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Windham Hospital To Discontinue Childbirth Services, Enhance Women’s Health Services

WINDHAM – After years of declining births and recruitment challenges, the Windham Hospital Birthing Center is seeking State approval to no longer provide childbirth services. The rest of the pregnancy experience remains the same, with prenatal and postpartum care continuing at Windham Hospital. The hospital, which ranks last in Connecticut...

COVID-19

How All of Us Can Help Protect Cancer Patients During COVID-19

Editor’s note: This originally ran as an op-ed May 31 in The Hartford Courant. By Drs. Peter P. Yu and Andrew L. Salner The coronavirus pandemic has upended every component of our lives, but it is having a particularly profound effect on how hospitals treat cancer patients. We are recalibrating...

Dr. Faiqa Cheema

5 COVID-19 Questions for an Infectious Disease Doctor

Here is an edited version of a recent question-and-answer session with Dr. Faiqa Cheema, a Hartford HealthCare infectious disease specialist for Courant.com subscribers: Q: Is it acceptable to let younger kids play outdoors with one or two friends, supervised by parents? Is it still best to limit a child’s “playing circle”...

Beer on the beach

Why Beer, Like Red Wine, Can Be Good for Your Health

Red wine, the darling of the Mediterranean Diet and countless studies linking it to good heart health, is not the only type of alcohol that can be good for you when used in moderation. Beer, better known for its symbol of empty-calorie indulgence — the Beer Belly — surprisingly offers...

Vitamin D

What Really Happens to Your Body When You Don’t Get Enough Vitamin D?

By Sharon Knight Transplant Dietitian Hartford Hospital Transplant Program Vitamin D, also known as the “sunshine vitamin,” plays many roles in maintaining our good health. If you’re indoors most of the time and your skin never sees the light of day, then you might not be getting enough D. In fact,...

Coronavirus

Get COVID-19 Answers From an Infectious Disease Doctor

Here is an edited version of a recent question-and-answer session with Dr. Faiqa Cheema, a Hartford HealthCare infectious disease specialist for Courant.com subscribers: Q: What are the odds of a recurrence of the pandemic in the fall? A: It is very possible to see a second wave of coronavirus that may...

Parkinson's and Deep-Brain Stimulation

Feed Your Brain! Try One of These Health Webinars

Hartford HealthCare’s Classes & Events Series is now bringing this source of community education into your home with webinars available on your computer, tablet or smartphone. Topics range from Medicare 101 to surgical weight loss to healthful cooking tips, each typically with a question-and-answer session at the end. Click here...


How To Fight Acid Reflux (Naturally) Without Having To Take Nexium

Q: Is it just me, or does adding ginger to my diet – either in food, tea or eating a small piece each day – help with digestion and symptoms of acid reflux? I’m trying to avoid having to take Nexium, which has been linked to kidney damage, or any...

Eyesight and Aging

Cataract Surgery? Don’t Let COVID-19 Stand in Your Way

The COVID-19 surge is finally subsiding, Connecticut is reopening and it’s safe to go back to your eye doctor and have your cataract surgery rescheduled. “There was a drastic 80 percent reduction in patients seeking eye care during COVID-19,” says Dr. Alan Solinsky, a West Hartford ophthalmologist and a member...

Colon Cancer

Colon Cancer: What Happens After Treatment?

Dr. Brian Byrne Medical Oncologist Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute There are two big events in June that always remind me of why I chose to become an oncologist. The first is the annual ASCO (American Society of Clinical Oncology) meeting that usually takes place in Chicago, but this year was...

High Blood Pressure

The 30-Second Consult: What is ‘Normal’ Blood Pressure?

By Amanda Zaleski Exercise Physiologist Hartford HealthCare Heart & Vascular InstituteDepartment of Preventive Cardiology Q: What is normal blood pressure? A: High blood pressure, or hypertension, is defined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Task Force on Clinical Practice Guidelines as having a resting systolic blood pressure of 130...

Poison Oak

5 Common Summer Rashes and How to Prevent Them

One of the most common causes for a summer visit to the doctor’s office is a rash. Although a sudden outcropping of skin bumps and lumps can be disturbing to anyone, summer rashes are often treated effectively. A rash that appears suddenly and spreads quickly on both sides of the...

Jeffrey A. Flaks

It’s Time to Stand Together, Again

This message from Jeffrey Flaks, Hartford HealthCare President and Chief Executive Officer, was shared with the healthcare system’s 30,000 employees. Dear Colleagues: As a healthcare community, we are here to heal. The very core of our calling is as plain as can be in our mission statement: “To improve the...

Mystic HealthCenter

HealthCenter, New in Mystic, Adapts to Covid-19 World

By Elissa Bass Hartford HealthCare quietly opened its state-of-the-art primary care and multispecialty HealthCenter in Mystic at the end of January. Doctors and staff moved into offices, the physical therapy center was furnished with equipment, the imaging machines went online, and patients began to flow into the three-story, glass-front building....

Depression

New: COVID-Related Behavioral Health Hotline

In any catastrophe, the medical needs must be tended first, followed by a wave of behavioral health issues that can last for months and years. The COVID-19 infection rate peaked in Connecticut at the end of April and now the Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network (BHN) is preparing for increased demand...

Webinar

A Healthier You: Upcoming Webinars in May

The classes and events Hartford HealthCare brought you every week, before COVID-19, aren’t going away. We’re bringing them to you in a new series of webinars you can watch, then ask our professionals any questions you might have. In the next week, you can join webinars on Medicare basics, a...


Things to Know, What to Do When a Loved One Dies

By Marc Levesque, senior resource case manager; Jessica Dakin, geriatric care program manager; and Michelle Wyman, certified dementia specialist, all with Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging The death of a loved one is difficult and overwhelming. Experts at the Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging have created a guide...

Urinary Incontinence

Quality-of-Life Options After Prostate Cancer Treatment

By Dr. Ryan P. Dorin Urologic Oncology Hartford Healthcare Medical Group Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer diagnosed in American men today. It is estimated that 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. Fortunately, prostate cancer is also characterized by a long period...

Pancreatic Cancer

Free Pancreatic Care Webinar June 11

The fourth leading cause of cancer death in both men and women, pancreatic cancer, is an aggressive form of the disease that often exhibits few symptoms until it is advanced. Approximately 57,000 Americans will be diagnosed with it this year, according to the American Cancer Society. About 47,000 will die...

MidState ICU

Healthcare Workers Front and Center During COVID-19 Pandemic

Even if  we were not commemorating National Nurses Week, National Hospital Week and National Emergency Medical Services Week this month, it would certainly feel like it. The signs are everywhere in communities across Connecticut, on mailboxes and lawns, in household windows and on windshields. Our health, and the state’s healthcare workers, have...

Mother and adult daughter.

Free ‘Breast Health During COVID-19’ Webinar May 28

Hartford HealthCare has enlisted technology to provide webinars on a variety of important topics as the COVID-19 pandemic forces a temporary halt to in-person community education sessions. On Thursday, May 28, from 12 to 1 p.m., existing and new breast patients of the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute can learn more...

Webinar

Questions About Medicare? Get Answers at Upcoming Webinar

Get all the information you need about Medicare without leaving your home by registering for one of six webinars scheduled in May with Marissa Hiebel, a Medicare Educator for Hartford HealthCare’s Integrated Care Partners. Hiebel will cover these topics, among others, at the one-hour seminar available with an internet connection:...

First-responders Salute

A Psychiatrist on Frontline COVID-19 Healthcare Workers: How They Cope

Frontline COVID-19 health workers are dealing with a devastating loss of life at work while trying to manage a family life upended by the pandemic. Dr. John Santopietro, a psychiatrist and physician-in-chief of the Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network, describes the psychology of the frontline experience in Hartford HealthCare’s “Coping with COVID”...

Walk on the Beach

Return to Normal? Here’s the Three-Step National Plan to Reopen the Economy

Here are the federal government’s guidelines, presented in three phases, for reopening the economy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Much depends on testing and other factors called “gating criteria”: Symptoms: There should be downward trajectories in both “influenza-like illnesses” in the previous 14 days and of COVID-like symptoms in cases reported over...

Vitamins and COVID-19

Vitamins vs. COVID-19? These 3, and Zinc, Will Reinforce Your Immune System

By Sharon Knight Transplant Dietitian Hartford Hospital Transplant Program What vitamins can help in the fight against COVID-19? Because COVID-19 comes with cold and flu-like symptoms, Vitamins B, C and D and zinc may be helpful in boosting your immune system and fighting the illness in the same way they can...

Heart

Tips for Heart Patients During COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic keeps you from climbing up on an examination table in your provider’s office, but it doesn’t need to stop you from activities that maintain your vascular health. Dr. Ali Irshad, a vascular surgeon with the Hartford HealthCare Heart & Vascular Institute, said following healthy habits and understanding...

Virtual Health

Virtual Health: Now You Can Get Medical Care From Your Home

As Connecticut enters the surge stage of the COVID-19 pandemic, with state officials urging residents to “Stay Safe, Stay Home,” Hartford HealthCare will now offer access to most of its primary care, specialty and behavioral health providers through virtual health technology. More than 1,300 medical providers — including 550-plus primary...

Lymphoma

Living Longer with Lymphona While Coping with Side Effects

Lymphoma, or cancer that starts in the immune system, is divided primarily into Hodgkin’s lymphoma and Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. According to Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER), patients with Hodgkin’s and Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma have a five-year survival rate of 86 percent and 72 percent, respectively. This is proof of success of...

New Podcast

Listen to Our New Podcast Series: ‘Coping Through COVID’

Beyond the fever and cough, the coronavirus has brought fear and anxiety to our lives. At the very least, it’s disrupted everything we know. While many people can work remotely, nurses, doctors, environmental services and food workers, pharmacists, respiratory therapists and many others don protective gear and help those sick...

Immune-System Foods

9 Ways You Can Boost Your Immune System During COVID-19

By Sharon Knight Transplant Dietitian Hartford Hospital Transplant Program Here are some great eating tips to help you maintain your health and to get you through this stressful time: Eat whole foods: A Nutrient-Dense Diet Our immune system relies on nutrient-dense whole foods to function well. Death from infections is often...

Heart Health

How Heart Patients Can Maintain Vascular Health During the COVID-19 Crisis

By Dr. Mouhanad Ayach and Dr. Ali Irshad Hartford HealthCare Medical Group Due to the COVID-19 crisis, most non-emergency doctor visits are on standby. If you can’t go to the doctor, that doesn’t mean you need to put off your health needs. Patients with vascular conditions, which affect the veins...

3D Printer

A Doctor Joins DIY Move to Making Masks from a 3D Printer

Ingenuity knows no limits during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some people are making masks from cloth, elastic straps and sewing skills. Others, more technically inclined, are fashioning masks from 3D printers. Count Dr. Chris Wiles., a first-year anesthesiology resident at Hartford Hospital, as the 3D-printer type. Dr. Wiles, 30, a New...

Working at home

It’s a New Ergonomic World When Working at Home. Some Tips.

With more people stuck at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, physical therapist Ken Bruno of the Hartford HealthCare Rehabilitation Network says you’ll need to make some adjustments to your new work conditions. Here’s a edited interview with WFSB, Channel 3: Q. What are your tips to avoid strain from sitting and using...


Stay-at-Home Cooking: The FDA’s Four Steps To Food Safety

Editor’s note: Here’s a reminder to remain vigilant about foodborne illness during the COVID-19 pandemic as more people prepare food in their home. Follow these guidelines provided by the Food and Drug Administration. By Food and Drug Administration The food supply in the United States is among the safest in...

Virtual Visit

Need Medical Attention? Play it Safe During COVID-19 With a Virtual Health Visit

Dr. Mark Prete, Hartford HealthCare Senior Vice President and Hartford HealthCare Medical Group President, discusses virtual health’s role during the COVID-19 pandemic and also how it’s being used by medical specialists in a March 26 visit with WTNH, Channel 8. Here is an edited version of the interview: Q: Hartford HealthCare...

Young pregnant woman relaxing on sofa with smart phone

Pregnant in the COVID-19 Pandemic: What to Know

Pregnant? This is an unusual time in healthcare with the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are some recommendations from Hartford HealthCare to keep you and your baby safe. Remember, these are for educational purposes only. They do not replace any medical advice that you receive from your healthcare provider. How can I protect...

Stay Safe, Stay at Home

Connecticut’s ‘Stay Safe, Stay Home’ Guidelines

Here are the specifics of Gov. Ned Lamont’s “Stay Safe, Stay Home,” as Connecticut tries to limit its residents exposure to the COVID-19 virus. The plan, effective March 23 at 8 pm, includes these recommendations: Non-essential public community gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason should be canceled...

Older man with caregiver.

In-Home Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Laurie St. John, vice president of Hartford HealthCare at Home  talks about providing in-home care during the COVID-19 pandemic in a March 19 visit with WTNH, Channel 8. Q: Tell us what type of precautions are being put in place? A: Well, Hartford Healthcare at Home has been keeping patients...

Video chat

Staying Connected with Elderly Loved Ones During the Coronavirus Crisis

During the coronavirus crisis, people are being asked to socially distance themselves and limit contact with others. Concern is especially high when a loved one is a resident of an assisted/independent living or skilled-nursing community. It is even being advised not to visit older loved ones in their homes. It’s...

Coronavirus

How Virtual Health Visit Can Help Diagnose COVID-19

Dr. Mark Prete, Hartford HealthCare Senior Vice President and Hartford HealthCare Medical Group President, discusses virtual health’s role during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond in a March 19 visit with WTNH, Channel 8. Here is an edited version of the interview: Q: So let’s talk telemedicine. How does this work and...

Water and coronavirus

COVID-19 and Drinking Water, Pools, Hot Tubs, Feces

Here’s some information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on whether you should be worried about the COVID-19 virus in water or around the toilet: Q: Can the COVID-19 virus spread through drinking water? A: The COVID-19 virus has not been detected in drinking water. Conventional water treatment...

Emergency Department

The Coronavirus Response Through the Eyes of a Doctor

By Dr. William Horgan Hartford HealthCare Regional Medical Director of Quality & Safety Backus Hospital/Windham Hospital Many people are upset because professional and college sports or their child’s sporting events have been postponed or canceled because of the COVID-19 outbreak. Many people feel like we’re overreacting in the United States....

Coronavirus

Chief Clinical Officer on Hartford HealthCare’s COVID-19 Preparedness

Dr. Ajay Kumar, Hartford HealthCare‘s Chief Clinical Officer, discusses the healthcare system’s preparedness during a March 17 visit with WTNH, Channel 8. Here is an edited version of the interview: Q: Dr. Ajay Kumar, the chief clinical officer of Hartford HealthCare, is here to bring us up to date on...

Coronavirus

Hartford HealthCare Increases Visitor Restrictions, Limits Elective Surgeries

Hartford HealthCare has increased its visitor restrictions and will postpone surgeries and procedures that are not urgent or emergent due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Restricting visitors as much as possible helps prevent the spread of coronavirus. Click here for an explanation of the policy and exceptions (for example, visits to...

Senior woman exercising at home

Seniors: How to Stay Active, Healthy During COVID-19 Crisis

Seniors are among the most vulnerable in the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Older people are at least twice as likely to have a serious case of COVID-19, according the early data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The immune system, as we age, is less efficient at fending off...

Coronavirus and kids

Advice for Parents, and Kids, During ‘Stay Safe, Stay Home’

Patricia Rehmer, senior vice president of behavioral health for Hartford HealthCare, offers some advice to parents during the COVID-19 crisis in a visit with WTNH, Channel 8. Here is a lightly edited version of the interview: Q: Explain to us what you should be saying to our children in the situation. A:...

Emergency Department

Emergency Medicine Chief: Contact Your Doctor For Drive-Through COVID-19 Test

Dr. Kenneth Robinson, chief of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Hartford Hospital explains the drive-though testing for COVID-19 at Hartford HealthCare during a visit with WTNH, Channel 8. Here is a lightly edited version of the interview: Q: What’s being done to protect you guys on the front lines? Tell...

COVID testing site

Hartford HealthCare Begins Drive-Through Testing for COVID-19

With the COVID-19 pandemic quickly evolving and an increase in cases in Connecticut, Hartford HealthCare is opening drive-through testing centers at several locations throughout the state allowing patients with symptoms and possible exposure to be tested without leaving their vehicles. The first testing center opened March 16 at 560 Hudson...

Heart Valve Disease

Give Yourself a COVID-19 Break: Get Outdoors (But Here’s a New Tick Study)

Social isolation doesn’t mean indoor isolation. Go for a hike. Walk along the dunes at your favorite beach. Get out and breathe some fresh air. You’ll be far from the coronavirus. Just watch out for ticks. Close to half of the 2,500 adult ticks collected by the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment...

Coronavirus world map

Hartford Hospital Patient First COVID-19 Case in Area

A Rocky Hill woman in her 80s being treated at Hartford Hospital tested positive Friday for COVID-19, the first confirmed coronavirus case in the Hartford area. Hartford HealthCare would like to offer the community this information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention if you eventually become mildly ill...

Dr. Barry Stein

Innovation and HealthCare: An Interview With Barry Stein

Dr. Barry Stein, Hartford HealthCare’s Chief of Clinical Innovation, discussed innovation in an recent interview with Becker’s. “Without innovation,” he said in the interview, “we will not be able to transform healthcare, so that’s sort of the overlying mantra. In terms of why we do innovation at Hartford HealthCare, it...

Jeffrey A. Flaks

A Message From Hartford HealthCare CEO Jeffrey Flaks

With the concerns about coronavirus and COVID-19, I want to assure you that Hartford HealthCare is doing everything possible to protect the safety and well-being of the people and the communities we serve, and our team of healthcare providers. Our goal is to be ready and prepared for whatever is...

Jeff Flaks

Coronavirus: Hartford HealthCare to Restrict Visitors at Hospitals, Skilled-Nursing Facilities

Updated March 12 Hartford HealthCare is restricting visitation to its seven-hospital network and prohibiting visitors, with few exceptions, to its skilled-nursing facility as a precaution during the COVID-19 outbreak. “These are unprecedented times,” said President and CEO Jeff Flaks, above, at a March 10 news conference at the Hartford HealthCare Care...

Recovery Coaches

St. Vincent’s Emergency Department Adds Recovery Coaches

St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport recently became the 21st hospital in Connecticut to incorporate the Emergency Department Recovery Coach (EDRC) program from the Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR). The program launch at St. Vincent’s  Emergency Department is the result of collaborative efforts between CCAR, the Cigna Foundation, and...

Dr. Khalid M. Abbed

Renowned Spine Care Neurosurgeon joins Hartford HealthCare in Southwestern Connecticut

BRIDGEPORT —Hartford HealthCare announces the appointment of Dr. Khalid M. Abbed, one of New England’s leading neurosurgeons, as Co-Physician-in-Chief of its Ayer Neuroscience Institute. An experienced neurosurgeon and hospital director with a demonstrated history of leadership in the healthcare industry, he will oversee neurosurgical services and lead the Ayer Neuroscience...

Coronavirus Hotline

Questions? Coronavirus Hotline Now Available

Questions about the coronavirus? Need help? Hartford HealthCare’s COVID-19 Clinical Command Center hotline, staffed by healthcare professionals, is now available to the community. To reach the 24-hour hotline, call 860.972.8100 or (toll-free) 833.621.0600. Stay with Hartford HealthCare for everything you need to know about the coronavirus threat. Click here for information updated...

Quite Smoking

Trying to Quit Smoking? Here’s Some Help

Editor’s note: Initial studies have shown that if you smoke and get COVID-19, you’re 14 times more likely than nonsmokers to require intensive treatment. If you’ve considered stopping smoking, now is a good time. By Ellen Anderson Dornelas, PhD Director, Cancer Care Delivery and Disparities Research Hartford Healthcare Cancer Institute...

Pancreatic Cancer Recovery

How to Manage Pancreatic Cancer Treatment’s Side Effects

A pancreatic cancer survivor is any person who is actively facing pancreatic cancer or has faced it at some point. It could be someone who has completed treatment or a patient actively receiving chemotherapy for a limited or long-term management of their disease. Patients treated with chemotherapy experience a variety...

Coronavirus world map

Q&A: The Coronavirus Basics

Here are some of the things you should know about the coronavirus: Q: What is COVID-19? A: The respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, the capital city of Hubei Province in central China, has been identified as coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Scientists are still trying to determine its origins. Early reports pointed...

Myth Busters

Coronavirus Myth-Busters: The Essential List

Here are some favorite myths, with full fact-check, courtesy of the World Health Organization: Q: Are hand dryers effective in killing the new coronavirus? A: No. Hand dryers are not effective in killing the 2019-nCoV. To protect yourself against the new coronavirus, you should frequently clean your hands with an...

Coronavirus

How to Protect Yourself Against Coronavirus

While the risk of contracting the coronavirus remains low, now is the time to prepare, not panic. It’s not unlike when the National Weather Service issues a blizzard or hurricane watch. It’s not a bad idea to stock up on food, medical and cleaning supplies in case you or a...

Stop Coronavirus

How Coronavirus is Related to Deadly MERS, SARS Viruses

The COVID-19 coronavirus, the respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, the capital city of Hubei Province in central China, has been identified as “coronavirus disease 2019” (COVID-19). Scientists are still trying to determine its origins. Early reports pointed to a possible animal-to-person transmission, perhaps from a market that sold seafood...

Breast Cancer Awareness

The New Normal for Breast Cancer Survivors

The word “patient” stems from the Latin word patiens, meaning sufferer. Until recently, a diagnosis of cancer conveyed a sense of victimhood and loss of control, hence labels such as “cancer patient” or “cancer victim.” Despite good intentions, these terms left those with a cancer diagnosis feeling isolated and somehow...

Cancer/Yoga

A Healthier You: Upcoming Classes, Events in March

Got a bad  case of cabin fever? Snap out of it with upcoming classes on Medicare Advantage, surgical weight loss, joint replacement and how to cope with a new or chronic medical condition. That’s only a sample. Find a support  group that might help you, too. Then start your countdown...

PAD

The 30-Second Consult: Exercise Recommendations for Older Adults

By Amanda Zaleski Exercise Physiologist Hartford HealthCare Heart & Vascular InstituteDepartment of Preventive Cardiology Q: What are the exercise recommendations for older adults? A: The American College of Sports Medicine says the optimal exercise prescription for overall health among older adults includes these options: 30 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic...

Demo Day

Coming Attractions? Medtech Innovations Hit the Bushnell Stage

“Alexa, I’m going to sleep.” Like clockwork, she dims the lights and turns off the TV. Ok, not unusual in today’s world. But the next command is. “Can you tell my nurse?” asks the hospital patient. This is just one of the many scenarios that played out at Digital Health...


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...

Events for Seniors

A Healthier Life for Seniors: Upcoming Events in March

March 2-31: Five-part Healthy Brain Series Examines Optimum Aging WATERBURY – Strategies and information on maintaining a healthy brain is the focus of a free five-part series presented by Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging and Western Connecticut Area Agency on Aging. The Healthy Brain Series will be held Tuesdays,...


The Link Between Erectile Dysfunction and Heart Disease

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....

2020 Census

Why the Census Is a Healthcare Issue

By Jeffrey A. Flaks Hartford HealthCare President and Chief Executive Officer and Sarah S. Lewis Hartford HealthCare Vice President, Health Equity Among the New Year’s resolutions that you’ve made (or maybe already broken), here’s one that should be easy to keep: Complete your U.S. Census form, and encourage everyone you...

Endoscope

A No-Incision Procedure That Removes Deep Tumors in GI Tract

Dr. Michael Karasik, a gastroenterologist at the Digestive Health Center at Hartford Hospital, is the only physician in the state performing complex procedures to remove deep tumors in the gastrointestinal tract. Q.  First, tell us all about these less invasive procedures. What are they? A.  Endoscopic submucosal dissection, ESD, is...

Colonoscopy

Colorectal Surgeon: Here’s What to Like About a Colonoscopy

Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths among men and women combined in the United States.  Yet one in three people are not up-to-date when it comes to colorectal cancer screening. Here’s more from Dr. William Sardella, a colorectal surgeon at the Digestive Health Center at Hartford Hospital,...

Weight Loss

How to Get Some Help to Take Off the Weight

Dr. Thomas J. Lane Director of the Weigh Your Options, The Hospital of Central Connecticut Just as the clock ticks midnight on Jan. 1, resolutions are made to achieve personal goals or make lifestyle changes. A great number of resolutions are made, and broken, that revolve around weight loss. If...

Counseling.

What Clinicians Need to Know in Times of Crisis

By Kate Carey-Trull Lessons can be learned from on-site disaster psychiatry and applied to everyday practice to improve patient treatment, as providers learned at January’s Grand Rounds. Dr. Anthony Ng, medical director of the Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network’s East Region, which includes Natchaug, Backus and Windham hospitals, has a...

Living with an Alcoholic

Free Health Talk on Seasonal Affective Disorder

For many people, the end of Daylight Saving Time marks the beginning of seasonal affective disorder and its annual pattern of diminished energy and  depression that can last through winter. The significance of turning the clocks back an hour each fall is not lost on the estimated 10 million American...

Marathon runners

Heart Study: This Type of Exercise Cuts Years Off Your Cardiovascular Age

How far do you have to go to slow cardiovascular aging? How about 26.2 miles, not coincidentally the precise marathon distance? A new study suggests a basic six-month marathon-training program followed by 138 newbie runners, ages 21 to 69, reduced the equivalent of four years from their vascular age. The...

Best Diets

Ranked: The Best (and Worst) Diets of 2020

The Mediterranean diet, for the third straight year, is the best overall diet in annual rankings by U.S. News & World Report. The diet is top-heavy in vegetables, whole grains, legumes, fruits, beans an olive oil. No-nos on this diet include red meat, refined grains and added sugars. The U.S. News...

Turkey & Red Cabbage Tortillas With Chipotle Sauce

Good-for-You Recipe: Turkey & Red Cabbage Tortillas With Chipotle Sauce

Here’s a colorful, flavorful recipe, courtesy of the American Cancer Society, that combines smoky chipotle pepper with lean ground turkey breast, red cabbage and fresh cilantro. Turkey & Red Cabbage Tortillas With Chipotle Sauce 4 Servings 8 corn tortillas 1 pound ground turkey breast 1 teaspoon ground chipotle, divided use...


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

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


Mental Health First Aid Class: Learn How to Help an Adolescent in Crisis

You’ve probably heard about CPR, right? It’s a certification that anyone can earn to help someone in medical distress. But did you know there is a similar program to help people learn how to provide first aid in the event of a mental health crisis? It’s called Mental Health First...


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...


Rating Agencies Deliver Positive Reports for Hartford HealthCare

As part of its $750 million financing plan, Hartford HealthCare has received solid reviews from three national rating agencies. Fitch Ratings, one of the three, has upgraded Hartford HealthCare’s rating to “A+” with a stable outlook. Fitch’s previous rating was “A” with a positive outlook. The other two agencies —...

Back Pain

Anatomy of Back, Neck Pain: When is Surgery Needed?

If you suffer from neck and spine pain, you know it can be debilitating. But there are ways to help manage it. Dr. Steve Zhou is an orthopedic surgeon at the Hartford HealthCare Bone & Joint Institute at Hartford Hospital: Q. As we age, we can begin to feel the effects...

Exercise Program

A Healthier You: Cancer Institute Winter Classes, Events

2020 Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute Winter Calendar Here’s your guide to all of our upcoming fall events: Community Education and Support Programs Bereavement Support Bereavement Support Group Jan. 22 Feb. 12 & 26 2- 3:30 pm Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at Backus Hospital 326 Washington St., Norwich, Conference Room 2...

Holiday Stress

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...

"Colorectal Cancer' in dictionary.

January Walk to Wellness: Colorectal Cancer Prevention

A family history of colorectal cancer may increase your risk of developing colorectal cancer.  An estimated 5 percent to 10 percent of colon cancers have a hereditary component. Other factors that increase colorectal cancer risk: Overweight or obese. Physically inactive. Eating a lot of red or processed meats. Overcooking meats...

Mature man in health class

A Healthier You: Upcoming Classes, Events in January

Don’t slow down, just because winter’s coming. Learn about joint replacement, art therapy, grief self-care and Medicare 101. That’s only a sample. Find a support  group that might help you, too. For a complete schedule of the rest of this month and January, click here


Hartford HealthCare’s First Connecticut Courage Award Winners

At the age of 15, University of New Haven football team senior running back Chris Liggio lost both his parents in a murder-suicide. Taylor Herd, a senior guard on the Quinnipiac University women’s basketball team, suffered two ACL tears in the same knee in high school, and her father has...

Healthy Diet

Cancer Survivors: Find The Power of a Healthy Diet

By Diane Avino Dietitian Gray Cancer Center Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at Hartford Hospital Eating well is important during all stages of life, but it’s particularly important for cancer survivorship. Adequate nutrition is a crucial part of staying well through cancer treatments as well as promoting your long-term health. Eating...

Immunotherapy

As Melanoma Treatment Evolves, a Focus on Reducing Side Effects

By Dr. Omar Eton Melanoma DMT Lead Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute Over the past two decades, there has been great progress in understanding the relationship between cancer and the defenses a patient can muster against it. This led to a Nobel Prize for James P. Allison and Tasuku Honjo in...

Stomach Cancer

Stomach Cancer: Signs You Shouldn’t Ignore

By Dr. Bret Schipper Chief of Surgical Oncology The Hospital of Central Connecticut and MidState Medical Center Stomach, or gastric, cancer in the United States is somewhat rare, but it’s important to know the signs and symptoms. According to the American Cancer Society, about 27,500 cases of stomach cancer will...

Diabetes and Winter

What You Need to Know About Diabetes (From an Endocrinologist)

Dr. Manmeet Kaur Chief of Endocrinology The Hospital of Central Connecticut Millions of Americans have diabetes. If you don’t have it, chances are you know someone who does. The more you know about diabetes, which is a chronic condition, the easier it is to live a healthy life and help...


Why Does My Neck Hurt? (It Could Be a Pinched Nerve)

When is neck pain a serious issue? When it’s a pinched nerve, according to Dr. Joel Bauman, chief of neurosurgery at the Connecticut Orthopaedic Institute at MidState Medical Center. Q: What is a pinched nerve? A: A pinched nerve is when there is an injury, usually in the disk, which...

Men's Health

Straight Talk from a Urologist About Enlarged Prostate, Men’s Health

The statistics say it all: Men are 1.4 times as likely as women to die from almost every chronic medical condition and on average live five years less than women. Find out more about men’s health from Dr. John Griffith, a urologist at Hartford HealthCare Tallwood Men’s Health. Q. Let’s first...

Bliss Expansion Ground-Breaking

Hartford HealthCare Breaks Ground on Bliss Building Expansion

Hartford Hospital is growing again. Hartford HealthCare broke ground Nov. 21 on a $70 million expansion of the Bliss building, a 50,000-square-foot addition providing four floors of additional space to support clinical areas including MRI, interventional radiology, electrophysiology, the cath lab, critical care and surgical care. “The Bliss building expansion (see...


Where Men’s Health Meets Mental Health at Tallwood in Farmington

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...

Middle-aged couple on bikes.

Nutrition Tips for Prostate Cancer Survivors

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

Mako

New Robotic Surgery System for Hip, Knee Replacement at Central Connecticut

The Hospital of Central Connecticut in New Britain now has a Mako robotic-arm assisted surgery system that changes the approach to hip and knee replacement. Dr. Richard Scarlett, Chief of Orthopedics, says that over the years surgeons have relied on external alignment guides and less precise technologies to determine implant...

Aging Eyes

Walk to Wellness: Aging and Your Eyes

It’s no surprise if your eyesight isn’t what it used to be. That’s what happens as we age. Cataracts, a clouding of the natural lens of the eye, is common. So is dry eye, decreased tear production from the lacrimal gland. Other structural changes include reduced pupil size, a decrease in...

Diabetes and Winter

Diabetes? Follow This Doctor’s Cold-Weather Tips to Protect Feet

By Dr. Mark Tramontozzi For people with diabetes, the winter months are a time when more attention than usual should be given to the feet.  Diabetics are at risk for having reduced blood flow to the lower extremities, and the cold weather compounds this problem. The dry weather from being...

Brain Tumor

Neuro-Oncologist: Here’s How We Treat Brain Tumors

By Dr. Ahmad Daher Medical Director, Neuro-Oncology Hartford HealthCare Medical Group Patients with gliomas, the most common cancerous brain tumors, have shown only a modest improvement in survival rate despite diagnostic and therapeutic — surgery, radiation and pharmacotherapy — advancements in oncology over the last three decades. Here’s a summary of...

Myeloma

Why There’s Improved Outlook for Myeloma Patients

By Dr. Peter Byeff The prognosis for multiple myeloma is gradually improving as a result of new and improved therapies. Multiple myeloma, which causes cancer cells to accumulate in bone marrow, can affect people of all ages, although the average age of onset is the sixth decade of life. New treatments including...


New: Low-Income Diabetes Patients Eligible for Healthy Food Prescriptions

Hartford Hospital and Wholesome Wave have announced their pilot collaboration designed to improve the affordability of fruits and vegetables for 500 low-income diabetic patients. Wholesome Wave is launching its Wholesome Communities Connecticut initiative in partnership with Hartford Hospital to empower healthcare providers to write prescriptions for produce. The produce purchases and all program expenses are funded by Hartford Hospital. The Wholesome...

Woman wearing bandana.

Breast Cancer: How to Know if You’re at Risk?

By Katherine Del Prato Family Nurse Practitioner Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute Millions of women and men have faced a breast cancer diagnosis. This year alone, 268,600 women and 2,670 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer. When that person is a family member or friend, you may wonder what you can...

Yoga for Cancer

A Healthier You: Cancer Institute Fall Classes, Events

2019 Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute Fall Calendar Here’s your guide to all of our upcoming fall events: Community Education and Support Programs Bereavement Support Nov. 27 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...

November Classes, Events

A Healthier You: Upcoming Classes, Events in December

Don’t slow down, just because winter’s coming. Learn about joint replacement, art therapy, grief self-care and Medicare 101. That’s only a sample. Find a support  group that might help you, too. For a complete schedule of the rest of this month and December, click here.  


What’s to Blame for Most Joint Replacements?

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...


Legendary Physician Wins Institute of Living Burlingame Award

Dr. Hank Schwartz doesn’t throw the adjective “legendary” around loosely, so when he used it to describe this year’s winner of the Dr. C. Charles Burlingame Award, it spoke volumes. Indeed, that winner, Dr. Max Fink, a pioneer and champion of the use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), has generated volumes...


Backus Hospital Nursing Alumnae Association honors Class of ’69

Members of the Backus Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae Association gathered at the East Region System Support Office Wednesady, Oct. 16, for their annual meeting. The class of 1969, celebrating their 50th graduation anniversary, received special mention during the event which brought together class members, family and friends for a...


He’s ‘Lucky To Be Alive’ After Pancreatitis Caused by Alcohol Abuse

After 40 years of social and eventually heavy drinking, Keith Bunnell was diagnosed with pancreatitis. He was told that if he didn’t stop drinking he would be dead in six months. He quit for a week. Four months later, the successful electrical designer and father of four had another bout...

Accelerator

Tumor on a Chip? It’s One of The Startups Coming to Hartford for MedTech Program

Digital Health CT, a new medtech program that invites healthcare-focused startups to downtown Hartford for a three-month growth program, has included in its first round of awards a company developing a tumor-on-a-chip system that grows patients’ cancer cells outside the body and another developing in-home male fertility test. Hartford HealthCare...

Parkinson's

Parkinson’s Roadmap Education, Support Series Available in Vernon, Cheshire

The diagnosis can be surprising and overwhelming, but if you’ve been told you have Parkinson’s disease, the Parkinson’s Roadmap for Education and Support Services (PRESS™) can provide support and tips to guide you through. “PRESS was created by the American Parkinson Disease Association as a gentle and thorough way to...

Parkinson's

How East Hartford Family Deals with Parkinson’s

East Hartford residents Jan and Roger Penney, who have been married 56 years, are a striking couple who laugh easily and enjoy each other’s company. Jan and Roger, along with their son and daughter-in-law, are handling the challenge of Roger’s Parkinson’s diagnosis as a family. Jan says, “They take it...

Cheshire HealthCenter

New Movement Disorders Center Open in Cheshire, With Mystic Next

The Chase Family Movement Disorders Center combines the most advanced diagnostic and therapeutic skills to provide compassionate and fully integrated care in the management of the disease and other movement disorders. To best meet the needs of patients, Hartford HealthCare is developing comprehensive, state-of-the-art facilities throughout Connecticut to support those...

Dr. J. Antonelle de Marcaida

It’s the First Movement Disorders Center Newsletter

By Dr. J. Antonelle de Marcaida Medical Director Hartford HealthCare Chase Family Movement Disorders Center Welcome to the inaugural e-newsletter of Hartford HealthCare’s Chase Family Movement Disorders Center. It’s hard to believe it has only been four years since our first Movement Disorders Center opened its doors at the Hartford...

Dr. John Grady-Benson

Dr. John Grady-Benson Appointed Physician-In-Chief at Bone & Joint Institute

Hartford HealthCare has appointed Dr. John Grady-Benson as Physician-in-Chief of the Hartford HealthCare Bone & Joint Institute at Hartford Hospital. He begins his role today. An accomplished orthopedic surgeon and respected leader, Dr. Grady-Benson will be instrumental in the continued growth of the Bone & Joint Institute. Working collaboratively with...

RLA Graduation

For Recovery Leadership Academy Grads, A New Way to Help Others

By Kate Carey-Trull Lyne Stokes, a former teacher in Hartford Public Schools, was in a severe depression this summer when she reached out to her friend Karen Kangas and found out about the Recovery Leadership Academy. “I was in a dark place in my life at the beginning of the...

Parkinson's

Parkinson’s: Where Behavioral Health and Neurology Intersect

By Kate Carey-Trull Chances are, you know someone with Parkinson’s disease. One person is diagnosed every 10 minutes, with about 60,000 Americans diagnosed with the chronic, progressive neurological and degenerative disorder each year. Dr. J. Antonelle de Marcaida, medical director of the Hartford HealthCare Ayer Neuroscience Institute Chase Family Movement...

Head and Neck Cancer Rehab

Why Head and Neck Cancer Patients Need Speech, Swallow Rehabilitation

By Nicole Silva Speech Language Pathologist Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute According to the American Cancer Society, head and neck cancer accounts for approximately 65,000 cases annually. In the United States, about 3 percent of all cancers are head and neck cancer . Patients with head and neck cancer often face...


Why Am I So Sore The Day After My Workout Or Run?

Hartford HealthCare Rehabilitation Network Staff Report Shall we talk about a shared experience? Let’s start with soreness, a universal complaint by anyone runs seriously enough to train for the Hartford Marathon or the more casual runner working up to his or her first Manchester Road Race. When you’re so sore after a...


How Cardiac Rehab can Help Heart Patients

Cardiac rehabilitation helps patients lose weight, lower their cholesterol, improve diabetes and reduce anxiety and depression after heart-related illnesses and procedures. So why aren’t people taking advantage of these programs? A study found that only 62 percent of people referred to cardiac rehab programs are actually using them. Why is...

Hartford HealthCare Completes Acquisition of St. Vincent's

Why St. Vincent’s, the Daughters of Charity and Hartford HealthCare are the Right Fit

BRIDGEPORT — The ceremony Tuesday officially binding St. Vincent’s Medical Center, a Catholic hospital that traces its history to the early 1900s and the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, with Hartford HealthCare did not pass without at least one revelation. “Who believes in fate?” asked Vincent DiBattista, St....


St. Vincent’s Medical Center joins Hartford HealthCare

St. Vincent’s Medical Center is now officially part of Hartford HealthCare. On Tuesday, Hartford HealthCare completed the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport, and its related operations, from Ascension. During a special ceremony and celebration, employees and leaders noted the rich history...


Some Nutrition Myths About Plant-Based Burgers (And A Taste Test)

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...

Mobile Mammography

Charity Days at Westfarms to Benefit Digital Mobile Mammography

Lord + Taylor’s Charity Days, Oct. 4-7 at Westfarms mall, will have special meaning for Hartford Hospital’s Take the Time digital mobile mammography program. As part of that promotion, Lord + Taylor will donate proceeds of each Savings Pass purchased. Customers who pay up to $20 for a Savings Pass...


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...


Pacemaker or Defibrillator? How They Change the Heart’s Rhythm

There have been tremendous advancements recently in the evaluation and treatment of heart rhythm disturbances, also known as cardiac arrhythmias. Physicians who specialize in the evaluation and treatment of these electrical disturbances of the heart are known as cardiac electrophysiologists.  Dr. Mark Marieb, System Director of the Electrophysiology Labs for the...

Women doing yoga workout at gym

Living With a Cancer Diagnosis as an Older Adult

According to the National Cancer Institute, age is the greatest risk factor for developing cancer. In fact, 60 percent  of people who have cancer are 65 or older. So are 60 percent of cancer survivors. If you are an older adult with cancer, you should know that age is just...

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...


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...

Nurse Assisting Patient Undergoing Mammogram

Mobile Mammography Coming to Curtis Building

Hartford Hospital’s Mobile Mammography program will be offering screening mammograms to Hartford HealthCare employees on Thursday, Oct. 10, between 9 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. in the Curtis Building employee parking lot. The event is being held during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The mammograms are offered for women over the...

Suicide Prevention

Suicide Prevention: When People Offering Help Actually Need It

Two recent high-profile suicide deaths of men who worked with those at-risk for suicide highlights the increased suicide rate for those who provide services and care. The importance or raising awareness in September, National Suicide Prevention Month, is highlighted by the deaths of Gregory Eells, the executive director of counseling...


How to Prevent a Suicide? Ask the ‘Guardian of the Golden Gate Bridge’

As a California Highway Patrol Officer, Sgt. Kevin Briggs worked on the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, often with suicidal people, but his own struggles with depression made his presentation Sept. 13 even more impactful at the seventh annual World Suicide Prevention Conference at Heublein Hall at Hartford Hospital....

A panel discussion at the World Suicide Prevention Day

Panel: Suicide Prevention Starts with Empathy, Building Connections

As part of the seventh Annual World Suicide Prevention Day Conference Sept. 13, Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network hosted a panel presentation about the role of healthcare providers in suicide prevention. The panel included Behavioral Health Network Physician-in-Chief John Santopietro; Sgt. Kevin Briggs, a retired California Highway Patrol officer and national speaker;...

Brown Recluse Spider

Spider Bites: Read This Before You Shriek for Help

By Dr. Aurangzeb Ali They are creepy, crawly creatures that come in many sizes and cause some people to shriek in fear. In fact, a movie, “Arachnophobia,” was based on irrational reactions to spiders. While the “Arachnophobia” takes things a bit too far, it is a fact that every spider...

High Blood Pressure

How to Lower Your Blood Pressure

High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, has been linked to stroke, heart failure, heart attack and aneurysm. Lowering your blood pressure can save your life. “We tell people that you are part of the solution,” says Dr. Howard L. Haronian, chief medical director and vice president of the East Region...

Ovarian Cancer

Why Ovarian Cancer is Difficult to Diagnose

By Dr. Jonathan A. Cosin Director of Gynecologic Oncology The Hospital of Central Connecticut September is ovarian cancer awareness month, so it’s a good time to learn more about one of the more difficult cancers to diagnose. While ovarian cancer may not be one of the most common cancers among...

Boxing and Parkinson's

A Healthier You: Upcoming Classes, Events in October

Don’t slow down, just because fall’s here. Learn about gongs and Himalayan singing bowls, weight loss surgery, boxing and interval training for Parkinson’s patients and coping with the loss of a spouse or partner. That’s only a sample. Find a support  group that might help you, too. For a complete...

Back to School

A Parents’ Guide to the Best Back-to-School Routine for Kids

By Lisa Hageman, RN Preventive Medicine Initiative Manager Backus Hospital For parents, back-to-school is a great time to establish new routines and refocus on healthy habits early in the year. All kids can start the day right with a healthy breakfast that will provide them with needed fuel and energy....

Feeling Younger Than Your Age

Why Your Perception Of ‘Old’ Changes As You Age

Bruce Horovitz Kaiser Health News My perception of old age is inextricably linked to my grandmother. When I was a kid, I thought this 65-year-old, white-haired woman whose entire body wobbled when she walked was very old. Now that I’m 66, my personal perception — or perhaps, misperception — of...

Cancer and Bacteria

Cancer Overtakes Cardiovascular Disease as No. 1 Cause of Death in Wealthy Nations

Roxanne Nelson, RN, BSN Medscape Cancer is now the leading cause of death in high-income countries, where it is responsible for twice as many deaths as cardiovascular disease, according to findings from a new global report. “The world is witnessing a new epidemiologic transition among the different categories of noncommunicable...

Zack The Therapy Dog

Meet Zack, Hartford Hospital’s 205-Pound Therapy Dog

If you’ve walked through Hartford Hospital’s main lobby on a Thursday morning, chances are you’ve seen Zack the therapy dog. (At 205 pounds, with monstrous paws, this St. Bernard is hard to miss.) Last week, WVIT-NBC Connecticut filmed a segment about Zack’s ability to put smiles on our faces:

Jeffrey Flaks

A Closer Look at Jeff Flaks, Hartford HealthCare’s New CEO

Jeff Flaks, who in June celebrated his 15th year at Hartford HealthCare, became President and Chief Executive Officer of the state’s most comprehensive healthcare system Sept. 1 with a pledge to “deliver the results we want and that our communities deserve, provide a smooth transition and build on our many...

Thyroid Cancer

Thyroid Cancer: What You Need to Know

Dr. Carrie Carsello Hospital of Central Connecticut If you are like me, summer is a time for recreational activities, family barbecues and fun in the sun. The season can be a departure from the day-to-day routines and obligations that demand our attention. But the lazy days of summer are nearly...


Sepsis: A Minor Infection Becomes Deadly

Sepsis can kill anyone. Boxer Muhammad Ali, Pope John Paul II and Muppets creator Jim Henson are among the people who have died from complications related to sepsis, the body’s extreme reaction to infection that causes tissue damage, organ failure and, in these severe cases, death. Sepsis is often referred...

Paramedics

How to Become an EMT or Paramedic

Hartford HealthCare’s Center for Education, Simulation and Innovation, the international training destination known as CESI, offers hands-on training to doctors and nurses but also to EMTs and other first-responders. Here’s Michael Zacchera, and Emergency Medical Services educator at CESI: Q. There are several different courses offered for EMS personnel. What...

Exercise Program

September Walk to Wellness: Exercise and Parkinson’s

Exercise is good for your health. That goes for people with Parkinson’s disease, too. Those who exercises at least 2.5 hours a week had a better quality of life than those who either didn’t exercise or started exercising later, according to the Parkinson’s Outcomes Project, the largest clinical study ever on the...


The Heart-Health Powers Of Dark Chocolate

Experts agree that, in moderation, chocolate may have heart-health benefits. The reason? The cocoa bean is rich in a class of plant nutrients called flavonoids. They can be found in a variety of foods, such as vegetables and fruits. We also benefit from their antioxidant power when we eat foods...


How To Avoid Added Sugar In Your Family Diet

Q: I am trying to eliminate hidden sugar in everyday foods, especially for my children. What common foods should I watch? A: It’s wonderful that you are trying to eliminate hidden sugar in every day foods. Way to go, Mom and Dad! “Hidden sugar” or “added sugar” is any caloric sweetener...

Ride to Wellness

Parkinson’s and the Benefits of Biking (Ride to Wellness is Sept. 21!)

Editor’s note: On Saturday, Sept. 21, Hartford HealthCare is sponsoring Ride to Wellness, a free bike ride with 10- and 25-mile routes through scenic Cheshire. The ride starts and ends at the new Hartford HealthCare HealthCenter at 280 South Main Street in Cheshire. For more information on the Ride to Wellness, click...

Vascular System

Why Put Vascular Disease on Your Radar? Ask This Vascular Surgeon

Most people never have to worry about vascular disease. But everyone should know about it because vascular disease can affect up to 25 percent of people as they age. What happens when we age? A number of changes can take place within our arteries and veins. Some people develop blockages,...

Stress Test

How to Prepare for a Stress Test

An exercise electrocardiogram, better known as a stress test, will give your Heart & Vascular Institute doctor important information about how you heart responds when pushed to its limit during physical exertion. The test is performed as you exercise on a treadmill while hooked up to an electrocardiogram, or EKG, machine....


How to Sleep Soundly at Home (Not at School): Tips For Your Kids

Ah, summer vacation.  For teens and adolescents, it may be a signal to become nocturnal, staying up long into the night in the glow of a screen and lounging in bed until well past noon. Now with school buses making their crack-of-dawn pickups, what’s the best way to help your tween...

Thyroid Nodule

What’s a Thyroid Nodule? And is It Cancerous?

Hospital of Central Connecticut endocrine surgeon Dr. Carrie Carsello, the only Hartford HealthCare surgeon who is fellowship trained in endocrine surgery, says most people diagnosed with a thyroid nodule find it a little scary. “But,” she says, “the vast majority of thyroid nodules are benign, up to 95 percent. Sometimes, though,...


Your Nutrition: 5 Ways To A Faster Meal (The Back-To-School Edition)

Between Jonathan’s track meets, Lily’s dance classes and baby Rose’s swimming lessons, it may seem difficult to plan healthy meals and snacks. Here are five simple tips to streamline meal prep and have healthy choices ready during the back-to-school rush. 1.  Take the effort out of weeknight meals by setting...

Women doing yoga workout at gym

A Healthier You: Upcoming Classes, Events in September

There’s plenty of  time left for some summertime enlightenment. Dementia support group? Yoga for cancer survivors? Deep brain stimulation for Parkinson’s, essential tremor or dystonia? For a complete schedule, click here.  

Pelvic Organ Prolapse

The Facts, and Myths, about Breastfeeding

By Donna Bielecki, RN, BSN, IBCLC Nourishing an infant is imperative to his or her growth, and breastfeeding is a tried-and-true method to provide the best vitamins and nutrients to babies. But the baby isn’t the only one on the receiving end of breastfeeding benefits. There are many reasons it...

World Breastfeeding Week

World Breastfeeding Week At ‘Baby-Friendly’ Hartford Hospital

Hartford Hospital, the first “baby friendly” hospital in Connecticut, continues to be a leader in the state on breastfeeding. Here’s Mary Marshall-Crim, family nurse practitioner and manager of the lactation program at Hartford Hospital: Q. World Breastfeeding Week is Aug. 1-7 and Hartford Hospital is celebrating with a special event...

Kindergarten

Redshirting: Should You Delay Kindergarten a Year for Your Child?

Redshirting is nothing new in college sports. In kindergarten, however, it’s a relatively new concept. Like the college quarterback held back from sports for a year to extend his eligibility while improving his skills, it promises an advantage to the 5-year-old who puts off kindergarten until age 6. But is...

Cancer

‘Breakthrough’ Summit In Bangkok: Transforming Cancer Care

By Jo Cavallo American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Dr. Peter Yu, physician-in-chief of the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute, is planning a new approach at the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s first international meeting, Breakthrough: A Global Summit for Oncology Innovators Oct. 11-13 in Bangkok, Thailand. Dr. Yu, past president...

Fried fish

How Some Foods Can Make Joint Pain Worse

Eating can make joint pain even worse when certain foods cause inflammation. Find out more about the relationship between food and inflammation from Chris Barrett, a sports nutritionist and dietitian and the Bone & Joint Institute at Hartford Hospital: Q. What leads to inflammation and what types of foods should...

Anti-inflammatory Diet

August Walk to Wellness: How the Anti-Inflammatory Diet Fights Major Diseases

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. Chris Barrett, a Clinical Dietician at the Hartford HealthCare Bone & Joint Institute, will host a presentation on the anti-inflammatory diet at the...

Pelvic Pain

Pelvic Pain: When Should Women Ask for Help?

Pelvic pain should not be ignored. For women, it’s a potential warning of a problem with your vagina, uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries, cervix or other organ. Healthwise content is included in this report. Hartford Healthcare Rehabilitation Network, a non-for-profit member of Hartford HealthCare offers physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech language...

GoHealth Virtual Visits

In-Home Urgent Care? It’s GoHealth’s Virtual Visit Via Phone

If you really need to see a doctor for an injury or illness that’s not life-threatening, it’s never been easier. You can see a doctor without leaving your home with a Hartford HealthCare-GoHealth Urgent Care virtual visit, which provides medical care from your mobile device, tablet or computer. The Cost If...

Summer Safety

How to Keep Kids Safe This Summer

By Lisa Hageman, RN Preventive Medicine Initiative Manager Backus Hospital As one of the coordinators for the local SafeKids coalition, I wanted to share some of the top summer safety tips as recommended by SafeKids Worldwide.  As we spend time on vacation visiting friends and family,  it’s a good reminder...

Cancer/Yoga

A Healthier You: Cancer Institute Summer Classes, Events

2019 Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute Summer Calendar Here’s your guide to all of our upcoming events for the remainder of the summer. We’d like to highlight two events for cancer survivors: Celebrate Life: A Cancer Survivorship Celebration Sept. 7 from 9:30-11:30 am Hartford Downtown Marriott The Helen & Harry Gray...

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 Lung 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...

Insulin Pump and Exercise

‘Siri, What’s My Blood Sugar’: Technology and the Insulin Pump

Let’s track the technological progression available to diabetics since Melissa Dethlefsen, a  content and social media integration manager at Hartford HealthCare, was diagnosed with Type-1 diabetes 22 years ago. For nine years, her routine included multiple daily injections of insulin, which helps the body use glucose for energy. For 11...

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...

Cooking classes

A Healthier You: Upcoming Classes, Events in August

There’s plenty of  time left for some summertime enlightenment. In August, you learn about an anti-inflammatory diet for juvenile diabetes and nutrition for young athletes in the Bone & Joint Institutes demonstration kitchen in Hartford (above), therapeutic art, more art (Zentangle), coping with the stress of a medical condition, a motherhood...


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...

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...

November 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...


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...

Memory screening

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...


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...

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...

Golf Season is here

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 leaders recently returned with a special delegation after a four-day trip to Israel. There were joined by 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 talent and innovation. During the four- day...


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...

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 –...


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...

Frustrated woman worried about problem sitting on sofa with laptop

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...


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 Former 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...


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...


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?...


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...

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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...


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....

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Lung Cancer: How a Lobectomy Works

You may recall Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg recently underwent a lobectomy – a type of surgery to remove one of five lobes in her lungs. It’s a procedure that doctors at Hartford Hospital are performing more and more. Dr. Mario Katigbak, Chief of Thoracic Surgery at Hartford Hospital discusses this and...


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...


Here’s What Alex Trebek Faces With Pancreatic Cancer

Beloved “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek faces the biggest questions of his life — and the answers may not be clear. The 78-year-old announced March 6 that he has been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. By his own admission, it’s a grim diagnosis, though he plans to fight it. “Now normally,...


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?...


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...

Lego Forma

The Latest in Adult Relaxation: Lego Forma (Yes, Legos)

Coloring books to help adults destress are so 2018. Lego wants to replace your crayons, colored pencils and adult coloring books as a means of relaxation. Meet Lego Forma, a set of the plastic bricks aimed at an adult market. Sounds great, right? But it has people asking if this...


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...

Tracy Church

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...


Is This Police K9 Friend or Faux?

Like their human counterparts, canine law enforcement officers risk injury – even their lives – to protect the public. “The fact that they’re able give of themselves day in and day out for us and for everyone else, sacrificing their bodies, and not asking anything of us in return, is...


Newington WWII Veteran Awarded French Knight of the Legion of Honor

More than seven decades after he served in World War II, John Faenza of Newington has received the highest possible military honor an American can receive from the French people. With his wife, children, friends and former co-workers by his side, the 93-year-old Cedar Mountain Commons resident was awarded an honorary...


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...

Colon Cancer Screening

Why Colon Cancer Screening Now Starts at Age 45: What This Means for You

When it comes to colon cancer screening, 45 is the new 50. The latest American Cancer Society guideline for colorectal cancer screening, established in 2018, recommends that average-risk adults age 45 and older undergo regular screening. The previous guideline recommended that people without symptoms and without a family history of...


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...


Dr. Jack Ross: Caring, Compassionate and Community-Minded

In 1981, The Centers for Disease Control announced that the first patient had been stricken with the AIDS virus. That same year, a young doctor-in-training named Jack Ross treated his first patients infected with the human immunodeficiency virus known as HIV, which causes AIDS. At the time, the emergence of...


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...


Being Rxesponsible When it Comes to Disposing of Old Prescription Medications

Older prescriptions in our homes can cause all sorts of problems, not the least of which are abuse and addiction. Rushford Medical Director Dr. J. Craig Allen explains how getting old or expired medications out of your house responsibly can help fight the nation’s opioid crisis.  Q: You see what...


Babies in Red Hats: Raising Awareness of Congenital Heart Defects

Pictured above: Angelica Otero of Willimantic holds her new baby boy Joeziah Cummings Otero who was born Jan. 26 at the Windham Hospital Birthing Center. They may not be aware of it quite yet, but babies born at Hartford HealthCare hospitals in February are taking part in their own effort to...


Cold Weather: How to Cope

They call it a polar vortex. What it really means is that bitter temperatures are headed our way, with lows at or below freezing for the coming days. Protect yourself, your family and your pets with these general tips from the American Red Cross, along with advice specific to seniors...


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...


Dr. José Orellana joins Hartford HealthCare Medical Group in Southington

Primary care physician José R. Orellana, MD, MBA has joined the team at the Hartford HealthCare Medical Group in Southington. Dr. Orellana is well-versed in all aspects of internal medicine, with particular interests in thyroid disease, colon cancer prevention, diabetes mellitus, inflammatory bowel disease and peptic ulcer disease. He is...


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...


2019 Healthy Family FunFest Marks Event’s 10th Anniversary

Each February, thousands of people pass through the doors of the Aqua Turf in Plantsville/Southington for the Healthy Family FunFest. More than a health fair, it is an event built on strong local partnerships and a singular goal: provide the community with information, screenings and other resources to improve their...

Nitro

Hospital Security: A Dog’s Perspective

All across Hartford HealthCare you’ll find safety officers dedicated to ensuring that your experience is the best it can be. But there is one new officer getting a lot of attention. With four paws and a tail, he answers to just one name: Nitro. Nitro is a two-year-old Belgian Malinois....

Dr. Patrick Tomak

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...


How Hartford HealthCare Cares for the Community

People attracted to working in healthcare as a vocation have certain qualities. They’re caring and kind. They are the kind of people who want to make things better for others as a way of life. In this edition of the HealthCare Matters podcast, Elliot Joseph and Rebecca Stewart explore that...


New Treatment for Gastrointestinal Tumors Now Available at Hartford Hospital

Hartford HealthCare cancer specialists have delivered a new and exciting therapy to treat patients diagnosed with gastrointestinal neuroendocrine tumors, a relatively rare form of cancer. Dr. Andrew Salner is a radiation oncologist and Medical Director of the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at Hartford Hospital.  Q: What are gastrointestinal neuroendocrine tumors? A: These...

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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,...


The Connection Between Acid Reflux and Cancer

Acid reflux affects millions of people, but you may not know that acid reflux over time could turn to cancer. Hartford HealthCare gastroenterologist Dr. David Chaletsky explains.  Q: What is acid reflux?  A: Acid reflux – commonly known as heartburn – occurs when acid from the stomach moves up into...

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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...


Gun Buyback Dec. 15 at Community Renewal in Hartford

Although many people say having a gun at home will keep them safe, experts and policymakers increasingly agree that firearms in the home are dangerous. That’s why Hartford Hospital is teaming up with the Community Renewal Team and other community partners for the next Capital Region Gun Buyback. “Every time...


Epilepsy: What Happens After You’re Diagnosed?

Nearly 60,000 people in Connecticut live with epilepsy. There are many different types of epilepsy and seizures — and they can come out of nowhere. Hartford HealthCare epileptologist Dr. Erica Schuyler explains.   Q. What is epilepsy? A: Epilepsy is recurrent, unprovoked seizures – caused by abnormal electrical activity in the...

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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...

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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,...

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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...


Tallwood Men’s Health Center Opens in Farmington

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


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...

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Weight Loss Surgery: Can Success Be Predicted?

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


The Parkinson’s Podcast

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

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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...


The Mammogram: Demystified

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


Migraine Treatment: A Patient’s View

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


Changing Your (Body) Clock

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


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...


‘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...


Clinical Breast Cancer Trials: Making an Impact Locally

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


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

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


The Future of Breast Cancer Treatment is Now!

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


Why Haunted Houses, Kids Don’t Always Mix

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

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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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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...

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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...


Back to School Eye Exams

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


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

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


Windham Hospital: New Hip Gives Putnam Woman Renewed Life

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


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

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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...


The Heart of a Runner

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


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

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

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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...


Coping with Asthma During the Summer

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

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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,...


New Hope for Leaky Heart Valves

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


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/


Coping with the Loss of a Beloved Pet

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

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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...


The World’s Smallest Pacemaker

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


Hundreds Ride Against Cancer at Annual ‘ERRACE’ Event

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

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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...

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Having a Coach on the Road to Recovery

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


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,...


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

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


ICYMI: Highlights from The Rob Dibble Show June 2018

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


PODCAST: The Future of the Patient Experience is NOW!

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

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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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Breast Cancer Study: Certain Women Can Skip Chemo

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

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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...


Infection control begins in training

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