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MidState Medical Center Receives Breastfeeding Award

Baby-Friendly USA recently re-designated MidState Medical Center as a Baby-Friendly birth facility. “We are proud to be recognized as a ‘Baby-Friendly’ hospital,” said Amy Kelleher, Director of Women and Infant Services at MidState Medical Center. “Our Family Birthing Center team members are committed to creating the best breast-feeding experience to...


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

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

HPV Vaccine

New HPV Vaccine Offers Some Protection Against Several Cancers

Like many things in science and medicine, the vaccine for the human papilloma virus has evolved. First it was recommended for females age 12 to 26 who had not been sexually active, later for males in the same age group who had not had sex. Recently, however, research prompted the...


This Simple Saliva Test Assesses Breast Cancer Risk

By Meghan Burgess Breast cancer has a particularly high prevalence in Connecticut, but a new program is helping women and men identify their risk of developing the disease – and other cancers – through a simple questionnaire and saliva test. The Hereditary Cancer Risk Assessment Program, offered through Hartford HealthCare...

Dr. Camelia Lawrence

A ‘Bit of Anxiety’ Over This Physician’s First Mammogram, at 40

Dr. Camelia Lawrence took the proverb “physician, heal thyself” quite seriously when she donned a johnny recently and stepped up to a machine in The Hospital of Central Connecticut radiology suite in Plainville recently for her first screening mammogram. She just turned 40 and, as director of breast surgery for...

Mother and adult daughter.

A Bigger Role for Immunotherapy in Breast Cancer Treatment?

Although immunotherapy – the ability to use the body’s immune system to fight off cancer – has not been as helpful for breast cancer patients, new research shows “promise” for some women, according to Dr. Patricia DeFusco, director of the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute Breast Program. “Harnessing the immune system...

Woman wearing bandana.

The Three Seasons of Breast Cancer Survivorship

On July 25, 1985, Fitzhugh Mullan, a young physician who had just gone through treatment for a germ cell cancer, wrote a thoughtful letter to the New England Journal of Medicine. This letter gave rise to the field of cancer survivorship. “Survival, in fact, begins at the point of diagnosis,”...