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Depression

How Men Can Identify Signs of Clinical Depression

Men don’t like to talk about depression, even acknowledge it, and they’re less likely than women to seek treatment for it. Yet close to a third of men experience depression in their lifetime. So how can men tell the difference between feeling down and clinical depression? “Clinical depression, or major...

Healthy Male

Shockwave or ‘P-Shot’ for Erectile Dysfunction? Don’t Do It

If you were among the 50 percent of adult males between the ages of 40 and 70 with erectile dysfunction, would you pay thousands of dollars for a treatment not yet approved by the Food and Drug Administration amid uncertainties about its long-term effectiveness and safety? Especially if that treatment,...

Fall allergies.

The Question for Fall: Is it a Cold or Allergies?

Are your eyes watering yet? If you have seasonal allergies, you already know the fall season is officially here. Ragweed pollen is  an allergy trigger that arrives in Connecticut each spring and lasts until late September, sometimes into October depending on the previous winter’s weather. “It seems as if there...

Flu Season

Here’s What’s in Your Flu Vaccine: Will It Work This Season?

Wasn’t it just yesterday that we were sunning ourselves at Hammonasset Beach? Maybe it only feels that way, but now it’s officially fall and we only care about one thing — the coming flu season. Predicting the severity of a flu season isn’t like predicting which team will win more football...


Sepsis As The ‘Silent Killer’: Know The Symptoms

Sepsis can kill anyone. Boxer Muhammad Ali, Pope John Paul II and Muppets creator Jim Henson 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 to as a “silent killer” because...

GoHealth Opening in Bristol

GoHealth Urgent Care Center Opening Aug. 31 in Bristol

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...


Countdown To School: How Students (And Parents) Can Adjust Psychologically

Everyone needs time to adjust to summer’s end and the start of school — teacher, parents and especially kids. Child psychologist Dr. Laura Saunders from Hartford Hospital’s Institute of Living has your guide for making that transition as smooth as possible – and what to do if the adjustment isn’t...

An EKG machine.

What Causes An Irregular Heartbeat?

The average human heart beats about 100,000 times a day, pumping almost 2,000 gallons of blood through the body. What makes it tick so precisely? An electrical system that creates impulses to control the heart rate (beats per minute) and heart rhythm (synchronizing the pumping action). When that system is...

Aortic Stenosis

Hartford Hospital Chosen for Nationwide TAVR Study of Low-Risk Patients

The Hartford HealthCare Heart & Vascular Institute at Hartford Hospital has been selected as one of 35 hospitals nationwide participating in a study that allows low-risk patients with severe aortic stenosis to receive a replacement aortic valve in a minimally invasive procedure using catheters instead of conventional open-heart surgery. Since...

Timber Rattlesnake

Snakes! What to Know About Connecticut’s 14 Species

Nothing quite inspires instantaneous rage, extreme fear or bizarre curiosity like the sudden appearance of a snake. For too many people, the initial impulse is kill or cradle. The correct response, of course, is none of the above. Do not mess with snakes. They’re not looking for a fight. You...

Water bottles, aligned.

How to Avoid Kidney Stones This Summer

As the mercury climbs this summer, your body needs more water and other healthy fluids to function. Summer is especially hard on the kidneys, with the heat creating the perfect conditions for the formation of kidney stones. “Kidney stone episodes increase by as much as 50 percent in the summer...


A Grill Brush, A Burger . . . And Emergency Surgery

Cleaning your grill with a wire brush can be dangerous, as one Wallingford woman learned in 2015. Cheryl Harrison was rushed to MidState Medical Center in Meriden in extreme stomach pain two days after eating a hamburger containing a wire bristle from a barbecue grill brush. A CT scan revealed...

Infected Tick

Why This Tick Season Worries Health Officials

The United States is ill-prepared for a looming public health threat, says the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, as it released a report this week that found illnesses caused by mosquito, tick and flea bites tripled nationwide from 2004 to 2016. More than 640,000 cases were reported in that...

Three young couples on the beach.

9 Health Benefits of Sunshine

Usually, at this time of year, we like to warn people about the dangers of too much sunshine or too little protection from sunshine. Not today  — or at least until about 500 words from here. In so many ways, glorious sunshine is good for your health. Here are a...

Chopped romaine lettuce in a bowl.

Tainted Romaine: Why This E. Coli Makes You Sick

The E. coli traced to chopped lettuce that caused an outbreak last week in 11 states, including Connecticut, makes people ill because the bacteria produces a toxin known as Shiga. This E. coli, identified as E. coli 0157:H7 (or simply 0157), is the most common Shiga toxin-producing E. coli, or...

Doctor reviewing CT scan.

Are You at Risk for Stroke?

Strokes don’t just happen to older people. In 2009, the latest figures a available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 34 percent of people hospitalized for stroke were less than 65 years old. You are at risk for stroke if you have: High blood pressure. High cholesterol. Diabetes....


Welcome, Spring! (And State’s Biggest Pollen Producers)

Cross your fingers, close your eyes, hold your nose and count to three. Now wish for a tolerable allergy season. If we’re lucky, slightly colder winter temperatures and a trio of March Nor’easters in Connecticut will help. But, more likely, we’re doomed to another season of uncontrollable sneezing, itchy eyes, runny...

Doctor's chart with diabetes diagnosis.

These 7 Questions Answer This One: Are You at Risk for Diabetes?

If you could find out in one minute if you’re at risk of Type 2 diabetes, would you do it? Well, you’re seconds away from a seven-question test assembled by the American Diabetes Association. If you’re in an extreme rush on this ADA Alert Day, scroll directly to the bottom...


Before First-Responders Arrive: How To Stop The Bleeding After An Accident Or Shooting

Some survivors of mass-casualty shootings have only minutes to survive. “Most of these shooting events are over in 15 minutes and people can bleed to death within five minutes from these severe injuries,” says Dr. Lenworth Jacobs, director of the Trauma Institute at Hartford Hospital. “Responses to save victims have...

GoHealth interior.

GoHealth Urgent Care Centers Opening in Norwich, New London

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...

"Colorectal Cancer' in dictionary.

Farm-Raised Salmon (Bad), Aspirin (Good) and other Colorectal Cancer Facts

Colorectal cancer, the No. 2 cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States among men and women combined, is expected to kill more than 50,000 Americans this year. Yet this disease, which hits 1 in 23 Americans in their lifetime, is showing signs that more people will survive with early...

Rob Gronkowski.

Gronkowski’s Concussion: Is it Really Time to Quit?

Rob Gronkowski, maybe the NFL’s most unpredictable player, did not deny a report he might be considering retirement after New England’s 41-33 loss to the underdog Philadelphia Eagles Feb. 4  in Super Bowl LII. Gronk being Gronk? Maybe a strategic move, at age 28, to entice a lucrative restructuring of...


Study: More People Could Benefit From Cardiac Rehab

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 new study finds that only 62 percent of people who are referred to cardiac rehab programs are actually using...

Rob Gronkowski.

NFL Injury Report: Rob Gronkowski’s Concussion

Our weekly NFL report evaluates injuries to players of local (Patriots, Giants and Jets) or national interest with commentary by a sports medicine specialist from the Hartford HealthCare Bone & Joint Institute at Hartford Hospital. Player: Rob Gronkowski, Patriots tight end. Injury: Concussion. How it happened: Gronkowski was hit by Jacksonville...

Syringe and H3N2.

Flu Season Sends Most People to Medical Professionals Since 2009 Pandemic

Flu season, which already has sent the highest percentage of people nationally to their health care providers since the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, is still at least a couple weeks weeks from its expected peak. The virus has been linked to 63 deaths through Feb. 2 in Connecticut, including 10-year-old Nico...


How Sick Is Too Sick To Go To Work?

What will it take, office trouper, to finally end your Cal Ripken-esque streak of consecutive days of work  without calling in sick? During flu season — and let’s assume most people will have received their annual flu vaccination — you and your work ethic should prepare for some down time...

Woman taking out trash.

Is Taking Out The Trash Any Way To Live Longer? (Really?)

Thanks to fitness-tracker accelerometers, researchers have learned more precisely the amount of physical activity it takes to live a longer, fitter life. Surprisingly, not much. Three studies that used accelerometers to measure participants’ activity  concluded in recent months that even the lightest regular physical activity — making a bed, taking...


Heart-Attack Study: Women Don’t Get Same Treatment As Men

A man and woman each have a potentially fatal heart attack called a STEMI, a complete blockage of the coronary artery by a blood clot. Who is more likely to receive the appropriate care? In a recent Swedish study, it wasn’t even close: The man. The woman, in fact, would...

Close-up of football.

Tom Brady’s Shoulder Injury: What’s the Risk Against Titans?

Our weekly NFL report evaluates injuries to players of local (Patriots, Giants and Jets) or national interest with commentary by a sports orthopedic specialist from the Bone & Joint Institute at Hartford Hospital.  Sign up for automatic delivery to your inbox (click here and scroll to “Free email newsletters”). Player: Tom...


A Doctor’s Call: How To Avoid Losing Vision To Glaucoma

What should you know about glaucoma? The older you are, the more you should know. Dr. Kristy Mascarenhas, an ophthalmologist at Hartford Hospitals Eye Surgery Center, offers some details on this common condition: Q.  What is glaucoma? A.  Glaucoma is a certain type of change in the optic nerve (which...


Surviving A Bomb Cyclone: Storm Safety Tips

It’s bombs away today with one of the most explosive East Coast storms on record that has now qualified as a meteorological phenomenon called a “bomb cyclone.” This storm blew out the standard — a 24-millibar pressure drop in 24 hours — by plunging 59 millibars in the first 24...

Penguin on snow.

The Science Behind Walking On Winter Ice Without Slipping, Falling

Sometimes you just have to know when to walk like a penguin, as unsightly as it may seem. It could save a lot of pain and misery. With sub-freezing temperatures, black-ice parking lots and slick sidewalks, it’s time. Yes, the best way to avoid a fall — and possible injury...


Flu ‘Widespread’ in State; Hartford County Hardest Hit

Never mind what you want for the holidays. We all know what you don’t want — the flu. But it’s too late for many of you. Connecticut is now among 12 states with flu activity classified as widespread. The state Department of Public Health says 355 people have tested positive...

A runner's calves.

NFL Week 16 Injury Report: Partially Torn Calf Muscle (Antonio Brown)

Our weekly NFL report evaluates injuries to players of local (Patriots, Giants and Jets) or national interest with commentary by a sports orthopedic specialist from the Bone & Joint Institute at Hartford Hospital.  Sign up for automatic delivery to your inbox (click here and scroll to “Free email newsletters”). Player: Antonio...


If This Happens, You’re ‘Growing Old’ (Right?)

By Judith Graham Kaiser Health News When Dr. Christopher Callahan examines older patients, he often hears a similar refrain. “I’m tired, doctor. It’s hard to get up and about. I’ve been feeling kind of down, but I know I’m getting old and I just have to live with it.” This...

Fracture at 3rd and 4th metacarpal bone

NFL Week 15 Injury Report: How Long to Recover From a Broken Hand?

Our weekly NFL report evaluates injuries to players of local (Patriots, Giants and Jets) or national interest with commentary by a sports orthopedic specialist from the Bone & Joint Institute at Hartford Hospital.  Sign up for automatic delivery to your inbox (click here and scroll to “Free email newsletters”). Player: Josh...

Germs on white background.

Holiday Alert: The Germiest Places In Home, Office, Public Places

Happy holidays, everyone. May this season full of crowded office parties, overstuffed buffet tables and family gatherings remain joyous and germ-free. Germ-free? Yes, germs never take a holiday. Please don’t get sick. We won’t lecture on the importance of washing your hands — in the war against germs, it’s our...

The Spider-Man Spider-Drone.

Danger: Do Not Buy These Toys for Your Kids

Even though an estimated 174,100 toy-related injuries to children 15 years old or younger were treated in the nation’s hospital emergency departments in 2016, it’s unlikely your child will be harmed playing with toys delivered by same-day Santa this holiday season. Unless Santa somehow didn’t get the “10 Worst Toys”...

Chocolate bark.

How To Make Holiday Desserts That Won’t Kill You

Looking for some waistline-friendly holiday desserts? Join personal chef Jeanne Tennis in the demonstration kitchen at the Hartford HealthCare Bone & Joint Institute at Hartford Hospital for a hands-on cooking class Dec. 9 from 9 a.m. to noon or Dec. 11 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. You’ll learn how to...

A meniscus tear repaired by surgery.

NFL Week 14 Injury Report: How a Torn Meniscus Can Change Your Life

Our weekly NFL report evaluates injuries to players of local (Patriots, Giants and Jets) or national interest with commentary by a sports orthopedic specialist from the Bone & Joint Institute at Hartford Hospital.  Sign up for automatic delivery to your inbox (click here and scroll to “Free email newsletters”). Player: Kelvin...

Water bottles, aligned.

NFL Injury Report Week 12: What The Patriots Can Teach Us About Dehydration

Our weekly NFL report evaluates injuries to players of local (Patriots, Giants and Jets) or national interest with commentary by a sports orthopedic specialist from the Bone & Joint Institute at Hartford Hospital.  Sign up for automatic delivery to your inbox (click here and scroll to “Free email newsletters”). Players: Stephon...

Four kids, shadowed.

Study: Despite Coverage, Most Adolescents Skip Regular Checkups

Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News As children move through adolescence, some face health hurdles like obesity, sexually transmitted infections, depression and drug abuse. Regular checkups could help families address such problems, and the Affordable Care Act paved the way by requiring insurers to fully cover well-child visits, at no charge...

Glass of milk.

Study: If You Have Prostate Cancer, Avoid Whole Milk

Nick Mulcahy Medscape Enjoying a tall glass of cold, whole milk on a regular basis is a no-go for men with prostate cancer, advise the authors of a new observational study. “Men with non-metastatic prostate cancer who choose to drink milk should select non-fat or low-fat options,” conclude the authors,...

Stethoscope on money.

Obamacare Shopping Is Trickier Than Ever. Here’s A Cheat Sheet.

Jay Hancock Kaiser Health News Health care is complicated. Shopping for an individual health plan just got even more so, with President Donald Trump’s decision last month to block $7 billion in Affordable Care Act subsidies. Known as cost-sharing reduction payments (CSRs), these federal funds had helped insurers offset the...

Couple on chair in front of fireplace.

Can Sex Cause Death By Sudden Cardiac Arrest?

Sex doesn’t kill, according to what appears to be the first study to evaluate sexual activity as a trigger for sudden cardiac arrest. Researchers reviewing data on 4,557 adult deaths caused by sudden cardiac arrest between 2002 and 2015 in Portland, Ore., found only 34 involved sex. The report was...


What New High Blood Pressure Guidelines Mean For You

The number of Americans with high blood pressure increased dramatically Nov. 13 when the American Heart Association, the American College Cardiology and nine other groups released a new guideline on hypertension. The standard, the first change in 14 years, is now 130/80 mm Hg, down from the guideline established in...

A healthy Achilles.

NFL Week 11 Injury Report: Will Ruptured Achilles End Richard Sherman’s Career?

Our weekly NFL report evaluates injuries to players of local (Patriots, Giants and Jets) or national interest with commentary by a sports orthopedic specialist from the Bone & Joint Institute at Hartford Hospital.  Sign up for automatic delivery to your inbox (click here and scroll to “Free email newsletters”). Player: Richard...

Middle-aged couple.

Urolift: New Relief From Enlarged Prostate

The best thing about benign prostatic hypertrophy, an enlarged prostate, is that it’s unrelated to cancer. That’s a relief. Now comes the daily nuisance created when an enlarged prostate blocks the urethra – abnormal urination that can overwhelm your day (or night). When medication doesn’t work, doctors can choose from...

Child with Fidget Spinner.

Experts Explain Why Lead In Fidget Spinners Is No Idle Threat

Shefali Luthra Kaiser Health News That fidget spinner your kid can’t put down? It turns out it may be putting children at risk for lead exposure. That’s according to a report out Nov. 9 from a consumer advocacy group, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund. The organization tested...

Areca palm houseplant.

Top 10 Houseplants That Fight Indoor Air Pollution, Toxins

The open-window season is officially over. (And forget about those 8:29 p.m. summertime sunsets.) Take a deep breath, anywhere in your home. Do you know what you just inhaled inside your lovely home besides life-sustaining oxygen? It’s not just simmering potpourri. How about: Formaldehyde (from furniture, plastics, insulation, carpeting, wood...

Knee with scar.

NFL Week 10 Injury Report: A Medical Look At A Torn ACL (Texans QB Deshaun Watson)

Our weekly NFL report evaluates injuries to players of local (Patriots, Giants and Jets) or national interest with commentary by a sports orthopedic specialist from the Bone & Joint Institute at Hartford Hospital.  Sign up for automatic delivery to your inbox (click here and scroll to “Free email newsletters”). Player: Deshaun...


GoHealth Urgent Care Opens In Southington

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...

1040 Tax form illustration

House Tax Bill Would Scrap Deduction For Medical Expenses

Julie Rovner Kaiser Health News The tax bill unveiled by Republicans in the House Nov. 2 would not, as had been rumored, eliminate the tax penalty for failure to have health insurance. But it would eliminate a decades-old deduction for people with very high medical costs. The controversial bill is...


Where In Connecticut Are You Most Likely To Have Diabetes?

The 2017 National Diabetes Statistic Report, released earlier this year by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, was created for a scientific audience. But these highlights (the report used 2015 data) and informational graphic should give consumers something to think about during National Diabetes Month. One note of encouragement:...

Close-up of football.

NFL Week 9 Injury Report: Why Zach Miller’s Lower Left Leg Was Almost Amputated

Our weekly NFL report evaluates injuries to players of local (Patriots, Giants and Jets) or national interest with commentary by a sports orthopedic specialist from the Bone & Joint Institute at Hartford Hospital.  Sign up for automatic delivery to your inbox (click here and scroll to “Free email newsletters”). Player: Zach...

Kid in Halloween costumes.

Boo! It’s The Candy-Coated Connecticut Trick-Or-Treat Halloween List

Halloween is one of the best holidays of the year (alert: blatant author bias), even if it’s a day off for good nutrition and a potential hair-puller for parents concerned about safe costumes and safe trick-or-treating. Hope for some clear, crisp weather, fun costumes and great candy (no apples, pennies...

Three-dimensional medical image of ulna bone in forearm.

NFL Week 8 Injury Report: Fractured Forearm (Carson Palmer)

Our weekly NFL report evaluates injuries to players of local (Patriots, Giants and Jets) or national interest with commentary by a sports orthopedic specialist from the Bone & Joint Institute at Hartford Hospital.  Sign up for automatic delivery to your inbox (click here and scroll to “Free email newsletters”). Player: Carson...


What’s The Difference Between A Cold And Flu?

When it comes to the symptoms of H1N1 or seasonal flu, how can you tell when you have more than just a cold? Sometimes, it is hard to tell. Generally, the symptoms of a cold are much milder than the flu, and you are less likely to have a fever with a cold. Flu symptoms tend to come on...

Dislocated ankle.

A Medical Look At Devastating Injury To Celtics’ Gordon Hayward

This special edition of our weekly injury report reviews Gordon Hayward’s devastating injury less than 7 minutes into his first regular-season game Oct. 17 with the Boston Celtics after signing a four-year, $128 million contract.  Sign up for our weekly NFL report (click here and scroll to “Free email newsletters”), which evaluates...

X-ray of broken collarbone.

NFL Week 7 Injury Report: What It’s Like To Break Your Collarbone (Aaron Rodgers)

Our weekly NFL report evaluates injuries to players of local (Patriots, Giants and Jets) or national interest with commentary by a sports orthopedic specialist from the Bone & Joint Institute at Hartford Hospital. Player: Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers quarterback. Injury: Broken right collarbone (throwing shoulder). How it happened: Rodgers,...

Obamacare

How Will Trump’s Executive Order Affect Obamacare?

Julie Appleby Kaiser Health News The Trump administration Thursday advanced a wide-ranging executive order aimed at expanding lower-cost insurance options, allowing employers to give workers money to buy their own coverage and slowing consolidation in the insurance and hospital industries. Critics said that, if implemented, the changes could result in...


These Weight-Related Cancers Are On The Rise

Nick Mulcahy Medscape Overall cancer rates have been declining in the United States since the 1990s. But contrary to this trend, some weight-related cancers were on the rise annually from 2005 to 2014, new data from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate. Excessive body weight is associated with...

Sliced eggplant.

Recipe: The Made-For-‘Food Schmooze’ Eggplant Rounds

Here’s the recipe, a Mediterranean-inspired eggplant appetizer, made in the new kitchen at the  Hartford HeathCare Bone & Joint Institute at Hartford Hospital during a recent visit from WNPR’s “Food Schmooze.” (Read more about the show here.) This light dish, as noted during the show, is recommended as a fresh appetizer, starter or alongside...


Dr. Surendra Khera Named ICP Chief Medical Officer, VP Of Population Health

Integrated Care Partners is pleased to welcome Surendra P. Khera, MD, MSc as Chief Medical Officer and VP of Population Health.  Dr. Khera, “Sunny”, is a practicing internist in Enfield and previously served as the Vice President of Medical Affairs, Chief Medical Officer and Chief Quality Officer at Saint Francis...


Halloween And Allergies: How to Keep Your Children Safe

Halloween is a little trickier for kids with allergies and asthma. Keep your kids safe when trick-or-treat with these precautions from the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: Think twice before applying makeup : Some makeup ingredients cause allergic reactions, so consider an alternative if your child has eczema or...


NFL Week 6 Injury Report: What’s A Fractured Fibula? (Odell Beckham Jr.)

Our weekly NFL report evaluates injuries to players of local (Patriots, Giants and Jets) or national interest with commentary by a sports orthopedic specialist from the Bone & Joint Institute at Hartford Hospital. Player: Odell Beckham Jr., New York Giants receiver. Injury: Left ankle. Although the Giants did not release...


Lower Your Risk For Type 2 Diabetes

You can hardly turn on the television or listen to the radio without hearing a new report on the epidemic of type 2 diabetes. But what can you do to not become part of this statistic? Type 2 diabetes – the most common type – occurs when the body uses...


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...


What Your Children Need After Learning About Las Vegas Massacre

How can anyone feel safe when the person who carried out the worst mass shooting in American history Sunday during a country music festival in Las Vegas is an 64-year-old millionaire resident of a retirement community with no criminal record? “It’s becoming more predominant and that’s scary for all of...


NFL Injury Report Week 5: What, Exactly, Is Turf Toe?

Our weekly NFL report evaluates injuries to players of local (Patriots, Giants and Jets) or national interest with commentary by a sports orthopedic specialist from the Bone & Joint Institute at Hartford Hospital.  Sign up for automatic delivery to your inbox (click here and scroll to “Free email newsletters”). Player: Matt...


Money-Saving Offer For Medicare’s Late Enrollees Expiring. Can They Buy Time?

By Susan Jaffe Kaiser Health News Many older Americans who have Affordable Care Act insurance policies are going to miss a Sept. 30 deadline to enroll in Medicare, and they need more time to make the change, advocates say. A lifetime of late enrollment penalties typically await people who don’t...

Close-up of football.

NFL Week 4 Injury Report: Andrew Luck (Shoulder)

Our weekly NFL report evaluates injuries to players of local (Patriots, Giants and Jets) or national interest with commentary by a sports orthopedic specialist from the Bone & Joint Institute at Hartford Hospital. Player: Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts quarterback. Injury: Torn labrum in right (throwing) shoulder. How it happened: Lot...


How Recovery Coaches Can Reshape The ER

By Pat Rehmer President, Behavioral Health Network With crowded waiting rooms and busy clinicians, mental health and substance abuse patients don’t always receive the most optimal care in healthcare settings.  And for good reason – emergency room  staff are generally focused on serious physical problems, rapid assessments and “in the...


Cheers! A Visit From WNPR’s ‘Food Schmooze’

Let’s put aside bones and joints for a moment. You must be starving by now. So let’s talk about food, the topic du jour recently on WNPR when Faith Middleton brought “Food Schmooze” to the Hartford HealthCare Bone & Joint Institute demonstration kitchen for an hour of cooking tips (whole...

Close-up of football.

NFL Week 3 Injury Profile: Rob Gronkowski (Groin)

Our weekly NFL report this season evaluates injuries to players of local (Patriots, Giants and Jets) or national interest with commentary by the Bone & Joint Institute at Hartford Hospital’s sports orthopedic specialists. Player: Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots tight end. Injury: Groin. How it happened: Gronkowski appeared to suffer...


Why A Morning Workout Can Make Your Day

By Bruce Brazeal, ATC Do you find yourself planning to wake up early in the morning to exercise but instead hitting snooze? Exercising in the morning has numerous benefits that can affect the rest of your day. For example, your body releases endorphins that create a positive feeling, reducing stress...

Close-up of football.

NFL Week 2 Injury Profile: Odell Beckham Jr. (High Ankle Sprain)

This is the first in a series of reports this NFL season that will evaluate injuries to players of local (Patriots, Giants and Jets) or national interest with commentary by Hartford HealthCare’s sports orthopedic specialists. Player: Odell Beckham Jr., New York Giants receiver. Injury: Mild high ankle sprain. How it...


TMVR: For High-Risk Heart Patients, A New Valve-In-Valve Procedure Via Catheter

The expanded use of a heart-valve replacement technology for patients too ill for open-heart surgery, approved only in June by the Food and Drug Administration, was adopted quickly by doctors at the Heart & Vascular Institute. Transcatheter Mitral Valve Replacement, or TMVR, allows doctors to replace a malfunctioning mitral valve...


What If A Monster Hurricane Hits Us?

Hurricane Irma, the strongest Atlantic storm in recorded history with sustained winds of 185 mph,  left at least 68 people dead in the Caribbean and Southeast and more than 12 million Floridians without power. Maria, a category 5 hurricane, has engulfed Puerto Rico as another hurricane, Jose, gathers strength to...


A Quick Screening: What’s Your Alzheimer’s Risk?

Do you know your risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder? Here is a quick screen, so you can learn your risk factors and see what you can do to minimize your risk. Do you have more memory lapses than you did five years ago? Have you experienced...


Sleep Killer: The Bright Light Of TV, Tablet Or Smartphone Before Bedtime

Watching TV, reading a tablet, or watching your phone before bedtime could be harmful to your health. Watching a bright screen at night affects one of the hormones, melatonin, that helps induce sleep sleep.  A screen’s light can delay the production of this hormone, disturbing your body’s natural sleep pattern that night....


Why Babesiosis Can Be More Serious Than Lyme Disease

Lyme disease isn’t the only serious tick-borne illness in Connecticut. The Aug. 8 death of a New Milford man from liver and kidney failure was the third fatality in the state in the past three years attributed to babesiosis, microscopic parasites transmitted by ticks that infect red blood cells. The number...


The 6 Dietary Tips You Should Hear From Your Doctor

Naveed Saleh, MD, MS Reviewer: Renee Simon, MS, CDN, CNS Medscape Medical News The constant barrage of diet and nutrition information that is published can make it difficult for clinicians to separate the wheat from the chaff when counseling patients, but research tells us that nutrition is a critical component...


Is West Nile Virus At Threat, Even After Mosquitoes Test Positive In 12 Towns?

The mosquito, eclipsed by the tick as a summertime health threat in the state, attracted renewed interest this week after the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station announced mosquitoes in 12 towns tested positive for West Nile virus this season. The virus, detected in mosquitoes in Connecticut each summer since 1999, causes...


What Happens If You Look At The Sun During A Solar Eclipse?

Don’t look now, but the solar eclipse is coming Aug 21. It’s the first total eclipse visible from the United States since 1979, though Connecticut residents will see only a partial eclipse when the moon blocks the sun from 1:25 p.m. to 3:59 p.m. It’s an event, for sure, but...


Recipe: Fall Turkey And Bean Chili

Ready for a fall preview? File away this this nutritious chili recipe from the kitchen at Jerome Home. Ingredients 1 lb. ground turkey 1 leek 1 yellow onion 1 of each: yellow, orange, green & red pepper 3 garlic cloves 1 large can of low sodium diced tomatoes 1 large...


Traveling Abroad? A Checklist

Before you start to pack for that long-awaited trip abroad, make sure you’re fully prepared. Here’s a checklist, with information provided by the State Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Before You Go Check your passport. Is it still valid? Consult the federal government’s Travel Warning or...


How Cancer Treatment Can Affect The Heart

Chemotherapy, radiation and other cancer treatments occasionally cause heart problems. Cancer patients should talk with their doctor before treatment begins about possible side affects. If you’re already started treatment, look for these symptoms: Shortness of breath. Fatigue. Swelling in hands, feet. Chest discomfort. Lightheadedness. If you experience any of these...


Beyond Lyme Disease: A Tick Can Transmit These Potentially Fatal Diseases, Too

The tick built its reputation in Connecticut as a pathogen-carrying menace through the local origins of Lyme disease, but this blood-sucking parasite is no one-trick carrier. The first case in Connecticut of Powassan Virus, a potentially fatal virus related to West Nile, was confirmed in a recent report by the...


He’s Lived Four Years With Same Deadly Brain Cancer As John McCain

Rambling, often incoherent questioning by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), diagnosed in late July with a lethal brain cancer known as glioblastoma, during the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing the previous month now must be considered a possible early sign of his illness. “I am not sure as to the exact size...


Hartford HealthCare-GoHealth Urgent Care Center Now Open in Glastonbury

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 doctors in oversize examination rooms visible to all through transparent “smart glass”...


Heatstroke Deaths: The Dangers Of Leaving Kids In The Car

No matter how hot it gets this summer, it will get hotter (and quicker) in a car. A child left unattended in a car on a hot day, even momentarily, becomes vulnerable to heatstroke and possible death. Since 1998, an average of 37 children have died each year in the...


Cuts, Blood And Pain: Caring For The Everyday Wound

By Dr. Harold Adams It’s a Saturday morning and you’re doing work around the yard. But, whoops, you’re working too quickly and now you’ve cut your finger! Blood is gushing, your finger is now throbbing, and you’re wondering if you need stitches. What should you do? Besides causing pain, cuts...


Olive Oil Key Ingredient in Alzheimer’s Prevention?

Pam Harrison Medscape Medical News Extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO) appears to protect memory and learning ability and reduces the formation of beta amyloid (Aβ) plaques and neurofibrillary tangles in the brain — the classic hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) — new animal research shows. The study, conducted by investigators at...


Poll: Most Americans Unaware GOP Plans Would Make Deep Funding Cuts To Medicaid

By Shefali Luthra Kaiser Health News Congress is moving fast toward repealing the Affordable Care Act, with an eye on revamping Medicaid, the health insurance program for low-income people. But most Americans say the program — which Republicans call a “broken system” — is working well on the national level...


Senate Health Bill Would Revamp Medicaid, Alter ACA Guarantees, Cut Premium Support

By Julie Rovner Kaiser Health News Republicans in the U.S. Senate on Thursday unveiled a bill that would dramatically transform the nation’s Medicaid program, make significant changes to the federal health law’s tax credits that help lower-income people buy insurance and allow states to water down changes to some of...


Exercising In The Summer: Why Proper Hydration Matters

Robert Schmelzer, an exercise physiologist and program manager for Good Life Fitness at Hartford HealthCare, offers some tips on staying healthy while working out during the hot day of summer: Q: When you are exercising in the heat of the summer, what do you recommend to keep yourself safe from...


Report: State Near Top In ED, Hospital Visits For Opioid Abuse

Connecticut has one of the nation’s highest rates of opioid-related inpatient stays in the country, according to a federal government report released June 20 that also shows 1.27 million emergency department visits or inpatient stays nationwide in a one-year period. The data, compiled by the Agency for Healthcare Research and...


With Budget Deadline Looming, State’s Fiscal Crisis Weighs On Hospitals Facing Tax Hike

Connecticut’s hospitals, wary about the round-and-round state budget talks that could add hundreds of millions of dollars in tax increases to the healthcare industry, have released a television advertisement that calls on legislators to “stand up and strengthen our care.” Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and legislative leaders face a June...


Do You Know The ABCs Of Hepatitis?

Q: What is Hepatitis? A: “Hepatitis” means inflammation of the liver. Toxins, certain drugs, some diseases, heavy alcohol use, and bacterial and viral infections can all cause hepatitis. Hepatitis is also the name of a family of viral infections that affect the liver; the most common types are Hepatitis A,...


Recipe: Spinach Salad With Grapes, Gorgonzola Cheese And Almonds

Fill your diet with more green vegetables than red meat and you might reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease. Spinach, a superfood, is a star among green vegetables. It’s a great source of vitamins A, C, E and K, vitamin B6, calcium, folate, magnesium, manganese, iron, phosphorus, potassium and copper. This...


Here’s What Your Golf Swing Should Look Like

If you hurt your elbow playing golf, seeing an orthopedic specialist at the Hartford HealthCare Bone & Joint Institute makes sense. But what if you want to improve your swing with a 3-D analysis by a biomechanist? The Motion Lab at the Center for Musculoskeletal Health, part of the of...


Lead Detected In 20 Percent Of Baby Food Samples, Surprising Even Researchers

By Lydia Zuraw Kaiser Health News Pediatricians and public health researchers know they have to be on the lookout for lead exposure from paint chips and contaminated drinking water. A new report suggests food — particularly baby food — could be a problem, too. The Environmental Defense Fund, in an...


His Most Important Race Was Against Cancer

John Hayes of West Simsbury, who has run more than 40 marathons, knows how to work his body. But after being diagnosed with urinary system cancer last year, he took a chance on his body working for him. He didn’t have much choice. Already, doctors had removed his kidney. Meanwhile,...


Center for Healthy Aging Wins 2017 Community Service Award

From the Connecticut Hospital Association The Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging, based in Southington, provided support last year for more than 18,000 seniors, one-third of whom identify as low-income. The Center for Healthy Aging turned out to be a godsend for Rita, a 90-year-old woman with multiple healthcare and...


HOCC’s Amy Wright Wins Healthcare Hero Award

From Connecticut Hospital Association Amy Wright, the administrative coordinator in the Emergency Department, is widely known among her colleagues at the Hospital of Central Connecticut for her empathetic and nurturing interactions with team members and patients. This was especially true on a recent Mother’s Day.  Although the holiday is typically...


Hope After Heroin: How To Make The Turn Toward Recovery

Addiction has met it’s MATCH- visit matchrecovery.org for more information. Meet four inspirational people who share their personal stories of addiction — what it’s like to hit rock bottom, and how they were able to get their lives back on track. They have chosen to share their incredible stories of survival to...


Help For The Alzheimer’s, Dementia Caregiver Now Includes An In-Hospital Library

Maybe you’ve heard that 75,000 people in Connecticut have Alzheimer’s. Given that number, guess how many unpaid caregivers in the state provided care in 2016 for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia? It’s a staggering 177,000, according to the Alzheimer’s Association, who provided 201 million hours of care in 2016 worth...


Study: Waist Only 4 Inches Bigger Than Average Can Increase Cancer Risk

The 70 percent of Americans who are overweight or obese are apparently carrying an increased cancer risk around their bloated waist. If your waist measures 40 inches or more — the average adult American waist, both male and female, is 36 inches — it could be as revealing as your...


Dr. Karen Blank: How To Find The Right Care After A Dementia Diagnosis

By Matthew Clyburn Every 66 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s. More than 5 million Americans currently have the disease — and that number could rise to 16 million by 2050. With diagnoses of Alzheimer’s and dementia on the rise, coordination between providers and community organizations is critical...


What To Say To Your Child About England Concert Bombing

What should your young children know about the suicide bombing Monday night in Manchester, England, that killed 22 people and injured at least 119 at a concert by pop artist Ariana Grande attended by thousands of teens? “As a father myself, this is a critical issue,” says Jim O’Dea, PhD, vice...


Safety Assessments Of Homes Essential For Older Adults

By Laurel Whalen Outpatient Physical Therapist, Jerome Home Over time, a lovely home may no longer be the safest home for an aging adult. Instead, it may become a dangerous obstacle course challenging mobility and safety. Common items, including slippery throw rugs, electrical cords and long bedspreads, as well as...


How To Choose A Caregiver

Hartford HealthCare At Home Staff Choosing a caregiver for yourself or a loved one can seem like an overwhelming task. The following are questions to ask and points to follow when choosing a private duty caregiver 1.     Do you need hands-on care? Help around your home? Companionship? If you need...


From Manikins To Virtual Reality, CESI Is Center Of Medical-Training Simulation

By Noreen Kirk Special to The Health News Hub Hartford HealthCare’s Center for Education, Simulation and Innovation is recognized as a regional, national and international destination for leading-edge medical training. Now its capabilities are greater than ever, thanks to a major expansion. The program began as part of Hartford Hospital in...


The Fitness List: Classes At Bone & Joint Institute

There is no statute of limitations on a New Year’s resolution to get in better shape. If you made a promise to yourself, there’s still time to keep it with an assortment of fitness and motion classes at the Center for Musculoskeletal Health, part of the Bone & Joint Institute at...


Sports Injury? When To Get Help

If you’re injured while exercising, when do you get professional help? It happens to every athlete. You’re out doing your regular routine and you think you’ve pulled something — maybe, but you’re not sure. Will it go away? Or should I call the doctor? Experts from the Center for Musculoskeletal...


An ‘Incredible Tool’: Mazor X, Robotics Reshape Back, Spine Surgery

By Noreen Kirk Special to The Health News Hub This spring, Hartford Hospital became the first in the Northeast to offer Mazor X, an advanced robotic surgical system proven to enhance precision and safety in spine surgery. The system provides surgeons with valuable resources they can use before, during and...


The Next Step: 5 Things To Watch On Repeal-And-Replace

By Julie Rovner Kaiser Health News After weeks of will-they-or-won’t-they tensions, the House managed to pass its GOP replacement for the Affordable Care Act on Thursday by a razor-thin margin. The vote was 217-213. Democrats who lost the battle are still convinced they may win the political war. As the...


Warm Up Before You Work Out: Here’s Why (And How)

By Fitness Staff Bone & Joint Institute Center for Musculoskeletal Health What’s the best way to warm up before working out? You always hear it: Warm up before you work out. But what does that really mean?  Many experts will tell you that this part of your workout is important...


Are Statins Behind Some Back Problems?

By Crystal Phend Senior Associate Editor, MedPage Today Back disorders may be more common when taking a statin, an observational database of military members and their families showed. Administrative claims data for back disorders (spondylosis, intervertebral disc disorders, and other back problems) were a significant 27 percent more likely among...


Think You’ll Have A Bad Allergy Day? Check One Of These Pollen Apps First

Seasonal-allergy sufferers don’t need a Gregorian calendar to know when spring starts. Their noses know. So do theirs eyes. Itchy, stuffy, runny, sneezy and grumpy are the change-of-season adjectives. So what’s in your allergy toolkit this year? Antihistamines, a decongestant, maybe a steroid nasal spray and a jumbo box of...


Sleep Facts: What You Don’t Know About How You Spend A Third Of Your Life

Wake up, sleepyheads. While you were snoozing, we risked some serious sleep deprivation to compile this list about our natural state of rest, when the nervous system slows, our postural muscles relax and our eyes close. . . . Adults need between seven and nine hours of sleep nightly to...


What Doesn’t Kill You Can Maim: Unexpected Injuries From Opioids

By Martha Bebinger, WBUR via Kaiser Health News The trouble started for Lisa when she took a blood pressure pill and one to control seizures, along with methadone, a drug used to help wean patients off heroin. “I inadvertently did the methadone cocktail and I went to sleep for like...


Study: Aspirin Reduces Risk Of Cancer Death

The modest pain reliever found in almost every medicine cabinet in America can also reduce the risk of death by cancer when used regularly over long periods, according to an observational study released earlier this month. Aspirin, already recommended as a preventive medication for heart attacks, strokes, colorectal cancer and...


To Help Ward Off Alzheimer’s, Think Before You Eat

By Judith Graham Kaiser Health News Diets designed to boost brain health, targeted largely at older adults, are a new, noteworthy development in the field of nutrition. The latest version is the Canadian Brain Health Food Guide, created by scientists in Toronto. Another, the MIND diet, comes from experts at...


Hartford HealthCare-GE Collaboration To Provide Safer, More Seamless Care

By Hilary Waldman Hartford HealthCare and GE Healthcare formalized a unique seven-year relationship Tuesday designed to enhance the patient experience and make health care more affordable by harnessing the power of advanced analytics and imaging technology to improve patient flow, enhance imaging services and provide seamless transfers. “The organization we...


Task Force To Men On PSA Prostate Screening: It’s Your Call

Did the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force admit it made a mistake when it reversed a 2012 recommendation Tuesday with a qualified endorsement of the controversial PSA blood test as an indicator of prostate cancer in men ages 55 to 69? The task force, which previously said the PSA’s risks...


What Happened To Zika? Why The Virus Remains A Threat

Zika has somehow become the nobody-cares virus, with a recent Gallup poll indicating close to 90 percent of Americans believe it’s unlikely they will become infected. They’re probably right, assuming they don’t travel to one of the 62 countries The World Health Organization has designated  as areas with active Zika...


After Tragic Loss Of Baby, Renewed Awareness Of State’s Safe Haven Law

By Steve Coates After the discovery of a baby’s body in a Harwinton reservoir March 21, advocates and state lawmakers are speaking out to bring more awareness to the state’s Safe Haven Law that allows parents to drop off newborns at hospital emergency departments — no questions asked. All 50...


The Caregivers’ Creed: Caring For Yourself First

By Mulberry Gardens Staff Are you a caregiver? The National Alliance for Caregiving says 44.4 million American caregivers, or 21 percent of the adult population, provide unpaid care to an adult age 18 or older. Caregivers, as one study found, often acknowledge that their most important unmet needs are finding time...


Recipe: Mixed Berry And Roasted Beet Salad

Here’s a beet-berry salad combo, prepared by the UConn Dietetic interns at Hartford Hospital recently as part of National Nutrition Month: Mixed Berry and Roasted Beet Salad INGREDIENTS 1 cup            Red Quinoa, Cooked 1 each          Red Beets 1 tsp            Canola Oil 2 cups          Beet Greens, Fresh...


A First In Northeast: Mazor X Brings Robotic Precision To Back Surgery

By Pam Cruz Hartford HealthCare (HHC) has introduced robotic spine surgery called the Mazor X, a  sophisticated surgical guidance system that brings unprecedented precision to surgeons and their patients who need back surgery, making it the first health-care system in the Northeast to use the new technology. Hartford HealthCare doctors...


How Physical Therapy Can Reduce Back, Pelvic Pain During Pregnancy

By Claire Agrawal Physical Therapist Anyone looking to be reminded of the wonders of the human body need only watch a woman’s transformation during nine months of pregnancy. As the womb expands, the abdominal muscles and connective tissues stretch, standing posture changes to keep the mom-to-be from falling over and...


‘Walk To Wellness’: The Mall As The New Gym

Why join the gym when you can get a brisk walk, and some good-for-you health information from medical professionals, at the local mall? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention thinks it’s a good idea: In 2015, it released a how-to guide for malls to encourage walking programs. Hartford HealthCare...


‘Next To Normal’ Post-Show Chats On Mental Health, Addiction

Health News Hub Staff Report Theatergoers awaiting the arrival of “Next To Normal” at TheaterWorks March 24 already know the story about a suburban mother’s struggles with bipolar disorder and its effects on her family. This rock musical won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama — an extraordinary statement by...


At Backus Hospital, A Surgeon’s ‘Extra Tool’ Is A Robot

By Health News Hub Staff What has one arm, 3D high-definition visualization, a reputation as a good listener and is obsessively precise in everything it does? It’s the surgical robot known as Mako, which could become a new mechanical friend for anyone needing a partial knee replacement or total hip replacement....


A Steady Hand Revolutionizes Knee/Hip Surgery (It’s A One-Armed Robot)

What has one arm, 3D high-definition visualization, a reputation as a good listener and is obsessively precise in everything it does? It’s the surgical robot known as Mako, which could become a new mechanical friend for anyone needing a partial knee replacement or total hip replacement. Surgeons use Mako’s robotic...


The Birth Of The MSK Alliance, And Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute’s Place In It

By Eric T. Rosenthal Special Correspondent, MedPage Today Unlike some other partnering ventures between leading academic cancer centers and community hospitals, the Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Alliance appears to be more about medicine than marketing. Now in its third year, MSK has three alliance members, and plans to continue...


Is It Typical Memory Loss, Or Something Worse?

By Robin Michel Q: I am concerned about my memory. What should I do? A:  Recognizing there is a memory concern is the first step toward getting to the bottom of the problem. Effective communication with your doctor is important when you are seeking a diagnosis for memory loss. Keep...


From Daylight Saving Time To This? How To Survive Winter’s Last Blast

In your heart it’s spring, unofficially confirmed by Daylight Saving Time, but let’s see if you can hold on to that thought (and your hat) in sustained winds or gusts to 35 mph and falling or blowing snow that reduces visibility to less than a quarter mile for at least...


Tick-Tick-Tick: The Countdown To A Potentially Big Lyme Disease Season

It’s almost payback time after one of the warmest winters on record. Reader alert: This is not a warning about another sinus-choking allergy season. In Connecticut, there’s even greater alarm about the potential of a bountiful tick season and the associated risk of Lyme disease. Already, the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment...


Cycle Against Cancer: Here’s How Spinning Can Help State Families

Ever get the feeling that you’re going nowhere fast at your spinning class? Now there’s a chance for indoor cycling enthusiasts to go the extra mile for Connecticut families dealing with cancer by dedicating their next workout to the  2017 Cycle Against Cancer this month at four locations starting this...


Five Ways The GOP Health Bill Would Reverse Course From The ACA

By Julie Rovner Kaiser Health News After literally years of promises, House Republicans finally have a bill they say will “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act. Some conservative Republicans have derided the new proposal — the American Health Care Act — calling it “Obamacare lite.”  It keeps intact some of the more...


A Doctor’s Call: Know The Signs, Risks of Colorectal Cancer (And How To Avoid It)

By Dr. Jeffrey A. Gordon Every day, someone is either given the diagnosis of, or is undergoing treatment for, colorectal cancer. You may know someone.  It is the third most common cancer in the United States. The American Cancer Society estimates approximately 135,430 people in the U.S. (approximately 1,600 people...


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

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


Over 50? Here’s A Guide To Good Eating Habits

Health News Hub Staff If you’re 50 or older, eating right doesn’t have to be complicated.If you’re 50 or older, eating right doesn’t have to be complicated. Simply begin by shifting to healthier food and beverage choices. “Whatever your age is, it’s never too late to make a few healthy...


What To Know About Medicare’s Annual No-Extra-Cost Wellness Visit

By Dr. Sowmya Kurtakoti We want to help you stay well by providing health care that may lower your risk of illness or injury. Your Medicare benefit provides for an Annual Wellness Visit to ensure you, and we, are doing everything possible to promote your health and vitality. This visit...


Eight Signs You Might Need An Eye Exam

By Pam Cruz An eye exam every year should help you stay on top of your eye health, but some people require more than one each year. It’s important to know when you need to schedule an exam, especially if you are over 50  years old. Here are eight signs...


Recipe: Spicy Gingered Beef And Snap Pea Salad

By Guy Williams Jerome Home Chef Spicy Gingered Beef Gingered Dressing Ingredients: 1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce 1/4 cup rice vinegar 1 (1-inch) piece peeled fresh ginger, grated 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro 1 tablespoon sesame oil 2 teaspoons chili paste 1 clove garlic, minced Directions: Whisk together 1/4 cup...


How 26 Shocks And Artificial Lungs Helped Glastonbury Man Survive A Heart Attack

When is relatively moderate physical activity like mowing the lawn enough to cause a heart attack? Bob Furlong, 53, of South Glastonbury found out. Physical exertion can make a partially blocked artery suddenly become fully blocked. “It’s like a scab inside the heart artery, so then the scab rips open...


Shyness Or Social Phobia? It’s All In How It Affects Your Life

A world full of extroverts would be a terrible place. And unbearably loud. Shy people, the introverts, are an essential counterweight on the balance scale of human behavior. But there’s a difference between shyness and social phobia, one of five major types of anxiety disorders, punctuated by an all-consuming anxiety...


Music Therapy, With A Boost From Computer Technology, At Jefferson House

By Robin Lee Michel Fading eyesight prevents Marilyn Duncan, a Jefferson House resident, from playing piano as she did years ago or engaging in many activities. But when music therapist Laura Bunker introduced her to  Beamz, an innovative electronic instrument, Duncan, 93, eagerly raised her hand and waved it through...


New At Hartford HealthCare: This Robot Can Feel Your (Back) Pain

Shake hands with the latest surgical robot, the Mazor X for spine surgery. Yes, this robot has an arm, with an appendage, that surgeons will use to plan (with 3D software), guide and verify each spinal fusion procedure to treat conditions such as spinal stenosis and spondylolisthesis. Hartford HealthCare will...


Wellness Radio: Your Soundtrack To Fitness

Scientifically speaking, if I told you that (substantial) regular physical activity could reduce the risk of five major diseases, it would still sound something like this: blah-blah-blah-blah-blah. But if I told you that listening to music makes exercise feel much easier, even enjoyable, it would sound a little more like...


Valentine’s Day At Mulberry Gardens

Let us count the roses, figuratively, on Valentine’s Day at Mulberry Gardens of  Southington,  an assisted-living community that’s part of Hartford HealthCare Senior Services. Art and Trudy Main celebrated their 70th anniversary in December (wedding day: Dec. 26, 1947), which means that if Art were a faithful dozen-a-year guy each...


Are You Eligible For Lung Cancer Screening?

By Noa Mencher, RN Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer mortality in the United States, with 156,176 lung cancer deaths in 2013 – more than the total number of deaths from colon, breast or prostate cancer. More than 220,000 people were diagnosed with the disease that year, the...


Depression: The Women’s Health Issue No One Talks About

By Jenny Gold Kaiser Health News Kieley Parker never imagined she would need an antidepressant. “I always win those stupid sunshine and happiest person awards. People see me as an incredibly joyful person,” she said. But in fall 2014, Parker left her job as a third-grade teacher and moved to...


MidState To Host Free Presentation On Advances In Prostate Health

Dr. Jean Wong, a urology specialist with expertise in prostate health, will provide a free presentation on the latest advances in prostate cancer screening and testing at MidState Medical Center Feb. 21 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dr. Wong’s presentation, which is open to the public, will focus on...


Cheaper Over-The-Counter Hearing Aids Could Be On The Way

By Judith Graham Kaiser Health News Imagine seniors walking around with stylish ear devices that amplify and clarify sound and connect wirelessly to smart phones, tablets, televisions and digital assistants such as Amazon’s Alexa or Apple’s Siri. That day is coming, sooner than you may think. Technology is already moving...


Laughing Until You Die: It’s Good For The Brain

By Bruce Horovitz Kaiser Health News Just weeks before Christmas some years ago, Shirley Rapp and her family faced the devastating news that she had what appeared to be a terminal illness. But that didn’t stop Rapp from wanting to do one last round of Christmas shopping for her kids....


It’s The Super Bowl? Feed Me! (Try These Recipes)

Wendy Kane, a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator at Backus Hospital, has a good-for-you Super Bowl menu with Layered Bean Dip for snack time and Oven-Fried Chicken Fingers (and a slow-cooker pulled pork) for game time.   Layered Bean Dip Ingredients: 1 (16-ounce) can fat-free refried beans 1 (15-ounce)...


Trump’s Immigration Ban Fuels Fear For Young Doctors Whose Jobs May Be In Limbo

By Carmen Heredia Rodriguez Kaiser Health News President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration, which sparked protests abroad and in the U.S., is also raising fears about the impact on international medical students vying for training programs at U.S. hospitals, as well as young doctors in training from affected countries...


New Endoscopic Procedures, Via Japan, For Colon, Stomach And Esophageal Cancers

Hartford HealthCare News Service Dr. Michael Karasik, a gastroenterologist at Hartford Hospital, previews minimally invasive endoscopic procedures for colon, stomach and esophageal cancers: Q.  I UNDERSTAND THERE ARE ONLY A LIMITED NUMBER OF SITES ACROSS THE COUNTRY PERFORMING THESE LESS INVASIVE, ENDOSCOPIC PROCEDURES AND HARTFORD HOSPITAL IS ONE OF THEM....


Trying To Solve The Alzheimer’s Puzzle

  By Melissa Bailey Kaiser Health News Despite a 99 percent failure rate and another major setback, Alzheimer’s researchers are plowing ahead with hundreds of experiments — and a boost in federal money — to try to crack a deadly disease that has flummoxed them for decades. A law passed...


How To Make A Home Much More Friendly To Seniors Using Wheelchairs Or Walkers

  By Judith Graham Kaiser Health News When Dan Bawden teaches contractors and builders about aging-in-place, he has them get into a wheelchair. See what it’s like to try to do things from this perspective, he tells them. That’s when previously unappreciated obstacles snap into focus. Bathroom doorways are too...


Neuroscience Institute Receives Two Multimillion-Dollar Gifts

Hartford HealthCare News Service Hartford HealthCare has announced two transformational philanthropic investments to support the Hartford HealthCare Neuroscience Institute, advancing Hartford HealthCare’s place as a leader in the neurosciences. The multimillion-dollar gifts will be used to further Hartford HealthCare’s vision and create world-class centers of excellence to better serve our...


16 From ’16: Innovations That Helped Define The Year At Hartford HealthCare

Let’s remember 2016 as the year Hartford HealthCare established the Neuroscience Institute, Heart & Vascular Institute and the Bone & Joint Institute, opened the Headache Center and was recognized by Connecticut Magazine as a great place to work, but also for the way we distinguished ourselves and served our patients...


A Doctor’s Call: Smokers, A CT Lung Screening Can Save Your Life

By Dr. Wylie D. Hosmer Time and again, studies have shown that screenings can make a significant difference in successfully treating cancer. Specifically, mammograms and colonoscopies have been shown to improve early detection and increase the possibility of cure for both breast and colon cancers. Now, research is showing that...


The $1 Billion Mission: A Search, In A Blood Test, For Early Signs Of Cancer

The Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute is one of three initial participants in a clinical study that’s part of a San Francisco biotech company’s efforts to develop an early cancer screening that detects genetic changes in a blood test. Grail, a spinoff of the life sciences giant Illumina, is raising a...


Memorial Sloan Kettering Trials Now Available To Cancer Institute Patients

By Matt Burgard Memorial Sloan Kettering clinical trials are now available for Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute patients. As part of the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute’s pioneering membership in the Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Alliance, an increasing number of MSK’s cancer clinical trials and protocols are now being offered to...


Flu Update: Fairfield County Hardest Hit As Influenza ‘Widespread’ In State

Influenza activity, increasing rapidly in Connecticut and throughout the region, is now classified as widespread geographically by the state Department of Public Health. Type A is the predominant circulating influenza virus and influenza A (H3N2) the predominant subtype, according to state officials. Here are details of the DPH report for...


The Mysteries Of Restless Legs Syndrome

Restless legs syndrome, a neurological disorder, causes creepy, crawling, itching, throbbing feelings in the legs at times accompanied by an uncontrollable urge to move them. Up to 10 percent of the United States population experiences restless legs syndrome, with symptoms usually experienced at night while relaxing, resting or while in...


A New-Look Hospital Gown: The Model G Keeps The Patient’s Backside Covered

Could this be the end of the backside-incompatible hospital gown? Let’s not overlook one of the great technological advances at the new Hartford HealthCare Bone & Joint Institute: The Model G hospital gowns, developed at the Henry Ford Innovation Institute in Detroit, with full wrap-around coverage, plastic snaps instead of...


The Numbers Behind Connecticut’s Fentanyl/Heroin Epidemic

Death rates in Connecticut from two types of opioids, synthetics like the powerful painkiller fentanyl and naturally-derived opiates (heroin), are among the highest in the country, according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2015, 211 deaths in the state were attributed to synthetic...


Pathway To A New Lifestyle: Orbera Weight-Loss Procedure, With Telemedicine

Obesity starts at 30 on the body-mass-index table. For a 5-foot-9 male, that’s 203 pounds. Some people with serious weight issues, unable to maintain a diet and exercise program, are eligible for a nonsurgical procedure that places a durable, soft-silicone gastric balloon in their stomach for six months. The balloon,...


How To Identify Signs Of A Stroke

A stroke can happen to anyone at any time…would you know what to do or know the warning signs? Here’s an easy way to remember! Dr. Amre Nouh, director of the Stroke Center at Hartford Hospital, and offers some life-saving information that everyone should know. Q: WHAT ARE THE SIGNS...


A Flu Snapshot: The Week (Ending Dec. 10) In Influenza

A periodic update on the flu season in Connecticut, with information supplied by the state Department of Public Health. Influenza activity is increasing in the state, with Type A predominant. Here’s a report for the week ending Dec. 10, the latest information available from state officials: Activity level: Local (see...


Warming Up To Different Types Of Exercise In The Cold, Cold Winter

  Hartford HealthCare Rehabilitation Network Staff Report As the cold weather and snow settle in, we frequently hear from people longing to live in a warm climate so they can be outside all the time. With some planning, however, we can remain active outside all winter (OK, maybe not during...


How To Choose A Caregiver

1. Do you need hands-on care? Help around your home? Companionship? If you need hands-on care you want to make sure that you find an agency which hires only Home Health Aides or Certified Nurses Aides. These people have taken specific training courses so they are able to properly and...


Can A Pharmacist Prescribe A Drug? Connecticut’s Little-Known Law

True or false: Pharmacists, not just doctors, in Connecticut are allowed to prescribe naloxone, or Narcan, the drug that can reverse an opioid  overdose. True. Since late 2015, state law has allowed any pharmacist with the proper training and certification to prescribe and dispense the potentially life-saving drug to any...


Is That A Video Of Your Sperm? It’s The YO Home Test, With App

If not for the gravitas of a Food and Drug Administration approval, the Yo Home Sperm Test might seem like a punchline lifted from a late-night TV monologue. A do-it-yourself male fertility test kit with “motile sperm concentration” results, including your own swimming-sperm video, delivered by a smartphone app? YO!...


The 80-Year-Old Organ Donor: Yes, It Happens

By JoNel Aleccia Kaiser Health News Diana Teller never thought she was too old for anything, not scuba diving or traveling the world or taking Italian lessons late in life, her family recalled. So when the vivacious San Diego woman died last year at age 76 after a sudden brain...


Hartford HealthCare At Home Opens Watertown Location

Hartford HealthCare at Home Staff Hartford HealthCare at Home opened a location in Watertown on Dec. 14, allowing it to better provide home care services to the public in the Waterbury area. The ribbon-cutting ceremony  for the office at 680 Main St. included two Hartford HealthCare officials: Rita Parisi, senior vice...


Intense Pain From Oral Tumor, Finally Relieved

Hartford HealthCare News Service Debilitating pain can affect every aspect of someone’s life. Gineen Kane of East Hartford almost gave up hope of relief until she discovered the Hartford Hospital Pain Treatment Center.


Study: Vitamin D Deficiencies In Pregnant Mothers Linked To Child’s Autism

Pregnant women with vitamin D deficiencies are more than twice as likely to have a child with autism, according to a new study by Australian researchers. The analysis of more than 4,000 blood samples from pregnant women and their children at the Queensland Brain Institute found that mothers who lacked...


A Flu Snapshot: The Week (Ending Dec. 3) In Influenza

A periodic update on the flu season in Connecticut, with information supplied by the state Department of Public Health. Here’s a report for the week ending Dec. 3, the latest information available from state officials: Activity level: Local (see Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines below.) Total influenza reports...


‘Harmony Of Care’ For 87-Year-Old After A Fall, A Wound And Surgery

By Hartford HealthCare Senior Services Staff Dick Fortunato, a man who generally doesn’t enjoy wasting time stressing over events he can’t control,  still laments — partly in jest — that he missed several celebrations this summer, including his granddaughter’s high school graduation, his own birthday and Father’s Day. The troubles...


Crantastic Recipe: Cranberry Orange Bread Pudding

Have yourself a very merry cranberry season with our series of good-for-you recipes (this is the last installment): Cranberry Orange Bread Pudding Yield: 8 servings Prep Time: 10 minutes. Cook Time: 45 minutes. ½ gallon White Bread Scraps 2 cups Dried Cranberries 1 cup Chocolate Chips 1 qt Whole Milk...


At Westfarms, A Custom Gift-Wrapping ($3) That Keeps On Giving

If you’re looking for the perfect gift this holiday season, presentation counts. Let’s say you just spent several hundred dollars for that special someone on a Kardashian-size gem at Westfarms in Farmington. Don’t stuff it in a little brown bag and hope the gemstone alone dazzles. Show you really care...


Study: Social Isolation May Worsen Breast Cancer Prospects

By Liz Szabo Kaiser Health News Patients with early breast cancer who are socially isolated have a higher risk of dying from their disease, a new study suggests. Women with fewer social ties — to friends, family, community and religious groups, as well as spouses or romantic partners — were...


Five Quick Ways A New Health and Human Services Secretary Could Change Health Policy

By Julie Rovner Kaiser Health News Prospective Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, currently the chairman of the House Budget Committee, brings a distinctive to-do list to the agency.  And, if confirmed by the Senate, he will have tremendous independent power to get things done. While he will report...


Winners, Losers In The 21st Century Cures Act

By Sydney Lupkin and Steven Findlay Kaiser Health News A sprawling health bill that passed the Senate Dec. 7 and is expected to become law before the end of the year is a grab bag for industries that spent plenty of money lobbying to make sure it happened that way. Here are some...


Who’s Most Susceptible To Constipation?

Constipation, one of the most common gastrointestinal conditions, affects an estimated 42 million Americans each year.  Here’s Dr. Maria Johnson, a gastroenterologist at the Hartford HealthCare Women’s Gastrointestinal Health Center: Q: Who is more prone to constipation? A: There is an estimated 15 percent prevalence of constipation in the U.S. It’s more...


Ask A Doc: Options For GERD (Acid Reflux) Sufferers

An estimated 40 percent of Americans suffer from the daily effects of heartburn, and approximately 20 percent have been diagnosed with GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease.  What some people don’t realize, however, is that there are highly effective and safe surgical options to help relieve them of this uncomfortable, painful...


Wyman, Life Enrichment Coach, Receives Caregiving Award From Local Alzheimer’s Association

Robin Lee Michel,  Hartford HealthCare Senior Services SOUTHINGTON – Michelle Wyman,  life enrichment coach with Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging, received the 2016 Excellence in Caregiving Award from the Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut Chapter. The presentation was made at the Nov. 14 awards ceremony held in West Hartford. Wyman, who...


Jennifer Ash, Hartford Hospital APRN, Recognized As Local Health Care Hero

Jennifer Ash, a Hartford Hospital nurse practitioner, was among nine Health Care Heroes in Greater Hartford recognized this week by the Hartford Business Journal. Judges, in the Advancement in Healthcare/Prevention category, noted Ash’s work in reducing rates of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, counseling patients in smoking cessation, exercise programs and...


Sandy Hook Anti-Gun Violence Video Goes Viral

A powerful new public service announcement by Sandy Hook Promise, a nonprofit formed by families of victims of the 2012 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, hopes to demonstrate that mass shootings are preventable if only people can recognize subtle warning signs. Dr. Harold I. (Hank) Schwartz, the Institute...


New Pricing For Community Connect

As an ICP member, you will receive the highest donation from HHC toward the cost of Community Connect: Up to 80 percent of the cost will be paid by HHC. In an effort to make Community Connect a reality in every practice, Hartford HealthCare now has new pricing that offers...


Telerehabilitation Pilot Open to Additional Patients

Jefferson House Staff A feasibility study is underway measuring the outcomes of home physical therapy conducted by a licensed physical therapist via an Internet-based video connection as compared to in-person therapy. Candidates for the study must be older than 60, have had a total knee replacement at Hartford Hospital and...


How Mental Health Reform Fits Into $6.3 Billion 21st Century Cures Act

The hulking 21st Century Cures Act, which promises the biggest healthcare overhaul since Obamacare, includes provisions that would empower mental-health patients as perhaps never before. “I consider this much more than a mental health bill,” says Dr. Harold I. (Hank) Schwartz, the Institute of Living‘s psychiatrist-in-chief, at a Dec. 2 press...


Three Senior Services Skilled-Nursing Facilities Receive ‘Best Of’ National Rating

Hartford HealthCare Senior Services Staff Three skilled nursing facilities that are Hartford HealthCare Senior Services partners are among the best in the country, according to a U.S. News & World Report article published on Nov. 16. Jefferson House in Newington, Jerome Home in New Britain, and Southington Care Center in...


Callan Joins ICP As Director Of Clinical Integrations

Catherine Callan CHFN, APRN, has been named director of clinical integration, quality and transformation for Integrated Care Partners. In this role, she will assist with practice transformation, helping primary care practices to better manage the work necessary to promote population health management. She will develop and measure clinical program effectiveness...


Bone & Joint Institute: Hartford HealthCare Unveils The Future Of Orthopedic Care

By Shawn Mawhiney Hartford HealthCare unveiled its all-new $150-million Bone & Joint Institute at Hartford Hospital Nov. 15, culminating years of planning and construction. The facility is New England’s only orthopedic specialty hospital, and will offer an immense range of surgical procedures, new technologies and amenities in one location. Tuesday’s...


Get Ready For MACRA: The New Medicare Payment Model Is Almost Here

By Michael Pinnolis, MD Chief Medical Officer, ICP Most of you are probably aware, to some degree or another, that MACRA (Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act), the new Medicare payment model from CMS, begins in 2017. Some of you may have already been preparing.. Others of you may not...


Hartford HealthCare Family Center Opening In Bloomfield

Healthcare served family style, and close to home, represents an ongoing shift in the way people now expect health services and specialties. A ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday marked the Hartford HealthCare Family Health Center’s arrival in Bloomfield, promising the surrounding communities primary care providers, services from the Hartford Hospital Rehabilitation Network...


ICP Welcomes Population Health Clinical Pharmacist

By ICP Staff Dr. Christina Pornprasert has joined Integrated Care Partners as a population health clinical pharmacist. She is responsible for population health management, the key to accountable care and health reform as demanded by new payment incentives focused on value-based care. She supports the care management team to ensure...


Crantastic Recipes: Quinoa Cranberry Pilaf, Autumn Salad

Have yourself a very merry cranberry season with our series of good-for-you recipes: Quinoa Cranberry Pilaf Yield: Eight ½ cup servings Prep Time: 15 minutes, Cook Time: 25 minutes 1 tsp Salt 1 Bay Leaf ⅝ cup Quinoa 1 ¼ cup Water 5 oz Green Zucchini 5 oz Yellow Zucchini...


The World AIDS Day Pledge By United Nations: End Scourge By 2030

People with Human Immunodeficiency Virus now live longer and more healthful lives that at any time since the outset of the AIDs epidemic in 1981. An estimated 36 million people worldwide are living with HIV, a virus that attacks the body’s immune system and, if untreated, can lead to AIDS....


The FDA’s Four Steps To Food Safety

By Food and Drug Administration The food supply in the United States is among the safest in the world. But when certain disease-causing bacteria or pathogens contaminate food, they can cause foodborne illness, often called “food poisoning.” The Federal government estimates that there are about 48 million cases of foodborne...


Crantastic Recipes: Cranberry & Peanut Chocolate Bark, Cranberry Walnut Muffin

Have yourself a very merry cranberry season with our series of good-for-you recipes: Cranberry & Peanut Chocolate Bark Yield: 20 pieces of bark, 1 ounce each Prep Time: 5 minutes, Cook Time: 20 minutes 1 lb. chocolate chips (or white chocolate chips) ½ cup dried cranberries ½ cup peanuts (or...


Cataracts And Laser Surgery: A Pathway To Restored Vision

The following Q&A about cataracts has been provided by the National Eye Institute. For more information on eye care, visit the Hartford Hospital Eye Surgery Center and watch the video below about laser surgery that restored vision for a local couple with cataracts. Q: What is a cataract? A: A cataract...


Last-Minute Thanksgiving Nutrition Tips

More nutrition tips for the holidays: Here’s a Q/A with Mary Noon, a nutritionist at Hartford Hospital. Q:  How can you make a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings a healthier meal? A:  Think of the table of food as a menu. Be selective and choose only those foods...


New Orthopedic Practice Performs First Cases At Windham Hospital

Windham Hospital’s plans for increasing orthopedic surgery options for patients took a big step forward on Nov. 8 as surgeon Kevin Reagan of the Center for Bone and Joint Care Orthopedic Associates of Windham County performed his first procedures at the hospital. Dr. Reagan and surgeons Biren Chokshi, Daniel George...


What To Ask Your Doctor Before Taking Opioids

By Food & Drug Administration Every patient should ask questions when getting a new prescription. This is especially important when your doctor, dentist or other health care professional prescribes you an opioid, such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, codeine and morphine. What should you ask? Q: Why do I need this medication...


Zika No Longer An International Public Health Emergency, But Still A Threat

When the World Health Organization ended the Zika international public health emergency last week, it did not attempt to diminish the seriousness of the mosquito-borne virus that has spread to more than 50 countries. The change in designation merely represents a longer-term approach to controlling the virus that can cause...


New Guidelines: More People Over 40 Should Take Statins

Have you had your statins today? If you’re over 40, even with no history of cardiovascular disease, it could become part of your routine based on recommendations week from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. The Nov. 13 report suggests that someone with even a single risk factor for cardiovascular...


New Procedure Promises No Sexual Side Effects For Men With Enlarged Prostates

Middle-aged men usually don’t have the name for it, but they know the drill. It’s frequent urination (at least once or twice a night, interrupting sleep), a sensation of incomplete emptying of the bladder, a stream that starts and stops, difficulty starting urination, residual dribbling of urine and returning to urinate...


Surgeon General: Can America Accept Addiction As A Brain Disease, Not A Flaw?

Vivek Murthy became the first surgeon general to address substance use disorder with a blunt report released Thursday that called addiction to drugs and alcohol a moral test for America. The challenge, says Murthy, is acknowledging that addiction is a brain disease, not a character flaw, in a country where...


People With High Genetic Risk Can Still Avoid Heart Disease Through Diet, Exercise

Do not agonize if your DNA predicts a heightened risk of heart disease. A study led by Massachusetts General Hospital finds that, like anyone else, you can reduce that risk by exercising regularly, not smoking, avoiding excess weight and eating a healthful diet rich in fruits, vegetables and grains. Feeling...


Hartford’s Latest Architectural Landmark: The New Bone & Joint Institute

Hartford, home of the Boat Building (Phoenix Mutual) and the Candy Cane Building (Hartford Square North), now has another architecturally distinctive landmark: the Hartford HealthCare Bone & Joint Institute at Hartford Hospital. Don’t worry about a nickname, because an aerial view of the $150 million structure on the Hartford Hospital campus...


How This MidState Nurse Salutes Patients Who Are Military Veterans

By Corey Hirth MidState Medical Center nurse Bob Samartino still gives back to his military brothers and sisters the best way he knows how. Samartino, a former Army National Guard member, comes from a long line of military members, including his grandfather, father and now his son. He created his...


The Rebound Effect: How Headache Relief Medications Can Cause More Headaches

If the medication that once soothed your headaches now causes them, your body may be trying to tell you something. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (aspirin, Motrin, Advil and others known as NSAIDs), combination analgesics (like Excederin, Tylenol and Aleve), opioids and triptans (like Sumatriptan) are among the headache medications that, taken  two...


It’s Over? Now How Do We Elect To Handle The Presidential Fallout?

The big, fat, crooked, rigged, ugly, lyin’, dumb, bloody, biased, low-energy, unfit presidential election is finally over. Donald J. Trump (surprise!) is the president-elect. Where’s the nearest walk-in clinic? America needs a couple of aspirins, at least, after the Trump-Clinton headache that reverberated with inflammatory rhetoric, false charges and contempt...


Whodunit? A Case For The Institute Of Living’s New Forensic Psychiatry Program

By Matt Burgard It’s not “CSI” yet, but it’s a start. Identifying a growing need in medical, legal and academic circles, the Institute of Living is launching a forensic psychiatry program that will offer psychiatric expertise in a variety of civil, criminal and legislative areas. The new Forensic Consultation Service provides specialized services such as risk assessment, competency to stand trial evaluations, disability assessments, fitness...

Where Are Doctors On Election Day? (Maybe Not In The Voting Booth)

Where Are Doctors On Election Day? (Maybe Not In The Voting Booth)

If history is any indication, a lot of voting-age people will stay home Nov. 8 when the incendiary presidential campaign finally, mercifully, ends. A surprising number of those stay-at-homes promises to be physicians. Yes, the same professionals who admonish us to get an annual flu shot vote at rates 9...


Dr. Kristen Zarfos Receives Grant For Research On Breast Cancer Rates

Dr. Kristen Zarfos, medical director of the Comprehensive Breast Health Center at The Hospital of Central Connecticut and a leading breast health expert in Connecticut, was among four researchers to receive Community Education and Clinical Research grant funding from the Connecticut Breast Health Initiative (CBHI) at its annual awards ceremony...


Hartford HealthCare Named To Connecticut Magazine’s Best-Workplaces List

Hartford HealthCare and its 18,000 employees have been recognized by Connecticut Magazine in its 2016 “Great Places To Work” survey, released this week in its November issue. “We know that providing high-quality healthcare requires the highest-quality employees, physicians and volunteers. Being named one of Connecticut’s great workplaces is a testament...


The Bone & Joint Institute: Is This The New Look Of Musculoskeletal Care?

The new Bone &  Joint Institute at Hartford Hospital is a 165,000-square-foot acknowledgement that musculoskeletal care in America is taking a swift, if somewhat achy, turn. “We are living longer, working harder, exercising less,” says Dr. Stuart Markowitz, Hartford Hospital president and senior vice president of Hartford HealthCare, “and not...


Report: Infants Should Share Room With Parents For Up To A Year

The American Academy of Pediatrics now recommends that parents spend even more quality time with their infants, specifically in the same room during the overnight hours to reduce the risk of sleep-related deaths. The professional group of 66,000 pediatricians, in its first policy update since 2011, said this week that...


Q&A With Dr. Wilner Samson: Type 2 Diabetes Basics

Dr. Wilner Samson discusses what to look for, what you need to know and how to prevent type 2 diabetes. Q. What is type 2 diabetes? A.  Type 2 diabetes is a condition where the body doesn’t use insulin properly. In type 2 diabetes, some people produce a lot of...


Domestic Violence In Connecticut: Finding Help And Identifying Potential Abusers

A one-day snapshot last year of domestic violence in Connecticut revealed a wide swath of damage in the state. With all 15 domestic violence programs in Connecticut responding to the National Census of Domestic Violence Services, these were the numbers: Total number of domestic violence victims who sought refuge in...


Two New Breast Cancer Research Studies Available To Patients At Cancer Institute

The Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute, through its charter membership in the Memorial Sloan Kettering Alliance, now offers clinical trials to cancer patients who might benefit from new treatments still under study before their widespread use. Dr. Patricia DeFusco, a breast surgeon at the Institute, discusses two new research studies available...


Where’s The Nasal-Spray Flu Vaccine This Year?

Something’s missing this flu season for the first time in 13 years.  Sorry, kids, the nasal flu vaccine spray, like “Bella and the Bulldogs” on Nickelodeon, won’t be back this year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has prohibited the spray, best known by the brand name FluMist, because...


Death By Distance Running? How The Human Heart Responds To Exercise

It’s never too late to start a moderate exercise regimen in out-of-shape America. But Dr. Paul Thompson, chief of cardiology and co-physician-in-chief of the Hartford HealthCare Heart & Vascular Institute, has spent much of his professional life studying effects on runners who perhaps exercise too much. “It looks like you...


Surviving A Stressed-Out Presidential Election

A request, dear candidates to-be-named for the 2020 presidential election: Don’t freak us out again! Please. We’ve had enough stress and anxiety from the Trump-Clinton election vitriol and apocalyptic hysteria here in 2016  to last a millennium. Believe us. The fallout of the Nov. 8 election is among the few...


Hartford Hospital Honored By National Surgeons’ Group For Meritorious Outcomes

The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program has recognized Hartford Hospital for achieving meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care. Hartford Hospital is among the only 61 out of 615 hospitals considered to receive this distinction nationwide. ACS NSQIP-participating hospitals are required to track the outcomes of inpatient...


Broncos Coach Gary Kubiak: When Migraine Symptoms Can Resemble A Stroke

The first sign of a migraine is often more than a headache. Denver Broncos coach Gary Kubiak, hospitalized with flu-like symptoms after last weekend’s game, was diagnosed with a complex migraine that caused extreme fatigue and body weakness. In Kubiak’s case, there were deeper concerns. Kubiak suffered a Transient Ischemic...


Backus Hospital Surgery Center Receives National Recognition From American College Of Surgeons

  NORWICH— Backus Hospital has been recognized by The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program as one of 60 participating hospitals that have achieved meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care.  As an ACS NSQIP participant, Backus is required to track the outcomes of inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures...


It’s Doctors Vs. Online Symptom Checkers In Diagnostic Showdown

Online system checkers  could probably use a virtual checkup. In a match between 23 symptom checkers and 234 physicians evaluating 45 clinical cases, the online checkers correctly diagnosed the case no better  than 40. 5 percent of the time. Physicians scored as high as 79.1 percent (assessing severe cases), according...


HHC Cancer Institute Names Bone Marrow Transplant Coordinator

Silvia Willumsen, RN, BSN, is the new Bone Marrow Transplant Coordinator for the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute, assuming oversight of the institute’s evolving bone marrow transplant program as part of its membership in the Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Alliance. Willumsen will work to emulate MSK’s model for delivering the...


Threats To Children From An Unlikely Source: Clowns

Message to clowns posting social media threats to Connecticut schools: A new law, effect Oct. 1, elevates charges for such threats to a felony. The bizarre clown phenomenon, with people in several states dressed as clowns scaring schoolchildren, reached Connecticut as police arrested six teenagers this week for posting online...


Hartford HealthCare Headache Center Team Shares $250,000 Grant For Three-Year Migraine Study

The Hartford HealthCare Headache Center team, led by medical director Dr. Brian Grosberg,  have been named co-recipients of the Migraine Research Foundation’s first Impact Award that comes with a $250,000 grant to fund a three-year study on status of migrainosus, a severe form of migraine that lasts longer than three days. Dr. Grosberg shares...


How To Stretch, Dynamically, Before You Run

Professionals say dynamic stretches are the best way to prepare for a run because they stimulate muscles you’ll use during physical activity and reduce the risk of injury. Click here for a series of core stretches compiled by the Hartford HealthCare Rehabilitation Network. Video analysis can also help runners prevent injuries...


PTSD: A Disorder Related To Trauma, Not A Sign Of Weakness

Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a potentially debilitating response to trauma that affects up to 8 percent of the population. It is a sign of weakness, says the National Center for PTSD at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Sixty percent of men and 50 percent of women experience...


Jeff Hatch, A Former NFL Player, Finds A Personal Victory In Sobriety

Addiction, in all its apparent randomness, is ruthlessly nondiscriminatory. As if Jeff Hatch didn’t know. “This is my truth,” he says in the hours before a recent Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network community forum on addiction in Enfield. “At 22 years old, I had signed a multiyear, $1 million contract...


DPH: First Reported Connecticut Case Of Zika Acquired Domestically

The Connecticut Department of Public Health said Wednesday that a state resident who recently traveled to Miami-Dade County in Florida has been identified as the first case of Zika virus in Connecticut acquired in the continental United States. Public health officials say 85 state residents have tested positive for Zika...


Rushford Opens Center For Addiction Services In Avon

Health News Hub Staff Report Rushford, a comprehensive center for the treatment of addiction and mental health issues in Connecticut, has announced the opening of a new facility for the treatment of adults with addiction issues in Avon in response to the ongoing epidemic in heroin and opioid addiction across...


Thinking Pink: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Here are facts about breast cancer in the United States, courtesy of the National Breast Cancer Foundation, followed by video featuring breast cancer survivor Sue Callison: The Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute — backed by an alliance with the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center — provides innovative...


For These Kids, Presidential Election A New Reality

Even kids like a good real-life drama, especially when that drama sometimes looks more like a reality show. But this year’s presidential election is something different, making the debates can’t-miss TV for the Hamden middle-schoolers profiled here by WTNH. In the segment, Institute of Living child psychologist Laura Saunders cautions that...


E.coli Outbreak Traced To Adams Farm Meat: Five Hospitalizations, One Lawsuit

The E.coli outbreak that recently sent five people to the hospital, including two from Connecticut, was linked by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to the Adams Farms Slaughterhouse in Athol, Mass. The farm recalled various beef, bison and veal products last weekend. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said it...


Fall Cleanup: When Raking Leaves, Here’s How To Protect Your Shoulder, Back

Wendy Nichols, a Hartford HealthCare Rehabilitation Network physical therapist, answered these questions for a recent article in The Hartford Courant: Q: Everyone is aware that, during winter and snow months, people need to be careful of overexerting themselves while shoveling. But what about raking and leaf removal in the fall? Is...


With Retirement Looming, Tips To Stay Motivated

By Alice Facente, Community Education and Outreach Nurse My husband often reminds me, “You have to practice what you preach.”  For years, I have been writing health columns about positive thinking and the benefits of optimism. I have written about combating depression, caring for the caregivers, practicing gratitude and the importance...


Outrage Over Quinnipiac Student’s Blackface Post On Snapchat

The Snapchat photo gone bad at Quinnipiac University in Hamden shows the power, and risks, of social media, says Institute of Living child psychologist Laura Saunders. An otherwise innocent image of a young woman in a black facial beauty mask became a racially charged outrage when another student posted the image...


Study: Overweight People Who Used Activity Tracker Lost Less Weight

Your physical activity tracker knows a lot about you, but it apparently doesn’t know how to make you lose much weight. It gets worse. A study published this week in JAMA found that overweight people who wore the trackers for 18 months actually lost less weight than people who logged...


Is It Fall Yet? The Nose Knows It’s Allergy Season (Part II)

Ragweed, the rogue plant that infiltrates our gardens and boundaries each year, is best known as a menace to allergy sufferers. A single ragweed plant can produce more than 1 billion grains of pollen each season. Ragweed is responsible for an estimated 100 million tons of pollen in the United...


Like Clockwork, Seasonal Affective Disorder Appears Each Fall: How To Stop It

For many people, the end of Daylight Saving Times 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 (this year on Nov. 6 at 2 a.m.) is...


Springsteen’s Depression: He Sought Treatment, But Most People Don’t

In his new autobiography, “Born To Run,” Bruce Springsteen describes recurring struggles with depression that would last more than a year at a time as he entered his 60s. It’s not the first time Springsteen, who turns 67 on Sept. 23,  has talked about depression. In 2012, he told The...


Headache Center: When Pain Becomes A Burden, With No Relief

By Noreen Kirk, Special to Health News Hub Many of us experience minor headaches from time to time and think little of it. But roughly 45 million Americans suffer from severe, chronic, recurring headaches. For these people, the pain is a burden that affects every aspect of their lives, and relief can be...


Concussion Rates Spike In Youth Football, Soccer

Youth football season, for decades a source of local pride, has evolved into something more ominous because of an increasing vulnerability to concussions. A new study published by Fair Health, a not-for-profit  that compiles an independent database of healthcare costs, found that more concussions occur between September and October each...


Dr. Mark J. Alberts Appointed Physician In Chief Of Hartford HealthCare Neuroscience Institute

Hartford HealthCare News Service Hartford HealthCare has appointed Dr. Mark J. Alberts as physician in chief of the Hartford HealthCare Neuroscience Institute. He will begin his new role in early 2017. Alberts’ academic accomplishments, publications, leadership and clinical contributions have earned him national and international recognition, including the Neurologist Pioneering...


Hurricane (Season) Warning: Here’s The Plan

This year’s hurricane season officially began June 1 and runs through Nov. 30, but New England typically greatest vulnerability usually starts in August and runs through October. With remnants of Tropical Storm Hermine expected to reach Connecticut during the Labor Day weekend, it’s a good time for a storm preparedness...


Exercise: A No-Sweat Resistance Routine

By Hartford HealthCare Senior Services If you’re looking for a quick, simple, feel-good type of routine you can do each day without breaking a sweat, try this routine of resistance exercises. Start with the first exercise, the half kneel and move through to the end. Then either stop or repeat...


Why Caregivers Sometimes Need Care, Too

By Alice Facente, Community Education and Outreach Nurse Providing care for a loved one can be rewarding but also stressful and exhausting. According to estimates from the National Alliance for Caregiving, 44.4 million American caregivers (21 percent of the adult population) age 18 and older provide unpaid care to an adult...


Here’s What Diet Soda Does To Your Body: Seven Side Effects

By Hartford HealthCare Senior Services What’s the single biggest source of calories for Americans? White bread? Big Macs? Actually, try soda. The average American drinks about two cans of the stuff every day. “But I drink diet soda,” you say. “With no calories or sugar, it’s the perfect alternative for...


Here’s What A Can Of Soda Does To Your Body – In One Hour

By Hartford HealthCare Senior Services Drinking soda is bad for your health in so many ways. Science can’t even keep up with all the consequences. Here’s what happens in your body when you assault it with a soda: Within the first 10 minutes, 10 teaspoons of sugar hit your system....


Why Omega-3 Fatty Acids Are Good (And Where To Find Them)

Omega-3 fatty acids are the good-for-you fats that protect your heart by decreasing your risk for cardiovascular disease. Omega-3s also have anti-inflammatory properties that may help fight disease, enhance your mood and mind, and reduce symptoms of inflammatory ailments such as rheumatoid arthritis. How Much Do You Need? Think in...


Sugar, Sugar: How Much Is Too Much Each Day?

By Hartford HealthCare Senior Services OK, sweet tooth. Do you know where your sugars come from? Sugars are either naturally occurring or added. Naturally occurring sugars are found in foods such as fruit (fructose) and milk (lactose). Added sugars are sugars and syrups put in foods during preparation or processing, or...


Five Ways To Stay Hydrated (None Look Like Water)

  By Hartford HealthCare Senior Services The human body, which is made up of 60 to 70 percent water (lean people have more water in their bodies because muscle holds more water than fat), is in need of constant water replenishment. Staying hydrated enables your body to run smoothly throughout...


Study Says Heavy Exercise Reduces Risk Of Five Diseases: Does It Take An Olympian?

A recent study that associated levels of physical activity higher than the generally prescribed 30 minutes a day with a reduced risk of five major diseases appeared both promising and invigorating until eager exercisers read the fine print. Public health baselines, for decades, have recommended 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity...


12 Ways To Maintain A Positive Attitude

By Alice Facente, Backus Community Education and Outreach Nurse An earthquake, a terrorist attack, a mass shooting, Zika virus outbreaks, a plane crash and the never-ending contentious presidential campaign — these were the headlines as I scanned the newspapers, all in one day.  It’s true:  It can be a real...


West Nile Virus: Usually Benign, But A Threat To People Over 50

The West Nile virus, a threat in Connecticut each summer since 1999, has been found in eight towns, most recently in East Haven and Newington. A human infected with the virus often experiences generic symptoms such as body aches, fever and vomiting. “In most cases,” Dr. Virginia Bieluch, an infectious...


Nine Things People With Cancer Want You To Know

By Alice Facente, Backus Community Education and Outreach Nurse Doesn’t it feel as if everywhere you turn, somebody is fighting cancer? It’s no wonder when you read the statistics of the incidence and prevalence of cancer. According to the National Institutes of Health, approximately 40 percent of men and women will be...


Q&A: Dr. Jonathan Gates, Hartford Hospital’s new Chief of Surgery

Dr. Jonathan Gates, Hartford Hospital’s new Chief of Surgery, has more than 25 years of experience in trauma and surgery.  Dr. Gates was director of the  Brigham and Women’s Hospital  Trauma Center in Boston at the time of the Boston Marathon bombing in April 2013. Here, he discusses his plans to...


How The Opioid Epidemic Has Changed Care For Newborns With Withdrawal Symptoms

The national opioid epidemic’s effects are most often measured in number of deaths. More Americans, in fact, now die from drug overdoses than in car accidents. And drug-related deaths now approach the death rates of the AIDS epidemic in the 1990s. But in neonatal intensive care units at hospitals across...


Study: Mediterranean Diet Can Reduce Risk Of Dementia

Another reason to adopt a Mediterranean-style diet: It increases the size of your cerebral cortex, the outer layer of the brain that’s a major player in vital functions such as memory, language, thought and information processing, according to a study at the Mayo Clinic Study of Aging. In the study...


White Rice As A Health Food? Making A Case For Resistant Starch

Rice, a cereal grain, ranks among the world’s most common food staples. But white rice, scorned and ridiculed by the health-minded for its sugary simple carbohydrates, over-processing and empty calories, is in the midst of a reputational makeover. Time magazine, citing two studies in the past year, recently argued that...


Hartford Hospital Recognized As Top Hospital For Cancer Care

Hartford Hospital has been named to the list of 100 Hospitals and Health Systems with Great Oncology Programs by Becker’s Hospital Review. Hospitals included on the list provide patients with comprehensive cancer care involving teams of specialists, participation in clinical trials and personalized treatment programs. The Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute, backed...


Portion Control: Here’s How To Watch What You Eat

By Michele M. Boisvert, Exercise Physiologist Do you watch your portions?  Try using a smaller bowl, plate and glass at meals to help you manage your portions. And try to target more servings of vegetables and fruits, with smaller portions of grains and protein. How can you make portion control easier? Use...


A Dietitian Dishes: From Lycopene’s Benefits To ‘Guilt-Free Cookie Dough’

By Alice Facente, Community Health Education Nurse Since May I have had the pleasure of working with Brenda Viens. She is a young, enthusiastic, knowledgeable registered dietitian. I didn’t think there was much that a 20-something dietitian could teach me, an experienced registered nurse who has been grocery shopping and...


In The Poverty Of Peru, A Hartford Medical Mission Finds A Home

The Hartford Hospital cafeteria might seem like an unlikely venue for a revelatory conversation, but there sat Dr. Subramani Seetharama in 2007 when his dining partner, Dr. Andrew Wakefield, started talking about a recent volunteer trip to provide professional care for Peru’s underprivileged “I grew up in India,” says Dr....


Living Donor? It’s Your Call To Give The Gift Of Life

More than 1 million Connecticut residents have joined the Donor Registry, a simple sign-up through the state Department of Motor Vehicles or Donate Life New England that pledges their organ and tissue for medical purposes upon their death. Becoming a living donor, however, is a more complicated process that begins with...


As Connecticut Population Ages, Alzheimer’s Cases Spike

By 2025, at least one in five Connecticut residents will be older than 65, according to Connecticut’s Legislative Commission and the CT Data Collaborative. With a spike in the over-65 demographic, cases of Alzheimer’s disease are also expected to rise from the current 74,000 with dementia-related illness to 91,000 by...


Advanced Parkinson’s Patients Show Improvement With Two New Treatments

People with advanced Parkinson’s disease have two new options to control their symptoms: Duopa, a carbidopa-levodopa gel infusion, and deep-brain stimulation. “Duopa is excellent for those with akinetic-rigid type Parkinson’s disease with at least 3 hours of ‘off’ time per day,” says Dr. Duarte Machado, a neurologist at the Hartford HealthCare...


Fundoplication? It Spelled Relief For Their GERD

By Pamela Cruz For years, gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, had a chokehold on Bernice Montefusco of Wallingford and Thomas P. Barrett of Southington. The pain and complications disrupted their daily lives and even adversely affected their loved ones. Barrett said he had no interest in his family or even his...


The Science Of Shopping For Student-Athlete Sports Shoes, Sneakers

Back-to-school shopping for the student-athlete always includes a new pair of sneakers or specialized shoe, depending on the sport. It’s a big call: Most sports involve the feet, ankles and legs, so the proper type and fit of your athletic shoes can make a big difference in terms of injury prevention....


Know When To Apply Heat Or Ice After An Injury

Sooner or later, the weekend warrior or dedicated athlete suffers an acute musculoskeletal injury. Acute injuries are typically defined as the 48-t0-72 period from the point of trauma. So what can you do to help the healing process? Cryotherapy (cold) and thermotherapy (heat) are two common methods used by rehab...


Virtual Reality Revolutionizing Medicine (Podcast)

  The use of virtual reality has moved into the world of medicine, where it’s both a training tool and a treatment option. Elliot Joseph and Rebecca Stewart discuss this use of the medium with a panel of national experts. Meet the Guests Dr. Albert “Skip” Rizzo is the Director of Medical...


When An Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Ruptures . . .

An abdominal aortic aneurysm is a common condition, with more than 3 million cases each  year in the United States, but it’s potentially deadly if it bursts. Mykhaylo Terletskyy of Wethersfield knows the risks after his enlarged aorta, the primary source of blood to the body, started bleeding and then...


What’s Worse Than Death? Study: Start With Bowel/Bladder Incontinence

Is there possibly a fate worse than death? Oh, yes, says a survey of 180 severely ill patients ages 60 and older admitted to a Pennsylvania hospital with conditions such as advanced heart failure and malignant cancer. The study by University of Pennsylvania researchers, which appeared in JAMA Internal Medicine,...


Jason Day And Vertigo: The Various Shades Of Dizziness

Jason Day’s collapse during the the second round of the 2015 U.S. Open is probably the most public display of vertigo since filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock’s psychological thriller by the same name in 1958. Vertigo, a sensation of motion or whirling, is dizziness typically caused by irregularities within the vestibular portion of...


These Healthful Foods (Including Dark Chocolate) Reduce Stress

By Hartford HealthCare Senior Services Staff When stressed, do you feel like running to the nearest fast-food restaurant or reaching for a sugary candy bar? Resist the simple sugars, the fat and preservatives — try these stress-busting foods that are also good for you. Green Leafy Vegetables: Spinach for example,...


Watch What You Eat At Holiday Parties (Use These Tips)

By Hartford HealthCare Senior Services Staff No one likes to miss a good party. But during the holidays, it’s hard to stay true to your exercise routine and eating habits. Don’t have regrets because you ate way too much. Here are eight simple guidelines that will help you have fun...


How To Sleep Like A Baby: Exercise

By Hartford HealthCare Senior Services Staff If your quality of sleep is sub-par, reach for some medicinal exercise. That’s right. A study in the journal of Mental Health and Physical Activity found that the same general exercise guidelines for aerobic activity — at least 150 minutes of moderate-level activity each...


How To Fit Exercise Into Your Life

By Hartford HealthCare Senior Services Staff Are you lacking in motivation and/or time for exercise? Here are some tips to add more physical activity to your day: Take the stairs. If you have a choice between the elevator or escalator and the stairs, take the stairs. It’s a great way...


Hartford Hospital Rated Region’s Best In U.S. News & World Report Rankings

Hartford Hospital has been ranked No. 1 in the Hartford region and among the best in Connecticut for 2016-17 by U.S. News & World Report. The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in its 27th year, recognizes hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients. This year, Hartford...


A Look At Total-Shoulder Surgery With No Overnight Hospital Stay

Roy Davidson had the region’s first total-shoulder replacement outpatient surgery: He did not stay overnight after surgery at the Hartford HealthCare Bone & Joint Institute at Hartford Hospital. His story highlights newer options in surgical pain treatment — many patients have to stay in the hospital for pain control, but newer,...


Podcast: What Is It Like Working In An Emergency Room?

Inside an emergency department: Here’s a peek into the day-to-day workings at Hartford Hospital and Windham Hospital  with nurses Dawn Lutecki and Dre Shepard. If you experience an Emergency, please dial 911. For more information, please visit the Hartford HealthCare Emergency Services website.


Podcast: Tips On Caring For An Older Parent Or Family Member

More than 40 million Americans find themselves caring for an older parent or other family member. It’s a time in life when roles reverse and new challenges arise. But there are services and support for you and your loved one, as hosts Elliot Joseph and Rebecca Stewart detail in this...


How Nerve Blocks Can Relieve Migraines

During Kate Wizeman’s pregnancy with her first child, migraine pain made it unbearable. She went to six doctors seeking help until finally meeting Dr. Brian Grosberg of the Hartford HealthCare Headache Center, who gave her a new option: nerve blocks. For more information, please visit the Hartford HealthCare Headache Center or...


Breastfeeding Basics (Before Mothers Leave The Hospital)

  In 2001, Hartford Hospital became the first “baby friendly” hospital and continues to be a leader in the state on breastfeeding. Mary Marshall-Crim, Family Nurse Practitioner and Lactation Unit Leader, explains the program. Q. What are some of the options Hartford Hospital offers women to help them through the...


Study: Obesity, Alcohol Heighten Risk Of Cancer

As a New Zealand expert’s perspective piece last week in the journal Addiction on the demonstrated link between alcohol and cancer was somehow interpreted as a newsworthy new study, an actual study found new concerns about alcohol, obesity and cancer. The study estimated one-third of esophageal cancer cases in the...


Concussion Symptoms To Watch For In Young Athletes

    A study from the American Journal of Sports Medicine suggests that teens are four times more likely to suffer a concussion today than a decade ago. In essence, concussions are mild traumatic brain injuries induced by an impulsive force that results from an indirect or direct impact to...


Poison Ivy: The Itch Of Summer (And How To Treat It)

Now is the time of year to head outside and jump on your bike, hike a trail, play a round of golf or put on your gardening gloves. But enjoying nature isn’t always fun. Just ask someone who has gardened all day. Besides having a beautiful yard to show for...


Acute Bronchitis: When Should A Patient Receive Antibiotics?

“Bob, you were up all night coughing . . .  and you kept me up, too. Will you please go to the doctor and get some antibiotics.” How many times have you heard this? Odds are, you have, and while there are some very good reasons to be seen for...


What Women Should Know About Pap Tests

  The Pap test is a screening tool used to find changes in the cells of the cervix that could lead to cancer. In 1948, more than 17,000 women in the U.S. died of cervical cancer.  In 2009, that number was down to 4,070. Half of all women diagnosed with...


Breathing Techniques That Reduce Stress

Most people have stopped to take a deep breath in a stressful situation. Sometimes it happens naturally. The benefits of taking a few deep breaths are significant. But what if we practiced that regularly? What if relaxed, deep breathing was part of our daily life? Here are some implications for...


Meal Prep: How To Plan Your Week, Save Time

By GoodLife Fitness Staff, Mulberry Gardens Your chances of eating junk food or fast food increases without meal prep. Meal prep may mean something different to each individual, but it essentially means helping you eat healthier during the week while saving time in the kitchen. If you  find yourself rushing...


What Is Mindful Eating?

By Michele Boisvert Mindful eating is a technique that helps you gain control over your eating habits. It has been shown to cause weight loss, reduce binge eating and help you feel better. The Basics Mindful eating is based on mindfulness, a Buddhist concept. Mindfulness is a form of meditation that...


How To Bounce Back From Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow is a common condition that occurs on the outside of the elbow joint. It occurs over the bone of the distal humerus, called the lateral epicondyle. A professional name for tennis elbow is lateral eqicondylitis. Tennis elbow is more common than people believe and is a nagging injury...


Know What Your Cholesterol Numbers Mean

  Elevated blood cholesterol is a major modifiable risk factor for coronary disease. Lack of regular brisk physical activity, obesity and a diet high in saturated fats, trans fats and simple sugars leads to elevations in cholesterol levels. A more active lifestyle, maintenance of an ideal body weight and a healthy...


Zika: CDC’s Unprecedented Travel Warning After Miami Outbreak

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned travelers Aug. 1 to avoid a small area north of downtown Miami where active Zika virus cases have been reported, the first time the CDC has advised people not to travel somewhere in the continental United States. Four new cases of the...


The Many Faces (And Places) Of A Hernia

Hernia, a condition caused by pressure forcing fatty tissue or a bodily organ through a weak area of muscle or connective tissue, can occur in men, women and children. Symptoms may range from a painless lump to an extremely painful and swollen bulge. Whether the hernia seems minor and is...


The Dreaded Ankle Sprain: If It’s Mild, Here’s How To Treat It

The excitement of warm weather and summer vacation inspires many people to run right out the door into a variety of fun: swimming, softball, hiking and other vigorous activities. But after being sedentary during the winter or not being used to extended periods of exercise, it is easy for injuries...


Back Pain: How To Avoid Surgery

  Almost every person experiences back pain at some point, often in the lower region of the back. Sometimes the pain is short-lived. For other people, it is chronic or acute. As people age, they are more susceptible to back problems primarily due to the natural degeneration of the disks....


The Rainbow Colors Of A Healthful Diet

By Jared Scoville It’s essential to have lots of color in our diet. Red, yellow, green, blue, purple, black, white and orange: How many do you see on your plate each day or each week? I have kale, red beets, golden beets, yellow squash, swiss chard (green), tomatoes (yellow, red,...


Update: The Bone & Joint Institute’s December Opening

The Hartford HealthCare Bone & Joint Institute at Hartford Hospital moves into a new $150 million facility in December, prepared for the anticipated spike in fractures, joint replacements and sports injuries of an aging, and increasingly active, population. The centerpiece five-story building, with a dramatic, sculptural exterior, will include a...


A Q&A With Dr. Ed Sauter, Director Of Breast Surgery Program, And Patients

Ed Sauter, MD, PhD, the director of the breast surgery program for the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute, met with a group of current and former patients and other members of the public July 21 to answer their questions about breast cancer. Dr. Sauter, who has an extensive background in breast...


A Smart Way To Handle Smart Media Overindulgence On Family Vacations

So, kids, how did you spend your summer vacation? Did you take a few keepsake pictures with your smartphone while you were away with your parents, or did you go away determined to pump photos all day onto Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter? “Vacation time isn’t always about taking a...


A Star in the Sky: Connecticut’s First LIFE STAR Pilot Retires

By Emily Gravell Richard Magner, Connecticut’s first LIFE STAR pilot, has traded his helicopter for a sailboat. Magner, 69, of Glastonbury retired in May after 50 years as a pilot and 37 years as an air medical pilot – 31 at the controls of LIFE STAR. The son of a...


Five Things To Know About Recently Passed Federal Opioid Legislation

The U.S. Congress last week passed a sweeping piece of a federal legislation aimed at addressing the opioid crisis gripping states across America, including Connecticut. The bill is now headed to the President’s desk for approval before becoming law. But what does the legislation say? The bill, which has a...


I Am #NewBritainBorn! Where To Share Your Baby Photo

The Hospital of Central Connecticut is celebrating over 115 years of maternity care at its hospital by asking the community to share baby photos on the hospital Facebook page using the hashtag #NewBritainBorn. Over 125 baby photos are now in a special Facebook photo gallery, some dating to the 1960s. Take a...


Pokémon Go: When Does A Child’s Video Game Fascination Become An Addiction?

Pokémon Go, the breakout smartphone game downloaded more than 15 million times in less than a week, has been praised as a charming health fad with its catch-me-if-you-can format. But an expert on video-game addiction cautions parents that too much Pokémon Go is potentially harmful to their children. “Video games...


Cancer Care Now Available In Avon

Cancer treatment is difficult for patients and their families. The Avon center of the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at Hartford Hospital makes receiving treatment a little easier by providing the highest level of care in the community, close to where patients live. The full-service center includes radiation oncology, medical oncology,...


Stung! What To Do After A Bee Sting

  You’re cutting your lawn and suddenly you realize you’ve run over a hornet’s nest.  You know what’s coming next and you see the swarm rise up.  You run!  You think you’ve escaped but then you feel that dreaded sting on your upper thigh.  Too late…you got tagged by the...


Lymphedema: What It Means When Your Lymph System Develops Abnormally

Lymphedema is the build-up of fluid in the soft tissues of the body that occurs when the lymph system is damaged or obstructed. Lymph, the white blood cell containing fluid important in fighting infection, normally circulates around the body through a series of small channels or vessels. Lymph nodes are...


Colorectal Cancer Or A Colonoscopy? Now The Test Doesn’t Sound So Bad

  Colorectal cancer is the third-leading cause of cancer-related deaths, yet it can be easily detected with a basic test: a colonoscopy. Each year in the United States, approximately 140,000 people are diagnosed and more than 50,000 people die of the disease. Fortunately, cancer of the colon and/or rectum can...


Dr. Peter Yu: What’s Next For Cancer Care?

  Dr. Peter Yu was recently named the first physician in chief of the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute. Dr. Yu, a medical oncologist and hematologist from the Palo Alto Medical Foundation in California, is a nationally recognized cancer expert.   Q:  FIRST, TELL US ABOUT YOUR VISION FOR THE HARTFORD...


What Is Fatty Liver Disease?

So you see your doctor, and he says you have a fatty liver.  What does that mean? As the name implies, it means you have increased fat deposits in your liver cells.  This is quickly becoming the most common cause of liver disease in the United States, especially in light...


The Medical Uses of Botox: More Than Skin Deep

  You may have heard of Botox cosmetics, but Botox’s history is more than skin deep. It is an effective therapy that has been used to treat patients with a variety of conditions for more than 20 years. Botox, also known as botulinum toxin, is a purified protein that comes...


Crisis Text Line: Free Support Line (Via Texting) For People In Crisis

It all started with a text, a cry for help. And one organization responded by opening a nationwide Crisis Text Line for people in pain. More than 17 million text messages later, Crisis Text Line is helping people handle addiction, suicidal thoughts, eating disorders, sexual abuse and other issues that...


Who Needs An Annual Physical/Wellness Exam?

By Dr. Erin Cardon Most Americans today recognize the value of partnering with a good primary care provider (PCP) as an effective preventive measure against potential disease. This relationship begins with a wellness or preventive exam, what some call their “yearly physical.” During the first of such visits, a complete patient...


The Headache: How Lifestyle Changes Can Help

By Justin Montanye, MD Headache is a very common medical complaint, both in emergency rooms and physicians offices. Most of these are not due to any worrisome cause but do require chronic management. There are a number of things patients themselves can do to help keep their headaches in check....


The Heart-Health Powers Of Dark Chocolate

By Alice Facente, Community Health Education Nurse Charles M. Schultz is credited with saying, “All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” Experts agree that, in moderation, chocolate may have heart-health benefits. The reason? The cocoa bean is rich in a class of plant...


New Weight-Loss Procedure Uses Pacemaker-Type Device

How can a pacemaker-type device curb hunger? Doctors at Hartford Hospital are using an implantable device to treat patients with excess weight. Q: How does this implantable device work? A:  The device works to block the vagus nerve, which is the main nerve that connects the brain to the stomach. The...


The Caffeine List: How Much Is In That Cup At Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts?

Coffee is in the clear as a suspected carcinogen after the World Health Organization on June 15 cited insufficient evidence to support its International Agency for Research on Cancer’s conclusion in 1991 based on a small number of studies. OK, back to the guilt-free latte! Coffee (and tea and energy...


The Most Antioxidant-Rich Foods

Antioxidants, the nutrients in fruits and vegetables, help prevent damage to your body’s immune cells. They’ve been credited with offering protection from cancer and other diseases,  preventing neuronal degeneration and even increasing your lifespan. No wonder health professionals recommend diets rich in the antioxidant vitamins beta-carotene, vitamin C and vitamin...


The Fish List: The Safest Seafood (With The Safest Mercury Levels)

Fish lovers must balance the health benefits of seafood rich in omega-3s with the risks of ingesting dangerous amounts of mercury, which can cause neurological disease and, in extreme cases, death. A safe amount of mercury, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, is no more than 0.1 micrograms a...


Scrambler Therapy: New, Drug-Free Treatment For Chronic Neuropathic, Cancer Pain

A new pain management therapy plays games with your nerve fibers: It sends non-pain information via electrodes placed on the skin  to nerve fibers that have been receiving pain messages, blocking the transmission of pain signals. That’s how scrambler therapy works, using a machine by Calmare Therapeutics Inc. — no drugs...


Tragedy In Orlando: Explaining The Unexplainable To Your Children

How to talk to your young children about the worst mass shooting in the history of the United States? Parents who mourned with the rest of the nation after a gunman killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in the early hours of June 12 in Orlando, Fla., were left...


Dr. Peter Yu Completes Term As National Clinical Oncology Group President

Peter Paul Yu, MD, who assumes his role as the first physician-in-chief for the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute later this month, completed his one-year presidency of the prestigious American Society of Clinical Oncology at the organization’s Annual Meeting in Chicago June 3-7. He is shown above delivering a speech before...


Male Infertility: From Test To Treatment

Infertility affects 7 million reproductive-age couples in the United States. Male infertility accounts for half those cases. Some causes: Low sperm count Slow sperm movement Sperm with abnormal shape or size Problems with semen Dr. Jared Bieniek, a urologist with Hartford Healthcare’s Tallwood Urology and Kidney Institute explains the importance...


These Foods Can Cause Cancer: Avoid

Sometimes cancer is beyond our control because of genetic changes inherited from our parents. But sometimes you can avoid cancer simply by avoiding certain foods. Resist the temptation, for instance, of regular indulgences in red and processed meat. Make it an occasional treat or, even better, eliminate it from your...


Pancreatic Cancer: Jaundice Was The First Sign For This Patient (Video)

Anna-Leah Garrison had no idea something as wrong, certainly not that she had pancreatic cancer, until her sister looked her in the eye and  saw yellow. In the earliest stages of pancreatic cancer, people often feel no pain. Jaundice, however, led to immediate tests that revealed a tumor on Garrison’s...


Health Benefits Of A Good Night’s Sleep

By Alice Facente, RN Getting a good night’s sleep used to be a nice target to aim for, but until recently, no one really knew the true benefits of sleep. Experts now say that consistent sleep patterns can improve memory, curb inflammation and even help us when trying to lose weight....


Male Infertility: What You Need To Know

Did you know that male infertility accounts for half of the cases where couples are struggling to conceive? Dr. Jared Bieniek, a urologist with Hartford HealthCare’s Tallwood Urology and Kidney Institute, explains the importance of an evaluation for men and treatment options. Q: What is male infertility and what are...


Signs Of Heroin Use

Dr. Craig Allen, medical director at Rushford, says the typical scenario of heroin addiction is of people who become dependent first on prescription pain medications, then, as their use and the cost of medication escalate, turn to the use of the illegal street drug heroin. To create the sense of...


What Percentage Of Deer Ticks In Connecticut Carry Lyme Disease?

The blacklegged tick, commonly known as the deer tick, loves the warmer winters. The more temperate conditions — and the growing deer population — have contributed to a sharp increase in deer ticks in Connecticut that carry Lyme disease, says the Connecticut Agriculture Experiment Station. In its most recent testing...


Quick Zika Facts

                    Source: Adam Borgida, MD, Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Hartford Hospital Jack Ross, MD, Chief of Infectious Disease, Hartford Hospital Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (cdc.gov)


MATCH: Outpatient Opioid Treatment For The Working Professional (Video)

Hartford HealthCare’s Behavior Health Network offers the MATCH program for people struggling with opioid and other addictions. Medication, Assisted Treatment, Close to Home makes it a MATCH at your convenience with schedules built for the working professional. The program, with Suboxone, Naltrexone and other medications, also includes confidential, private support...


LIFE STAR First Air-Medical, Critical-Care Transport To Win AACN Award

LIFE STAR in March became the first air-medical, critical-care transport team in the nation to receive the prestigious American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) Beacon Award for Excellence. The award traditionally is given to hospital ICUs. LIFE STAR received silver recognition. The award recognizes critical-care units that demonstrate excellence in...


Orbera: A Non-Surgical Weight-Loss Procedure

Losing weight and keeping it off is no easy feat. It requires an unwavering commitment to exercise and healthy eating and non-stop motivation. But for some, a little extra help is needed to make weight loss a success. For patients with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30-40 who are...


Local Roofer Helps Cancer Patient In Need

Marilyn Becker has been undergoing a challenging course of chemotherapy treatments at Backus Hospital since being diagnosed with breast and lymph node cancer last year. But through it all, she always felt better knowing that no matter how hard things got, she still had a roof over her head. But...


Heart Transplant Saves Life of Rocky Hill Dentist

Dr. Tony Colandrea and his wife, Joan, well up in unison when they think of what might have been. What could have happened if the family of a man who died too young had not donated his organs last September. For the 64-year-old Rocky Hill dentist who fires off one-liners...


Hartford HealthCare’s Hospital-Based Laboratory Services Get New Name

Hartford HealthCare on April  22 announced that Clinical Laboratory Partners (CLP), a subsidiary, is changing the name of its hospital-based laboratory operations to Hartford HealthCare Laboratories, LLC. This name change follows the recent sale of CLP’s outreach portion of its laboratory operations (patient service centers).


Transplant Team: 10 Days, Six Kidneys, Five Livers and a Heart

When an organ becomes available, there is no limit to the lengths that Dr. Patricia Sheiner and her team will go to locate a patient in need of a transplant. They’ve had patients paged in movie theaters and grocery stores and have called local police departments to track them down....


Navy Doctors Train at Hartford Hospital’s Simulation Center

The Center for Education, Simulation and Innovation (CESI) staff trained 12 Navy undersea medical officers May 13 in managing trauma, cardiac and other medical cases. CESI recently renewed its contract with the U.S. Navy for another three years. The Navy MDs come to train four times a year. CESI is...


Beyond CPR: Do You Know Bleeding Control?

A new study led by Hartford HealthCare’s Dr. Lenworth Jacobs suggests that while many U.S. civilians would be willing to help victims of an active shooter or other mass casualty incident, very few have taken a first-aid course in the last two years, and those who have probably were not...


Connect To Healthier (Video): Implantable Device For Women’s Urinary Incontinence

A bladder pacemaker could be the solution for women with urinary incontinence: The InterStim device coordinates communication between the bladder muscle and the nervous system. The device, implanted beneath the skin in the lower back, delivers mild stimulation to the sacral nerves that reduce bladder contractions.  


Patient Story: A 19-Year-Old Suffers A Stroke

Melanie Bernardo of New Haven suffered a stroke last October at age 19. What happened? Dr. Amre Nouh, director of the Comprehensive Stroke Center at Hartford Hospital, says up to one-third of strokes in younger patients are classified as a “cryptogenic stroke”  with no definitive cause.  


Patient Story: Surgical Weight Loss (Video)

Juli Scarfo’s life changed when, suffering from non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, she chose weight-loss surgery performed by Dr. Darren Tishler, Hartford HealthCare’s chief of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.


Are Sleep Medications Effective?

  Are you getting enough sleep at night? Are sleep medications effective? And, what is in your medicine cabinet? Dr. Sean Jeffery, Doctor of Pharmacy at Hartford HealthCare, breaks it down: Q. There are some new sleep recommendations just released by the national sleep foundation that are age-specific. Can you outline...


Stopping The Stigma Of Mental Illness (Video)

The Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network hosted an event for the Connecticut Forum: An Honest Look at Mental Health, on March 7, 2014, at Hartford’s Bushnell Memorial Auditorium. Watch the video to learn more:


Open-Heart Surgery For Women

Sharon Corlette, 68, of Plainville worked out three times a week and appeared to be in excellent health until she started feeling a funny sensation around the heart shortly after starting her exercise regimen. Other symptoms, such as profuse sweating, pointed toward a potentially serious problem. After a referral to...


New Laser Light Treatment Reduces Shingles Pain

Shingles is a viral infection that causes a rash and, in some patients, debilitating pain. Remember suffering through the chickenpox? Varicella zoster, the virus that causes chickenpox, can reappear in later life as shingles. Adults over 75 and people with compromised immune systems are particularly vulnerable. Historically, shingles has been...


Connect To Healthier (Video): The New Face Of Addiction

With the rate of overdoses related to heroin and opioid painkillers continuing to rise in Connecticut, Hartford HealthCare continues to expand evidence-based care to those suffering from addiction communities across the state. Dr. J. Craig Allen, Rushford’s Chief Medical Officer, discusses the state’s addiction crisis:.


Advanced Directive Basics: Making Decisions About Your Medical Care

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...


Keeping Cholesterol In Check

By Jessica Plasse, APRN High cholesterol can put you at risk for heart disease and stroke, but with no obvious symptoms, it is important to be aware of your levels and risk factors. More than 102 million adults in the United States have high cholesterol levels. More than 35 million of these...


How To Stock Your Medicine Cabinet This Summer

By Alice Facente, RN Summertime sports and activities can sometimes result in minor health problems and injuries. Be prepared by keeping your medicine cabinet well-stocked. Essential items should include: Bandages: for scrapes, cuts, burns or sprains you should have a supply of band-aids, gauze, stretch bandages and first aid tape. Topical...


Food Safety Tips (Particularly During Cancer Treatment)

Food safety is important for everyone but it is especially important for the cancer patient undergoing treatment. High dosages of chemotherapy and radiation can reduce the number of white blood cells, which are used by the body to fight infection. Patients should be very careful and follow general food safety...


Is Organic Better?

  Foods that bear the label “organic” must meet standards set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, chiefly that they must be grown without the use of chemicals or pesticides. While organic foods are sometimes touted as healthier, they’re generally more costly. So, are they really worth it? The American...


Order A Healthier Pizza

You can still enjoy pizza as part of a healthy diet, as long as you make a few smart substitutions to boost nutrition while cutting calories. The Womenshealth.gov lists these tips for topping a healthier pizza: Skip meat toppings; instead load up on veggies like mushrooms and peppers.  Choose a...


Healthy Recipe: Mango Salsa

Mango Salsa Mango adds a healthful dose of beta-carotene to this refreshing salsa. Beta-carotene is a powerful antioxidant that helps stop free radical damage; it’s found in most orange-colored fruits and vegetables. Serve this colorful salsa with a vegetarian chili or baked tortilla chips. Enjoy! Directions: Makes about 8 servings...


Connect To Healthier (Video): New Drug Treatment For Cystic Fibrosis

Patients with Cystic Fibrosis are living longer, fuller lives. Newer treatments of Cystic Fibrosis target the malfunctioning gene that causes it. And doctors treat the accompanying symptoms. Cystic fibrosis is caused by a mutation in the CFTR gene that results in blockages in the CFTR protein. For more information, click...


Connect To Healthier (Video): Mako (Robotic) Total-Hip Replacement

What has one arm, 3D high-definition visualization, a reputation as a good listener and is obsessively precise in everything it does? It’s the surgical robot known as Mako, which could become a new mechanical friend for anyone needing a partial knee replacement or total hip replacement. Surgeons use Mako’s robotic...


Listen: ‘HealthCare Matters’ Radio Series

HealthCare Matters is a live monthly radio series on WTIC-AM (1080)  with Hartford HealthCare President and CEO Elliot Joseph and Director of Media Relations and Marketing Rebecca Stewart that aims to further the conversation about health care. What works? What doesn’t? And how can we bridge the gap? We delve...


The Hard Truth About Energy Drinks

By Alice Facente, RN Energy drinks are beverages that contain large doses of caffeine and/or non-caffeine stimulants. They are used to increase energy, enhance mood and delay sleep. They are definitely not harmless, as many people seem to believe. Here is an example. I was conducting a free blood pressure...


When Music=Therapy

By Alice Facente, RN Haven’t we all had the experience of listening to music and suddenly sensing a change in our mood? I’m sure all of us can recall feeling a flood of emotions when hearing a song associated with a joyful, exciting, or even sorrowful time in our life....


Heart Smart: Facts about the Body’s Most Important Muscle

By Alice Facente, RN Some fascinating and fun facts about our hearts: The average heart beats 70 times per minute, or 100,000 times per day, or 37,000,000 times each year. The first heart pacemakers plugged into a wall socket. Our heart is a well-coordinated machine. The right side pumps blood into our...


How To Ease Depression, Naturally

Looking to ease depression symptoms? Here are some simple steps that may help: Eat right. WebMD.com provides some food-associated depression-busting tips, including: Choose your food wisely: Whole grains, lean meats and low-fat dairy products are more likely to keep your brain and body happy than processed foods that are high...


Free Annual Wellness Visit With Medicare, Part B

If you’ve had Medicare, Part B for longer than 12 months, are you aware that Medicare provides an annual wellness visit as a benefit to you at no charge? No deductible, no out-of-pocket expense—100 percent free. You may ask, “What is an annual wellness visit?” As you can see from...


The ABCs Of Acid Reflux

By Dr. Rosalind Van Stolk,  Gastroenterologist We have all probably regretted it when we heaped on extra onions and sauerkraut on our hotdog or tried three kinds of pie at Thanksgiving. Yes, it tasted great. However, it may soon be obvious that the extra helping came with something more: a...


Exercise As Medicine, Especially As You Age: Where To Find A Program Near Your

There is no doubt that regular physical activity has positive effects on your health, and the more active you are the greater the benefits. Maintaining an active lifestyle could be the difference between catching all of those aches, pains and sniffles and staying strong all year. The leading authority on...


Connect To Healthier (Video): Implanted Device A Possible Breakthrough For Sleep Apnea Patients

A potential breakthrough procedure for obstructive sleep apnea patients who have not responded to CPAP treatment is now available through Hartford HealthCare’s Ayer Neuroscience Institute. In this minimally invasive outpatient procedure, a surgeon implants a small, battery-powered pulse generator just under the skin on the right chest. The device also includes...


The Cancer Institute And Memorial Sloan Kettering Alliance: What You Need To Know

Q: What is the Hartford HealthCare (HHC) Cancer Institute? A: The HHC Cancer Institute was established to deliver high-quality, standardized, multidisciplinary and coordinated care to all HHC cancer patients, no matter where in the HHC system a patient receives care. As a system, HHC treats more than 6,000 new cancer...


Video: W-18, A New Opioid Abuse Danger?

W-18, a  is an opioid (synthetic pain medication) that is being in the Southern United States and Canada. It’s only a matter of time before it shows up in Connecticut.


Ask-A-Doc: Can Skin Cancer Develop In Places That Rarely See Light?

Q: Sunlight is a big factor in developing skin cancer, but can it also develop in places that rarely see the light? A: Yes. And this is a misconception that a lot of people have. Believe it or not, skin cancer can develop on the soles of feet, in between...


Hoarding As A Mental Disorder

Hoarding, for many years considered a type of obsessive-compulsive disorder, was reclassified in 2013 in its own category as a mental illness. So what’s the difference between OCD and hoarding? “Hoarding disorder bears very little resemblance to OCD,” says David F. Tolin, Ph.D., director of the Anxiety Disorders Center and...


The Zika-Proof Condom (And Other Zika Facts Of Life)

  On its way to becoming a pandemic, Zika spent much of its first 60 years as a relatively isolated, innocuous virus that usually caused only mild, easily treatable illness. So what happened between its discovery in 1947 in Uganda and the 2016 Olympics, when male Australian Olympians are being...


UV Index: What It Means And Why It Matters (Every Day)

Clouds diminish, but do not eliminate, damaging ultraviolet exposure. A good weather app lists the UV Index, the best indicator of the day’s risks. Make sure your daily weather forecast includes it. The UV Index  forecasts the amount of ultraviolet radiation, which damages skin, that will reach the earth’s surface...


Inside The Numbers: Sunscreen Guidelines

Don’t fall for SPF inflation: No sunscreen offers complete protection from the sun. SPF, or Sunscreen Protection Factor, measures a sunscreen’s protection from UVB (Ultraviolet B) rays, which causes sunburn and contributes to skin cancer. SPF does not measure a sunscreen’s protection from UVA (Ultraviolet A) rays, which penetrate into...


Is It Skin Cancer? What To Look For

Maybe it’s time to take a closer look at yourself. One in five people develop skin cancer during their lifetime. Are you the one? You’re a candidate if you have pale skin, endure excessive (or unprotected) exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays, have a family history of skin cancer, experienced...


New, Implantable Tech a Potential Sleep Apnea Breakthrough

The CPAP machine, the go-to treatment for obstructive sleep apnea for close to 40 years, started as a concoction by Australian professor Colin Sullivan in 1980 that combined a paint compressor attached to pool tubing and a plaster-cast mask glued to the patient’s face. Hartford Hospital in early 2016 became...


Behind The Addiction Crisis: Opioids Basics

What are opioids?: Medications that reduce pain signals to the brain. These drugs include oxycodone (OxyContin and Percocet), hydrocodone (Vicodin), meperidine hydrochloride (Demerol), hydromorphone (Dilaudid), codeine and morphine – all available by prescription – and heroin. Fentanyl, a powerful opioid used in cancer treatment, is 25 to 50 times more...


Healthful Recipe Of The Month: Fish Tacos

Fish Tacos Ingredients 1 ½ lbs. halibut 1 tsp. ground cumin ½ tsp. smoked paprika ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper ¼ tsp. garlic powder ½ tbsp. canola oil 8 6-inch corn soft taco shells 2 cups shredded green and purple cabbage Crema 3 tbsp. mayonnaise 3 tbsp. plain yogurt ¼ cup...


Caffeine and Headache Sufferers: Friend or Foe?

Is there any doubt that we’re a caffeinated country? More than 85 percent of Americans consume caffeine each day and more than half of American adults drink coffee every day. A healthy adult can safely consume up to 400 milligrams of caffeine a day. (That Iced Caramel Macchiato in your...


How To Reduce The Risk Of Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States. But there are steps people can take to reduce their risk of colorectal cancer, says Dr. Rafal Barczak, a board-certified colorectal surgeon at MidState Medical Center. Barczak says research shows that the typical Western diet — high in...


How To Age Gracefully

So what can you do to age gracefully? Here are some tips to get you thinking. Go back to school. Refocus your career, build on your skill set, or delve into an entirely new area. If you choose an area you’re truly passionate about, juggling the responsibilities of adult life...


How To Avoid Getting Sick: The Basics

It’s an icky fact: That elevator button or door knob you just touched? It likely has germs on it. If you want to avoid an illness — especially during flu season, which can last from November through April – then be sure to wash those hands. Do it the right...


Exercise And Bone Strength

Make no bones about it: Exercise is good for us in so many ways, including helping to strengthen our bones. Bone is living tissue that is constantly undergoing a process called remodeling. Remodeling results in the production of new bone tissue. Many factors can affect the remodeling process and leave...


What To Do When Your Child Has A Nosebleed

When the air gets dry, nosebleeds are more likely to occur. Children are the most susceptible. Fortunately there are easy tips for handling your children’s nosebleeds. In most cases, a nosebleed occurs because the tiny vessels inside the nose have broken. This type of nosebleed, called an anterior nosebleed, occurs...


Why You Might Not Know If You Have High Blood Pressure

While a growing number of Americans are seeking treatment for high blood pressure (hypertension), many remain unaware they have it. High blood pressure is a leading cause of life-threatening conditions such as stroke, heart attack, and kidney failure. Blood pressure is the force with which blood is pumped out of...


Which Health Screenings For Women?

Calling on all women: Do you know what health screenings you need for your age group? Take the Women’s Checkup Day Pledge and learn which tests are vital to the early detection of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, mental health illnesses, sexually transmitted infections and other conditions. The United States Office...


When Grapefruit And Medicine Don’t Mix

Many people taking cardiovascular medications have learned to be leery of grapefruit and its juice. But why? Grapefruit contains substances that disable an enzyme in the small intestine that would otherwise help break down the drugs. The interaction happens fast and can last 24 hours or longer. To further complicate...


How To Get Rid Of Tension Headaches

For those who know the pain and discomfort first hand, tension headaches can be… well… a big headache. Tension headaches are one of the most common forms of headaches. They can cause pain in the head, scalp, or neck, and are usually associated with muscle tightness in these areas. Any...


Benefits Of A Power Nap

Did you know as little as a 10- to 15-minute nap can make a positive difference in how you feel and function during the day? The greatest benefits are improved mood, performance, concentration, creativity and reaction time. But there are long-term benefits, too. They include a reduced risk of heart...


A Reason To Avoid Cortisol, The ‘Stress Hormone’

  Secreted by the adrenal glands, cortisol is known as the “stress hormone” because it is produced in high levels as the body’s “fight or flight” response to stressful events. Prolonged cortisol production resulting from chronic stress is thought to play a role in a wide range of diseases, including...


Exercising With A Cold: Good Or Bad?

  Should you exercise when you have a cold? One theory is that moderate aerobic exercise improves immunity and protects you from colds and other infections, whereas intense exercise (like training for a marathon) can depress the immune system. The effect of exercise on your immune system is complex. The rule of thumb when deciding...


Celiac Disease (And Why Most People Don’t Have To Avoid Gluten)

Celiac disease is a digestive disorder triggered by wheat and some other grains. Left untreated, it can lead to anemia, osteoporosis, and other serious health problems. Still, the prevalence of this condition is low — and many people who think they have a problem with wheat do not. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, barley, and...


How To Prevent A Recurrence Of Gout

More than 5 million Americans have gout, and its incidence has doubled in the last 20 years. That’s not surprising, because gout is linked to obesity and hypertension, which are on the rise as well. Gout commonly results from an excess of uric acid, a waste product formed from the breakdown of nitrogen compounds called purines, which...


Three Nutrition Tips For Diabetics

Spread out your meals Skipping meals and then overeating can send your blood sugar plunging—and then through the roof. Aim for three small meals and three healthful snacks each day to balance out your blood sugar. Also, some diabetes medications work best when they’re taken in conjunction with regularly scheduled meals. Talk to...


Gain Weight With Late-Night Snacks? Popular Health Myths Debunked

True or False: Eating at Night Will Make You Gain Weight. False. This is a tricky one— technically, the time of day you eat doesn’t affect how your body processes food. What matters is your total calorie intake and how much you exercise during the day. However, people who eat...


Ask-A-Doc: How Can You Do A Hysterectomy Through The Belly Button?

  Q: How is it that a hysterectomy is possible by going in through the belly button? A: We make an incision, a little more than an inch long, just below the navel. We insert the camera and instruments through a port that’s shaped sort of like a Tupperware lid....


Ask-A-Doc: Can Pregnant Woman’s Depression Affect The Fetus?

Q: Can a pregnant woman’s untreated depression or other type of mental illness affect the fetus? A: The impact of untreated depressive or anxiety disorders during pregnancy can be quite problematic, having a long-lasting impact on the fetus growth and development. Maternal stress can cause increased level of stress hormones...


Video: Mumps Makes A Comeback. Is Vaccine Effective?

After a recent outbreak on college campuses, there are questions about the spread of mumps. Hartford HealthCare’s Dr. Virginia Bieluch, chief of Infectious Diseases at The Hospital of Central Connecticut, has some answers.


Ask-A-Doc: Is Dance Recommended For Parkinson’s Patients?

  Q: Is it true that dance is sometimes recommended for Parkinson’s patients? It sounds like fun, but does it actually help? A: Yes. (And yes.) The value of exercise for Parkinson’s disease and other neurodegenerative disorders has been documented in over 250 studies, more than half of which were published...


Bullying In Schools (Video)

Clinical psychologist Dr. Laura Saunders of Hartford Hospital’s Institute of Living on bullying.     On bullying and depression:


Ask-A-Doc: What Causes Shingles?

Q: What causes shingles? A: Shingles are caused by a reactivation of the latent varicella zoster virus, the same virus that causes chicken pox. It presents as a characteristic, unilateral rash/vesicles. The pain from acute shingles is due to inflammation of the sensory nerves. The vesicles are infectious to people...


Video: A Bladder Pacemaker For Urinary Incontinence?

A bladder pacemaker could be a game-changer for women with urinary incontinence like Laurie Tompkins of Plainville. A new technology called InterStim, a device implanted beneath the skin in the lower back, delivers mild stimulation to the sacral nerves that reduce bladder contractions. “Right after I had the device implanted, I...


Ask-A-Doc: What is stress urinary incontinence?

  Q: What is stress urinary incontinence? A: Stress urinary incontinence is a common condition that affects approximately 25 percent of adult women. When a woman laughs, coughs, sneezes or exercises — anything that increases abdominal pressure — she may leak urine. Sometimes it’s a little spurt, sometimes it’s more...


Healthy Recipe: Roasted Mixed Nuts

This recipe features a variety of nuts mixed with seasonings and baked to a golden brown. The result is a healthier snack or gift for our friends and families instead of the traditional cookies and sweets. Ingredients 1 cup unsalted cashews 1 cup unsalted almonds ½ cup unsalted pecans 2...


Video: A Failing Heart While Pregnant

Chantelle Villanueva, eight months pregnant, thought she had the flu. In reality, her heart was failing. Doctors at The Hospital of Central Connecticut and Hartford Hospital helped save her and her baby, using the portable ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation) heart-lung machine that fits in a suitcase during surgery on the...


Heroin In Connecticut: A Q&A With Rushford’s Dr. Craig Allen

Dr. Craig Allen, Rushford’s medical director, on the heroin epidemic in Connecticut: Q: What are the rates of heroin overdose and are they changing? A: In the state of Connecticut from 2012 to 2014 the number of overdose deaths primarily involving heroin tripled. According to the Connecticut Chief Medical Examiner’s...


Podcast: A DJ Works On Fear Of Flying (While On-Air)

Anxiety disorders expert Dr. David Tolin of Hartford HealthCare’s Institute of Living works to get Connecticut radio personality AJ (Chaz & AJ in the Morning) on a plane to Ireland. Listen Now  


Recipe: Creamy Cruciferous Risotto

Creamy Cruciferous Risotto Cruciferous vegetables have powerful plant nutrients that greatly enhance our immune system! This high-fiber dish has many spices adding much flavor to this risotto. Directions Makes 4 servings For a variation of this delicious risotto, try substituting broccoli for the Brussels sprouts.  1 cup dry brown rice...


Ellen Dornelas To Direct Clinical Research For Cancer Institute

Ellen Dornelas, PhD, has been appointed as Director of Clinical Research for the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute. Dornelas has more than 20 years of experience in overseeing recruitment of patients from a community hospital setting into clinical trials and has successfully developed collaborative research partnerships between Hartford HealthCare and multiple...


Dr. Ed Sauter Named Director Of Cancer Institute’s Breast Surgery Program

  Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute welcomes Ed Sauter,M.D., Ph.D., a highly accomplished breast surgeon with extensive experience in surgical leadership and training as Director of the Breast Surgery Program at the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute (HHCCI). He will lead the breast surgery programs at each of the Institute’s five cancer...


What To Do After Removing Tick Embedded In Skin?

By Alice Facente, RN Q: I found a tick embedded in my son’s skin. I removed it, cleaned the area, and put antibiotic ointment on it. Now what should I do? A: Research has found that infected ticks need to feed for 24-36 hours before transmission occurs. So if we...


Heart and Vascular Institute Appointments

Hartford HealthCare has appointed Dr. Sabet W. Hashim as chairman of cardiac surgery and co-physician-in-chief of the Hartford HealthCare Heart and Vascular Institute. Dr. Hashim, an international leader in cardiac surgery, will work collaboratively with internationally recognized Hartford Hospital cardiologist Dr. Paul Thompson, who also has been named the Institute’s...