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Joint Replacement Surgery

Why a Partial Knee Replacement is Same-Day Surgery

Doctors at the Hartford HealthCare Bone & Joint Institute at Hartford Hospital are using new technology to customize joint replacements, making recovery easier. Here’s more from Dr. Mark Shekhman, a Bone & Joint Institute orthopedic surgeon: Q: At the bone and joint institute you use tools to assess the best route...


Diabetes: The Difference Between Types

Nearly thirty-million Americans have diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. Dr. Michael LeMay is a Hartford HealthCare endocrinologist.  Q: What is the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes?  A: Both types of diabetes are chronic diseases that affect the way your body regulates blood sugar, or glucose....


Something’s Not Quite Right: Caring for Your Aging Parents

Helping aging parents can be stressful, particularly for their adult children. It’s a difficult topic to bring up with older parents – especially if the adult children are sensing something is not quite right with their parents. Nancy Becker from Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging has some tips and advice...


Spreading Hope in the World, One Dress at a Time

By making dresses to donate to girls on another continent, Betsy Humiston is paying it forward, despite her own fight for life since she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer nearly five years ago. “When I’m making these dresses I think about these little girls in Africa and how I just...


Hartford Hospital Approved for New Medication to Treat Brain Hemorrhages

Hartford Hospital is the only hospital in the state to be approved for a new medication to treat brain hemorrhages or bleeding related to the use of certain blood thinners. Dr. Mark Alberts, Physician in Chief of the Hartford HealthCare Ayer Neuroscience Institute and Chief of Neurology at Hartford Hospital explains the...


Critical Shortage of Organ Donors for Minority Patients

When it comes to minorities waiting for a life-saving organ transplant, the numbers are startling. Jamie Tyska, Hartford Hospital’s organ donation coordinator, explains why – and what can be done about it. Q.  Tell us about the need for organ transplants in minority communities. How critical is the need?  A. ...


Bluetooth Technology in a Pacemaker

Imagine for a moment a pacemaker that comes with its own mobile app. Now stop imagining – because it’s a reality. The world’s only pacemaker that can communicate directly with a patient’s smartphone or tablet is available at the Hartford HealthCare Heart & Vascular Institute at Hartford Hospital. Cardiac electrophysiologist Dr....


Acid Reflux and Cancer: What You Can Do.

Acid reflux is a common condition affecting millions of people. But over a long period of time, pre-cancerous lesions can develop – even turning cancerous in those at high risk. But there is good news, according to Hartford Hospital gastroenterologist Dr. David Chaletsky. Q: What is acid reflux?  A: When...


Radio-Frequency Ablation for Chronic Back Pain

Millions of Americans suffer with chronic back pain. A procedure at Hartford Hospital involving radio-frequency ablation may help. Dr. Ricardo Taboada is an anesthesiologist with the Hartford Hospital Pain Treatment Center: Q: What is radio-frequency ablation? A: Once a structure has been determined to be a pain generator, its nerve...


New Research Looks at Post-Weight Loss Surgery Outcomes

Doctors and researchers at Hartford Hospital have been awarded a grant from the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases to conduct a study using neuroimaging predictors to better understand and improve a patient’s long-term weight loss outcomes following bariatric surgery. Dr. Godfrey Pearlson is director of the Olin Neuropsychiatry...


Aimovig: A Breakthrough Migraine Medication

A new medication recently approved by the FDA for the prevention of migraine headache is offering promising results for patients who suffer from these debilitating headaches. Dr. Abigail Chua, a neurologist and headache specialist at the Hartford HealthCare Headache Center has more on this groundbreaking new therapy.  Q: Tell us...


Melanoma: What to Look For and What to Do When You Find It

Warm weather is FINALLY here, so now’s a good time to start thinking about protecting yourself from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Dr. Omar Eton is the medical director of the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute Melanoma and Skin Center.  Q.  When it comes to suspicious moles on our bodies, what should...

Stroke

DAWN Protocols are Revolutionizing Stroke Treatment and Care

DAWN is a groundbreaking study that is changing the way doctors are treating people who have had strokes. Dr. Mark Alberts is the physician-in-chief at the Hartford HealthCare Ayer Neuroscience Institute with details. Q.  What do these protocols mean for stroke patients?  A.  This new study (called the DAWN Trial...


Keeping an Eye on Ocular Melanoma

Malignant melanoma of the eye – ocular melanoma – is rare. But there are common precursors of the disease. Dr. Scott Walter from the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute’s Melanoma and Skin Cancer Center is one of only two ocular oncologists practicing in Connecticut.   Q: What is ocular melanoma? A: Ocular...


Champions Seek Living Kidney Donors For Family, Friends

The waiting list for a deceased-donor kidney transplant continues to grow each year, leaving many patients on dialysis.  But Hartford Hospital has what’s called a living-donor champion program to help patients waiting for a kidney find one faster. Dr. Caroline Rochon is the surgical director of the kidney transplant program...


Medical Rounds (Video): Restoring Sight With A Beam Of Light (And GPS)

Cataracts are the natural clouding of the lenses of the eyes that typically occur with age. Hartford Hospital ophthalmologist Dr. Alan Solinsky has details on the latest advancements in laser cataract surgery, including Verion and ORA/VerifEye technologies. Q: Tell us about the Verion and ORA/VerifEye technology for cataract surgery. A: The Verion and...


Medical Rounds (Video): Living Donor Champion Program

The waiting list for donor kidney transplants continues to grow year after year. This leaves many patients on dialysis and waiting for a desperately-needed kidney transplant. At Hartford Hospital, however, the Living Donor Champion Program provides an opportunity to help patients waiting for a kidney find one faster. Dr. Caroline Rochon...