

We’re on our ankles all the time. Sometimes that makes our joints achy, particularly our feet and ankles. Some basics about on foot and ankle pain from Dr. Adam Ferguson from the Connecticut Orthopaedic Institute at MidState Medical Center. Q: Why does someone have ankle pain? A: When we talk...


World Aids Day Dec 1, 2018: Know Your Status

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there were approximately 36.9 million people living with HIV at the end of 2017, with 1.8 million people becoming newly infected in 2017 globally. However, nearly 40 years into the pandemic – and 30 years since first observing Dec. 1 as World AIDS...

Get Your Flu Shot

Flu Clinics: Where, When to Get Your Vaccine

Here is a list of remaining Hartford HealthCare at Home flu clinics. Hartford HealthCare at Home can directly bill the following insurance companies: Aetna, Anthem (including Blue Cross/Blue Shield), ConnectiCare, Cigna, Medicare and the Medicare Advantage Plans for Aetna, Anthem and ConnectiCare. No one is turned away, regardless of insurance or ability...


What Is Pulmonary Hypertension? A Doctor Explains

Pulmonary hypertension is a type of high blood pressure that affects the arteries in the lungs and the right side of the heart. Learn more from Dr. Dina Darsaklis, Cardiology Director of Pulmonary Vascular Disease at Hartford Hospital.  Q: What is pulmonary hypertension? What are its causes? A: Pulmonary hypertension is a...


Treating Swallowing Disorders

It’s tough to imagine your esophagus not working. But Paulette Beckford understands what it’s like when you can’t swallow and can’t move food or drink through your digestive system. For years, the Windsor Locks resident wasn’t able to eat much of anything. It didn’t matter if it was spicy, or...


Multiple Sclerosis: New Program, New Treatments

Each week, an estimated 200 Americans are diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS). But new treatments bring new hope, according to neuro-immunologist Dr. Brian Wong. He is helping to launch a comprehensive multiple sclerosis program at Hartford HealthCare’s Ayer Neuroscience Institute. Q: What is neuro-immunology? A: Neuro-immunology is a subspecialty of...

Vaping

E-Cigarettes & Vaping: What Parents Need to Know

More teens are vaping now than ever – and parents are concerned. Psychiatrist Dr. J. Craig Allen, medical director at Rushford, has important information for parents, teachers and anyone else with teens in their lives. Q: What do I need to be on the lookout for? A: Familiarize yourself with...

Seasonal soup.

Seasonal, Good-For-You Recipe: Ginger Lentil Butternut Squash Soup

By Jeanne Tennis Here’s a delicious and healthy butternut squash soup recipe that’s perfect for the fall-winter season: Ginger Lentil Butternut Squash Soup (Seasonal, plant-based and gluten-Free) Ingredients 1 medium onion, diced 1 – 2 celery stalks, diced 1 – 2 Tablespoons of olive oil or water to sauté 1...

Cardio-Oncology

Cardio-Oncology: A New Way to Help Patients With Heart Disease, Cancer

By Dr. Eric Oligino Director, Cardio-Oncology Program, Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute Over recent decades, advances in cancer therapies have translated into a rising population of cancer survivors estimated to reach 19 million in the United States alone by 2024. Similarly, novel treatment options continue to reduce the morbidity and mortality...

Shepherd's Pie

Winter Comfort Food Made Easy (and Healthy)

By Angela Frankland Registered Dietitian With the temperatures dipping and the leaves fallen, many of us will soon turn to comfort food to help us make it through the winter months. After all, there’s nothing like a big plate of mom’s pot roast and mashed potatoes to help you fight the...


Comprehensive Services for Multiple Sclerosis

Each week, an estimated 200 Americans are diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS). But new treatments bring new hope, according to neuro-immunologist Dr. Brian Wong. He is helping to launch a comprehensive multiple sclerosis program at Hartford HealthCare’s Ayer Neuroscience Institute. Q: What are some of the new treatments available for...


Weighing the Pros & Cons of Breast Reconstruction Surgery

Deciding whether or not to have breast reconstruction surgery following breast cancer is a very personal choice. How do you decide? Dr. Alan Babigian, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon at Hartford Hospital, has some guidance.  Q: How do you know if you are likely candidate for breast reconstruction? A: Most people...


Deep Vein Thrombosis: Knowing the Signs can Save a Life

By Dr. Carissa Webster-Lake, Hartford HealthCare Heart & Vascular Institute Events such as a hospitalization, pregnancy, childbirth, or trauma to the lower leg can cause deep vein thrombosis, also known as DVT. DVT occurs when blood clots form in a deep vein in the body, most often in the lower leg...


Charlotte Hungerford Hospital to Build New Winsted Facility

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital has announced plans to build a state-of-the-art facility at the end of Route 8 in Winsted that will include emergency services, a LIFE STAR helicopter landing pad, primary care and specialty care services, including behavioral health. All of the services now currently offered by CHH at the Winsted...


Dedicated Clinical Cancer Trials Unit Opens at Hartford Hospital

As part of the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute’s pioneering membership in the Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Alliance, a new, dedicated clinical trials unit has officially opened at the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at Hartford Hospital. Dr. Peter Yu is the physician-in-chief at the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute. Q: This...


Applying Precision Medicine to Treat Your Cancer

As many as 38 out of every 100 women will get cancer in her lifetime – yet there is tremendous hope in the world of cancer research and treatment. Dr. Michael Kane is an expert on treating women’s cancers with the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute.  Q: As the charter member...


This Simple Saliva Test Assesses Breast Cancer Risk

By Meghan Burgess Breast cancer has a particularly high prevalence in Connecticut, but a new program is helping women and men identify their risk of developing the disease – and other cancers – through a simple questionnaire and saliva test. The Hereditary Cancer Risk Assessment Program, offered through Hartford HealthCare...


“Hidden Scar” Surgery: Making a Difference for Breast Cancer Patients

Breast surgeons at the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at Hartford Hospital are performing a revolutionary procedure that allows them to do specific types of breast cancer surgery without leaving visible marks. Dr. Heather King is a breast surgeon with the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute to describe how this technique is...

Backus Hospital

Backus Hospital on its 125th Anniversary

A lot has changed since Backus Hospital opened its doors Oct. 4, 1893. As evidence, the doctors, nurses and staff at Backus offer this drone’s-eye overview of the hospital as we celebrate 125 years of healthcare for the people of Norwich and beyond. Learn more about Backus Hospital here. 


Cigna and Hartford HealthCare Reach New Three-Year Network Agreement

Cigna and Hartford HealthCare (HHC) have reached agreement on a new three-year contract, ensuring that Cigna customers will continue to have uninterrupted access to HHC hospitals, facilities and health care providers. The agreement comes more than a month before the current multi-year contract would have expired, and will be effective November...


Innovations in Hand Pain Treatment

Hand pain is a common condition that affects many people. Dr. Nicholas Bontempo is an orthopedic surgeon at the Hartford HealthCare Bone & Joint Institute at Hartford Hospital with information on the latest advances in technology to treat the conditions that cause hand pain.  Q: What are some of the...

St. Vincent's Medical Center.

Hartford HealthCare Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire St. Vincent’s Medical Center

St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport has signed a definitive agreement with Hartford HealthCare (HHC) for HHC to acquire substantially all of the assets of St. Vincent’s and its related operations. The transaction is subject to required governmental approvals. St. Vincent’s, with more than 3,200 associates, includes a licensed 473-bed...

Fall Fair Food

Summer’s Gone. What About My Diet at Fall Fairs?

With the breathtaking foliage and cool temperatures, it’s no surprise that fall is a favorite time of year for many of us New Englanders. But with the kids heading back to school, after-school activities and the lure of the dreaded corndog or blooming onion at the Hebron Harvest Fair, this...


Kids, Social Media and Body Image

Raising teens to have a positive body image isn’t easy. And it seems to have become more complicated in the age of Snapchat and Instagram, where selfies can be filtered to perfection. Plastic surgeons have even reported that patients are visiting their practices with filtered social media images and asking...


Assessing the Hereditary Risk of Cancer

A new hereditary cancer risk assessment program is helping identify specific cancers in women and men across Connecticut. Hartford HealthCare nurse practitioner Meghan Burgess explains the importance of this program. Q: Why is it so important to have this type of assessment program? A: We’re identifying women at risk for...


What is Precision Medicine in Breast Cancer Treatment?

Precision medicine allows doctors to treat patients based on their individual biology. Dr. Camelia Lawrence is the director of breast surgery at the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at The Hospital of Central Connecticut and MidState Medical Center. She explains how precision medicine is used in treating breast cancer.  Q: What is precision medicine? A:...


What Topics Would You Like to See in the Future?

We hope you’re enjoying your email newsletter. Our goal each month is to give you a rich blend of topical health information, tips and commentary from our medical professionals and updates on some of the latest Hartford HealthCare medical news and services that might interest you. Let us know if...


Prostate Cancer: The Third Leading Cause of Death in American Men

Prostate cancer is the third leading cause of death in American men, and one in seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime.  Dr. Joseph Wagner is a urologist with the Tallwood Urology and Kidney Institute, and Director of Robotic Surgery at Hartford Hospital.  Q: There has been...


What the Four Phases of Migraine Feel Like

By Abigail Chua, DO, Headache and Facial Pain Fellowship Program Director at the Ayer Neuroscience Institute Hartford HealthCare Headache Center While the terms “migraine” and “headache” are often used interchangeably, they are not one and the same. The term “headache” is used to describe any pain or discomfort that occurs in...

Cacao Tofu Pudding

Recipe: Cacao Tofu Pudding

By Jeanne Tennis Easy, decadent, low in fat, high in protein, delicious, anti-inflammatory and plant-powered, this recipe offers you lots of options (see below) to customize this treat. This recipe can be easily doubled. Cacao Tofu Pudding Prep time: 10 minutes plus cooling time in refrigerator Makes 4 servings Ingredients 1 16-ounce...

Middle-aged couple on bikes.

Nutrition Tips for Prostate Cancer Survivors

By Diane Avino and Dr. Eric Secor Prostate cancer patients experience specific health challenges after initial diagnosis and treatment, especially those being managed long-term with hormone deprivation therapy such as leuprolide acetate. The effects on a patient’s quality of life can include weight gain, reduced insulin resistance and reduced muscle...

Middle-aged man.

How to Manage Side Effects of Prostate Cancer Treatment

By Dr. Anoop Meraney Approximately 240,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year. As a result of PSA testing, 90  percent of patients diagnosed with prostate cancer have localized or locally advanced prostate cancer, which is a potentially curable stage of the disease. The five-year survival for these patients...


TAVR Procedure Puts Putnam Couple Back on the Road

Download your free informational guide on the TAVR procedure.  Most days you’ll find Ken Corey of Putnam, and his wife, Donna, on the motorcycle. In 2018, they’ve covered over 6,000 miles of U. S. highways and by-ways in their quest to cross another spot off their “bike-it” list. Whatever you...


Youth Suicide: Here Are Some Signs For Parents

Youth suicide is a growing health concern. In fact, it’s the second-leading cause of death for young people between the ages of 15 and 24 according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. During World Suicide Prevention Week, we discuss how to address this issue with child psychologist Dr....


Advances in Cancer Clinical Trials

It’s frightening to receive a cancer diagnosis. But there is more hope than ever before: clinical trials have been a key part of cancer patients living longer with better outcomes. Dr. Peter Yu is physician-in-chief at the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute, a charter member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer...


5 Ways to Treat Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is arguably one of the most treatable cancers. The key is to catch it early. “Prostate cancer typically grows very slowly and the majority of men with prostate cancer are over 65 years old and do not die from the disease,” said Dr. Stephen Yu, a urologist with...


Hoarseness and Other Early Signs of Lung Cancer

Tobacco smoke, radon and asbestos are the main drivers behind increasing lung cancer rates in the United States. Like all other cancers, early detection and treatment of the growths associated with lung cancer goes a long way toward feeling better and living longer. But what are the symptoms of lung...


Now Open: A New Inpatient Rehab Unit Offers a New Level of Care

Some patients leaving the hospital after a serious injury or illness require intensive therapy to regain their independence and return home safely. Today, many of these patients are transferred to other facilities outside of our system. But now, Hartford HealthCare has that kind of option within our system: a 26-bed...


Learning More About Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

An exchange program through Hartford HealthCare now has more knowledge on the connection between alcohol consumption during pregnancy and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. Hartford HealthCare’s Kate Sims led a team that traveled with a team to South Africa to learn more about the issue. Q: What impact does alcohol have...


When Aches in Legs, Thighs or Hips Signal Hardened Blood Vessels

As we age, our body tends to wear down. We feel aches and pains that we’ve never felt before and with no obvious reason. For almost 12 million people in America, the pain, aching and fatigue they feel in their thighs, hips and leg muscles may be from poor blood...


Readers: What Would You Like to See in Your Next Newsletter?

We hope you’re enjoying your email newsletter. Our goal each month is to give you a rich blend of topical health information, tips and commentary from our medical professionals and updates on some of the latest Hartford HealthCare medical news and services that might interest you. Let us know if...


New Haven Overdoses: Why K2 Is So Much More Dangerous Than Marijuana

The synthetic marijuana marijuana known as K2 that caused more than 100 overdoses, including 47 on Aug. 13, after samples were handed out on the New Haven Green by dealers hoping to build a clientele was laced with the painkiller Fubinaca, New Haven police said Aug. 21. “’Synthetic marijuana’ is...

Soba noodles.

Recipe of the Month: Quick Soba Noodle Stir Fry

By Jeanne Tennis Quick, delicious and easy to digest, soba noodles make a wonderful lunch or dinner dish. Soba noodles are typically made with buckwheat and wheat flour. Look for 100 percent buckwheat varieties for a gluten-free option. Low in fat and high in protein, soba noodles require a minimum...

Kidney stones

The Making of a Kidney Stone (And How to Avoid It)

Staying hydrated during the warm summer months is key for many reasons. But one reason you may not know: Drinking plenty of fluids can prevent kidney stones. Kidney stones are hard deposits of crystalized salt and minerals that form in your kidney. When urine contains more crystal-forming substances than fluids,...


HHC Neuroscience Institute Partners with Habitat with Humanity

Members of the Ayer Neuroscience Institute partnered with Hartford Habitat for Humanity to help build a home for a family in the community. On June 22, 2018 a family was presented with a brand new home. To learn more about Habitat for Humanity, visit https://www.habitat.org/

Tofu Salad

Recipe: Tasty Tofu Lunch Salad

By Jeanne Tennis Here’s a good-for-you recipe for the hottest days of the summer: No oven or stovetop required. Tasty Tofu Lunch Salad In a mixing bowl combine: One small organic carrot, finely grated. 3 -4 Tablespoons of organic onion, minced. 1 heaping Tablespoon of fresh, organic dill. 3-4 Tablespoons...


What TAVR Means for Low-Risk Heart Valve Replacement Patients

Download your free informational guide on the TAVR procedure.  Not too long ago, a diagnosis of severe aortic stenosis invariably resulted in open-heart surgery to install a replacement valve, followed by a recovery calculated in weeks and months. Now, a remarkable new procedure (not surgery) replaces a leaky aortic valve by guiding...


A New Twist To Open-Heart-Surgery Alternative

Download your free informational guide on the TAVR procedure.  For patients too  frail to undergo open-heart surgery, a minimally invasive procedure known as transcatheter aortic valve replacement, or TAVR, repairs the damaged valve instead of replacing it. Doctors usually access the heart through the groin or ribs, but that wasn’t an option...


Mitral Valve Disease: Repairing The Heart’s Vital Blood Passageway

Download your free informational guide on mitral valve disease.  Mitral valve disease can cause serious fatigue, as Malcolm Chapman finally realized after initially attributing it to advancing age. What’s the mitral valve? It situated between the heart’s two chambers, the left atrium that acts a pumping chamber and the left...


HHC Behaviorial Health Network Names First Physician-in-Chief

John Santopietro, MD, DFAPA, has been named Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network’s first Physician-in-Chief. Dr. Santopietro will also be a Senior Vice President for Hartford HealthCare and will report to Jeff Flaks — similar to our model for other HHC Institutes. He will start on October 1. In this role,...

Swallowing

Trouble Swallowing? A New Way to Treat Achalasia

For people living with swallowing disorders, feeling a choking sensation when they eat or drink is a common occurrence. But thanks to a newer, less invasive treatment option, people can find relief from these troublesome symptoms and gain a better quality of life. The swallowing disorder, more commonly known as...

GERD

Can Acid Reflux Cause Cancer?

Acid reflux is that burning feeling in your chest or throat that sometimes happens after you eat. It’s a common complaint. But is it dangerous? For most people, occasional acid reflux – more generally known as heartburn – is easily managed with medication and diet and lifestyle changes. But when...

Hernia

Doctor’s Advice: If You Have a Hernia

By Dr. Nicholas Verdura The Hospital of Central Connecticut Hernia repair is one of the most frequently performed operations worldwide. About a million abdominal wall hernia repairs are performed in the United States annually. Hernias are abnormal bulges created by a weakness or hole, usually in the abdominal wall or...


How To Identify, And Avoid, Heat Stroke

Although other kinds of weather might get more attention, extreme heat is actually the most dangerous of all, said Hartford HealthCare pulmonologist Dr. Steven Powell. Dr. Powell said during a heat wave, it is important to recognize the warning signs of heat-related illness.  There are different types of illnesses, ranging from...


Backus Earns Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers

Backus Hospital recently earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers, both of which represent symbols of quality. “We are thrilled that the Backus stroke team is being recognized with this advanced certification for...

Chicken Pot Pie

Warm-Up-To-Fall Recipe: Chicken Pot Pie

Cooking for yourself can be a chore, but when you are elderly or disabled living on your own, it be can even more difficult to maintain a healthy diet, which can lead to serious health problems.  Hartford HealthCare Independence at Home offers a number of nutritious freezer meal recipes that...

Lasagna recipe.

Save Time and Eat Well: Lasagna for One Recipe

Cooking for yourself can be a chore, but when you are elderly or disabled living on your own, it be can even more difficult to maintain a healthy diet, which can lead to serious health problems. Hartford HealthCare Independence at Home offers a number of nutritious freezer meal recipes that...


Living with an Inflammatory Bowel Disease: When to Consider Surgery?

By William Sardella, MD Colorectal Surgeon, Hartford HealthCare Medical Group As many as 1.6 million people live with inflammatory bowel diseases. With proper care and treatment, however, they can be well managed, allowing people to live with less symptoms and a better quality of life. What are inflammatory bowel diseases?...


Hospital of Central Connecticut Counseling Center Opens in Southington

The Hospital of Central Connecticut Counseling Center has begun offering intensive outpatient (IOP) mental health and substance abuse programs at 98 Main Street in Southington. The center, which opened its doors to patients on Monday, May 21, offers programs such as medication assisted treatment, group and individual treatment. Staff includes...

Golden Tea

Recipe: Turmeric Golden Tea (Without Actual Tea)

By Jeanne Tennis Traditional Golden Tea, as it is known, does not contain actual tea. A staple in India and enjoyed throughout the world for its antioxidant and relaxing benefits, this warmed beverage is bursting with anti-inflammatory turmeric. Turmeric Golden Tea Customize it using your milk, spices and sweetener of...


A Plant-Based Chef Tests the Plant-Based Impossible Burger

By Jeanne Tennis Are you kidding me? That was my initial reaction when asked to write about the Impossible Burger. Surely there is no place for “lab meat” in a whole-food, plant-based diet. Why on earth would I want to eat anything manufactured to bleed? The Impossible Burger is the...


Protect Your Skin from the Sun this Summer

Summer means fun in the sun, but there are simple ways to stay safe and save your skin throughout the season. What you probably already know: the biggest danger of sun exposure is melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers, which are caused by exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays. What you...

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Sun Can Damage Your Skin in 15 Minutes

There’s good news and not-so-good news about skin cancer. While it’s the most common form of cancer in the United States – with more cases diagnosed each year than all other cancers combined – it is also one of the most preventable forms. “Prevention just takes a bit of awareness and preparation...


Photo Gallery: Hartford HealthCare Dancing for Parkinson’s Event

The Hartford HealthCare Ayer Neuroscience Institute hosted the inaugural Hartford HealthCare’s Dancing for Parkinson’s fundraising event May 11 at the Hartford Hilton Hotel.  The evening will included a dance competition featuring special guests and judges from Hartford HealthCare and the state and music by the De Novo Band. Proceeds benefit...

Girl in innertube, with sunglasses.

Summer Prep: Signs of Melanoma (Plus Free Screening at Westfarms)

We love our beach days and warm sunshine, but the sobering fact is that there are more new cases of skin cancer in this country each year than breast, prostate, lung and colon cancer combined. “At particular risk are people with pale skin or who have a family history of...

Chia Wild Blueberry Pudding

Recipe: Chia Wild Blueberry Pudding (In a Blender)

By Jeanne Tennis This blended chia pudding recipe from Jeanne Tennis, a vegan chef and certified macrobiotic health coach, was created for those who want to enjoy the benefits of chia seeds without the chunky texture of the typical overnight chia pudding recipes. Jeanne Tennis, a vegan chef and certified macrobiotic...


New Healthcare Services Unveiled in Southington

Hartford HealthCare (HHC) cut the ribbon on its new health center at 462 Queen Street in Southington on Wednesday, officially introducing a wide range of services including primary care, endocrinology, Center for Healthy Aging, rehabilitation and neurosciences. “This health center acts as a one-stop-shop with quick, convenient access and a...


Here Are Your 5 Options if You Have Prostate Cancer

By Stephen Yu, MD Urologist, Hartford HealthCare Tallwood Urology and Kidney Institute Download this free informational resource as your guide to prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is the second most common type of cancer in men in the United States. It’s also the second-leading cause of death in men. Nearly all...


All Chain Restaurants Now Required to Post Calorie Counts

By Phil Galewitz Kaiser Health News President Donald Trump has found one part of the federal health law palatable: He’s allowing Obamacare rules that require chain restaurants to post calorie counts to went into effect May 7. The rules, which are among the final pieces of the 2010 Affordable Care Act...

3D Mammography

MidState, HOCC Add Latest 3D Mammography Imaging

MidState Medical Center and The Hospital of Central Connecticut (HOCC) are the latest Hartford HealthCare organizations to add the leading-edge 3D mammography technology. For patients and providers, 3D mammography can provide clearer views of suspicious masses, improve diagnosis and reduce unnecessary testing. Although 3D mammography has been around for years,...


Cocaine-Opioid Mix Returns: Intoxication Deaths Skyrocket in Connecticut

By Dr. Muhammad Hassan Majeed Natchaug Hospital Psychiatrist For the past several months, I have noticed a disturbing and possibly lethal development in some of my patients — an occasional urine drug screen showing traces of cocaine. Almost all of them admitted using opioids, but many were surprised to find...


How Anyone Can Get a Hernia (Including Women)

By Dr. Chike Chukwumah How common are hernias? Surgeons at the Hernia Center at Hartford Hospital repair more than 1,000 every year. Nationally, more than 1 million hernias are repaired each year, according to the Food & Drug Administration. When you get one, you’ll usually know it: an organ or...

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Can You Hear Me Now? Senate Bill on Hearing Aids May Make the Answer ‘Yes’

By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News Last December, Deb Wiese bought hearing aids for her parents, one for each of them. She ordered them online from a big-box retailer and paid $719 for the pair. But her parents, in their 80s and retired from farming in central Minnesota, couldn’t figure...


Thank You Volunteers

National Volunteer Week is April 15-21. Hartford HealthCare would like to thank the more than 2,000 volunteers who generously give more than 200,000 hours of their time in close to 375 departments across the system every year helping us deliver quality care. Meet just a few of our special volunteers:...

Opioids pillbox.

Opioids Aren’t the Only Options for Pain

By Dr. Jonathan Anthony Kost, Medical Director and Dr. Annette Karen Macannuco-Winslow The Spine and Pain Institute at MidState Medical Center Millions of people in America suffer from severe or chronic pain at some point in their lives. While opioid medications might help some with pain, for others they can...


Connecticut Orthopaedic Institute at MidState Shines in First Year

On April 3, 2017, MidState Medical Center opened its Connecticut Orthopaedic Institute, bringing together doctors from the region’s most respected orthopaedic practices providing the highest level of care for patients in need of joint replacement and care of other bone injuries and disorders to create a comprehensive orthopaedic service for...

Spring Asparagus prepared.

Seasonal Vegan Recipe: Spring Asparagus Roast

By Jeanne Tennis Spring offers a fresh array of seasonal vegetables. It is the time of year when we lighten up our meals and quicken our cooking times. This simple yet elegant vegetable dish from Jeanne Tennis, a vegan chef and certified macrobiotic health coach,  is as delicious as it is...

Doctor with notepad, with patient.

Have You Had Your Colon Screening Lately?

By Dr. Rafal Barczak Colon cancer was the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States last year, but that statistic can change for the better.  It is one of the most treatable forms of cancer when found early. Having regular colonoscopies starting at age 50 can save your...

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Everything You Need To Know About The New Medicare Cards (Including Scams)

Judith Graham Kaiser Health News In April, the government will start sending out new Medicare cards, launching a massive, yearlong effort to alter how 59 million people enrolled in the federal health insurance program are identified. Historically, Medicare ID cards have been stamped with the Social Security numbers of members —...


Anti-Inflammatory Recipe: Confetti Rice Salad

Confetti Rice Salad is an adaptable recipe from Jeanne Tennis, a vegan chef and certified macrobiotic health coach, that makes a great lunch dish on its own or a delicious side dish for dinner. Prepare it a day ahead and pack in a thermos the next morning for a lunch to...

Tammy Ratacliffe

How She Maintains 120-Pound Weight Loss Since Gastric Bypass

By Margaret DeMarino By age 32, Tammy Ratcliffe weighed 240 pounds and suffered from eight medical conditions including diabetes and high blood pressure. Overweight most of her life, Ratcliffe remembered being weighed in a nurse’s office in third grade and told she was 120 pounds. “I weighed so much more than everyone,”...


How Small Cuts Can Lead to Big Health Problems

Some of the most serious medical issues I’ve treated in my 20 years as a surgeon started as tiny cuts on a heel or toe. This is especially true for patients with chronic conditions such as diabetes, obesity or high cholesterol — a small abrasion can quickly turn into a...

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Healthy Family FunFest in Southington Feb. 25

The ninth annual Healthy Family FunFest, with more than 100 exhibitors promoting a healthy lifestyle, will take place Feb. 25  from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Aqua Turf Club in the Plantsville section of Southington. The FunFest, hosted by Hartford HealthCare and the Southington-Cheshire Community YMCAs, has something...

Book opened to "Kidney Failure."

Today.com: At Hartford Hospital, a Husband-to-Wife Kidney Transplant

Today.com, the digital arm of NBC’s “Today” show, recently visited with Teri and John Rexroad of Killingworth after they lost their daughter, who died late last year following a diagnosis of liver failure, and then Teri’s kidney failed … [Sarra’s] parents, Teri and John Rexroad of Killingworth, Connecticut, have barely...

Amanda Zaleski

New Blood Pressure Guidelines: Q&A With Exercise Physiologist

Editor’s note: Amanda Zaleski, an exercise physiologist with the Hartford HealthCare Heart & Vascular Institute’s Department of Preventive Cardiology,  led an early morning “Walk and Talk” at Westfarms mall Feb. 2 to celebrate National Heart Month. Walkers learned about the new blood pressure guidelines, watched a CPR demonstration and received...

Mother and Daughter.

How To Help Parents As They Age

By Margaret DeMarino Perhaps, having recently visited your family during the holidays, you can’t stop thinking about how surprised you were when you walked into your mother’s kitchen for the first time in months and saw crumbs scattered over the counter and dust bunnies settled under the table. Your mother had...

FemTouch

FemTouch: How Postmenopausal Women Can Improve Their Health (And Romance)

By Margaret DeMarino Two years ago, Francine Cole realized that sex was becoming painful due to vaginal dryness, a condition that commonly occurs in postmenopausal women. Cole, who was 58 at the time, began searching for answers. Her search led to Dr. Elena Tunitsky, a urogynecologist at Hartford HealthCare. Dr....

Sweet Potato Bean Wraps.

Super Bowl Recipe: Sweet Potato Bean Wraps

The Super Bowl is one of the  year’s biggest fat-fests, larded with party trays of greasy nachos, fried chicken wings and cheesy dips. It doesn’t have to be this way. Try, for instance, these tasty Sweet Potato Bean Wraps, cheese optional, from Jeanne Tennis, a vegan chef and certified macrobiotic...

Cancer cells.

Dr. Wylie Hosmer: Weaponizing Your Immune System Against Cancer

By Dr. Wylie D. Hosmer Worried about cancer? Click here to get a call back from one of our cancer experts.  The three most terrifying words in the English language may be: “You have cancer.” But exciting advances in research have uncovered more powerful treatment options, using the patient’s immune system, to...


Emergency Room Or Urgent Care? There’s A Difference

Hartford HealthCare has a number of Urgent Care Centers across Connecticut. Dr. Paqui Motyl, Regional Medical Director for Urgent Care, describes the services offered. Q. Explain the difference between ER vs. Urgent Care usage? A. Hartford Healthcare Medical Group is dedicated to provide outstanding medical care to the community. Therefore, Urgent...

Older couple on couch.

Safe Steps: What a Balance, Fall Prevention Program Can Do For You

By Sharon Treat, MSPT Outpatient Therapy, Jefferson House One of the trendier new self-help mantras is about becoming your “best self.” Those who work with the aging population know falling often gets in the way of being your “best self.” According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more...

Stethoscope on a keyboard.

His Patient Self-Diagnosed Cancer Via Google (Guess What?)

This op-ed first appeared in The Hartford Courant. By Dr. David W. Wolpaw “Doctor, I think I have cancer.” the young man said to me. His throat had been sore for a few weeks and, when he looked in the mirror, he thought he saw a growth in the back...


What Will You Gain? By Losing Weight, This Man Gained A New Life

Paul Listro, director of public safety at Westfarms mall, says he recognized the health consequences of steadily gaining weight until he  finally reached 325 pounds. “If I walked up the stairs,” he says, “I was huffing and puffing. I had high blood pressure. I used a CPAP machine (for sleep...

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Outdoor Exercise? In This Weather? Here’s How.

By Lisa Hageman No matter what time of year, breathing fresh clean air benefits your body. According to research, outdoor exercise can increase your energy levels while helping to decrease tension, frustration and depression. In the colder months, also known as the winter weight-gain period, it’s easy to go into hibernation....

The new Hartford HealthCare HealthCenter in Southington.

What to Look for at New HealthCenter in Southington

The Hartford HealthCare HealthCenter in Southington, which opened recently at 462 Queen St., is a 48,000-square-foot facility that expands access to convenient health care for the residents of Southington and neighboring towns. Services include: Primary care. The Hospital of Central Connecticut Rehabilitation Network. Center for Healthy Aging. Ayer Neuroscience Institute: Neurology, Epileptology,...


Charlotte Hungerford, Hartford HealthCare Receive State Approval to Affiliate

The state Office of Health Care Access has approved the affiliation of Charlotte Hungerford Hospital and Hartford HealthCare, allowing the two organizations to move forward with finalizing their partnership. The two organizations, after signing an agreement Dec. 18, will begin a 120-day strategic planning process to outline the priorities and plans...

Dr. Ricardo Young

Backus Revives Surgical Weight Loss Program With New Director

After a short hiatus, the Backus Center for Surgical Weight Loss is again accepting patients with the arrival of general surgeon Ricardo Young, MD. With advanced training in bariatric, robotic and endoscopic surgery, Young comes to Backus Hospital from the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center at Fort Hood, Texas,...

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How You Can Avoid Esophageal Cancer

Smoking, often associated with lung cancer, is also one of the leading causes of esophageal cancer. Smokers have a 500 percent greater chance than non-smokers of developing cancer in the esophagus, a muscular tube in the digestive tract that transports food from the mouth to the stomach. Alcohol also increases...


Don’t Let Stress and Depression Interrupt Your Holidays

By Nicholas Arsenault Transitional Care Nurse, Hartford HealthCare at Home For many, the holidays are a time of togetherness, giving and being around those we love and cherish the most. But sometimes the holidays can bring about feelings that limit how much you enjoy this time of year. Stress and...

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Brain-Imaging Research At IOL: ADHD A Collection Of Disorders

Researchers have found that patients with different types of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, have impairments in unique brain systems, suggesting there may not be a one-size-fits-all explanation for the cause of the disorder. The study has the potential to radically reframe how researchers think about ADHD. The study was published...

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Connecticut Veterans And The Alarming Rate Of Suicide

Not too long ago, suicide rates for active military members and veterans were lower than those of the general population. Yet the military (active and veterans) now represents 20 percent of all suicides in the United States after a doubling of suicide rates between 2001 and 2009. Veterans Day, a national...

Suzanne Harriman receiving hand therapy.

With Hand Therapy, Rehab Client Regains Optimum Use Of Her Fingers

By Sarah Fasolo Suzanne Harriman thought surgery would alleviate all the problems with her right hand. But even after recuperation, she experienced difficulty opening and closing her hand, and bending her fingers. Try hand therapy, she was told by Dr. Kevin Burton of Orthopedic Associates of Hartford and the Bone...

Marc Michaud at a rehab session.

How Physical Therapy Got This Carpenter Back To Work

By Sarah Fasolo Marc Michaud, 54, of Plainfield found himself in the hands, literally, of the Hartford HealthCare Rehabilitation Network twice in a year. After surgery to repair a tear in his right rotator cuff in October 2016, he faced a second surgery. This time, it would be on his...

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Medicare Vs. Medicare Advantage: How To Choose

By Judith Graham Kaiser Health News As health insurers struggle with shifting government policies and considerable uncertainty, one market remains remarkably stable: Medicare Advantage plans. That’s good news for seniors as they select coverage for the year ahead during Medicare’s annual open enrollment period (this year running from Oct. 15...


Three Steps To Avoid The Flu This Season

“Take 3 Actions” offers three simple steps to stop the spread of the flu: 1. Take the time to get a flu vaccine. It’s the most effect way to prevent the flu during season that peaks in February and March but can start as early as October and last through...


Proper Form: What Is The Best Way To Run And Prevent Injury?

Everyone has a different way of running. It’s based on your body and the mechanics of how you place your foot and movement. To prevent injury while running,  start with a dynamic warmup and gradually increase your heart rate and core temperature. Shoes are important. Monitor how many miles you put...


Hartford HealthCare, Aetna Announce Three-Year Network Agreement

Three months before contract expiration, new contract means Hartford HealthCare hospitals, ancillary providers and employed physicians will remain in-network without interruption. Hartford HealthCare and Aetna today announced a three-year agreement effective Jan. 1, 2018. The agreement was reached three months before the current multiyear contract expired. The new contract includes...


How To Talk To Someone Who Has Dementia

By Michelle Wyman, Dementia Specialist Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging How to communicate with people who have dementia: Always state their name before speaking. This attracts their attention. Maintain eye contact throughout the conversation. Avoid speaking from another room or from behind. They may have forgotten you were in...


How Rehabilitation Care Now Can Save Disability Costs Later

Rehabilitation is an ambitious goal for health-care providers who hope the change the lives of the nearly 50 million Americans with disabilities. With National Rehabilitation Week (Sept. 17-23) here, we offer these rehab essentials: Most Americans will require a least one rehabilitation session at some point in their lives. Rehabilitation...


GoHealth Urgent Care Opens In Meriden

Is this the new shape of urgent care in America, with a reception area but no receptionist and no patient paperwork, open space instead of walls, no magazines (but complimentary decaf Tazo tea) in the waiting area and oversize examination rooms? C’mon in. But not for long: You won’t spend...


Urinary Incontinence? Here’s How Physical Therapy Can Help

Urinary incontinence affects 25 million people in the United States, including 1 out of 3 women. Urinary incontinence is described as the involuntary loss of urine and can range from mild leaking to uncontrollable wetting. There are three types of urinary incontinence: Stress Incontinence: Leakage with coughing, sneezing and physical...


Back-To-School Sports: Hydration and Concussions

By Bill LaBruna With back-to-school around the corner, it’s important to be aware of your young athlete’s health on and off the field. Hydration Hydration is crucial to good overall health and athletic performance. Dehydration affects their performance and also puts them at risk for fatigue, nausea, heat cramps or,...


Celebrate Cancer Survivors At ‘Superheroes Of Hope’

  “Survivors: Superheroes of Hope,” a celebration of life dedicated to our cancer survivors at The Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at MidState Medical Center, is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 10, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Hubbard Park in Meriden. The event features music, a balloon artist for kids and stories...


When Is It Too Early To Get A Flu Shot?

By Dr. Sowmya S. Kurtakoti Medical Director, Hartford Hospital Senior Primary Care at Duncaster Every year, medical professionals hear people say, “I’ve never had the flu, so why should I get a flu shot?” Without it, people are risking serious diseases like influenza, pneumonia or even whooping cough, sometimes leading...


Where To Get Help With Medicare Open Enrollment

By Penny Ross, MPH Resource Coordinator, and Robin Michel It’s no secret that Medicare can be complicated, with Part A, Part B, Part D, Medicare Supplement and Medicare Advantage. What does it all mean? As a Medicare beneficiary, you have from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7 to review your coverage and make...


‘Orthopaedic’ Spells New Institute At MidState

The Connecticut Orthopaedic Institute at MidState Medical Center, operative since May, is the state’s newest center for the care and recovery of patients with musculoskeletal injuries and disorders. A pavilion of the medical center was renovated and repurposed to accommodate orthopaedic patients and their guests. When complete, the Institute will be...


When It’s Time To Take Over A Family Member’s Finances

By Nancy Becker Resource Coordinator, Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging While visiting her older mother-in-law, a local woman was shocked to find utility shut-off notices and past due bills in a pile of mail. She realized that her once-capable relative was no longer able to handle financial matters, including...


Hartford HealthCare Family Health Center Opens In Prospect

Hartford HealthCare Family Health Center, a familiar presence in central and eastern Connecticut, is reaching into new territory with its latest location in Prospect that opened in April and celebrated with a ribbon-cutting July 20 at 73 Waterbury Road. Prospect, a small town (population: 9,494) south of Waterbury that was once...


Garden Blooms From Cancer Diagnosis

New Yorker Mary Lowengard, treated at The Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at Hartford Hospital, launches effort to transform view for infusion center patients. The Lowengard family cancer odyssey began the afternoon of Sept. 13, 2016. I was heading north on I-91 from New York City to Hartford to accompany my...


Why Fitness Trackers Are Reliable For Heart Rate, Not Calories Burned

The wristband tracking devices worn by millions of fitness-conscious Americans do an adequate job measuring heart rate but not  estimating energy expenditure, according to a study published earlier this year in the Journal of Personalized Medicine. Exercise plays an important role in preventing coronary heart disease, which is responsible for...


Why It Makes Sense To Have A Primary Care Provider

Do you know anyone who doesn’t have a primary care physician? Having a physician who knows your medical history and manages your health has become a standard component of American health care. But for those who don’t have a primary care provider, here are 20 reasons to get  one —...


Connecticut Orthopaedic Institute Opens At MidState Medical Center

Hartford HealthCare has opened the Connecticut Orthopaedic Institute at MidState Medical Center, bringing together more of state’s best orthopaedic surgeons to create a new center for the care and recovery of patients with musculoskeletal injuries and disorders. An entire pavilion of the medical center is being renovated and repurposed expressly...


How Endoscopy Can Now Treat Gastrointestinal Tract Disorders, Too

By Noreen Kirk Special to The News Hub New techniques let doctors treat early cancers and other disorders of the gastrointestinal tract without the risks of conventional surgery. Physicians have used endoscopic procedures such as upper endoscopies and colonoscopies for decades to examine the interiors of the gastrointestinal tract, including...


How Spinal Cord Stimulation Can Help Some Sufferers Of Chronic Pain

For some sufferers of chronic pain, spinal cord stimulation has offered relief by modifying or blocking nerve activity that allows pain signals to reach the brain. Dr. Ricardo Taboada, an anesthesiologist specializing in pain management, discusses treatment available at Hartford Hospital’s Pain Treatment Center in this quick-hit interview: Q.  WHAT TYPE...


Can Exercise Prevent A Cold?

By Hartford HealthCare Senior Services Cold season is coming. Want to increase your changes of avoiding all the classic symptom? Exercise regularly. Recent studies have found that staying active decreased the odds of catching cold viruses by half. Current studies have also shown that being involved in regular exercise can...


Color Your Plate With These Foods, And Vary Protein Choices

By Michele Boisvert, Exercise Physiologist Did you ever think about what goes on your plate or in your cup or bowl before you eat? Foods like fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy products, whole grains and lean protein foods contain the nutrients you need without too many calories. Try some of these...