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Parkinson's

Free Webinars on Deep Brain Stimulation Treatment for Parkinson’s

More than 1 million Americans have Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor or dystonia, all of which affect the nervous system and cause worsening tremors, stiffness and loss of balance that severely impacts the person’s quality of life. One effective treatment, deep brain stimulation, is a surgical technique that targets the specific...

Mystic HealthCenter

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

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

Multiple Sclerosis

What’s the Risk to Multiple Sclerosis Patients During COVID-19?

Layering a potentially lethal virus like COVID-19 onto a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS) can seem daunting, but strengthening the relationship with your specialist may be key to getting through. Dr. Derek Smith, a neurologist with the Ayer Neuroscience Institute’s Multiple Sclerosis Center, part of Hartford HealthCare, said staying in...

Parkinson's

What Does COVID-19 Self-Quarantine Mean for Parkinson’s Patients?

Social distancing and isolation required during the COVID-19 pandemic causes more than just depression in people with Parkinson’s disease. It can actually worsen symptoms. According to Dr. Elena Bortan, a movement disorders neurologist with the Chase Family Movement Disorders Center, part of the Hartford Healthcare Ayer Neuroscience Institute, said being confined...


HHC Neurology Services expand to Thomaston

The Hartford HealthCare Ayer Neuroscience Institute at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital has recently welcomed Nabi Chowdhury, MD, who is now accepting patients one day a week at the new CHH Specialty Care office located at 76 Watertown Road, Thomaston. The practice offers neurological evaluations, diagnosis and treatment of diseases and disorders...

Epilepsy

How Specialty Care Can Lower Risk of Death From Epilepsy

Patients getting epilepsy care in a specialty center had a lower chance of death, according to a Canadian study released in the Journal of the American Medical Society Neurology. Dr. Gabriel Martz, director of The Epilepsy Center at Hartford HealthCare’s Ayer Neuroscience Institute, said in some cases the challenges of...

Dr. Elena Bortan

Movement Disorders Care Comes to Mystic

Much as the design of the new Hartford HealthCare facility at 100 Perkins Farms Drive in Mystic reflects the vibe of coastal community, the location of specialists from the HHC Ayer Neuroscience Institute’s Chase Family Movement Disorders Center to the facility answers a demand for high-quality care and support in...