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Treating Summer’s (Insect) Bites And Stings

You’ve applied insect repellent. You’ve avoided high, grassy areas. You’ve worn long pants tucked into your socks. Yet you find yourself with an insect bite or sting that just plain annoying. Or worse, the kids are constantly scratching at bug bites on their arms and legs. In most instances, bug...


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...


Your Nutrition: What To Try (Or Skip) At McDonald’s

As a registered dietitian, I am frequently asked which restaurants and food vendors have the healthiest menus. Unfortunately, even menu items that appear to be healthy, such as smoothies and salads, are often full of added sugar and calories. In a series of columns assessing the nutritional values of  fast-food...


Hartford HealthCare Officially Opens New Family Health Center in Plainfield

New center offers cardiology and primary care, with more services to come. PLAINFIELD — More than 50 people, including community leaders, physicians and staff, helped Hartford HealthCare, Hartford HealthCare Medical Group and Backus Hospital officially open the new Hartford HealthCare Family Health Center in Plainfield with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on...


Hartford HealthShare: Take A Seat At The Table (We Are Listening)

Looking for an opportunity to help define, refine and improve communications at Hartford HealthCare? Please take a seat at the Hartford HealthShare table. We are listening. We are swinging open the (virtual) doors to Hartford HealthShare, a tool to help us listen to you for the purpose of better communication. Why?...


Why It Makes Sense To Have A Primary Care Provider

Do you know anyone who doesn’t have a primary care physician? Having a physician who knows your medical history and manages your health has become a standard component of American health care. But for those who don’t have a primary care provider, here are 20 reasons to get  one —...


Men’s Health Week: Everyone Has A Part

It’s men’s health week, but everyone has a part in supporting the men in our lives – husbands, sons, uncles, brothers, fathers, grandfathers and male friends – in their efforts to stay healthy for a lifetime. Here are a few things tips, courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and...