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After Cancer Treatment

How Physical Rehab Can Help Recovery From Lung Cancer      

By Ruth H. Satterberg Occupational Therapist, Certified Lymphedema Therapist Hospital of Central CT Cancer Institute A lung cancer diagnosis can be extremely challenging. Lung cancer, different from breast cancer, often has more complications and challenges to overcome. Evidence shows that physical and occupational therapy can be very helpful at all stages...

Senior man giving wife a kiss

The Long-Term Effects of Cancer Therapy on Your Body

Treatment of lung cancer has developed rapidly in the past 10 years. With earlier detection and improved therapies, patient outcomes have improved significantly. The therapies used for treatment of lung cancer — chemotherapy, radiation and surgery — certainly cause many acute side effects.  But this article will focus on the...

Turkey Burger

Hands-On Diet Training for Your Kid’s Health, Athletic Performance

Whatever your age, an anti-inflammatory diet is good for your health. But it’s only good for you if you know what it is and know how to use it. (We’re ready to help session in the Hartford HealthCare Bone & Joint Institute‘s demonstration kitchen.) Our immune system protects our body...


Hartford HealthCare’s Janette Edwards Receives ’40 Under Forty’ Award

Janette Edwards was named one of Hartford Business Journal’s “40 Under Forty” award recipients. The award recognizes the outstanding achievements of young professionals in the Greater Hartford area. Edwards, 36, is the Vice President of Operations for The Hospital of Central Connecticut in New Britain and Southington and MidState Medical...

Hydration at Work

Hydration Counts, Even Sitting at Work. Use These Tips.

Everybody knows they need to drink water every day. But it’s not always easy to remember this simple rule, especially in a busy work environment. As summer heats up, it’s more important than ever to remember to keep yourself hydrated, even if you are just sitting at a desk.  Michelle...


Migraines? A Local Clinical Trial May Be for You

The Hartford HealthCare Headache Center is currently conducting a research study of a home treatment for migraine using self-administered investigational medical device. The study device is non-invasive and does not require medications intake. Compensation for your time and travel is available. Hartford HealthCare Headache Center medical director Dr. Brian Grosberg is the...

Sports neurology

Why an Athlete Might Now See a Sports Neurologist

What is a sports neurologist? With the dramatic increase in head injuries in football and other sports, this relatively new subspecialty of neurology has become increasingly prominent. Dr. Stephanie Alessi-Larosa is a sports neurologist with the Hartford Healthcare Ayer Neuroscience Institute: Q. Sports neurology is a somewhat new field. Why...


Everyone Ride/Run Against Cancer Everyday (ERRACE) Holds Anniversary Ride July 13

With a goal of inspiring the community to be physically active and health conscious, while raising awareness and funding for cancer research, a group of professionals launched Everyone Ride/Run Against Cancer Everyday (ERRACE) a decade ago. On Saturday, July 13, the group will host an anniversary ride, run and walk...

Buying Sunscreen

Choosing the Best Sunscreen: How to Protect Yourself This Summer

By Dr. MariMeg Clairwood Hartford HealthCare Medical Group Dermatologist You’re reaching for the sunscreen at the store, but then you pause, overwhelmed by the number of choices. With so many options, which one should you choose? Here are the answers to some questions about sun protection. Are all sunscreens created...

Stroke

When it Came to a Stroke, Tedy Bruschi Thought F.A.S.T.

By Dr. Timothy Parsons Chief of Neurology, Hospital of Central Connecticut On July 4, former New England Patriots linebacker and current ESPN analyst Tedy Bruschi suffered a stroke. Because he knew the signs — Bruschi, 46, had a stroke in 2005, only days after the Patriots’ third Super Bowl victory...

Muscle Man

Over-60 Weight Training That Boosts Bone Density, Muscle Mass

As we age, it’s important to remember to exercise and keep yourself strong. Weight training not only keeps you in shape, but it can also help you build bone density. Here’s exercise physiologist Bruce Brazeal with information about a class for people over 60 years old at the Hartford HealthCare Bone...

Summer Cookout

Summer Safety Checklist: The Cookout, Fireworks and Sun

If you’re not quite ready for summer, the Fourth of July will hit you on your head with it. Of course, we always think safety first, so here are some tips that should last the season. And if you do get a bump on the your head, a minor cut...


Moody’s upgrades Hartford HealthCare Bond Rating Outlook

Moody’s Investors Service has affirmed Hartford HealthCare’s A2 revenue bond rating, and has upgraded HHC’s outlook to stable. Moody’s, one of the three main bond-rating agencies, said the outlook revision “reflects Moody’s view that HHC will be able to demonstrate ongoing improvement in its margins as a result of strong...

Jeffrey Flaks

Leadership Change at Hartford HealthCare

Hartford HealthCare has named Jeffrey A. Flaks its President and Chief Executive Officer, effective Sept. 1. Flaks succeeds Elliot Joseph, who has been Hartford HealthCare’s Chief Executive Officer since 2013. Joseph made the decision to retire after leading the organization for more than 10 years. “For several years, the Hartford...

Dr. Sowmya Suraj Kurtakoti

Kurtakoti Selected for National Emerging Leaders in Aging Program

Dr. Sowmya Suraj Kurtakoti of Hartford HealthCare Medical Group has been chosen for the 2019–20 Tideswell at UCSF/AGS/ADGAP Emerging Leaders in Aging program. She joins only five other health professionals chosen nationally who will be working in a clinical setting. A total of 18 professionals were selected to work in...


Hartford HealthCare and Trinity College Announce Major Partnership

Hartford HealthCare (HHC) is proud to announce the signing of an agreement with Trinity College to provide all of their students access to the high-quality, comprehensive health care services that are available throughout the HHC system. The partnership between the two institutions will help manage a higher volume of health care needs and...

July Classes, Events

A Healthier You: Upcoming Classes, Events in July

In July, you can learn about joint replacement surgery, yoga (and pilates) for cancer survivors, lean body cooking and tai chi and QiGong for Parkinson’s patients. And that’s only a sampling of classes and events offered this month by Hartford HealthCare. For a complete schedule, click here.

Walk to Wellness July

July Walk to Wellness: Back, Neck Pain

Back pain is universal. It’s the leading cause of disability around the world. When, sooner or later, your back (or neck) causes enough irritation that it requires medical assistance, you’ll find some healthy advice at The Hospital of Central Connecticut Spine Center. Sarah Bussolari, an APRN at the Spine Center, will...


Cluster Headaches: Why They’re Such A Pain This Time of Year

By Dr. Abigail Chua Headache and Facial Pain Fellowship Program Director Hartford HealthCare Medical Group Spring has turned to summer, flowers are in bloom and life takes a slower, more carefree pace. Until you suffer one of the worst headaches you’ve ever experienced, and it just won’t quit, causing excruciating...


Connecticut Hospital Association Honors Three HHC HealthCare Heroes

One Healthcare Hero rescued a paralyzed man and his wife from flood waters, two parlayed personal heartbreaks into better care for patients, three traveled overseas to bring medical services and healthcare knowledge to the underserved, and an entire hospital became heroes during a tragic incident.  These are just some of the stories...


Hartford HealthCare’s David A. Whitehead Named Connecticut’s 2019 Grassroots Champion

The American Hospital Association (AHA) and CHA recognized David A. Whitehead, Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer, Hartford HealthCare, as Connecticut’s 2019 Grassroots Champion at CHA’s 101st Annual Meeting on Thursday, June 20, 2019. As the 2019 Grassroots Champion, Mr. Whitehead is being recognized for his exceptional...

Travelers Championship Celebrity Pro-Am

Get a Golf Swing Analysis at Travelers’ Sports Zone

Visitors to this week’s Travelers Championship golf tournament in Cromwell are invited to stop at the Hartford HealthCare Sports Zone, located between the 15th tee and 16th green. it’s a great place to take watch from elevated stadium seating in a climate-controlled tent. Dr. Antonio Fernandez, a Hartford HealthCare sports cardiologist,...


Going to the Travelers? Stop by HHC’s SportsZone

If you’re going to the Traveler’s Championship be sure to stop by the HHC-sponsored SportsZone, a large tent between the 15th and 16th green. Meet HHC orthopedic and cardiovascular specialists, ask questions and take a chance on raffle drawings and prize giveaways. The Travelers Championship is June 17-23, at TPC...

Art Therapy

ART for Healing: Coping With Cancer Through Artistic Expression

When coping with a chronic illness such as cancer, patients and their caregivers can experience a range of complex emotions. Expressive arts and other forms of integrative medicine can be an important resource for people to learn coping strategies, express their feelings and help process experiences during early diagnosis, treatment and...


Men: Take Charge of Your Health (It’s Easy)

Dr. Jared Bieniek Medical Director Hartford HealthCare Tallwood Urology and Kidney Institute Men’s Health Waiting for your car to break down is the wrong time for a tune-up.  Preventive care can keep the engine running efficiently, avoiding headaches and expensive bills.  Unfortunately, many men do not care for their health...


New Study Shows Safety in Taking Blood Thinners Before Eye Surgery

Up until recently, doctors had no idea if people who needed eye surgery but were on blood thinners could continue taking their medication safely prior to their procedure. Many patients receive a nerve block on their eye and it was unclear if patients needed to stop taking them before receiving...

Carotid Artery

TCAR Procedure Lowers Stroke Risk for Carotid Artery Disease Patients

A narrowed carotid artery is typically treated with a carotid endarterectomy, which enables doctors to  open or clean the artery and reduce the risk of stroke. If the blockage is higher up in the neck than the usual patient with carotid disease, however, the risk of stroke during the procedure...

Emergency Services

Two Sides to Trauma at Hartford Hospital: Treating It, Preventing It

The Injury Prevention Center at Hartford Hospital offers programs that help reduce the incidence of injury and trauma through education and behavior modification. In cases of trauma, Hartford Hospital offers the region’s first level-one trauma center and is expanding in both clinical expertise and research. Christa Green, a clinical research associate...


More Screen Time? It’s Now Part of Teens’ Mental Health Treatment

By Dr. Paul Weigle Psychiatrist, Natchaug Hospital Contrary to what you may think, video games, social media and related digital technology can actually improve the mental health of our younger generation. This is not to say Little Johnny should be allowed to lock himself in the basement and play Fortnite around...


It’s Man vs. Enlarged Prostate: Here’s How to Win

By Paul Pyo, MD Urologist, Hartford HealthCare Medical Group Men can exercise, eat right and get enough sleep to stay healthy. But some conditions aren’t preventable, even if they’re treatable. Unfortunately, too many men avoid the signs of a pretty common condition that can be fixed by a visit to...

Romberg Exercise

What is Romberg Exercise?

Balance exercises can reduce the risk of a fall for people with vertigo. Improved balance can also encourage people with vertigo, and its sensation of spinning, to increase physical activity and enhance their social life. The Romberg exercise is both an easy and an effective way to reduce symptoms of...

Sweet Potato Breakfast Cookie

Athlete’s Corner: Staying Hydrated, Sweet Potato Breakfast Cookie

By Chris Barrett Bone & Joint Institute Clinical Dietitian Why is hydration so important as temperatures begin to rise over the summer? Exercise may feel more difficult because it takes an athlete about two weeks to become acclimated to a hot and humid environment.  As little as 2  percent dehydration can...

Truncal Lymphedema

When Breast Cancer Treatments Cause Truncal Lymphedema

Lymphedema, a collection of fluid that can cause swelling, is possible anywhere in the body but seems to be identified and addressed more commonly when it happens in an arm or leg. When persistent swelling occurs in the underarm, breast, or chest, patients will often decide to wait and see...

Summer Camp and Vaccines

First on Summer Campers’ Checklist: Vaccinations

All Connecticut summer campers are required by state law to be immunized against certain diseases, including diptheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, measles and rubella. State law allows medical and religious exemptions, but if there’s an outbreak any exempted campers will be excluded. Here’s more information for 2019 summer campers: If you...

Tiny Pacemaker

This Teeny-Weeny Pacemaker is No Bigger Than a Vitamin Capsule

Download your guide on irregular heartbeats – and how they’re diagnosed and treated.  The world’s smallest pacemaker, the Micra transcatheter pacing system, is designed for patients who need a single-chamber pacemaker. Dr. Steven Zweibel, director of electrophysiology at Hartford Hospital, explains: Q: The size of this pacemaker is similar to...

Open MRI

The Laid-Back Beauty of the Open MRI

By Tom Cappas In the past, Magnetic Resonance Imaging caused a good deal of stress in some patients. MRI uses a magnetic field and pulses of radio wave energy to make pictures of organs and structures that are inside the body. The cylindrical scanners held patients in a very tight...

PSA test

How to Stop Prostate Cancer? It Starts With a PSA Test

Dr. Ryan Dorin, a urologist at the Hartford HealthCare Tallwood Urology & Kidney Institute, says the PSA test remains the best way to detect prostate cancer at its earliest stages and give the patient the best chance at successful treatment. Here’s a quick Q&A: Q: There has been a fair...

Cancer/Yoga

A Healthier You: Cancer Institute Summer Classes, Events

2019 Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute Summer Calendar Bereavement Support Group June 26, July 10 & 24, Aug. 14 & 28 from 2-3:30 pm Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at Backus Hospital, 326 Washington St., Norwich, Conference Room 2 To register, call 1.855.HHC.HERE (1.855.442.4373) Brain Tumor Support: Upcoming Events and Community Resources June 6, July 11, Aug....

LIFE STAR Recruits

Inside Look: Training to Become a LIFE STAR Crew Member

What does it take to become a crew member of the LIFE STAR helicopter, the critical care air ambulance that has been transporting patients since 1985? Since the medical transport began at Hartford Hospital, LIFE STAR helicopters have been added at MidState Medical Center in Meriden, Backus Hospital in Norwich and, more...


Can Diet, Nutrition and Our Immune System Beat Cancer?

By Dr. Peter Yu Physician-in-Chief, Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute It is frightening to receive a cancer diagnosis. But there is more hope than ever before. Through clinical trials and research, we are developing new treatments that help people live longer and better lives – and actually cure an increasing number of...

Essential Tremor

Essential Tremor: The Most Common (And Least Known) Movement Disorder

Essential tremor, the most common adult movement disorder, affects nearly 10 million people in the United States. That’s more than 2 percent of the population. Here’s a Q/A with Dr. Duarte Machado, co-director of Hartford HealthCare’s David and Rhoda Chase Family Movement Disorders Center: Q. For something so common, many...


Avoid Golf Injuries, Says This Orthopedic Surgeon, With These Exercises

With the weather improving and the greens finally dry, New Englanders are finding their way back to the golf course. Golf offers many health benefits, including cardiovascular fitness and increased muscle tone that you get from walking 18 holes as well the enjoyment from being out in nature. And while...


Hartford HealthCare Leaders Travel to Israel to Build New Partnership

Hartford HealthCare’s CEO Elliot Joseph recently returned with a special delegation after a four-day trip to Israel. He joined several representatives from Hartford HealthCare, along with a representative from the Metro Hartford Alliance. Together, the group explored ways to develop long-term, mutually-beneficial partnerships that leverage Hartford HealthCare as well as Hartford-area...


Hartford HealthCare Physicians Make Connecticut Magazine’s Best Doctors 2019 List

Dozens of Hartford HealthCare-affiliated physicians have made Connecticut Magazine’s Best Doctors lineup for 2019. Hartford HealthCare doctors on this year’s list come from a variety of specialties including anesthesia, cardiovascular medicine, critical care, geriatrics, hepatology, orthopedics, obstetrics and gynecology, psychiatry, oncology, radiology and more. The list comes from The Best...


Lewy Body Dementia: What You Need to Know

By Dr. Barry Gordon When former Boston Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner passed away recently, his family shared that the near-Hall of Fame player famous for a World Series error had been battling Lewy body dementia. Many people are familiar with the dementia associated with Alzheimer’s disease, but fewer are...

Events, Classes in June

A Healthier You: Upcoming Classes, Events in June

In June, you can learn about surgical weight loss, pilates for cancer survivors, lean body cooking, art therapy and exercises for Parkinson’s patients. And that’s only a sampling of classes and events offered this month by Hartford HealthCare. For a complete schedule, click here.      


New Research Shows Alcohol Consumption Up 70 Percent Worldwide Since 1990

While the nation is focused on tackling the opioid crisis, researchers have identified a 70-percent increase in alcohol consumption since 1990. Translated into liquid, the amount drunk climbed from 20,999 million liters (5,547 million gallons) to 35,676 million liters (9,425 million gallons) per year. “These numbers are staggering, and remind...


Godfrey Pearlson, director of the Olin Neuropsychiatry Research Center at the IOL Recognized with Research Mentorship Award

Godfrey Pearlson, MA, MBBS, director of Olin Neuropsychiatry Research Center at Hartford HealthCare’s Institute of Living (IOL), was recently recognized with the Research Mentorship Award in a ceremony hosted by the American Psychiatric Association Fellowship Program (APAF) and American Association of Chairs of Departments of Psychiatry (AACDP). Dr. Pearlson –...

Overweight woman talking to medical professional.

Weight Loss, From Diet to Surgery: Which is Right for You?

Managing your weight is challenging, but it is one of the most important steps you can take for a healthier lifestyle. Dr. Pavlos Papasavas is director of research in the department of surgery and co-director of bariatric surgery at Hartford Hospital: Q.  First, can you explain the different approach to...


The Hospital of Central Connecticut Opens New Cardiac Rehabilitation Space

The Hospital of Central Connecticut Cardiac Rehabilitation Program has opened a new rehabilitation space on its New Britain campus. The 3,120-square-foot facility provides the latest equipment to aid in the treatment and recovery of cardiac patients. The center provides phase II telemetry monitored exercise to patients who have been treated...


The Difference Between Physical and Mental Illness? Discrimination.

Patricia A. Rehmer President, Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network When someone is hospitalized with a physical illness like cancer or heart disease, it’s common for friends and neighbors to bring food to that family: casseroles, breads, cookies and more. On the other hand, when an individual is diagnosed with a...


Program Offers H.O.P.E to Drug Offenders in Southington

Michael Gagnon was a typical teenager at Southington High School. Passionate about football, he had a bright future as a nose guard with the Blue Knights varsity team. After being caught with a small amount of marijuana at school, Michael was expelled before he had a chance to play on...

Teens, Makeup and Self-Esteem

How Parents Can Help Teens Build Self-Esteem

Related: Kids, Social Media and Body Image How Anyone Can Build Self-Esteem Healthwise contributed to this report.  Dr. Laura Saunders is a child and adolescent psychologist at Hartford Hospital’s Institute of Living.


Volunteer at the Travelers

Volunteer at the Travelers Championship! Hartford HealthCare has been a key participant of the Travelers Championship for the last 11 years and is the official sponsor of the Travelers Championship volunteers at Connecticut’s largest sporting event that attracts over 4,000 volunteers. As in the past, HHC employees are invited to...


Connecticut Medicine Devotes Issue to Opioid Crisis

With opioid overdose the leading cause of death in Connecticut since 2013 for people under 50 years old, what is the medical community doing to fight this public health crisis? In a special edition of Connecticut Medicine called “Finding Hope in the Battle against the Opioid Overdose Crisis,” guest editors...

Cancer Recovery and Physical Activiity

The Importance of Physical Activity in Cancer Survivorship

By Gretchin Bade Program Director of Oncology Hartford Hospital Rehabilitation Network At least 20 studies of people with breast, colorectal, prostate and ovarian cancer have suggested that physically active cancer survivors have a lower risk of cancer recurrence and improved survival compared to survivors who are inactive. Exercise also has...

Colorectal Cancer

Rebuilding Your Life After Colorectal Cancer Diagnosis

Dr. Gerard Fumo Physician Lead, Hartford HealthCare Gastrointestinal Disease Management Team Colorectal cancer, a potentially lethal disease, is one of the most preventable cancers because doctors can remove precancerous growths during a colonoscopy. In part, because of the advances in screening, which leads to detection and removal of early cancers,...


Innovating Our Way to a Healthy State Economy

Elliot Joseph Chief Executive Officer Hartford HealthCare Look out, Silicon Valley, here comes the Connecticut River Valley. Seriously. Last month, Bloomberg’s latest U.S. State Innovation Index ranked Connecticut as the fourth most innovative economy. Only California, Massachusetts and Washington ranked ahead. The Bloomberg wizards based this on the presence of...


HHC Stars Gear Up for Stars Dancing for Parkinson’s Event

The second annual Stars Dancing for Parkinson’s fundraiser to benefit the Chase Family Movement Disorders Center at the Hartford HealthCare Ayer Neuroscience Institute will be held May 10, from 6-11:30 p.m. at the Hartford Marriott Downtown. Backus and Windham Hospital President, Donna Handley, journaled her experience training with her ballroom...

Stroke

This Is What a Stroke Looks Like

Stroke, a leading cause of death in the United States, causes more serious long-term disabilities than any other disease. Stroke risk more than doubles each decade after age 55, according the the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Here’s more from Dr. Amre Nouh, director of the Stroke Center at...


Why TAVR Heart-Valve Replacement Is a Medical Breakthrough

By Dr. Raymond G. McKay Co-Director, Hartford HealthCare Heart & Vascular Institute Structural Heart Disease Program at Hartford Hospital Download your guide to aortic stenosis & the TAVR procedure.  Medical breakthroughs that seem to come out of nowhere grab the headlines: cancer vaccines, lab-grown body parts and other developments that almost...

Peripartum Depression

The Hospital of Central Connecticut Opens Expanded Maternal Fetal Medicine Program Space

The Hospital of Central Connecticut has announced the opening of its expanded Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM) program space to meet the increased need for high-risk prenatal testing. The new and expanded 2,390-square-foot area includes additional exam and procedure rooms on the New Britain campus. The new space boasts three ultrasound...


Beyond Heartburn: How to Finally Get Rid of GERD

By Dr. Ken Schwartz General Surgeon, MidState Medical Center While occurrences are rare, gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, can lead to cancer. With April marking Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month, it is a good time to discuss GERD, which is a common disease with potentially serious repercussions. So what is GERD?...

'Losers'

5 Things Your Athletic Child Can Learn from Netflix’s ‘Losers’

By Dr. Peter Lucchio Clinical Psychologist Calling someone a loser is the worst kind of condemnation in our current polarized culture. But “Losers,” a Netflix documentary series, shows another side of losing: athletes who have overcome highly public defeats in ways that can inspire all athletes to be more resilient when...


Measles: An Epidemic of Misinformation

Dr. Jack W. Ross Medical Director, Infection Control Hartford HealthCare The United States is on pace to see its most measles cases since 2000 – the year the disease was supposedly eradicated. Now the potentially deadly disease is back with a vengeance. On April 15, New York announced a public...

KIdney Donation

What it Takes to Donate a Kidney

Nearly 120,000 Americans are on the waiting list for a life-saving organ transplant, according to the National Kidney Foundation.  Almost 100,000 need a kidney and fewer than 17,000 each year will actually receive one. Dr. Bejon Maneckshana, a transplant surgeon at Hartford Hospital, answers some questions about living kidney donations...

MedTech

New MedTech Accelerator in Hartford To Target Digital Health

Startupbootcamp announced on April 24 the launch of its MedTech Accelerator in Hartford, designed specifically to rapidly scale healthcare-focused technology startups. The MedTech Accelerator has been established to attract new talent and technology to Hartford, and will provide entrepreneurs with the support, resources, and industry and investor connections they need...

Coronary calcium score.

Hartford Hospital Among Best for Heart Transplants

Hartford Hospital is the No. 1 adult heart transplant program in Connecticut based on three-year survival rate data from the national Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR). Hartford Hospital also ranks second highest in the New England-New York-New Jersey region and 11th highest in the nation out of 107 programs....

Your brain and aging

High Preparedness: Legal or Not, What’s Weed Do to Drivers?

Dr. Godfrey Pearlson Director, Olin Neuropsychiatry Research Center at the Institute of Living Research Director, Institute of Living Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network Whatever the outcome of the current debate on legalizing recreational marijuana in Connecticut, we need to know more about marijuana’s overall effect on the brain and behavior...


Advance Directive Basics: How to Make Your Healthcare Decisions

If you do not want certain treatments, you have the right to tell your physician you do not want them and have your wishes followed. You also have the right to receive information from your physician to assist you in reaching a decision about what medical care is to be...

Suicide Prevention

Warning Signs of Suicide: How You Can Possibly Save a Life

This column originally appeared in The CT Mirror. By Dr. James O’Dea Vice President, Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network In just a matter of days, two survivors of the Parkland, Fla., shooting and the father of a first-grade girl killed in the Sandy Hook massacre took his own life. With...

Flu Season

It’s Spring . . . And Still Flu Season

It’s officially spring, but it’s still flu season in Connecticut. Flu activity was classified as widespread in the latest update provided by the state Department of Public Health. Through March, 64 people died and 2,868 people had been hospitalized since the flu season began late last August. Healthwise content is...


Hartford Hospital Celebrates 1,000th ‘TAVR’ Procedure

Method Helps Patients with Aortic Valve Disease On April 5, Hartford Hospital’s structural heart team celebrated its 1,000th Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR), an achievement reached in January of this year. “It is an honor to celebrate this achievement with our teams and the entire Heart & Vascular Institute,” said...


How this High-Tech Analysis Can Predict a Sports Injury Before it Happens

What do all pitchers, whether Little Leaguers or Major Leaguers, have in common? Arm pain and arm, shoulder or elbow injuries. A study published on injury prevention in baseball  found that up to 74 percent of youth baseball players, ages 8 to 18, report some degree of arm pain while...


National Donate Life Month Highlights Living Organ Donation

Every 10 minutes, another person is added to the national transplant waiting list — and 82  percent are in need of a kidney. Some people spend an average of 4 to 7 years waiting for an organ on the National Organ Transplant registry. But with a living kidney donor, the...


MidState Medical Center Opens New Breast Care Center

MidState Medical Center is bringing advanced breast care services directly into the community with its new Breast Care Center in Meriden. Opened on February 11, the 2,064 square-foot, 5-exam-room space offers a wide range of services that support every stage of patient treatment. The Breast Care Center is a part...

Family Planning

Pregnancy Prevention and Family Planning: Gentlemen, That Includes You

Maybe it’s time for a courageous conversation about a vasectomy. But, first, some family planning background from Dr. Jared Bieniek,  medical director of the Hartford HealthCare Tallwood Men’s Health.  Q: When we talk about family planning, what exactly are we talking about? A: Well, family planning is actually not about having children...

1,000th TAVR

A TAVR Surgeon Explains Mick Jagger’s Heart Procedure

TAVR, otherwise known as the heart procedure that gave Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger a new aortic valve, has become an attractive option for patients with severe aortic stenosis because it does not require conventional open-heart surgery. Dr. Robert Hagberg, chief of cardiac surgery at Hartford Hospital, explains: Q: First,...

Joint Pain

Pain in the Joints? It Might Be Time for Surgery

When severe pain affects your routine, either your sleep or ability to perform everyday tasks, you might benefit from joint replacement surgery. “We recommend joint replacement surgery when knee pain and loss of function become severe and when medicines and other treatments no longer relieve pain,” said Dr. Robert Carangelo,...


Hartford HealthCare Has Many Reasons to Celebrate Doctor’s Day

We can’t thank our doctors enough. On National Doctors’ Day, we thank the more than 4,000 doctors within Hartford HealthCare for the exceptional care they provide, each and every day. Their skills, compassion and dedication save lives – and change lives – in more ways than we can count. We...


Curious About Cataract Surgery? Here’s One Couple’s Story

When you help conservators restore artwork for a living, your eyes are valuable tools of the trade. But for someone with cataracts, dimming eyesight can prevent you from doing your job by dampening colors and blurring your vision. Henry DePhillips learned this firsthand. As a chemist, he brought his insight...


What’s to Blame for Most Joint Replacements? Osteoarthritis.

Osteoarthritis is a primary reason for most knee and hip replacements. It affects more than 30 million people, making it the most common chronic joint condition in the United States. The pain and stiffness of osteoarthritis at a joint – the junction where two bones meet – are caused by...


Could Walking Fido Actually Be Bad for Your Health?

Walking your dog is a great way to stay active, but a new study published in March in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that dog-walking has led to more fractures in adults over the age of 65. The national study notes that hip fractures occur most frequently....


Radiation Safety: What You Need to Know Before Imaging Tests

If your physician orders imaging services for you — whether X-ray, MRI, CT Scan or PET scan — you might wonder how safe is it to be exposed to radiation. Radiation safety is an important part of the health care process, closely regulated by medical physicists. At Hartford HealthCare, that...


Manchester Facility Brings Cancer, Other Services ‘East of the River’

Seeking to bring high-quality healthcare closer to people east of Hartford, Hartford HealthCare this month opened a $10.4-million, three-story building focused on delivering advanced cancer services and treatment while including the care of general and thoracic surgeons and urologists. “We know that bringing comprehensive cancer services into the community allows...


Men & Mental Health

Getting men to talk about their mental health isn’t always easy. Dr. Ila Sabino is a psychologist at the Hartford HealthCare Tallwood Men’s Health Center in Farmington, where men can have their overall health needs addressed at the comfort level they need. Q: The Tallwood Men’s Health Center in Farmington...


For Sleep Apnea: An Alternative to the C-PAP Machine

If you suffer from sleep apnea and your C-PAP machine isn’t helping, there is another treatment option: an implantable device to treat moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea. Dr. Carl Moeller is an ear, nose and throat specialist with the Hartford Hospital Sleep Center.  Q: What is obstructive sleep apnea?...


Luke Perry’s Death Raises Questions About Stroke. We Have Answers.

Actor Luke Perry’s death at age 52 is raising questions about stroke, including its signs and symptoms. Hartford HealthCare’s Dr. Mark Alberts, medical director of the Ayer Neuroscience Institute, has the information you need to act F.A.S.T. if you suspect a stroke is underway. Q: How common is it for...


Recent CT Deaths By Suicide Among Adolescents, Young Adults, Raise Concerns

To look at Mariana Yoshimura, you’d think she’d be without a care in the world. She’s a student at Yale University and a budding entrepreneur. Yet the 22-year-old was troubled. She was depressed to the point of considering death by suicide. “It was frightening because there was no silver lining...

HPV

Ask a Doctor About HPV at These Free Seminars

Healthwise If You Have Symptoms When to Talk to Your Doctor Free Educational Seminars Learn more about HPV at one of these free educational seminars: Wednesday, March 27, at 5:30 p.m.: Gateway Medical Park (Education Room), 305 Western Blvd., Glastonbury. Click here to register. Wednesday, March 27, at 6:30 p.m.: Backus Hospital Main Lobby...


MyChartPlus: Get Your Health Records With An App

Hartford HealthCare has a new online tool and app (iOS and Android) that make it easier for patients to navigate their care.  MyChartPLUS provides a secure network for patients to access their personalized health information and records from any PC, smartphone or tablet.  Dr. Spencer Erman is Vice President and Chief Medical...


For Adolescents, Hope After Heroin

Adolescents can – and do – get into trouble with addictions to opioids. Medication-assisted treatment is now available locally for this age-group, according to Patricia Rehmer, president of the Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network. Q: Tell us about the local recovery program that the Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network provides...


A New Heart Failure Monitoring Device: Now Available at Hartford HealthCare

There is a new monitoring device for patients with heart failure that allows doctors to keep a close eye on the progress of heart failure treatment. Dr. Howard Haronian is Chief Medical Director and East Region Vice President for the Hartford HealthCare Heart & Vascular Institute.   Q: Tell us about...

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Tracy Church Named Women in Business Award Winner

Tracy Church, Hartford HealthCare executive vice president and chief administrative officer, has been named one of eight winners in the Hartford Business Journal’s 2019 Women in Business Awards. The awards, announced Feb. 21, recognize outstanding female leaders in a wide range of businesses. One of the key pieces of Hartford...


Tallwood Men’s Health: Heart Health

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men in the United States and worldwide. For the man who regularly consults with his doctor, however, heart disease and its potentially fatal consequences are usually avoidable. Dr. Waseem Chaudhry is a preventive cardiologist at the Hartford HealthCare Tallwood Men’s Health Center....


Tallwood Men’s Health: Surgical and Medical Weight Loss for Men

Did you know that, in 1985, no state had an adult (male and female) obesity rate higher than 15 percent? Now, every state is at 20 percent or more. Even though Connecticut has the nation’s 10th-lowest obesity rate, about 27 percent of men in the state are obese. This trend...


Tallwood Men’s Health: A Guy’s Medical Man Cave

The statistics say it all: Men are nearly one-and-a-half times as likely as women to die from almost every chronic medical condition. On average, men live five years less than women, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. But a new program at Hartford HealthCare has been designed to...


New Treatment for Men Diagnosed with Enlarged Prostate

Benign Prostate Hyperplasia (BPH) is known more commonly as an enlarged prostate – and there’s a new treatment option for men who have been given this diagnosis. Hartford HealthCare Tallwood Urology & Kidney Institute urologist Dr. Abram D’Amato has details. Q: What is an enlarged prostate? A: An enlarged prostate is...


New Hartford Hospital Cardiac Rehab location opens in Glastonbury

For patients who have had a heart attack, cardiac surgery, or those living with peripheral artery disease (PAD), Hartford Hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program can make all the difference in their recovery and return to health. The program has provided patient care to the community since 1982 and is considered the...


Heart Failure: A New Level of Concern with Preserved Ejection Fraction

Heart failure is an extremely serious condition – but there are treatments. Plus, there’s a not-well-known condition called heart failure with preserved ejection fraction. Dr. Abhishek Jaiswal is a cardiologist with the Center for Advanced Heart Failure with the Hartford HealthCare Heart & Vascular Institute. Q: What is heart failure...


Men’s Health: Low Testosterone

For men as they age, low testosterone becomes something of a concern. While it’s true that testosterone production naturally starts to decrease in a man in his late 30s to early 40s, the symptoms of low testosterone aren’t very specific. “There can be very vague symptoms. Low energy, maybe sex...


Brownstone Clinic: Volunteering to Help A Man Find His Voice (Again)

It’s the quiet you notice as Joseph and Kathy Molinari take a winter stroll. It’s been quiet for some time since Joe lost his voice. Not long ago, Joe was fighting something unseen. His swollen mouth was the first indication that something was wrong. The doctors he visited – and there...


HHC Be Rxesponsible Campaign Launched at Black & Red 2019

This year’s Black & Red event raised money for the Brownstone Clinic, a place dedicated to serving people who would otherwise have no place to turn for healthcare. Many of the clinic’s patients are homeless and unemployed, struggling with psychiatric disorders, cultural barriers, and a lack of healthcare literacy. Without the...


Detection and Treatment for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

Abdominal aortic aneurysm – commonly known as “triple A” – is often referred to as the silent killer. But a simple, 10-minute screening for this condition along with early intervention have proven to be lifesaving. Vascular surgeon Dr. Akhilesh Kumar Jain from the Hartford HealthCare Heart & Vascular Institute explains....

Mystic Health Center

Care Near You: The Newest Locations

Hartford HealthCare’s recent openings (and one building approval): Farmington The Tallwood Men’s Health Center offers urology, preventative cardiology, endocrinology, medical and surgical weight loss and behavioral health. Read more here. Mystic Hartford HealthCare’s proposed 47,000-square-foot, three-story health center receives unanimous approval from the Stonington Planning and Zoning. (See rendering of...


PET CT Scanner Creates Buzz for Lower Dose Radiation Possibilities.

A new, state-of-the-art PET CT scanner is creating a lot of buzz at Hartford HealthCare – particularly the lower radiation dose being one of the models many benefits. Dr. Thomas Farquhar is a radiologist at Hartford Hospital.  Q: What are the benefits of this new PET CT scanner? A: This new...


What is Inpatient Rehabilitation?

A new inpatient rehabilitation unit opened at Hartford Hospital recently. It’s a 26-bed unit that specializes in physical, occupational and speech therapy for patients who have suffered a major illness or injury. Dr. Maria Tsarouhas of the Hartford Hospital In-Patient Rehabilitation Unit has details on what that means.  Q: This unit opened...


Hartford HealthCare Increases Minimum Hourly Rate to $15

More than 2,400 employees to benefit from increase, effective March 31 Hartford HealthCare today (Monday, 1/14) announced it will increase its minimum hourly rate to $15, effective March 31, 2019. The new pay rate will directly benefit more than 2,400 of Hartford HealthCare’s approximately 20,000 employees throughout Connecticut. These employees...

Cancer Survivorship Plan

What Is a Cancer Survivorship Care Plan?

By Deborah Walker, APRN Over a decade ago, the Institute of Medicine recommended every cancer patient receive an individual survivorship care plan that includes guidelines for monitoring and maintaining their health. This recommendation was developed from a prominent report, “From Cancer Patient to Cancer Survivor: Lost in Transition,” which focused...

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Neurosurgeon Patrick Tomak Joins MidState Medical Center

MidState Medical Center in Meriden is expanding its neurological expertise with the addition of a surgeon, Dr. Patrick Tomak. A neurological and spine surgery expert, Dr. Tomak cares for patients through the Hartford HealthCare Ayer Neuroscience Institute. The Hartford HealthCare Ayer Neuroscience Institute uses a comprehensive multidisciplinary approach that includes...

Cancer Survivorship

A Fresh Look at the Survivorship Phase of Endometrial Cancer

By Maureen Bracco, APRN, and Dr. Jonathan A. Cosin Endometrial cancer is the most common cancer of the female reproductive organs in the United States.  For 2018, the American Cancer Society estimates there will be about 63,230 new cases of endometrial cancer diagnosed and about 11,350 women will die from this...


HHC Hospital’s Welcome New Year’s Babies

Hartford HealthCare’s hospital’s rang in the new year with some new babies. Take a look at the first babies of 2019 at Backus Hospital, Charlotte Hungerford Hospital, The Hospital of Central Connecticut, Hartford Hospital and MidState Medical Center. Backus Hospital Lianna Noelle Robin was Backus Hospital’s first baby of 2019,...

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Hospital of Central Connecticut, MidState Medical Center Add Way-Finding Kiosk

MidState Medical Center in Meriden and The Hospital of Central Connecticut in New Britain are the first Hartford HealthCare hospitals with a way-finding kiosk system for patients and visitors. “This is an important step in our patient experience journey,” said Dr. Jeff Finkelstein, vice president of medical affairs for Hartford...


Bladder Cancer Found On Routine Test. He Chooses Radical Surgery.

Feeling “great” and not eager to carve out time for his annual physical in 2017, Paul Mikkelson almost didn’t make an appointment. Luckily, he did. The urine sample he gave as part of the routine testing revealed traces of blood. A second sample taken at a later appointment with his...


Feeling Like Her Old Self After Removal Of Cancerous Bladder

There’s little worse than feeling ill and getting no answers or having scant options for improvement. “I was being treated, but the symptoms were getting worse,” recalled Jane Feldman, a 62-year-old retiree from Avon about early care for her bladder cancer. “There was increasing amounts of blood in my urine...

Male Urinary Incontinence

Urinary Incontinence After Prostate Surgery: What to Expect

Download this free informational resource as your guide to men’s health issues. A radical prostatectomy that removes the prostate gland and surrounding tissue offers men with localized prostate cancer a clear pathway to neutralizing the disease. The 10-year survival rate, according to a study cited by the National Institutes of...


How Prostate Surgery ‘Turned the Clock Back 30 Years’

Joseph Merenda’s entire life was planned around the bathroom — when he could go, where the bathroom was located, if he could extract himself from social and work-related situations easily enough to go, how long he’d be trapped in there trying to finish.   “I’m a Messianic rabbi and I...


A Coach’s (Cancer) Team

Kristina Gianinni of Avon is a businesswoman, mom, and volunteer. Her avocation, though, brings her to a local basketball court. Here, she coaches young men and women – including her own daughter. The sport provides her both focus and refuge from life’s pressures, while helping others appreciate the positive aspects...


Clinical Trial: Lawyer’s Prostate Cancer Now Undetectable

When Gordon Cleland found out he had advanced prostate cancer in January 2017, he said he would do whatever it took to beat the disease. An avid runner and swimmer, the 68-year-old attorney said he was prepared physically to take on the rigors of surgery and treatment. “Truth be told,...

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Enlarged Prostate: How UroLift Restores Normal Flow

Download this free informational resource as your guide to urinary difficulties. So you’re not too happy about having benign prostatic hypertrophy, a common condition caused by an enlarged prostate as men age? Here’s some instant relief: It’s unrelated to cancer.  But that doesn’t diminish the daily nuisance created when an...

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Shedding Pounds Safely, Effectively

Need to know more about your weight loss options? Click here for your free informational guide.  For some, losing weight is a lifelong struggle. But there are ways to safely and effectively get rid of those unwanted pounds, according to obesity medicine specialist Dr. Devika Umashanker with the Hartford HealthCare Medical...

Multiple Sclerosis

Living With Multiple Sclerosis: How to Improve Your Symptoms, Outcome

By Laura Strom A woman awakes after sleeping for seven hours but still feels foggy.  A man gets out of bed awkwardly with concrete-heavy legs and feels like he is walking barefoot on cobblestones. Another woman has difficulty picking up her toothbrush because she has pins and needles in her...

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Cancer Patient Treated With New Radioactive Drug at Hartford Hospital

A new radioactive drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration earlier this year for a type of cancer affecting the pancreas or gastrointestinal tract has been used for the first time in the area by doctors at Hartford Hospital treating a patient with gastrointestinal neuroendocrine tumors. The new drug,...

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GoHealth Urgent Care Opening in Manchester

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...

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...


Finally, Penile Implant Worked. No More Erectile Dysfunction.

Douglas Joslyn doesn’t like to sit still; after a long career at UPS, he worked at Mohegan Sun, then as a certified nursing assistant and now as a part-time bus driver. He has always worked hard but cancer surgery in 2015 left him feeling “like less of a man” due...


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...


When Prostate Removal Caused Incontinence. It Only Got Worse.

Often when the body cannot do something for itself a device can help, as Michael Carey of Colchester discovered when surgery to remove prostate cancer in 2012 left him struggling with incontinence. “The radical prostatectomy resulted in incontinence which worsened over a number of years,” said the 62-year-old attorney. “When...

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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...


A New Way to Treat 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...

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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...


Hartford HealthCare Proposes Health Center in Mystic

Hartford HealthCare has proposed a multi-million dollar health center off I-95 and Coogan Boulevard in Mystic that would provide a wide array of medical services including primary and specialty care. If approved by the town, the three-story, 47,000-square-foot, facility would include: Primary care Cardiology Imaging Rehabilitation Infusion services Headache center...

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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 teaspoon of turmeric (dried...

Men's Health

Three Treatable Conditions for Men (If They See a Urologist)

By Laura Strom Men are 1.4 times more likely than women to die from almost any chronic medical condition, according to national statistics reported by Hartford HealthCare. Yet men are 80 percent less likely than women to seek preventive healthcare. The very fact that men also live shorter lives means...

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...


This Teacher Can Now Sneeze and Not Pee. It’s a Big Deal.

Sometimes you don’t know you’re looking for something until a television program speaks to you. Stephanie Fecteau, a 41-year-old Spanish teacher from Torrington, suffered with bladder leakage for years before she saw a segment on the news about a minimally-invasive procedure for women with similar problems. Millions of women —...

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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:...


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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...

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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

Download this free informational resource as your guide to 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...


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...


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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...

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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...

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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/

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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:...

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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...


HHC Has 4,000 Reasons to Celebrate Doctors’ Day

On National Doctors’ Day, we’re thanking the 4,000 doctors who practice throughout Hartford HealthCare. Their skills, expertise and compassion make a difference every day in the lives of our patients and families. We hope you’ll thank them as well. Hartford Hospital Backus and Windham Hospitals The Hospital of Central Connecticut...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...


Doctors as detectives: Domestic-abuse victims in the emergency department

Being on the frontline of health care, emergency department staff members sometimes have to serve as detectives trying to piece together cases of addiction and domestic abuse to protect their patients. Dr. William Horgan, associate chief of the Backus Emergency Department, sees many cases of abuse in the Backus and...


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...


Advanced Directive Basics: Making Decisions About Your Medical Care Copy

If you do not want certain treatments, you have the right to tell your physician you do not want them and have your wishes followed. You also have the right to receive information from your physician to assist you in reaching a decision about what medical care is to be...